Experts give summer-ready tips for home, garden during Dish and Design

Synthetic turf, sustainable yards, fresh tequila cocktails, faux florals and creamy avocados were the hot topics during Wednesday’s Dish and Design “A Taste of Summer” event hosted by Homestyle columnist Maureen Feighan.

Ivan Katz from Great Lakes Landscape Design in Oak Park kicked off the virtual party by sharing his own Huntington Woods home to give tips on creating an outdoor oasis. 

He talked about using rocks and different plants to give a variety of textures and colors at different times of the day and season. He explained that front yards like his, which is mostly plants and trees rather than grass, can be more sustainable.

“Plants don’t need as much water as a lawn does,” he said, adding that they don’t need the same chemicals or fertilizers, either. 

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