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Why Plant Native Species?
You can choose from a variety of native ferns, flowers, plants, shrubs or woody plants suited to almost any backyard. Native plants are beautiful, hardy, less expensive, easy to maintain, beneficial to the environment and thrive in Illinois gardens.
Rain Barrels and Compost Bins
Using rain barrels, backyard composting, and planting native species are all sustainable and environmentally sound practices that will not only be good for your pocketbook, but for your home, community and beyond:
Rain barrels reuse stormwater from rooftops and divert water from storm drains, decreasing the impact of runoff to streams and minimizing sewer overflows during heavy rainfall.
In addition to creating a nutrient-rich soil for yards and gardens, composting at home means you'll dispose of less material in your waste, diverting a large percentage of materials from landfills.
Composting reduces water needed for gardens and improves resistance to plant diseases and insect pests.
The region's popular eco-friendly lawn and garden program is available in Lake County. If you're looking for tips on how to get started with native landscaping, Openlands can assess your property and offer advice. Some fees apply. Learn more and sign up for a Conservation@Home consultation today.