Featured Project: Graceland Cemetery

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In only two years, the site already resembles a lush prairie.

It’s a historic cemetery breathing new life within its grounds. The trustees of Graceland Cemetery wanted to recreate a piece of the tallgrass prairie that once covered much of the Chicago region. Our native plants and landscapes were an inspiration to O.C. Simonds whose innovative designs made the cemetery into a peaceful, pastoral place. Read More…

Benefits of Invasive Clearing

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From weeds to a beautiful glade filled with golden alexanders and wild hyacinth.

Fall and winter are the perfect time to attack invasive woody species by brush clearing. Once desirable native woodland plants have gone dormant, it’s time to go in and remove woody shrubs and trees.

When we perform brush clearing we target invasive shrubs such as barberry, buckthorn and honeysuckle. These shrubs leaf out early and hold their leaves longer, preventing sun and water from reaching the forest loam. Once the stems have been cut back, it is necessary to treat the fresh stumps to prevent resprouting. Sometimes removal on nonnative trees such ornamental pear, is necessary. A prescribed fire can reduce or eliminate regrowth. Read More…

Plan It Right: Design Services

Z:Project FilesE-111006-P-LAKEDwgXR-RP-01.0306.2012 Park (1)Each project is unique and offers its own challenges and rewards. Designing it right from the beginning provides a solid framework and plan for execution. Our professional ecologists and landscape architects bring a wealth of knowledge of our native ecosystems to your project. Let us help you build a sustainable solution using native plants that have evolved to thrive in your conditions.  Read More…

Mandy Leifheit Joins Pizzo Native Plant Nursery

mandy leifheitPizzo Native Plant Nursery is delighted to announce that Mandy Leifheit has joined the team as Sales Assistant. With a degree in landscape design from Kishwaukee College, Mandy has been an active participant in the green industry for the past 13 years. She has served in various roles at Suburban Lawn, Midwest Groundcovers and most recently as a landscape designer at Grant and Power Landscaping.

We are pleased to welcome Mandy in her role handling sales, customer service, invoicing and more. She is particularly excited to be working with native plants and all their challenges and rewards. You may reach Mandy at mandyl@pizzonursery.com or 815.981.8000.

Prairie Sod: A New Way to Add Natives to Your Site


A meadow mix with buffalo grass turf.
A meadow mix with buffalo grass turf path.

Imagine a thriving prairie meadow or a lush buffalo grass lawn in only two years. With prairie sod, the possibilities are endless. We are thrilled to introduce this new product that marries the beauty and utility of native plants with effective and the efficient installation that sod offers.

Prairie sod offers:

  • A greenhouse-grown, weed-free solution that can be customized to your species specifications
  • A unique green roof application
  • More complete ground coverage than plugs or seed
  • Built-in erosion blanket for bioswales, raingardens, and shoreline applications
  • Salt tolerant species available for challenging sites

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