Prairie Restoration & Additional Natural Area Restoration Services in Kildeer, Illinois
There's no shortage of beautiful landscapes in Kildeer, Illinois. Still, many areas in the village don't have the plants and vegetation that are native to the area. Natural environments are an important part of the ecosystem. That's why the McGinty Bros. team is committed to preserving these vital areas. While we love creating beautiful lawns and commercial landscapes, McGinty Bros., Inc. also has a longstanding commitment to restoring and managing natural areas in the greater Chicago area, including Kildeer Village.
Natural area restoration requires extensive local knowledge and an understanding of native plants. Our team has the education and experience to help restore local areas to the condition they were centuries ago. In fact, we take care of approximately 100 natural restoration projects each year and a staff of 35 employees who specialize in natural area restoration. No restoration project is too big or small for the McGinty Bros. team to conquer.
What is Natural Area Restoration?
Natural area restoration is native landscaping on a grand scale. We turn large, open areas back into the type of land they might have been in the 1800s before this area was settled. Prairie restoration, wetland restoration, and restoring overgrown upland areas leads to a healthy local environment. With a combination of imagination and education, our landscaping renovation experts envision a large area the way it might have been in an untouched state. Then, we use the natural traits that are still retained by the land to restore the space to its former ecological value.
Services used for natural restoration may include:
- Soil Preparation
- Pre-installation Herbicide Applications
- Seeding (hydroseeding, drill seeding, and broadcast seeding)
- Herbaceous Plug Planting
- Tree and Shrub Planting
- Selective Herbicide Applications
- Prescribed Burning
Reclaim the Natural Environment with Ecological Wetland and
Over the centuries, native landscapes are changed by the actions of people living in the area. Invasive plants are introduced, the terrain is altered, and landscapes are completely changed. For instance, wetlands are drained and filled, forests are cleared, and invasive plants that aren't native to the area are introduced as ground cover. When these changed landscapes are neglected, the result is overgrowth and degenerated landscapes that no longer serve our local ecosystem.
The McGinty Bros. team works to repair those changes, and return local landscapes back to their former glory. Our area restoration team is dedicated to preserving the natural environment, and with bachelor's degrees and advanced degrees in natural resource fields, we have the education and tools to get the job done right. For over 30 years we have been providing native habitat restoration and management in Kildeer, IL and the greater North Chicago area to a variety of property and business owners including:
- Private Landowners
- Corporate Properties
- Country Forest Preserves
- Conservation Districts
- Park Districts
- Governmental Agencies
- Landscape Designers and Consultants
The Benefits of Prescribed Burning
Burning off a landscape sounds dangerous and destructive, but it has many important purposes. Fire makes some people nervous—and it should. Uncontrolled fires can quickly get out of hand and destroy acres of property and eliminate homes. That's why it's always a good idea to leave fires to the professionals. Prescribed burning is a controlled fire, used by professionals to assist in repairing certain landscapes. Our burn boss and crew members are current Illinois Department of Natural Resource licensed with S-130/S-190 Basic Wildland Fire Training. We know how to safely and effectively do a burn.
You're probably wondering why you would want anyone to burn your landscape. Prescribed burning can provide these benefits to any landscape.
- Control weedy species
- Manage built-up vegetation
- Promote native plants that feed the local ecosystem
Prescribed burns are targeted to control certain plant species and promote others. The timing and procedure are important elements of success. For the safety of the area and best results, always leave prescribed burning projects to the professionals.
Soil Erosion and Sediment Control
It can take hundreds of thousands of years to generate an inch of topsoil. The best way to fix this problem is to prevent soil erosion in the first place. With years of experience in shoreline and streambank stabilization, the McGinty Bros. team has a variety of solutions for erosion and sediment control. Erosion issues often bring up plenty of questions and concerns. We understand. In fact, we're just as invested in healthy Kildeer landscapes as you are, and we're happy to address all worries to come up with the best solution for the area. We use the following techniques for soil erosion and sediment control:
- Brush Mats
- Coir Fiber Rolls
- Deep Rooted Native Vegetation
- Live Stakes
- Vegetated Geo-Grids
Small Scale Native Landscaping Projects for Your Residential or Commercial Property
Restoring the natural environment isn't all about large tracts of land. Your residential or commercial landscape can provide a great space for native landscaping that helps the natural environment. Don't worry, we're not suggesting that you tear down buildings or turn your lawn into a prairie. You can reap the benefits of a native garden or bioswale while contributing to the local ecosystem.
Beautiful Native Gardens
If you think growing a garden is too much work, you're not lazy. You just haven't found the right plants yet. Native gardens use plants that thrive in the local area, so taking care of them is a breeze. Installing a native rain garden provides you with a beautiful, easy to care for garden that produces many benefits for the local environment. A rain garden works as a natural irrigation solution, removing standing water from your property and filtering pollution. Native rain gardens provide:
- A home for butterflies, hummingbirds, and other local wildlife
- Reduced mosquito breeding
- Removal of chemicals and pollutants from local soil, streams, and property
- A beautiful, low-maintenance garden for your property
Attractive Commercial Bioswale
You may not be familiar with the term bioswale, but you've probably seen them. A bioswale is a natural alternative or enhancement to storm drains and other irrigation solutions. A bioswale is like a rain garden on a larger scale. They provide water runoff solutions near parking lots or roadways. Bioswales are an attractive drainage choice compared to concrete storm drains and provide a habitat for local wildlife.
You've probably seen storm drains in the area that are completely overwhelmed by big rain events, leading to localized flooding and a mess to clean up. Bioswales are a great solution since they have the ability to completely control the runoff from small rain events and significantly limit the flow to storm drains during larger storms. As if that wasn't enough, the native plants in a bioswale help filter pollution and keep the natural landscape from eroding.
No matter how big or small your natural area is, we'd love to help you with a restoration project. To learn more about wetland or prairie restoration, get in touch today. Our team is happy to discuss your project, answer your questions, or schedule a free, no-obligation site evaluation.
Your Free Site Evaluation is a Phone Call Away
When it's all said and done, a natural area looks like it belongs on your Kildeer property. If you desire to restore part of your land to its original ecological value, please give us a call. We'll set up a free site evaluation and take a look at what you have. You are under no obligation to accept any proposal we offer. The professional knowledge and experience of McGinty Bros., Inc. far extends that of our competitors, so we encourage you to contact us and get your prairie restoration project underway.