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Healthy Hedges

Ready to clear and replace the invasive woody plants from your yard? Check out the resources below to help you on your journey to a healthier year! Or fill out this application to map your woody invasive free yard!


Identification and Background Information

Ilinois Forestry Association's Identification and control of woody invasive species in fall and winter

University of Ilinois Extension's Vegetation Management Guideline: Bush Honeysuckles

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources


Removal and Treatment

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources What you can do to control buckthorn?

University of Minnesota Extension video

Conserve Lake County (Openlands) Remove the Buckthorn

Illinois Department of Natural Resources Vegetation Management Guide: Japanese Honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica Thunb.) 



**Healthy Hedges 24x36 poster**

**Healthy Hedges tri fold brochure with 11x17 poster**

**Healthy Hedges Invasive Woody Plant Replacement Guides: Native Shrub Guide and Non-native Shrub Guide**

University of Illinois Extension Selecting Shrubs for Your Home


Where to Find Replacements

Native Tree Sales. Check out our listing of native plant sales in and around the Chicago Region for inspiration in replacing the invasive plants in your back yard and growing a healthier yard!

CRTI Nursery Shrub Inventory

Metropolitan Water Reclamation District - Restore the Canopy Plant A Tree program,  free native trees in Cook County



You've earned some bragging rights by clearing and replacing invasive species on your property! Fill out this application to request a "Woody Invasives-Free Zone" decal to post on your Conservation@Home sign, mailbox, window, etc.


Spread the Word

TEDx talk by Lake County Forest Preserves' Director of Communications Allison Frederick, "Why we can't let nature take its course"


The Healthy Hedges Campaign is a partnership of the following organizations:

Illinois Landscape Contractors AssociationBarrington Area Community TrustPlanIt LandscapesLake County Forest Preserve DistrictForest Preserves of Cook CountyRingers Landscaping