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Although many of these article were published earlier, they have been updated recently.
I often hear one of the reasons gardeners don’t use native plants is they spread too much. Many native plants are spreaders, some spread more than others, and a few are “clumpers”, i.e. don’t spread at all or very much. Sometimes native plants don’t look like they are...
A perfectly manicured, green turf grass has been a status symbol since the Industrial Revolution. Everyone could finally afford to have a lawn, not just wealthy estates. But at what costs?
Join the US and 37 other countries celebrating National Moth Week July 18-26 , 2015! Here are some interesting facts about moths and some links about Moths in Illinois:
We humans apply the same maintenance procedures to native plants as we do on non-native plants, but it makes sense to learn from nature. Here are some nature inspired maintenance tips.
Purple flowering Raspberry (Rubus odoratus) is one of my favorite summer flowering shrubs (click photo below for an enlargement). It is native to Du Page County, but rare in surrounding counties. It is also thornless.
A native garden is like many other gardens as far as basic maintenance in some ways, but different in other ways. Below are a few basic maintenance tips everyone should know about.
I love the sound of Cicadas and other singing insects in the summer…To me, the height of summer is when the male Cicadas, Crickets or Katydids are singing for a mate. Did you know the sounds of mowers, fireworks, airplanes, and other human generated noise have a negative impact on wildlife?
In the latter part of the growing season, many of the native perennials are naturally taller in height. Extra rainfall also grows taller perennials, and wind storms can cause plants to fall over. In a newer native garden, taller plants might lean because there are no other plants close by for support due to spacing. Because Illinois is the land of the tall grass prairie, I urge everyone to embrace our taller native perennials. Here area a few tips and solutions for dealing with taller native perennials in your garden.
Wild Ones promotes environmentally sound landscaping practices to preserve biodiversity through the preservation, restoration and establishment of native plant communities. Here are my top 10 reasons why you should become a Wild Ones member.
You’ve probably heard about the terrible news concerning the honeybee but native bees, especially our Bumble Bees are in serious decline too! Research has shown that native or “wild” bees are important pollinators of natural areas, gardens and agricultural crops, and need our protection. Here are a few ways to give our little known native bees a chance.
Many native perennials (forbs and grasses) and weeds exploded this summer due to the wetter and/or warmer than usual weather. Often times seeds and plants germinate in moist decomposing mulch. I recommend using a string trimmer (weed wacker) to trim weeds or unwanted perennials in some areas instead of weeding by hand.
I recently attended The Veggie Fest in Naperville and talked to a person advertising the health benefits of a native berry called the Black Chokeberry (Aronia melanocarpa) that he claimed no one around here knew about but was very well known in Europe.
During July, I notice gardens, roadside ditches and wetlands with the invasive, non-native Purple Loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria). This non-native plant destroys our wetlands by choking out native species and in turn, wildlife habitat. It also costs millions of dollars to eradicate from our natural areas once it spreads.
Many of my clients and friend recognize the importance of protecting and preserving nature, right in their own backyards, and I applaud them for that. I want to briefly explain how snags, brush & rock piles, plus bee nesting boxes are also helpful, since these features are often overlooked.
My husband and I maintain all areas of our landscape organically, especially our lawn, because we believe it is an environmentally responsible and safer choice. Now we have a few weeds in our lawn, but we learned many are beneficial to wildlife.