Come see our new Native Plants Raised Planter Project! Our new UCCDG Caring for Creation raised planter, located on the northeast corner of the church's parking lot at 1047 Curtiss Street in Downers Grove, Illinois, was dedicated on July 23, 2017. We encourage you to come join our team that’s helping to maintain this planter and hoping to educate others about the benefits of planting native plants. If you are interested in learning more about this project and our team, click on the PDF below and/or contact Tom Eisenhart (firstname.lastname@example.org).
UCCDG Church Planter Project for Native Plants.pdf
Deep soak your lawn. Water about 1 inch once a week (twice if it’s very hot for several days). Water infrequently, but thoroughly, so moisture soaks down to the roots. This creates deeper, healthier root systems that are more water-efficient and drought-tolerant.
Water early in the morning to reduce evaporation. Avoid watering on windy days. Position sprinklers so water doesn’t land on paved areas and run off into storm drains.
Don’t water in the evening as it doesn’t give the foliage or grass blades time to dry off thereby promoting fungal diseases.
Reduce the amount of water you give your garden and tree by helping your soil hold water! Add organic materials such as compost or peat moss and keep your lawn and garden weed-free. Weeds can rob plants and trees of water and nutrients.
Lay mulch three inches deep around trees and plants (but not touching them) to retain moisture, slow evaporation, and discourage weed growth.
Consider installing drip irrigation systems around trees and shrubs. These systems allow water to flow slowly to the roots, encouraging strong, deep root systems. Drip systems also reduce evaporation.
If you don’t have an automatic sprinkling system, use a kitchen timer or buy a sprinkler timer. You can waste a lot of water in a short time if you forget to turn off the sprinklers.
Give serious thought to recycling clothes, shoes and household goods. While 95% of unwanted clothing and textiles can be re-used or recycled, 85% ends up in a landfill, where it slowly degrades, releasing greenhouse gases, and leaching chemicals, which may seep into groundwater if the landfill is not sealed properly. Download our article below Read the Caring for Creation Newsletter Article and learn more about recycling these items for a better earth.
Caring for Creation March 2017 Article - On Recycling Clothes, Shoes and other Household goods.docx
Sign-up for Illinois' Monarch Butterfly Specialty License Plate
Help protect/restore Monarch butterfly habitats by signing up to get Monarch Butterfly IL license plates/stickers. 2000 requests must be received before the specialty license plate/stickers can be produced.
A $10 non-refundable fee is required with your submission of a sign-up request. IDNR Form and instructions for submission can be found here.
The funds will go toward planting milkweed vital to these butterflies along IL highways. To learn more about the Illinois Monarch Butterfly Initiative, visit the IDNR website.
Make a commitment to help our Butterflies next year- Plan on Planting Native Plants that Support them!