Monday, May 5, 2014

April's Monthly Prairie Walk--Plants of the Commons Ford Prairie 

Bill Carr, retired botanist at The Nature Conservancy, now owner of Acme Botanical Services, led a plant walk at Commons Ford Prairie on April 20, 2014. Bill identified over 65 plant species, most of which were native. The diversity, as well as the high percentage of native plants, is due to the restoration efforts  of Commons Ford Prairie Restoration Organization. The participants enjoyed Bill's encyclopedic knowledge of native plants and botany, as well as his enthusiasm and sense of fun.

Bill Carr leading a group through the Commons Ford Prairie on April 20, 2014.

Wildflowers blooming in the Commons Ford Prairie, April 2014

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Whack-a-Weed Day: Round 2

Our first Whack-a-Weed Day was a great success, thanks to our dedicated volunteers! However, spring is in full swing and the invasive grasses are continuing to sprout in the prairie. So a second round of weed whacking is being organized by park manager Joan Singh. 

Whack-a-Weed Day: Round 2 is scheduled for Saturday, April 26. You can register for the event and find out more details here.  Volunteers of all ages and skill levels are welcome. 

Prairie restoration is a long-term process. It takes years, even decades, to completely eradicate invasive plants and return a tract of prairie to its native state. By assisting in this process, you are helping to ensure that this natural treasure will continue to awe and inspire park visitors with its vibrant wildflowers, butterflies and birds for years to come.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Wack-A-Weed Day

Commons Ford in full spring bloom in the summer of 2012.

Join us in our continuing fight to remove more invasives as a part of the Commons Ford Prairie Restoration Project.  Our restoration project is entering its fifth year and in that time we have made great strides.  Still, we must make every effort to remove any remaining invasive grasses in order to allow the natives to grow and flourish. For the volunteer day, we will especially be concentrating on the King Ranch bluestem.

NPS volunteer removing invasives as part of a prairie restoration project

If you are interested, bring your shovel (we will have a few on hand if you do not have your own) and gloves and join us. We will be there from 8 a.m. to noon, but feel free to choose your own time and work as little or as much as you would like. This project qualifies for Master Naturalist volunteer hours.  Let us know if you need documentation. It's also a great opportunity to see and ask questions about native plants and prairie restoration.
Effective tools for battling invasive grasses and forbs in the prairie.

 We will also provide water and snacks.  Since we will be working in the prairie, although the grass is very low, long pants and long sleeves are recommended.  No experience necessary and everyone is welcome.  Come be a part of this important restoration project. Registration is not necessary but if you have any questions, email Diane Sherrill at

Sunday March 23 8am -12pm
Commons Ford Ranch Metro Park
614 N. Commons Ford Rd.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

We're Live!

The episode of Central Texas Gardener featuring the Commons Ford Prairie Restoration is live on the air!


You can watch the full episode here or link to it below or on either the KLRU or PBS websites.

Thank you to Central Texas Gardener for spreading the word on our project and the importance of prairie restoration.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Watch us on "Central Texas Gardener"!

We are excited to announce that the Commons Ford Prairie will be featured on an upcoming episode of the Central Texas Gardener this February. You can watch us on KLRU or online at or on YouTube.

Hopefully our restoration project can inspire other Texans to restore their old pastureland's to native prairie!

Below is a list of when our episode of Central Texas Gardener will be aired on KLRU and affiliate stations. Mark your calenders!

Feb. 8
Feb. 9
Feb. 10
Noon & 4
9 a.m.
5:30 a.m.
KLRU Q (18/3)
Feb. 11
Feb. 12
Feb. 14

6:30 p.m.
7:00 a.m.
9:30 a.m.
KLRN (San Antonio)
Feb. 8
11 a.m.
KNCT (Killeen & Waco)

Feb. 8

1:30 p.m.
KBDI (Denver, CO)
Feb. 9
Feb. 11
2 p.m.
2:30 p.m.
KPBT Midland (Permian Basin)
Feb. 10

12:30 p.m.
KAMU (College Station)
Feb. 8

5:00 p.m.
KRSC (Claremore, OK)
Feb. 8
Feb. 11

KTWU (Topeka, KS)
multiple days & times

Arizona Public Media Ready TV, Tucson
Thursday (but schedule is not current)

1:30 p.m.
also on UNCMX Raleigh-Durham and K32EO Colorado Springs