Featured Project: Village of Montgomery

PhotoDump-0825-2010 435The Village of Montgomery boasts many beautiful naturalized stormwater basins. We at Pizzo & Associates, Ltd. are proud to be an integral part of their continued success! We have used invasive plant management, aquatic weed management and prescribed fire to create basins that are brimming with color and life. When needed, we have supplemented areas with native plugs and seed.  Read More…

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…

Raingardens: A Sustainable Solution

Picture7Raingardens can be a beautiful addition to your site and will attract beneficial pollinators while controlling storm water and run off. By choosing a wide range of native plants, you can enjoy flowers from spring into fall, stunning fall color and unique winter interest. You’ll also create habitat for butterflies, bees, birds, amphibians and more.

Some native plants are particularly suited to a raingarden environment where they may be inundated for periods of time and then experience drought. Deep roots hold soils in place and allow for greater drought tolerance. For a sunny raingarden, consider swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata), wild bergamont (Monarda fistulosa), swamp rose mallow (Hibiscus moscheutos), to name a few. For a shadier site, don’t forget the sedges! Their cascading foliage and handsome seed heads add dimension in a shade raingarden. Try palm sedge (Carex muskingumensis), awl-fruited sedge (Carex tribuloides) or brown fox sedge (Carex vulpinoidea). Read More…

Pizzo Group Detention Basin Projects Featured in EPA Report

EPA Report Front Page “Naturalized detention basins are becoming an increasingly popular stormwater control measure (SCM) in the Midwest. A naturalized detention basin is similar to a conventional pond but is enhanced with relatively flat side slopes and diverse plant communities along aquatic benches and within buffers. These basins are intended to provide multiple benefits including pollutant removal, flood prevention, hydrologic stability, and creation of habitat.”  Read More

Living Landscapes: A Native Plant Conference, Featuring Doug Tallamy

Native Plants Green RoofJoin Grace Koehler from Pizzo Native Plant Nursery at the West Cook Wild Ones’ Living Landscapes: Native Garden Conference on May 17th! Grace will be hosting a workshop on green roof systems as a storm water management tool while highlighting successful native plant selections as alternatives to sedum and conventional perennials.

The keynote speaker is Doug Tallamy, author of “Bringing Nature Home” and co-author of “The Living Landscape”.