Here are 9 ideas to revamp your backyard this summer. See them all - http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/other/9-ways-to-revamp-your-backyard-for-summer/ss-BBjigUF?ocid=DELLDHP#image=1

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 Make summer cooking and drinks even better with herbs plucked from your own backyard or windowsill pot.
says Annie Thornton, from the Houzz Editorial Staff team.  Here's 11 herbs not to leave out of your garden this summer. 

Read more: http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/27663387?utm_source=Houzz&utm_campaign=u1246&utm_medium=email&utm_content=gallery15

 

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Get glorious veggies and fruits on your patio with a pro’s guidance — including a recipe for potting mix. Most edibles do well in containers, and in some cases even prefer them, says Annie Thornton, Houzz Editorial Staff. For gardeners with poor soil, or no soil at all, container gardening can be a way to create the edible garden your landscape wouldn’t otherwise allow you — all within steps of your house. But where to start? Thornton shares San Francisco Bay Area gardening consultant and edible-garden designer Steve Masley 10 great tips to growing the edibles in containers.  Read More: http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/24753545?utm_source=Houzz&utm_campaign=u1195&utm_medium=email&utm_content=gallery18


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Monday, 20 April 2015 09:18

New Front Yard Landscaping Ideas

The best front yard landscaping draws the line of sight to the front door and features eye-catching color and textural combinations along the way, says Roseann Foley Henry. Here are a few simple but effective tips for boosting curb appeal with trees and bushes, your driveway and walkways, and more from Roseann Foley Henry and bobvilla.com.


First and foremost, don’t hide your door behind large shrubs and trees. You want your landscaping to sweep the eye up to the door, not block the view completely. Position larger plants and trees off to the sides, says Roseann, and keep them trimmed back to allow a full view of the door.

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Front Yard Landscape Design, Winnetka, IL.,  Schmechtig Landscapes

 

Henry's second tip, don’t skimp on foundation plantings. A typical two-story home should have a bed about eight feet deep around the front to soften the view. Use plants of varying heights, different shades of green, and different textures to create an interesting mix. Use containers on the front steps and walkway to add variety and color, but not so many as to make things look chaotic. Keep it simple and elegant.

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Front Yard Landscape Design Ideas, Glenview, IL., Schmechtig Landscapes 

 

Finally, Roseann says, don’t forget your hardscaping—that is, the walkway, driveway, and other hard surfaces. Little things like changing a straight walkway to one with a little curve or flair, or allowing plants to drape over a wall, can have outsized effects on your entry.

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Lake Bluff, IL., Front Landscape Design Ideas with stone, Schmechtig Landscapes

See more photo ideas of front landscape design in our website and in Roseann Foley Henry's article:  http://www.bobvila.com/articles/bob-vila-radio-front-yard-landscaping/#.VTUjerlOWrR

Courtesy of  Roseann Foley Henry's  and bobvilla.com

 

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After a long winter, your outdoor furniture might be looking shabby, particularly under the bright, unforgiving glare of the sun, says Jennifer Noonan, a contributor to bobvila.com. Before you hop on the Internet to order new furniture, Jennifer has a few ideas to revive that patio set, picnic table, garden glider, or favorite pair of lawn chairs. Read More: http://www.bobvila.com/spray-painted-patio-chair/47396-12-ways-to-wake-up-your-tired-outdoor-furniture/slideshows

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Wilmette, Illinois Landscape Company, Schmechtig Landscapes

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Tuesday, 14 April 2015 07:56

Edible Plants That Double as Ornamentals


Try growing these tasty plants with your ornamentals for an attractive garden and fresher meals, says Noelle Johnson a Houzz contributor.  Johnson continues, a combination of flowering plants and attractive foliage usually comes to mind when we imagine a beautiful garden. What about the plants we grow for food? From flowering herbs to leafy vegetables, many edible plants have shapes, textures and colors that can add both beauty to the landscape and flavor to your dinner plate. Let’s break down the border between our ornamental and edible gardens and see how edible plants can do double duty.  Read and see more: http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/44460329/list/edible-plants-that-double-as-ornamentals

 

 

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Take your home’s outdoor connection to the next step with a serving window for alfresco dining, says Joanna Tovia, a Houzz contributor. The kitchen pass-through window historically was used to hide kitchen clutter from guests and to help maids and chefs deliver food efficiently to formal dining rooms, says architect Rebecca Naughtin. Recently the feature has made a comeback — with a difference. Today it’s often used to ease the transition between indoors and out. What are the benefits of a kitchen pass-through, and how easy is it to install? Read and see more of what Joanna has to share:

http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/45467971/list/kitchen-pass-throughs-make-outdoor-dining-a-breeze

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The garden bursts into bloom, the garden centers open with cool-season annuals beckoning and gardening begins in earnest, says Barbara Pintozzi, a Houzz Contributor.  Pintozzi says, watch your garden light up with bulbs, go wild for wildflowers and more.  Here is what to see and do in April. Read more:

http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/8678771/list/Great-Lakes-Gardener-s-April-Checklist

 

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Wednesday, 01 April 2015 15:38

To-Dos: Your April Home Checklist


Take advantage of spring’s warmer weather to spruce up your outdoor spaces and refresh your entryway and common living areas  Laura Gaskill, a
Houzz Contributor, says  after the grueling winter some regions experienced this winter, many folks are itching to get outdoors and feel a little sun this spring. No matter where you live, answer spring’s siren call with these cleaning, freshening and gardening projects to keep your home in top shape.

Read more: http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/45142094?utm_source=Houzz&utm_campaign=u1132&utm_medium=email&utm_content=gallery1

 

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Glencoe Landscape clean up and maintenance company, Schmechtig Landscapes

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Midwesterners are tired of the winter – especially with the snow and freezing temperatures.  I know I cannot wait to enjoy the longer spring days and see our tulips and gardens come alive.  To ensure a long-term healthy and beautiful landscape, there are important spring clean-up maintenance steps crews perform in the spring. The most important step is the removal of winter debris, including fall leaves, twigs and winter cover. This includes the pruning of perennials and flowering shrubs. Additionally, perennials in your garden may need to be divided and replanted.
 

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Lake Forest, Illinois Landscape Company Schmechtig Landscapes, Spring Landscape Garden Ideas
 
There are necessary applications of broad spectrum, granular spring fertilizers that will provide the plants a readily available source of nutrients throughout the growing season and aid with new plant growth. By seeking lawn care and garden plant bed care now, you will have a summer full of a healthy rich green lawn along with bountiful flowers. It's also time to plant beautiful annual displays and apply mulch or compost to all plant beds to provide an aesthetically pleasing, nutrient filled layer across the landscape.
 

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