Nature & Nurture: Father and Son Grow a Business from a Shared Passion for the Environment

Posted by Nicole Bradley on Aug 4, 2016 10:17:34 AM

Spending time outdoors is a way of life for Jeff and Eric Sebert, father and son who share a love - the landscape as nature intended it. Their appreciation stems from growing up enjoying trees, plants and animals. And, that passion has grown into a progressive business venture that is a product of two generations of family sharing a vision for a greener world.

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Topics: Sustainability, Native Prairies

If You Plant It They Will Come: Native Plants, Trees And Flowers That Attract Birds And Butterflies

Posted by Kim Riebel on Sep 24, 2015 10:35:00 AM

The birds and butterflies that visit your commercial landscape can be as much of an attraction as the plants growing on the property. Watching a colorful butterfly land on an open flower petal and flutter into the sky can feel magical—like you have a backstage pass to nature’s “show.”

Birds of all kinds will visit your Illinois landscape, making your great outdoors a dynamic, interesting experience for visitors, employees or residents. And while bees might seem like a bother, they play an important role in the pollination process.

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Topics: Native Prairies

How To Maintain Native Prairie And Sustainable Landscapes

Posted by Kim Riebel on Jul 20, 2015 5:00:00 AM

There’s no such thing as a no-maintenance landscape. As long as a living thing takes in nutrients and grows, there are some responsibilities required.

So, while native prairies and sustainable landscapes call for less frequent maintenance than a traditional landscape — which requires weekly mowing and weeding — you can’t just plant-it-and-forget-it.

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Native Prairie vs. Sustainable Landscape: What’s The Difference?

Posted by Kim Riebel on Apr 23, 2015 5:00:00 AM

Sustainable landscapes are of interest to commercial property owners for a number of reasons, including their desire to make a positive contribution to the environment, reduce ongoing maintenance, and increase property value.

Sustainability in the landscape refers to a balance and harmony between people, the economy and the environment—the long-term health of our properties and the planet. If we sustain the earth, we sustain ourselves.

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Topics: Native Prairies

Top 5 Prairie Plants For Illinois Properties

Posted by Kim Riebel on Mar 26, 2015 5:00:00 AM

Planting native prairies can help restore the ecosystem on your commercial property and essentially “give back” to the land in a number of ways. You’ll protect the biodiversity of plant species, which means breaking the ecological monotony that turf introduces.

And, native prairies help restore soil quality, translating into benefits such as controlling rainwater runoff. Not to mention, native prairies in the landscape act as a sound barrier, useful for Chicago commercial properties where you hear traffic, not wildlife and birds.

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Why Native Prairies Make Sense in Our Modern World

Posted by Kim Riebel on Mar 19, 2015 8:55:00 AM

If the first thought that comes to mind when native prairies are suggested for your landscape is long, billowing grasses on frontier land—we’ve got news.

Today’s native prairies are tall, short, blooming, grassy, attractive and provide a highly beneficial textural backdrop for your Chicago commercial property.

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Topics: Native Prairies