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Fall Clean Up…a Transformation

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While I was working for Greenwise, it turns out Greenwise was working for me. After work on Friday, I drove up to our house, and even in the dark, I knew Greenwise had arrived for my fall clean up. For me, it’s always exciting when Greenwise shows up; probably because I never had professional landscapers […]

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Hydrangeas: To Prune or Not to Prune? And When Exactly?

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We love hydrangeas in our area, so chances are pretty good that a hydrangea of one species or another is blooming in your garden. What makes hydrangeas so popular is their beauty—those big, beautiful white, blue, pink and dusty pink blooms–and easy maintenance. Sometimes, however, it’s confusing as to when (or even if) you should […]

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Why Our Green Approach to Snow Matters

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We Chicagoans have no illusions about winter. We know snow and ice are inevitable. It’s how we approach these wintry conditions that matters, and as you should expect, Greenwise has a proactive approach that is both environmentally and pet friendly. Snow clearing is a dirty business and most companies treat it as an emergency response […]

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How Do Pesticides Affect Our Pets?

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You love your dog, but is your yard safe for your pooch? With so many conventional lawncare companies in the area, not all of our yards are safe. Think about it. Cats and dogs use their noses to poke around everywhere. Those noses are moist, mucous membranes, making it easy to absorb, inhale and ingest […]

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The leaves are falling. Leave them for mulch!

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Did you know that 8 million tons of leaves go into landfills every year? Why is that a big deal? It’s a problem because without enough oxygen to decompose, all those leaves emit damaging greenhouse emissions. Plus, it’s missing a golden opportunity. Think of leaves as naturally occurring vitamins in your yard or free turf […]

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A Miracle Happened Here

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OK, so that’s a bit of hyperbole, but not as far-fetched as it sounds. We’ve been living in our south Evanston home since 2001. I think that was the year my father edged our front lawn. I’m pretty sure, it’s never been done since. The lawn is my husband’s terrain (and by default, our teenage […]

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Greenwise Meets Mid-Century Modern in a Low-Maintenance Landscape

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An Evanston family transforms a poorly defined, overgrown front yard into a seamless extension of their mid-century modern home. A few years ago, the Robinson’s moved into a mid-century modern home in Evanston. After spending many years in Tucson, they gained an appreciation for the architectural aspect of landscape design and xeriscaping principles (landscaping and […]

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Armyworms: What are they and should you be worried?

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We are starting to see something new this year…Armyworms. This is the first year where we are seeing Armyworms impact our lawns. Part of the reason is our cool, wet spring, which favors their development. We may also be seeing them because of our warmer winters, which means they are moving farther north than they […]

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Nutsedge. What’s That?

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Nutsedge in Your Grass? Nutsedge looks like grass, but it grows faster, so it will be a few inches taller than your grass. It also grows in bunches and is usually a lighter yellowish-green color. Nutsedge is difficult to get rid of because it’s not a broadleaf weed, and so doesn’t respond to our weed […]

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Pesticides: Why They Are So Bad and What Can You Do?

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Pesticides are getting a bad rap these days and for good reason. One of the latest studies out of the UK show that even at low levels, pesticides adversely affect our bees and other wildlife. Plus, there’s our own health to worry about. Glyphosate (a.k.a. Monsanto’s Roundup®) is the most widely used herbicide in the […]

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