Winter Clearing for Beautiful Results

IMG_1437

Is winter clearing of invasive woody species part of your stewardship plan? In Illinois, our forests should be open and you should be able to see through the tree trunks. Our prairies should be a sea of flowers and grasses. Our wetlands should be a mosaic of sedges, aquatic plants, and wildflowers. Does your natural area look like that? Our schedule is filling up with late fall and winter brush removal work. If you have an overgrown area, call us! We want to help you bring it back to beauty. Read More…

Weeds Not Wildflowers: Late Summer Edition

Amb_triInvasives are everywhere! This is a selection of what’s blooming now or is about to flower that may resemble wildflowers, but should be controlled in natural areas.

 

Common and Giant Ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia and A. trifida)

Common Ragweed is a short annual at around three feet with ferny foliage and a greenish yellow flower spike. Each plant produces 3,500 seeds per year. Giant Ragweed can range from three feet up to 10 feet tall! Its large mid-green leaves are lobed in patterns of three or five. Firm flower spikes are yellowish green and form at the top of the plant for maximum wind dispersal. Each plant can produce up to 10,000 seeds. Ragweed is the bane of allergy sufferers in late summer and early fall with its copious pollen release. Read More…