Green Infrastructure: Ensuring Success with Native Plants

A successful native bioswale
A successful native bioswale

An increasingly important approach to water quality improvement, green infrastructure projects such as rain gardens, bioswales, and retention basins, are successful when they function properly and are aesthetically pleasing. Let our expert landscape architects and ecologists at ecology + vision, llc help you enhance your project with curated plant lists, detailed specifications and measurable performance criteria. Together, we can create a beautiful, high functioning project that will last for years to come. Read More…

Featured Project: Bringing Bison Home

Bison After photo 5Our client was acquiring a small herd of bison for his rural property and wanted to evoke the grasslands of the past. Pizzo & Associates, Ltd. was contracted to design and implement restoration of existing pasture areas and agricultural fields. After three years of careful stewardship, it is not only a lush pasture, but a beautiful prairie rich in wildflowers and flowing grasses. The blend of flowers, grasses, and sedges creates year-round interest and makes the pasture a favorite site, even in winter. The clients have experienced increased varieties of birds, mammals, and insects, particularly pollinators. Monarch butterflies are frequently found enjoying the flowers. Read More…

Spring Clean Up: Bring Your Woods Back to Life

Ada Harmon-05 2005Spring is a special time in the Midwest where we shake off the weariness of winter and Mother Nature celebrates with a burst of color. Have you walked in the woods looking for spring wildflowers? Have you experienced the magic of Jack-in-the-Pulpit or carpets of Virginia Bluebells? Midwestern woodlands should be open so you can see through the trees. Birds forage from the tips of the branches to the ground layer covered with wildflowers and grasses. Read More…