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.)
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!
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: