BURNING YARD DETRITUS – BURNING vs ROTTING

Question:  Over the winter, a lot of downed branches accumulated on my property.  In the past I’ve burned them. It’s the cheap solution, and my neighbors haven’t yet complained about the smoke.  But now with all the news about global warming I’m wondering whether...

Plants That Attract Butterflies

Approximately 150 species of butterflies can be found in Illinois. Unfortunately, they are declining in numbers, mainly due to the loss of wetlands and prairies. Planting butterfly gardens will help support their populations and, as a bonus, give us the pleasure of...

Our Wild Neighbors

As human expansion has consumed or fragmented so much natural habitat, we occasionally may find ourselves a little closer to some of our animal neighbors than we might wish. A few precautions, and some common sense, can help keep the relationship between humans and...

Bees And Colony Collapse Disorder

A significant portion of our food supply depends on pollination by honey bees. But these bees suddsenly started disappearing due to something scientists called Colony Collapse Disorder. Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) occurs when the majority of worker bees in a colony...