“Green and Natural Spaces: Long-term Management is the Key” in Lexington

Professional Grounds Management Society – Annual Conference – Lexington, KY

On October 17, Jack Pizzo will be presenting Green and Natural Spaces: Long-term Management is the Key at the PGMS Annual Conference in Lexington, KY.

Presentation Summary:
Most people think natural spaces do not require maintenance and once you plant it, you can just walk away. Nothing can be further from the truth. Much like traditional gardens or your home, natural areas also require ongoing maintenance in order for them to perform. Not only do they provide benefits to our ecosystems (pollinators), they can also solve other issues such as drastically reducing soil erosion around retention areas.

Learning Objectives:

  • Your role in the natural spaces and how you can help – at work or at home
  • What are native, non-native, invasive and why it matters to your local ecosystem
  • Understand how planning is an integral part to a good natural area
  • Strategies for an effective management (stewardship) plan
  • Why consistent and ongoing management is key for success

To learn more about PGMS and the annual conference, visit their website.

Village of Montgomery Basins

Since 2007, Pizzo & Associates, Ltd. has been the Village’s Native Landscape and Water Quality Maintenance Contractor and is charged with maintaining the Village‐controlled basins and naturalized areas. The stewardship program focuses on sustainability and the overall aesthetic of each site within the village.

Nantucket Cove HOA

Since 2006, Pizzo & Associates, Ltd. has been restoring and stewarding the stormwater basin at the Nantucket Cove community. The Village of Schaumburg mandated native plantings for the severely eroded shoreline. Originally the HOA Board of Directors had priced out a riprock stone solution, but our proposal for a native shoreline buffer came in significantly under that budget.

Peck Farm Park

ecology + vision, llc conducted the conceptual design, design development, and completion of full bidding documents for Geneva Park District’s Peck Farm newly phased 36 acre park. Initial work included converting the existing agricultural field to prairie on the Miller Parcel and a mix of prairie, wet prairie, and savanna ecotypes on the Thompson Parcel. We provided follow-up vegetative monitoring and reporting to ensure performance criteria were satisfied prior to acceptance.

Tinley Park Naturalized Basin Assessments

ecology + vision, llc has conducted detailed inventories of existing vegetation for multiple naturalized basins, all of which are stormwater facilities owned by the Village of Tinley Park. The project includes detailed vegetative inventories, critical analysis regarding the quality of natural vegetation and its distribution throughout the properties, recommendations for ecological restoration, and recommendations for phasing with specific cost estimates for restoration and long-term stewardship.

Panduit Corporate Headquarters

ecology + vision, llc was retained by the project landscape architect to design the native planting areas, including a 1 acre sustainable buffalo grass lawn. Panduit is a global manufacturer and distributor of electrical solutions, their World Headquarters in Tinley Park, Illinois is built to be a model of sustainability and a template for environmental and societal leadership…not just for today, but for future generations.

Chicago Park District Peace Garden Reconstruction

ecology + vision, llc advised the Chicago Park District on revitalization of the Peace Garden landscape, including tree removal recommendations, design, and plant palette. ecology consulted on select tree removals and structural pruning in order to allow dappled light to the understory.

Anita Purves Nature Center

Conducted conceptual design, design development, and completion of full bidding documents for the Urbana Park District’s Anita Purves Nature Center Habitat Garden. The project consists of a 2 acre parcel surrounding the Nature Center, bounded by the Saline Drainage Channel, and also serves as the access point to Busey Woods, a 59 acre woodland that contains high-quality remnant areas of woodland, savanna, prairie, wetland, and riparian ecosystems.

Adjustable Forms LEED Landscape

Adjustable Forms Inc. (AFI), one of the most respected and advanced cast-in-place concrete construction firms in the country, had outgrown their current facility located in Lombard, IL. They wanted to renovate and expand upon their current 8,000 sqft office and 12,000 sqft warehouse spaces. ecology + vision, llc (ecology) worked closely with the architect and owner to develop a landscape design for the two-acre project site that complements the building aesthetic, reduces maintenance costs, eliminates irrigation and contributes to LEED Gold certification.