One of the most important steps you can take to support clean water, rich soil and resilient ecosystems in Lake County is to add plants to your landscape that are native to northeastern Illinois. Nothing helps soil, water or ecosystems like natives. You'll be delighted with the profusion of trees, shrubs, perennials and grasses to choose from, and many work well in designs ranging from formal to casual.
Native plants evolved under this climate with these soils – so they're hardy and require little in the way of watering once they’re established. Native plants tend to have deep roots that build rich soil. Those roots aid in both water purification and rainwater absorption. And they provide essential food chain links for songbirds and butterflies – both of which will become regular visitors.
Bringing nature home is easy with Conservation@Home. Through fairly simple steps, your property can retain its aesthetics while supporting clean water, rich soil and resilient ecosystems. This is of particular value in Lake County, home to the state's greatest diversity of native plants and wildlife.