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…

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…

Weed Control for Fall

buckthorn removalWeed species are sturdy, pernicious, and can move quickly. This autumn let us help you get on top of the weed war with fall invasive species control. For some species, autumn is a good time to get in and clean out.

It’s not too late to win against common reeds (Phragmites australis) and cattails (Typha sp.), but herbicide treatments must be applied while plants are still green. Fall applications can be particularly effective as plants draw their last nutrients into the roots. Ask us about prescribed fire as the second step to eliminate these invasive bullies. Open up your wetlands, rain gardens, bioswales, and drainage systems to a new level of native diversity. Read More…