1. Destructive Pine sawflies on Mugho Pine in Wheaton Il. Contact certified arborist Ed Max for consultation on your trees and shrubs.

    December 21, 2015 by MAX
    Arborist Ed Max of West Chicago Il

    Pine sawfly can strip your mugho and scotch pine foliage. Feeding on last years foliage will leave the plants  looking ragged. Planting species that are not on the sawfly menu helps as does being on alert in early spring and removal before the damage is done. A hard spray of water, shaking the shrubs, or applying BT ( a natural bacteria)Contact certified arborist Ed Max through the contact us button above for advice on your landscapes soon.

     

     

     

     

     


  2. Designer Ed Max’s landscapes in fall, near West Chicago Il.

    December 7, 2015 by MAX
    Edward Max, landscape designer, landscapers of Wheaton and Winfield, using Drought tolerant species for a sun bed , landscape in West Chicago, Winfield, Wheaton Il area,

    Xeriscapes designed by Landscape designer Ed Max of West Chicago Il, and maxlandscape.com: Cactus, thyme, plus dropseeds( Sporobolus)-all planted in this harsh sunny spot and hold up well. Seen in this West Chicago, Il garden in mid season.

     

     

     


  3. White Lady’s Slipper Orchid (Cypripedium can.)

    May 22, 2015 by MAX

    Another good year for these rare (threatened status in Ill.) orchids. I’ve had the uncommon chance to witness two large stands of these beauties in Dupage Co, and two days apart in two diff. areas!
    Fond of fens, and calcareous soils, these native orchids were once plentiful. Now, with few remnant prairies, we need to do all we can to protect their health through habitat quality, such as burning, and keeping invasive species at bay. Slow to reproduce, they also tend to get browsed by hungry deer.

    landscape design by ed max, maxlandscape.com,

    Wheaton native habitats, and landscapes, natural landscapes of the West Chicago area.


    Native landscapes of the western suburbs of Chicago are at your fingertips! Do not dig wild orchids. They can be bought from reputable on-line sources.
    Call us for landscape design services or for a quote to renovate your existing landscpaes and woodlands.


  4. Controlled burns benefit the woodlands and gardens.

    March 18, 2015 by MAX

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    Same area of this woodland garden a month after the fire – what a difference!

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    Controlled fires can make a quick clean up of a messy, and leaf clogged woodland. Be sure to have the proper permits, safety training, and water at the ready! Use an experienced crew to burn your prairies and woodlands. Your open spaces will appreciate it!

    Call us or email to set a consultation date.

     


  5. Early blooming plants in the late winter landscapes of West Chicago and Wheaton area.

    March 13, 2015 by MAX
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    Native and ornamental witchhazels attract pollinators, which is especially important early in the season for these hungry bees, as seen in this colorful landscape in West Chicago Wheaton area. Seen… the hungry honeybee here……and  On March 12th.!!!

    Seen: Hammemalis ‘Arnold’s Promise’

     

     

    Landscape design services ( Glen Ellyn, Wheaton,  Winfield,  West Chicago, Lisle, Geneva gardens, St. Charles Il)  focusing on your likes and needs. Contact us now, the gardens as seen here have started popping! !!

    Spring cleaning up and mulch time too!

    * (for the record…1st blooms seen on 3/10 in this Midwestern woodland garden).

     

     

     

     


  6. Fall colors enhance our lives and our landscapes!

    October 7, 2014 by MAX

    fall clors by max's greener places, landscape desogn in Wheaton, Il

    The autumnal colors of the Midwest are sadly missing from most landscapes. Max’s Greener Places wants to put a little color back into the landscapes using native shrubs and trees. Our landscape designs always incorporate some plant varieties such as one of the many sumacs, serviceberry, maples, ginkgo, Japanese maples, some of the grasses, and even the foliage of select perennials can be awesome late in the landscape season. .
    Fall colors – with proper plant selection, can rival spring with all its’ natural and outstanding beauty!

  7. Patio installation (replacement) and landscaping in West Chicago

    October 6, 2014 by MAX
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    This product used for new patios and walkways is called ‘Avante Ashalr’ installed by Max’s Greener Places (maxlandscape.com,), a landscape project in West Chicago, Winfield area, new patio and landscaping to follow

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    old patio made of mortared brick, was a mess,

    Fall 2014, this old decrepit patio has fallen apart, so it was torn out, new walls went in

     

     

     

    patios and landscaping by max's greener palces

    The faux stone (looks like flagstone) went up followed by the new paver patio.

     

     

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  8. Rare orchids of the prairies

    September 9, 2014 by MAX
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    White Ladies Slipper Orchid: quite rare and quite fleeting was my moment with these incredible beauties!


  9. An uncommon shrub from a snappy Naperville garden

    January 31, 2014 by MAX

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    Bottlebrush buckeye (Aesculus parv.)     click on pic to view

    A fantastic shrub for the woodland garden, or the shaded borders. Mounding habit to 10′ x 10′ or more.  Luminous white blooms in mid-summer makes this uncommon shrub a stand-out. Also clear yellow fall color as a bonus!  A must have- as seen here in a mature landscape in Naperville Il.

     


  10. Tips for a Greener holiday: Cut your own!

    December 3, 2013 by MAX

    A great tip for saving huge money: avoid buying greens (flown in all the way from the Pacific NW), and use your own trimmings, from your own yard! If you have a decent variety of shrubs and esp. evergreen- avoid too much trimming in summer, and do it in late Fall. You’d be amazed at the beautiful assortment of greens right outside your door.Arborvitae, White Pine, Spruce, Yew, and Boxwood grees, plus red-berried Winterberry-all Ed Max’s favorites for wreaths, swags, outdoor planters etc, even centerpieces. So get out there, and start trimming!Happy Holidays!

    Thuja, prefers moist areas.

    Arborvitae (thuja) trimmings, for swags, wreaths etc, and they are from your own yard!

     

    Will grow well in your gardens, Dupage, Kane or Cook Co.

    WINTERBERRY (ILEX vert.) Bright carmine red berries cover this bush in fall- cut for the touch of color in your outdoor holiday decor, plus will grow well in your wet  gardens, Dupage, Kane or Cook Co., BIRD attractant!