Ecological Restoration

Pizzo & Associates, Ltd. and Native Landscape Contractors, LLC (for projects that require labor agreements) are both highly experienced working in all habitat types and at all levels of establishment.  Whether it is an existing natural area in need of restoration, a new corporate campus trying to establish a sustainable landscape, or even a homeowners’ association looking to manage their community resources, we have expert sustainable solutions for each and every project.

Restoration

Pizzo & Associates, Ltd. and Native Landscape Contractors, LLC offer professional clearing, restoration and installation services utilizing highly experienced crews trained in plant identification and the most current restoration techniques.

DID YOU KNOW? We provide sustainable landscaping (LEED for Landscapes), ecological contracting (habitat and ecosystem restoration), Low Impact Development (LID) and green roof solutions for projects that require labor-based agreements? Read more.

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Common buckthorn foliage.

Many of the Midwest’s natural areas have become overgrown with invasive and non-native species and other vegetation, such as Common Buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica) and Reed Canary Grass (Phalaris arundinacea). This overgrowth is due to mis-management and fire suppression.  Invasive and weedy species pose a serious threat to our native plant communities as these non-native and aggressive invasive species lack natural mechanisms of control and consequently dominate a site.

Selective clearing and pruning allow sunlight to penetrate down to the under-story plants and soil.  Sufficient sunlight is essential to all native flora, enabling them to establish, flower, and most importantly reproduce.  When favorable conditions are maintained through regular stewardship and a fire regime re-established through prescribed fire, our native plant communities again dominate the restored area.

Installation is also a necessary component to most restoration efforts.  In order to be successful, installations need to be conducted by experienced ecological restoration companies.  Whether it’s installing hard materials such as erosion control blanket, plant material such as trees, shrubs, live plugs or seeding for a new planting or enhancement, every project is truly unique and requires a well-formulated plan of action.

Native plants under a stand of trees near Montgomery Hall at Northern Illinois University thrive after invasive species were cleared.