Friday, March 8, 2013

Invite Nature to Your Yard

Yes, there is still snow on the ground, but it's not too early to start making plans for bringing more wildlife to your garden this year.

Invite Nature to Your Yard
Sponsored by the Village of Glen Ellyn Environmental Commission
Wednesday, March 20, 2013, 7pm
Glen Ellyn Public Library, Meeting Room B

Jim Kleinwachter, Land Preservation Specialist for The Conservation Foundation, will be on hand to explain how your yard can easily be improved to help reduce water run-off, increase wildlife habitat, and improve the soil. Strategies for reducing your water use, creating a habitat for birds and butterflies, reducing chemical use, mowing less, and eradicating invasive plant species will also be discussed. Participants will also learn how to use rain barrels, rain gardens, and native plants to solve yard problems, and will receive a butterfly identification guide and native plant list. For more information, or to RSVP (required), please contact the Environmental Commission staff liaison at 630- 469-5000.

Free Property Consultation
The Village of Glen Ellyn has partnered with The Conservation Foundation to provide residents with a property assessment that will determine how well the land retains rainwater and supports our local wildlife. Based on the property assessment, property owners may already qualify for Conservation@Home certification, which recognizes landscapes that are environmentally friendly with an attractive yard sign. If a property does not immediately qualify for certification, The Conservation Foundation staff can then make recommendations on how to improve landscapes by adding native plants, planting butterfly and rain gardens, and eradicating invasive plant species.
Interested residents can sign up for the free consultation at the “Invite Nature to Your Yard” seminar.


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