May 1, 2020 | blog, insects, spring
Native ground nesting bee, sometimes called miner bees, make up 70 percent of Illinois 500 native bee species. Although they are important pollinators, most people know very little about them and still treat them as pests.
Mar 20, 2019 | blog, spring, summerWildlife are in crisis, as more and more natural areas and open spaces are destroyed by development and industrial farming. Add on pollution, invasive species, global warming, and many other problems. Resource: Worldwide decline of the entomofauna. Instead of feeling...
Mar 14, 2016 | blog, spring, summer
We humans, including myself, were taught to maintain our gardens unnaturally by growing plants spaced apart ,separated by wood mulch around each plant. If we want a natured based, environmentally friendly garden we must allow plants to spread and fill in all the bare areas of a garden as a living mulch. This is the way nature has been gardening for thousands of years!
Mar 19, 2015 | blog, environment, fall, spring, summer
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?
May 17, 2013 | blog, fall, maintenance, native plants, spring, summer
A native garden is like traditional gardens in some ways, but different in other ways. Now we’re welcoming local ecology, natural processes and plants which naturally grow together. Below are a few basic garden maintenance tips everyone should follow.
Feb 4, 2013 | blog, environment, native plants, spring, winterSummary of my presentation from Chicago Wilderness Wild Things Conference on Feb. 2, 2013 Many of us still think of water or run-off from rain fall, snow melt or irrigation as something we want to remove from our properties as quickly as possible. A waste product. We...