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  1. An Alternate to the Urban Norm - How Native Plants Can Save the Planet We’ve all heard the frequent argument regarding urbanization: to many of us, the 12 letter word creates a disturbing visual of trees being chopped down and plopping a shopping mall in their place. Urbanization’s negative reach really isn’t as simple as that. Huge swaths of immaculately trimmed and chemically treated, yet relentlessly boring lawn is a result of urbanization. The same old big box store trees and shrubs imported from Europe and Asia or mutant cultivars that line our streets and ...
  2. Native Trees are the Best I have recently seen several articles touting trees such as Bradford Pear and European black alder as easy to grow options for your yard. They are correct. What?????? Well they do grow well, really well, too well!!!! These species are non-native and increasingly invasive in Illinois and around the great lakes region. These are not excellent options for your yard! They are not even mediocre options, they are awful as they are on the cusp of being in increasingly crowded invasive species top ...
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