08:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Mellody Farm Nature Preserve
This event is cosponsored by The City of Lake Forest and Lake Forest Open Lands Association.
350 N. Waukegan Road
Lake Forest, IL , 60045
Native plant material will be made available at reduced costs with a portion of the proceeds going toward re-greening Lake Forest’s open space.
Over the past few years, springs in Lake Forest have been cool and wet, and summer storms have increased in intensity. Also, Lake Forest falls and winters have been somewhat mild in comparison to the norm. Changes like these can drastically affect the long-term health of your trees and plants.
One of the best ways to establish and maintain a healthier landscape for your home is to use a diversity of native plants. Native trees and shrubs have evolved to withstand weather-related stressors more efficiently than non-native species. It is also important to select a variety of species to avoid widespread tree and plant loss caused by pathogens and insects, as seen with the enormous loss of local ash trees in recent years due to the invasive Emerald Ash Borer.
Native plants and trees:
• Promote biodiversity and support native wildlife which is important
for ecological balance
• Require little maintenance, because they are already
adapted to our soils and climate
• Are less dependent on fertilizers, pesticides and
• Have evolved natural defenses against many regional pests