Why? Because We Care, Too
Greenwise is a mindset. It’s a choice. It’s a way of being.
Greenwise is here to change the world. It is a path where sustainability, renewable resources, and alternate technology are foremost priorities. The option to be thoughtful of the health and vitality of our environment is here for the taking.
By choosing Greenwise, you are greenwise.
This world is complex and the choices are many; let us provide common sense alternatives that protect and foster the ground we walk on, the air we breathe, and the people and animals we love. We commit to endorsing only the best products and services on the market: those that are safe, practical, and effective. As such, we are here for you, for the environment, and for a world where there is no distinction between the two.
It’s your world, it’s your family, it’s your choice. Be wise. Greenwise.
COMMITMENT TO EXCELLENCE
We at Greenwise appreciate the trust and faith you put in us as your landscape provider. We understand that there are many options for landscaping services and that we must earn your trust through the integrity of our work. We believe in offering you services of great value and quality, and thus we stand behind our work with our Commitment to Excellence.
You deserve a job well done, that is not only functional yet beautiful, and that is not only safe for your family, yet good for the environment. Our team of professionals is committed to bringing you the highest standard of service. From landscape design and installation, to sustainable landscape maintenance, organic lawn care, and snow removal you can rest assured that we stand behind our Commitment to Excellence.
You are protected by this Commitment to Excellence. If the job is not completed to the standard you expect from Greenwise, we will assess the work, resolve the issue, and make sure that you are satisfied. We are committed to not only doing a great job for you today, yet also ten years from now. You have enough to worry about in managing your property and therefore we commit not just to installation yet to sustaining into the future. We hope to create an experience that allows you enjoy the fresh air and experience the beauty of your landscape for many years to come. This is our commitment to you, this is our Commitment to Excellence.
At the heart of each day of work at Greenwise are our values. First and foremost, we value you. We are dedicated to providing you excellent service at an affordable price. We value offering the best service, which is not only very effective, but also improves the health of your landscape. We value quality, and without it an environmental approach loses it integrity. The choice to have a landscape that improves our world is not a compromise, it is a bonus. We commit to endorsing only the best products and services on the market: those that are safe, practical, and effective. As such, we are here for you, for the environment, and for a world where there is no distinction between the two.
Landscapers for a Green Chicago
Greenwise opened its doors in the Evanston community in 2007 and have since established our reputation as the leading sustainable landscape company in the greater Chicago area.
Greenwise believes in beautiful landscapes that sustain you as well as the life around you. Your landscape is an opportunity for you to enjoy the natural world, relax, and find sanctuary. Your garden can be your solitude, your entertainment, and your connection to the vibrancy of life. This means that a quality landscape should not come at the expense of your health, but contribute to it. A high quality landscape does not pollute the environment, it supports clean water, soil, and air.
Greenwise not only provides the very best of landscaping services, we make landscapes that improve the environment and are safe for you and your family to enjoy year round. Toxic landscape practices are outdated and over prescribed. It is our goal to lead the landscape industry into an era where sustainable practices are a priority. We do this with a very experienced and professional team of landscape architects, designers and horticulturists dedicated to creating a better way to manage your outdoor environment. We offer a variety of lawn care services, but most importantly we offer our professional expertise. Our services can be customized so that your landscape is cared for exactly the way that you like it. We are at your service and happy to help you achieve your goals. Together, we can create a more beautiful world.
Greenwise Pesticide-Free Parks Program: Learn More!
Greenwise loves its hometown! Evanston has been a great partner to us since we opened our doors back in 2007. In order to thank the community that has supported and grown with us, Greenwise partnered with the City of Evanston to launch the Pesticide-Free Parks Program (PFP Program) in 2014.
PESTICIDE-FREE PARKS INITIATIVE
The overuse and misuse of pesticides is a significant source of chemicals finding their way into the region’s lakes, rivers, and streams.
To help educate the public about the dangers of cumulative & ‘downsteam’ pesticide impact, Greenwise proposed working with The City of Evanston to launch a 2013 pilot program in which Greenwise would maintain a city park completely free of pesticides and synthetic fertilizers at no cost to the city.
The pilot program was so successful, that in 2015, The City of Evanston and Greenwise expanded the program to five parks to be maintained without the use of pesticides: Ackerman, Burnham Shores, Eiden, Perry, and Trahan.
Alternative weed control methods are used in the selected parks, such as mowing high to increase root strength and naturally shade out weeds, and improving soil health for natural weed resistance.
The success of the Pesticide-Free Parks Program has caught on. Other municipalities along Chicago’s Northshore, such as Park Ridge and Lincolnshire, are working Greenwise to launch similar pesticide-free parks initiatives in their municipalities.
Natural Habitat Evanston
Greenwise is proud to be a founding partner of Natural Habitat Evanston, a non-profit group of like-minded Evanston residents, businesses and others helping the city achieve National Wildlife Federation (NWF) certification as a Community Habitat for birds, bees, butterflies, and other pollinators.
Natural Habitat Evanston, encourages homeowners, schools, houses of worship, businesses, institutions, and the City to earn NWF certification for their properties by (1) providing the four basic elements that all living creatures need — food, water, cover, and places to raise their young — and (2) reducing or eliminating the use of pesticides and herbicides. The program also seeks to engage the whole community through such activities as workshops about birds, pollinators, and the plants of greatest benefit to them, invasive plant removal at community sites, a Facebook page, and volunteer training.
Many Evanston homeowners are already using native plants and taking other steps that could qualify them for certification. Indeed, 60+ Evanston homes and the Canal Shores Golf Course already have NWF certification.
How Can You Help?
- Get certified! Your yard, your apartment balcony, or the common area at your apartment building, house of worship, school, or business can qualify for NWF certification. Learn more and get started here. Bonus: NWF certification will make you part of the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge, a national effort to restore critical habitat for pollinators in peril. For tips about creating habitat for birds, read our 6-page publication Enhancing Your Garden For Birds.
- Help us spread the word. Join with other habitat volunteers to promote the certification program and help with community education activities and events. Please email [email protected] and get connected today.
- Become a Partner. Your business, club, nonprofit, or place of worship can become a partner of Natural Habitat Evanston. Partners provides their logos for use on program materials, encourage their members or customers to get involved, certify their own green spaces, if feasible, and offer other assistance, as they wish. To become a partner, please send an email to [email protected].
Natural Habitat Evanston Partners (to date)
Citizens’ Greener Evanston
Evanston Environmental Association
Greenwise Organic Lawn Care
IDG Innovative Design & Graphics
Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation
Lake Street Church
National Wildlife Federation
Wild Onion Yoga
Join the Conversation on the Evanston Community Habitat Certification Facebook page.
Why Become a Community Habitat? Birds and pollinators need our help. Many species are in decline worldwide due to loss and degradation of habitat and improper use of pesticides and other chemicals.
Our location on the shore of Lake Michigan makes Evanston a prime spot to create and protect healthy habitat. Over 275 bird species migrate through the Chicago area each spring and fall. They fly over the lake all night and arrive here hungry and exhausted, in need of food and shelter. Numerous other bird species live here year-round and need places to nest and raise their young.
Evanston has a critical role to play in providing for endangered pollinators, too. Our monarch butterfly population has declined by 80 percent from its average of the past 20 years. Some species of native bees (which as a group do the yeoman’s share of pollination) are also in steep decline, again due to habitat loss and pesticide use.
By creating, restoring, and conserving the habitat that birds and pollinators need to thrive, and by reducing the use of insecticides and chemical pesticides and herbicides, our community will be a healthier place for birds and pollinators — and for humans, too.
Why Are Pollinators Important? Pollinators move from plant to plant, searching for protein-rich pollen or high-energy nectar to eat. As they go, they are dusted by pollen and move it to the next flower, fertilizing the plant and allowing it to reproduce and form seeds, berries, fruits, and other plant foods that form the foundation of the food chain for other species — including humans. Pollinators are themselves important food sources for other wildlife. Countless birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians eat the protein and fat-rich eggs, larvae, or adult forms of pollinators, or feed them to their young. Pollinators play a critical role in the food supply for wildlife and for people!
Bees are well-known pollinators, but over 100,000 invertebrates — including butterflies, moths, and beetles — and over 1,000 mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians, act as pollinators. Pollinators worldwide are in decline. Habitat loss, invasive species, parasites, and pesticides are largely to blame.
Midwest Pesticide Action Center
The Talking Farm
Citizens’ Greener Evanston
Community Wildlife Habitat
City of Evanston Health and Wellness Committee
Go Green Wilmette
Go Green Glencoe
Go Green Park Ridge
Go Green Northbrook
Go Green Winnetka-Northfield