Although many of these article were published earlier,  they have been updated recently. 

Living Downstream Documentary – June 9, Naperville

“From the right to know and the duty to inquire flows the obligation to act.” – Sandra Steingraber

Your invited to a free showing of the documentary Living Downstream, based on the book by Sandra Steingraber. Good-Natured Landscapes LLC is one of the film sponsors of this showing, hosted by “JUST VIEWS”: Friday, June 9 at 7:20 PM, at the DuPage Unitarian Universalist Church at 1828 Old Naperville Road.

A Living Mulch – Allowing Plants to spread like Nature does

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...

Turf Grass Anonymous – A 12 Step Program

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?

Plant Profile: Indigo Bush, A little known Beauty

Indigo Bush or False Indigo (Amorpha fruiticosa) is one of my favorite late spring blooming shrubs/small trees. Its deep purple blooms, bright orange stamens and fine textured leaves are a welcoming contrast to the many white blooming, larger leaved native shrubs that bloom about the same time.

Composting Tips – Harvesting & Using (Nature’s) Gold

By making my own compost, I am adding only pesticide and herbicide free material to my pile, I am recycling what would be considered a waste product with associated costs, and I’m generating a resource valuable to my garden and other living organisms.

Preparing for the Arrival of the Red Buffalo

I do a controlled or prescribed burn (what Native Americans called the Red Buffalo) on sections of my native prairie gardens because there are many benefits. It warms up the soil earlier, adds organic matter, reduces some weeds, and stimulates prairie seeds to sprout. It also takes less time than cutting everything back and and reduces the size of my compost pile.

Spring Cleanup – not so fast

I have been a native plant gardener for many years but through education and observation, I learned I can protect wildlife and the environment on my property by how I do spring cleanup. Just think about what happens in the natural world.

Give Bees a Chance (including our native Bumble Bees)

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.

Dead Wood and Rocks

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.

Why Can’t Weed be Friends?

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.