Thoughtful Living Series Presents . . . Trees, Lawns & Parkways


Wednesday March 14th, 7:00pm, at the River Forest Public Library, 735 Lathrop Avenue The strip between the street and the sidewalk -- What are River Forest regulations for planting?  How can you care for your trees?  Can you protect your elm and ash trees from disease?  Can you have healthy grass without chemicals?  What about mulching -- how much, when and why?  Why is "volcano" mulching bad for trees?  Join us for an evening of ANSWERS!   Learn more about eco-friendly landscaping, what's the difference between organic and conventional lawn care, how to be the guardian of your trees and what the Village has to say about that unknown space between the street and your lawn.  Please share the attached flyer with others!

Speakers for the evening are . . .

Dan Krug is an ISA Certified Arborist with The Care of Trees, a national tree care company. Dan has been with the Care of Trees for 6 years and currently works in River Forest, Oak Park, Elmwood Park, and several other territories in the Chicagoland area. Dan will speak about tree selection for parkways and best practices for the planting and care of trees, including disease prevention.

Jeff Swano, owner of Dig RIght In Landscaping, is based in Brookfield. He is a member of the Illinois Landscape Contractors Association “Sustainable Landscaping” Committee. Jeff will speak about the difference between traditional (chemical-based) lawn care and organic lawn care. He will explain how to manage soil, plants and pests sustainably, without chemicals; he will also address the trend toward the phasing out the use of lawn chemicals by municipalities.

Phil Cotter is the Director of Public Works with the Village of River Forest. Phil has been with the Village since 1997, and before that he was an Environmental Consultant. He will speak about village regulations relating to parkway plantings. Can we choose whatever plants we want for our lawns and parkways? Did you know that there is a recommended list? Phil will answer your questions about the Village’s regulations and recommendations.

About the "Thoughtful Living Series"

The Thoughtful Living Series is in it's second season.  It is a collaboration between the River Forest Park District Foundation and the River Forest Library.  The series was created as an opportunity for community discussion and a forum to share information and ideas for thoughtful living in our village and with our neighbors.