| Jun 26, 2014
| 3:06 PM
Outdoor spaces get more attention this time of year as we venture outside during those long, warm days and evenings.
And who doesn't like to watch nature's dance as a humming bird or butterfly flit by?
Native plants in the garden and in landscaping...
| Jun 18, 2014
| 2:24 PM
My son has had Lyme disease twice — serious infections requiring intravenous antibiotics. How can I keep ticks out of my yard? He plays in our wooded lot every day, and I'm at my wit's end!
Ticks like to hang on branch tips and grab a ride when we...
| May 30, 2014
| 1:24 PM
When Kay McConnell's daughter moved with the rest of her classmates into Friends School's new middle-school building, the kids seemed out of sorts in the unfamiliar space. It was as if they missed the coziness of the cramped quarters that had been their...
| Jun 2, 2014
| 3:52 PM
A major environmental restoration project on the lakefront around Fort Sheridan, estimated to cost about $13.6 million, could begin in the fall of 2015 after years of planning, according to local and regional officials involved with the project.
| May 14, 2014
From a tiny acorn comes a mighty oak tree, and from a small change in one yard comes a leap toward improving the health of a region's landscape.
At least, that's the belief espoused by Conserve Lake County, a Grayslake-based nonprofit heading into its...
| Jul 29, 2014
| 12:59 PM
EAST HARTFORD — The East Hartford Hockanum River Watershed Council is taking over efforts to remove water chestnut, an invasive plant, from the Hockanum River on Saturday morning.
Residents are invited to take part in the event, which will begin at...
| Dec 26, 2013
| 4:41 PM
Metropolitan Chicago can have a robust economy long into the 21st century because of its freshwater assets and its transit infrastructure, should we invest in them. As urban sprawl imperils freshwater supplies elsewhere and climate change threatens...
| Jan 7, 2014
| 2:42 PM
Blocking Asian carp from invading the Great Lakes could require an engineering marvel that rivals the reversal of the Chicago River more than a century ago, according to a new federal study that promises to reignite a fierce debate about the region's...
| Nov 27, 2013
| 4:32 PM
The phrase of the day was "invasive plants," defined as species that take over an area outside their natural environments at the expense of native plants.
Students from three Howard County middle schools have already learned enough about invasive...
| Apr 16, 2014
| 2:18 PM
When a plant is listed as invasive, how far does it spread? How far apart should I plant bamboo for a privacy screen?
How far? "Invasive" doesn't mean garden-variety nuisance — it means a foreign invader spreading aggressively until it has...
| Apr 23, 2014
| 1:03 PM
With all the invasive species out there, should I cut down my Japanese maple?
No, the Japanese maple is not invasive. Most non-native plants are not. Many spread or produce seedlings, but they don't take over the neighborhood or show up in natural areas....