Monthly Archives:: November 2014

Deer Resistant Plants

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Deer Resistant Plants We’ve been asked a few times about deer-resistant plants, and we’ve done some research and have compiled the below list sorted by sun requirements. To assemble the document we cross-referenced from different sources that report these native plants as being deer resistant.  Sources include personal experiences from prairie restorationists, Prairie Moon Nursery,… Read more »

What’s in a Leaf Pile?

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What’s in a Leaf Pile? Many beneficial (and beautiful) insect overwinter in our yards. For instance, the Katydid (important food source for birds during late summer) and Preying Mantis overwinter as eggs attached to twigs, stems, and/or leaves. Ladybugs and Lacewings also spend the winter in our gardens.  Native bees find winter homes in soil,… Read more »

Start-up Guide for Native Gardens in West Cook County

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Native Gardening Basics There are many ways to start using native plants in your garden. You can start to incorporate native plants into your existing landscape – or – you can start completely from scratch. First, make an assessment of the environmental conditions (shady or sunny, drainage, soil types, irrigation, etc.). Also, make an inventory… Read more »

Behind the Scenes at a Wild Animal Hospital & Seed Swap

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West Cook Wild Ones will bring Jack MacRae, a Naturalist from the DuPage Forest Preserves, to present “Behind the Scenes at a Wild Animal Hospital.” This presentation gives a look at the Willowbrook Wildlife Center, the oldest and largest wild animal hospital in the U.S. Mr. MacRae will speak to us about the animals that… Read more »