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A Wildlife Habitat in Riverwoods, Illinois

This nice-sized property can be considered as being composed of several elements. The front and driveway side of her house were naturalized with praire plants. A drainage swale runs across the front by the street and, eventually, into a much larger swale in the back of her house. This separates her property from a golf course. The area is wooded except for her immediate back yard which was planted with grass for her dogs. She had a nice shady garden planted around the back patio and a small vegetable garden at the end of the driveway. We will concentrate here on the prairie and swale.

A nice assortment of prairie flowers and grasses abound around the front and side of the house.

The drainage swale running across the front of the property was also appropriately designed and planted. The village ordeiance required that I leave at least fifteen feet of swale by the culvert opening unplanted.

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