Posts Tagged: biodiversity

What’s in a Leaf Pile, Or Why Not to Do Fall Clean-up

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What’s in a Leaf Pile? A lot of potential for life is in a leaf pile. Many beneficial (and beautiful) insects 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… Read more »

Milkweed Cosmos

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Milkweed cosmos: A colony of milkweed is almost its own world.  Most of us have planted milkweed to attract and support the Monarch butterfly, but eventually the other insects that are dependent on it find our milkweed patches.   On the one hand, these bugs are just doing what they’re supposed to be doing–living off… Read more »

Monarch Garden Planting Tips

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If you ordered a Monarch Garden Kit or are new to gardening, this “How-to” sheet might be helpful. Monarch Garden Planting Tips Thank you for purchasing one of the Monarch Kits! The plants will need a little TLC for a few weeks while they get settled and their root systems get established. We’ve written up… Read more »

Power of Native Plants

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Are you new to native plants and not sure why they’re important?  This infographic can help get you started: 

Rethinking Spring Clean-up

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Hold your rake!  Clearing out your garden can backfire–you are removing the building blocks of soil and harming if not destroying beneficial insects that found a safe place in your garden during the winter.  You can learn more about some of these animals in this post: What’s in a Leaf Pile.   Read the below… Read more »

Quick Tips to Tidy the Habitat Garden for Winter

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Quick Tips to Tidy the Habitat Garden We understand the difficult balance there can be between having a presentable garden and being ecologically friendly.  Although we tend to keep our own gardens through the winter, we still do a little trimming and thinning here and there.  Below are some of the strategies we use: If… Read more »

Local Schools Plant Habitat Gardens

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May has been an especially hopeful month this year with all of our young people getting involved in making a big difference for the environment.  In Oak Park and River Forest, local schools have been busy planning, researching, and planting their native plants to support biodiversity and learning. Dominican University recently put in a large… Read more »

Invasives Presentation Recap

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The Problem The topic of invasive plants can be a prickly one.  Burning Bushes, Barberry Bushes, Callery Pears, and Asian Honeysuckles are very popular landscaping choices as are the latest plants that the horticultural industry is selling, most of which have been imported from other continents solely for decorative purposes in a yard.  Invasives do… Read more »