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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: One Year Later!

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A Miracle Happened Here…My Cruddy Lawn Gets the Greenwise Treatment OK, so calling it a miracle is 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 […]

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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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To Water or Not to Water?

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We pride ourselves on creating sustainable lawns and gardens, so how much to water is a tricky question. As you know, water is a valuable resource and we need to use it wisely. To water or not to water? Plant care cannot be quantified to a specific formula. It requires some observation and judgement depending […]

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A Beautiful Shade Garden Sanctuary

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We created a beautiful shade garden, a sanctuary really, for one of our clients in north Evanston. Prior to our work, the backyard was surrounded by a chain-link fence, overgrown yew shrubs, patchy poor-growing grass, and unsightly views of old bushes and bare branches from the back patio. Our client always wanted more of a […]

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