Pizzo & Associates, Ltd. offers professional clearing, restoration and installation services utilizing highly experienced crews trained in plant identification and the most current restoration techniques. Many of the Midwest’s natural areas have become overgrown with invasive and non-native species or weedy vegetation, such as Common Buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica) or Reed Canary Grass (Phalaris arundinacea) due to mis-management and fire suppression. Invasive and weedy species pose a serious threat to our native plant communities. These non-native and aggressive species lack natural mechanisms of control and consequently dominate a site.
Selective clearing and pruning allow sunlight to penetrate down to the understory plants and soil. Sufficient sunlight is essential to all native flora, enabling them to establish, flower, and most importantly reproduce. When favorable conditions are maintained through regular stewardship and a fire regime re-established, our native plant communities dominate the restoration area.
Installation is also a necessary component to most restoration efforts. In order to be successful, installations need to be conducted by experienced ecological restoration crews. Whether it is installing hard materials such as erosion control blanket, plant material such as trees, shrubs, or live plugs or seeding for a new planting or enhancement; every project is truly unique and requires a well formulated plan of action.
Whether it’s clearing a wetland from an infestation of Cattails or selectively removing an impenetrable thicket of Buckthorn from the understory of an established woodland; from planting a shoreline with vigorous live plugs to seeding large expanses of open prairie; Pizzo & Associates, Ltd. will plan, schedule, and implement your clearing, restoration or installation project with minimal impact to the site.