This is a talk about the birds and the bees. But wait, it’s not what you’re thinking. And it starts with a plant. The plant is known by the scientific name Carex jamesii, but it’s commonly also called James Sedge or Lawn Sedge. As the name suggests, Lawn Sedge looks much like the turf grasse…

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Mulch is a great way to suppress weeds and reduce tillage if you mulch heavily at the end of the growing season. The mulched area is perfect for carefully planting seedlings with minimal disturbance.

People who go looking for beauty in the woodlands of central Illinois tend to get excited about the months of April and May, when showy beauties like Virginia bluebells carpet the woodland floor. But if you wait until April to get out, you may already be a month late for the emergence of the…

The use of native plants in landscape design is a growing trend as gardeners and landscapers learn more about sustainability and the important ecological role native plants provide in the environment. But though the concept may finally be gaining momentum, it is not new to landscaping.

There is a growing body of research supporting the use of native plants in landscaping to preserve local biodiversity and sustain native wildlife populations. Currently, much of our urban plant composition is not composed of native species, based on a historical preference for non-native, ex…