Parkways

IMG_0204That strip of lawn outside your house, next to the street, can expand your garden space, become a bird habitat, and provide that tree in the middle with a happier, healthier environment. Tree and grass roots compete for space and water causing stress for both.

Consider taking up grass and replacing it with appropriate groundcovers, native grasses, or full gardens. When parkways are planted with gardens they bring surprise pleasure to those walking by, and it saves you money in watering and chemical fertilizers. If you are not interested in a garden can still replace the lawn with native Illinois grass that grows about 8" tall, tops. Mow it twice a season. Don't mow at all.

Quotation

"All I knew was that the memory of that wood full of bluebells on a May morning would remain with me forever."

Vita Sackville-West, novelist and gardener


Native Illinois Plants

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