Village of Palos
8999 West 123rd
Street, Palos Park, Illinois 60464
Prairie Tall Mix :
(Bergamot, prairie dock,
cone flowers and goldenrod)
Take Root with Native Plants in our
The good news...many people in our
community are working hard to promote the use of native plants in
landscaping. And Palos Park residents can play a vital role!
Great Lakes basin native plants are
indigenous plants that have evolved over thousands of years, adapting to
the geography, hydrology and climate of the region. Native plants are
beautiful, hardy and require less maintenance (once established) than
conventional lawns. With their biodiversity, native grasses and flowers
provide food and shelter for a host of birds, butterflies and beneficial
Landscaping with native plants enhances our
environment while reducing the need for the use of lawnmowers,
pesticides, fertilizers and watering. Furthermore, native landscaping
practices improve air quality by reducing smog-forming emissions caused
from the use of lawn maintenance equipment (mowers, weed edger's and
leaf blowers, for example). Native landscaping methods, therefore, help
conserve valuable—an non-renewable—gasoline and electricity resources.
To our valued residents...Please consider
native plants in your future landscaping endeavors for these reasons.
- Native plants do not require
fertilizers, reducing chemical run-off (phosphorus and nitrogen)
into creeks (like MillCreek, for example) regional rivers and lakes.
These chemicals harm aquatic life and, interfere with recreational
- Native plants need less pesticies
because they are hardy, having adapted to local and regional
conditions. Pesticide run off from conventional
lawns contaminates our waterways.
- Native plants reduce air pollution
because native grasses and forbes (flowers) do not require
maintenance with gas-powered garden equipment. And lawn tools burn
fossil fuels associated with a variety of air polluting chemical
emissions, including the emissions of smog-forming volatile organic
compounds (VOCs). Consider this: Just one gasoline lawnmower in
operation for one hour emits 11 times the pollution of a new car!
- Native plants attract a variety of
bird and butterfly species by providing a diverse habitat and
nutrient source. Imagine viewing beautiful songbirds and Swallowtail
butterflies from your window if you landscape with prairie grasses
and wild forbes (flowers).
Native landscaping promotes biodiversity
and the natural heritage of our region. There was a time (before the
European settlers) when our northeastern Illinois landscape consisted of
natural oak savannas, wetlands, woodlands and tallgrass prairies.
Returning to a portion of our original ecosystem through native
landscaping practices makes sense from an environmental and
socio-economic viewpoint. Residents in our community can play an
important role by exploring the benefits of the native landscaping
alternative. Bring a taste of the wilderness back to the urban area!
Want more information on how to get started: Visit
*[Clean Air Counts is a voluntary,
public-private initiative to reduce smog-forming pollutants and energy
consumption in the greater Chicago, six-county region. It is a
collaborative effort between the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus, the EPA and
participants such as the Village of Palos Park.