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Native plants hit on all environmental fronts and they are one of the most inexpensive things you can do today to make a positive change in your own backyard.

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When it comes to planting native seed, most people in Illinois and the Midwest think of spring and summer. This is when the seed of annual vegetables and flowers and grass is planted in gardens, landscape beds and lawns. Native plant seed, however, can be, and in most cases should be, planted in late fall through late winter, a technique called “frost seeding.” Planting at this time of year is typically the best of the year to plant native seed as it mimics and takes advantage of a natural process. If you missed this fall/winter window and you are seeding...

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Nature is resiliant, we just need to cultivate the seeds and it will spring back. Just as we have increased protections for air, water, and habitat we have seen wildlife rebound native landscaping is beginning to make a real positive impact. In the photo is the state endangered black crowned night heron living it up in downtown Chicago. These were increasingly rare, but we protected and restored habitat and those conservation seeds are showing great results. The same goes with native plants restoring our planet. Putting in those few plants in your landscape works, just watch nature leap to life...

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Some evidence is showing the abundance of grasses and sedges is super important for native bee conservation! Why? They have fine roots and they begin to build up the organic matter back to pre-settlement levels. This organic matter is necessary for the ground to absorb and hold water. What does that have to do with native bees? The water regulates the soil temperature. Many native bees are ground nesting and they need that heavy organic matter to nest in and a well regulated soil temperature to thrive. We lost this organic matter through oxidation over centuries of tilling agricultural practices....

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Enjoying the fruits of your labor in your native garden!!!! This time of the year shows off the strength of your garden.  We are just past peak flowing time for most native gardens, but they are still quite beautiful and we can look forward to our fall flowers.  Take some time, sit back, relax, and enjoy the beauty, the warm sun on your face, the smells, the sounds, the buzz of the bees, the fluttering of the butterflies, and the birds eating seeds and fruits.  The eclipse was something to behold, but Mother Nature is also quite impressive!  When reflecting...

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