the desire to promote the welfare of others, expressed especially by goodwill to fellow members of the human race
an act or gift done or made for humanitarian purposes
Over the years, Balanced Environments has contributed to many organizations and causes that create big impact on groups and individuals needing help. Two recent events demonstrate our desire to give-back and make a difference where we can.
“Second Chance” Plantings The re-use of appropriate plantings is becoming a popular movement toward sustainability. Each spring, we identify properties where spring pansies and over 2500 tulip bulbs are re-purposed and given a “second chance”. New tulip bulbs which are planted in the fall and removed after they bloom in the spring can be re-used if stored properly during the summer. This spring we donated over 500 tulip bulbs to Roberti Community House (RCH) in Waukegan, Illinois. RCH is intended to be a gathering place, a safe haven, where neighbors of all ages can come together to develop and share their skills and talents and celebrate their successes.
Camp “I Am Me” Sponsored by the Illinois Fire Safety Alliance (IFSA), Camp I Am Me is a special and unforgettable one-week camp experience for children and teenagers who have experienced injuries from burns. Through the generosity of donors, supporters, and volunteers, since 1991 the IFSA offers this camping opportunity at no-cost to campers; including lodging, meals, activities, and transportation to and from camp (YMCA Camp Duncan - Ingleside, IL). Through our membership in IREM (Institute of Real Estate Management) we donated our time during the 2017 Camp I Am Me Fun Fair on June 21st. Activities, games, treats and prizes were a huge part of the day to help make a memory of a lifetime for the campers.
Re-purpose your perennials by dividing them...
Did you know that most perennials, with a few exceptions, can be divided in either spring or fall? In fall, late August through September timing gives divided plants some time to re-establish prior to the winter cold. A cool, cloudy day is best to minimize plant shock and a generous layer of mulch is recommended.
See the following links describing the benefits and time frame for successfully dividing your perennials this fall or call us to help you prepare a plan for this process.