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MGG Technical Assistance in Action: City of Elgin

Elgin’s turfgrass at Lords Park struggled to grow in rocky, compacted and thin soil.  MGG’s Technical Assistance Program implemented soil restoration to improve the environment for plant growth this fall.  This year, our Technical Assistance Program (TAP) had the opportunity to transition a portion of the City of Elgin’s historic Lords Park away from synthetic

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What do you want in a lawn?

Help researchers in Illinois develop informational resources about natural lawn care: Fill out a survey and enter to win an iPad! Whether or not we realize it, the actions we take to care for our lawns affect the environment. As lawn care relates to water quality, pesticides and fertilizers added to the lawn can runoff

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Events, News

I Spy Green!

Retailers across Greater Chicago share eco-friendly lawn & garden product information Sunday, May 6th. Enter in any one of 21 Midwest Grows Green (MGG) hardware and garden stores on Chicago Grows Green (CGG) Retailer Day, Sunday, May 6th and you will find the products and tools needed to manage your lawn and garden with limited

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Chicago Grows Green

During Chicago Grows Green Week communities, advocates, and nonprofits envision a future Chicago landscape without synthetic lawn chemicals. No pesticides, no “Keep off the Grass” signs, and no environmental and health risks. That’s the future the Midwest Pesticide Action Center (MPAC), Metropolitan Water Reclamation District, and many others hope to demonstrate during Chicago Grows Green

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Stoughton Grows Green

During Stoughton Grows Green Day, citizen action groups, nonprofits, and advocates envision a future Stoughton landscape without synthetic lawn chemicals No pesticides, no “Keep off the Grass” signs, and no environmental and health risks.  That’s the future that Sustainable Stoughton, Midwest Pesticide Action Center (MPAC), and many others hope to demonstrate during Stoughton Grows Green Day,

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The MGG 2 year review

MPAC’s Ryan Anderson recaps MGG’s progress the past two years and the work we still need to do in 2018. On October 21st, MPAC completed its last Midwest Grows Green Kickoff Event of 2018 with the help of Elmhurst Cool Cities Coalition. I’m happy that our last stop for 2018 was in Elmhurst, because in many

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National Honey Bee Day: Save Our Pollinators

MPAC’s Intern Sibyl Pan covers the global decline of bees and how to help our fuzzy friends. With National Honey Bee Day on August 19th fast approaching, we want to celebrate the essential role bees play for the ecosystem and food production.  Bees pollinate a third of the food produced by plants, 90 percent of all

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Creeping Charlie: How natural lawn care providers control them

MPAC’s Ryan Anderson takes you straight to the experts for managing pesky Creeping Charlie naturally I’ve hosted plenty of MGG Kickoff Events, presented at many community meetings, and attended numerous fairs to know that Creeping Charlie (or Ground Ivy) is a problem. Perhaps the most pervasive weed and the toughest to eradicate. I could refer

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