No pesticides, no “Keep off the Grass” signs, and no environmental and health risks. That’s what the future will look like with the new Midwest Grows Green natural lawn care initiative adopted by both the City of Urbana and Urbana Park District this fall. “The City of Urbana strives to keep our community a healthy place
MPAC’s Intern Sibyl Pan covers the global decline of bees and how to help our fuzzy friends. With National Honey Bee Day on August 19th fast approaching, we want to celebrate the essential role bees play for the ecosystem and food production. Bees pollinate a third of the food produced by plants, 90 percent of all
MPAC’s Ryan Anderson takes you straight to the experts for managing pesky Creeping Charlie naturally I’ve hosted plenty of MGG Kickoff Events, presented at many community meetings, and attended numerous fairs to know that Creeping Charlie (or Ground Ivy) is a problem. Perhaps the most pervasive weed and the toughest to eradicate. I could refer
When did you last treat your grass with “brown gold” to keep it happy and resilient? MPAC’s Spring Intern Ellicia Sanchez discusses the importance of compost. Just like any house that requires a sturdy foundation to withstand rain, wind, and other external pressures, your lawn needs healthy, organic matter to breathe, hold nutrients and water,
For the second year, the River Forest Park District (RFPD) will manage its fields and grounds free of environmental and health concerns for children, pets, and wildlife by not applying lawn pesticides. “The Park District strives to keep our parks a healthy place for everyone to enjoy,” said Michael Sletten, RFPD’s Executive Director. “We hope
Your lawn’s out of shape! MPAC’s Ryan Anderson constructs a workout and diet plan for your lawn with help from a soil test. We need to manage our lawn’s soil similar to how one approaches a diet. The best dieters do their research beforehand by weighing themselves, tracking their eating and exercise schedule from weeks
MPAC’s Executive Director Ruth Kerzee discusses how to build a strong and healthy lawn from start to finish. A beautiful lawn is like cultivating a new idea. It takes the right ingredients, maintenance, and time. To start, you need a solid foundation of facts and information before elevating the glimmer of an idea into action.
The blooming of forsythia shrubs and the sprouting of tree leafs signals the beginning of the lawn care season and the many critical decisions to grow strong, resilient grass this spring. This year, seven retailers in Kane County alleviate the anxiety lawn care may bring by eco-labeling effective organic and natural lawn care products and tools.
Two local governments in Illinois last week passed resolutions to shift jurisdiction over the regulation of private pesticide use from the State to local authorities. The Village of Oak Park and the City of Evanston passed the resolutions in hopes that the Illinois General Assembly will reconsider a law that prohibits local authorities from regulating
The adverse health effects of pesticides don’t just harm humans. Avid pet enthusiast and writer Jenny Holt explores ways to protect your furry friends from risky lawn care products. Marie Donovan came home from work one day to find her dog acting lethargic and uncoordinated. His refusal of his favorite treats especially worried Marie. Not sure