Winter Clearing for Beautiful Results


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…

Weeds Not Wildflowers: Summer Edition

Summer - 20 (2009). Conium maculatum. "Conium maculatum"
Poison Hemlock

The battle against invasive weeds never ends. This is a selection of what’s blooming now that may resemble wildflowers, but should be controlled in natural areas.

Poison Hemlock (Conium maculatum)

Poison Hemlock, a biennial, is blooming with clusters of flat white flowers atop tall purple-blotched stems. A member of the parsley family, it has lacy compound leaves. A single plant may form upwards of 38,000 seeds. This plant is poisonous if ingested and was the hemlock used to poison Socrates. Read More…

Weeds Not Wildflowers

Garlic Mustard
Garlic Mustard

Have you seen these weeds? These aggressive invaders are blooming along roadsides, in forest preserves, and in your own backyard. They are not native wildflowers and can smother our desirable species. Don’t let them get a toehold on your property. We can help! Share this so we can spread the word about invasive species.   Read More…