New Peoria streetscape plan includes opening Fulton Plaza to traffic – Peoria Journal Star

Steve Tarter Journal Star city of Peoria reporter @SteveTarter PEORIA — Traffic may be flowing again through Fulton Plaza in Downtown Peoria if the city adopts a new streetscape plan unveiled Thursday before the Downtown Advisory Commission. Scott Reeise, director of public works, walked commission members through a plan developed by the Office of James […]

Waste not, want not – Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines – There is nothing I know now about living an environmentally friendly lifestyle that I didn’t know five or even 10 years ago. Caring about the waste I create has been a fixture of many a New Year’s resolution past. But because of the demons of convenience and other excuses, I didn’t really […]

Sustainable Landscape: Consider a Christmas tree for your yard – Lincoln Journal Star

In December, most of us are thinking more about holidays than about garden chores. It is a good month, however, to think about the winter characteristics of plants — plants that have interesting seed heads, winter fruits, structure or bark. A trip to Union Plaza or other public gardens nearby will give you some good […]

Sustainable Landscape: Avoid too much raking and bagging – Lincoln Journal Star

Reuse, recycle and repurpose may be the best guides to fall landscape efforts. It’s tempting to go into winter with a clean slate, but one of the best ways to improve soil is to add organic matter, not take it away. Though you may have too much waste to use all of it, any materials […]

Sustainable Landscape: Time to aerate lawns, dig weeds – Lincoln Journal Star

If last year’s mistakes in your landscape haven’t been “wiped clean by summer,” September is a good time to face them. It’s a good time for many other things as well. Hummingbirds are slowly migrating south but will stay into October so it’s time to put out hummingbird feeders. To make your own nectar, boil […]

Valley Datebook – Terre Haute Tribune Star

Today Clay County • Brazil Concert Band performance, 7:30 p.m., band shell, Forest Park, Brazil; information, brazilconcertband.org, 812-448-3420 or mmjjhuber@aol.com. Crawford County, Ill. • Hutson Cabins open, 2 to 4 p.m. CDT, South Rose Street, south of Hutsonville; guided tours of cabin dwelling, museum, inn, store, barn, weaver’s cabin, chapel; tours and events, 618-563-4531. Vigo […]

Sustainable Landscape: Keep yard healthy in summer – Lincoln Journal Star

Planting, pruning and transplanting usually come to a standstill mid-summer. Mowing slows down as well, particularly in hot weather, and leaving turfgrass at least 3.5 inches high helps shade the roots and keep weeds out. Even if you’re gone for an extended period, it’s best not to remove more than a third the height of […]

Promoting eco-friendly items, healthy lifestyle to mark World Environment Day – The Star Online

Guests checking out the healthy meal sets packed with green compliant utensils and box at the PJ Midtown Development’s Green and Wellness event. PJ MIDTOWN Development held an event to promote environmental preservation, and the importance of living an active and healthy lifestyle in support of World Environment Day. Themed “A Vibrant Sustainable Lifestyle”, the […]

Sustainable landscape tips: Manage landscape during hot summer – Lincoln Journal Star

As the weather transitions from a mild, wet spring to the typically hot, dry summer, our attitudes often change, too. Many of us move from boundless spring energy and ambition to summer doldrums, when the call of the garden has lost much of its earlier appeal. Not to advocate laziness, but a sustainable landscape can […]