McHenry County Department of Health - Environmental Health
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Native Landscape

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Designs by Nature

Native landscaping absorbs rainfall and reduces the runoff of nutrients and chemicals and provides a natural habitat for butterflies and birds.

Natural landscaping will reduce the need for yard waste disposal and rely less on turf and more on woodland and natural plantings.  Selecting plants that are native to our area will provide the following benefits:

  • Reduce pesticide use
  • Reduces use of power equipment
  • Enhances wildlife habitat
  • Less upkeep and watering

A more natural landscaping requires less maintenance than a conventional lawn, not to mention the reduction of chemical and pesticide use.

Native plants have learned to adapt to their environment and climate in order to survive with little human assistance.  It also benefits local wildlife.

Native plants and flowersAdditional Information on native landscaping may be found at:

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Natural Landscaping List by State

Natural Resources Conservation Service
Listing of Illinois Native Plants







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