When we took over the natural areas at Tanglewood Hills from the initial developer, we faced extensive restoration and stewardship of its nearly 50 acres of natural areas. Over the years we have used a mix of stewardship and complete renovation to build a layered four-season landscape. Most of the areas in the subdivision serve as stormwater solutions in addition to common space. The extensive prairies act as a dry bottom detention system in flood events. There are multiple walking paths so that residents can explore and connect with nature.
Since 2001, we have had the privilege of restoring and stewarding portions of the Harbor Springs development in Aurora, IL. The basin is adjacent to an active park and is bordered by a popular walking path and it acts as a stormwater management solution for the surrounding homes.
Since 2006, Pizzo & Associates, LLC 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.
The deep-rooted prairie plants not only hold the soil in place, but slows down run off. The water is is now clear and teeming with fish, frogs, and turtles. The site is maintained by hand-pulling weeds, using selective herbicide and conducting prescribed fires.
Nantucket Cove Homeowners Association was the recipient of several Illinois Landscape Contractors Association (ILCA) awards including Merit in Multifamily Landscape Maintenance (2008), Merit in Commercial Landscape Maintenance (2009), Gold in Sustainable Landscape Maintenance (2010), Silver in Sustainable Landscape Maintenance (2011), Decade award/ Silver in Commercial Landscape Construction (2017), as well as the USEPA & Chicago Wilderness – Conservation and Native Landscape Award (2008).
Regency Oaks maintains both dry bottom detention areas and a basin and since 2007, we have had the responsibility of restoring and stewarding these areas for the Homeowners Association. The owners of the upscale homes enjoy the variety of birds, butterflies and pollinators attracted by the diverse native plant communities.
Lakeside Villas Homeowners Association’s stormwater basin got a complete overhaul and is now thriving with native species that supports its shoreline. This project, completed by Pizzo & Associates, was awarded a Silver in Ecological Plantings from the ILCA.
Brook Forest Homeowners Association contracted Pizzo & Associates to turn this bare stormwater into a sustainable landscape.
Illinois Landscape Contractors Association – Decade award/ Gold Award in Commercial Landscape Maintenance awarded to Pizzo & Associates, Ltd.