Author: Lisa

The Big Three

Have I mentioned “The Big Three”? These are the three things – in some combination – that all life needs to survive: air, water and food. Humans live just a couple of minutes without oxygen (which is...

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Natural Benefits of Local Food

Do you know where your food comes from? When eating at a restaurant, picking up a quick fast food snack, or sitting down to eat at home, do you know where each of the ingredients in your meal is grown? In many cases, the answer...

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Natural Mosquito Control

I read this great article about how native plants can help reduce mosquito populations by attracting more of the critters that eat them! I saw it on the blog for a company based in Idaho called Conservation Seeding & Restoration....

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Water: Don’t Waste a Drop!

In McHenry County, water is all around us: Groundwater. Wetlands. Watersheds. Stormwater. Even so, all of the water people use locally comes from the ground. Municipal and private wells reach down into “groundwater aquifers”...

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Break Free from the Drone of the Lawnmower

Spring arrived late this year, and with it came the weekend drone of lawnmowers. Many an otherwise perfect Sunday afternoon nap has been shattered by a neighbor’s noisy grass trimming machine. And for what? To do it all over...

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Be aware of Invasive Species

The month of May is officially Invasive Species Awareness Month in Illinois! The goal of the month is to help every resident of the state find out what he or she can do to help stop the spread of invasive plants, animals,...

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