OAKtober

OAKtober

Celebrating Oaktober OAKtober is a time to celebrate the majestic oak. Oak trees are a keystone species, meaning they are trees that entire ecosystems depend on for survival and habitat. Oak acorns provide food for more than 100 vertebrate species of wildlife, and a...

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AUTUMN 2023 SEASONAL CARE LIST

AUTUMN 2023 SEASONAL CARE LIST

Autumn is a wonderful time of year for vibrant leaves, bonfires, and warm sweaters. It's also a time to prepare for Winter and plan ahead for a Spring. Here are some suggestions for taking care of your natural areas this Autumn. Collect Seeds If you are looking to...

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SUMMER 2023 SEASONAL CARE LIST

SUMMER 2023 SEASONAL CARE LIST

Summer is a wonderful time of year for sunshine and outdoor activities. In these hot and dry months there are a few things you can do to help our natural environments. Here are some suggestions for taking care of your natural areas in the summer months.   MULCH...

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SPRING 2023 SEASONAL CARE LIST

SPRING 2023 SEASONAL CARE LIST

Spring is a busy time of year. Actions taken now will help your natural area look great throughout the summer and fall while improving its ecological value for the sake of Mother Nature! PRESCRIBED BURNS Most native plantings need to be burned, an adaption from...

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Starry Stonework – A New Aquatic Invader

Starry Stonework – A New Aquatic Invader

Starry stonewort (Nitellopsis obtuse) is a ‘new’ aquatic invader that is getting a lot of attention in the upper Midwest and Northeast not only because of the speed at which it dominates the water feature where it resides, but also because management option choices...

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Better Privacy Screening – Replacements for Buckthorn

Better Privacy Screening – Replacements for Buckthorn

One reason why invasive buckthorn persists in our yards is that it provides exceptional privacy screening.  Why take buckthorn down when it is doing the job for you?  Well, because buckthorn is bad for our environment, and you will feel a great sense of satisfaction...

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A Guide to Buckthorn Removal

A Guide to Buckthorn Removal

Buckthorn is an aggressively invasive plant species that threatens the health of native plants and animals in environments across the United States. To maintain a healthy, balanced ecosystem, you need to remove buckthorn from your property. Unfortunately, eliminating...

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Pond Bacteria: Good vs. Bad

Pond Bacteria: Good vs. Bad

Any functioning ecosystem, including a pond, needs bacteria to sustain life and maintain a balanced ecosystem. Bacteria are microscopic single-celled organisms measured in microns (one millionth of a meter), ranging from 1 to 10 microns in length and 0.2 to 1 microns...

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