Sustainable Landscaping Series offered

Published: Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013 5:30 a.m.CDT

Sustainable landscaping is part of a growing national effort in the landscaping industry. Sustainable landscapes conserve and improve the environment, are esthetically pleasing and save money. Why not think about making the landscape of your home more sustainable?

Come join University of Illinois Extension Educators for a series of programs focused on various aspects of sustainable landscaping. The series, which begins March 7 at Kishwaukee College, will cover five different sustainable landscaping topics.

1. Introduction to Landscape Planning and Design: 6 to 7 p.m. March 7

Join an Extension educator and a local landscape professional for an introduction into basic landscape design techniques and sustainable hardscapes installation. Personalized advice will be given throughout the series on creating your own landscape plan.

2. Right Plant, Right Location: 6 to 7 p.m. March 21

Learn how to achieve energy efficiency in your home through proper planting, wind break installation and more.

3. Sustainable Landscaping 101: 6 to 7 p.m. April 4

Learn about various aspects of sustainable landscaping including low energy landscaping and sustainable weed control techniques, among others.

4. Water Efficient Landscaping: 6 to 7 p.m. April 18

Learn how to install a rain garden and plant a xeriscape. Proper mulching techniques for water conservation and water storage irrigation options will also be discussed.

5. Gardening for Pollinators: 6 to 7 p.m. May 2

Sustainable gardening can help attract and retain our native pollinators in the garden. Learn how to select and retain the right plants for attracting pollinators –especially butterflies and hummingbirds –in your garden.

While these programs are designed for home gardeners, landscape professionals also can gain valuable knowledge.

Cost for the program is $36 for the series or $12 per session. To register, call 815-825-2086, ext. 2040.

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