Brick is one of the most popular choices for home exteriors in the U.S. 

Jay Sifford, a Houzz contributor, shares his tips to pull your home’s colors into your garden for a more cohesive exterior look.  I agree with Jay's comment,  "I believe in our hectic world we seek peaceful continuity in our personal spaces. A large part of that is creating a seamless dialogue between home and garden. Whether your home is made of brick, stone, siding or stucco, we can take some cues from our houses to make them truly at home in our landscapes." Here are ways to landscape your brick home and samples of Schmechtig Landscapes brick home design projects and landscape maintenance work in Glenview, Winnetka, Wilmette and Barrington Hills, Illinois: 

http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/33864740?utm_source=Houzz&utm_campaign=u810&utm_medium=email&utm_content=gallery6

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Painted Brick House, Side Garden Path Idea, Blue Stone and Chipped Blue Stone Pattern, Glenview, Illinois, Schmechtig Landscapes

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Brick Home Landscape, Winnetka, Illinois, Schmechtig Landscapes

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Brick House Landscape Ideas, Front Entrance, including Blue Stone and Brick, Winnetka, Illinois, Schmechtig Landscapes

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Brick House Back Yard Landscape including swimming pool, outdoor kitchen and firepit, Winnetka, Illinois, Schmechtig Landscapes

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Brick House Front Landscaping, Winnetka, Illinois, Schmechtig Landscapes

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Brick House Landscape Ideas with Stone Patio including Pergola, Winnetka, Illinois, Schmechtig Landscapes

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Brick House Landscape Ideas, Backyard, Historic Landscape Home Restoration, Wilmette, Illinois, Schmechtig Landscapes

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Brick House Front Yard Landscape Ideas, including Stone and Brick Front Entrance Walkway and Driveway, Wilmette, Illinois, Schmechtig Landscapes

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Brick House Backyard Landscape Ideas, Stone and Brick Patio, Barrington Hills, Illinois, Schmechtig Landscapes

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Wednesday, 12 November 2014 10:27

Dream Spaces: A Secret Garden of Your Own

We can indulge in our own secret gardenscape.  Kate McKee, a Houzz contributor, says with a little imagination you can.  Read and see more: http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/33750325?utm_source=Houzz&utm_campaign=u793&utm_medium=email&utm_content=gallery11

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Sunken Garden, Lake Bluff IL., Schmechtig Landscapes

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Garden Landscape Design - Secret Garden, Barrington, IL. Schmechtig Landscapes

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Formal Garden Ideas, Wilmette, IL., Schmechtig Landscapes

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Formal Garden Ideas, Wilmette, IL., Schmechtig Landscapes

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Informal Garden Ideas, Winnetka, IL. Schmechtig Landscapes

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Monday, 10 November 2014 10:30

These Are Not Your Grandparents Junipers

Dislike junipers? Jay Sifford, a Houzz contributor, says "Maybe it’s time to discover new varieties and new uses for this garden workhorse"
See and read more about the new varieties and which type will work in your zone:

http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/33450934?utm_source=Houzz&utm_campaign=u776&utm_medium=email&utm_content=gallery14

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Wednesday, 05 November 2014 08:03

These Aren’t Your Grandparents’ Junipers

Dislike junipers? Jay Sifford, a Houzz contributor, says "Maybe it’s time to discover new varieties and new uses for this garden workhorse"
See and read more about the new varieties and which type will work in your zone:

http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/33450934?utm_source=Houzz&utm_campaign=u776&utm_medium=email&utm_content=gallery14

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Monday, 27 October 2014 08:23

Refresh Your Front Door and Foyer for Fall

Enjoy these product ideas to set the tone for your entire home from the Houzz Marketplace collection.  Read and see the fantastic products:

http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/32767099?utm_source=Houzz&utm_campaign=u742&utm_medium=email&utm_content=gallery21

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Front Entry Ideas, Winnetka, Illinois, Schmechtig Landscapes

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Tuesday, 21 October 2014 07:41

14 Dazzling DIY Halloween Decorations

In ten days many of us will be celebrating one of America's most popular holiday's - Halloween!  The following simple decorating ideas are courtesy of Good Housekeeping.  Gleam Team and Glam Gourds are my favorite.  Check them out: http://www.msn.com/en-us/lifestyle/diy/14-dazzling-diy-halloween-decorations/ss-BB5Wxk7?ocid=DELLDHP 

Courtesy of MSN and Good Houskeeping

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Wednesday, 01 October 2014 11:35

8 Plants for a Deliciously Fragrant Fall Garden

 Scent the autumn air with the perfume of caramel corn, honey and spices by adding these intoxicating plants to your landscape. "Outside we associate fall primarily with the changing colors of the leaves, the ripening of berries and the harvesting of pumpkins and gourds, but we are also intrinsically aware that there is a change in the air." says Karen Chapman, a Houzz contributor.  "The fragrances of fall include caramel, vanilla, cloves and honey. Doesn’t that sound like a delicious recipe worth stepping outside for?" Karen shares 8 plants to include in your landscape for a fragrant Fall Garden:

http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/31398825?utm_source=Houzz&utm_campaign=u684&utm_medium=email&utm_content=gallery11

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Tuesday, 30 September 2014 07:24

8 Ways to Embrace the Wonder of Fall

Savor the small joys of the new season with these ideas for home and the outdoors.  Melisa Bleasdale, a Houzz.com contributor, says "There is something about the change in the weather, the calm before the holiday chaos and the clear night skies that makes fall the perfect time to take stock of where you’ve been and what the coming months may bring. This season take pleasure in the small, simple things, like collecting acorns, pressing oak leaves and wrapping up in warm blankets to count the stars overhead. These suggestions will help you feather and enjoy your nest."

Read more: http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/31701570?utm_source=Houzz&utm_campaign=u684&utm_medium=email&utm_content=gallery8

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Fire pit ideas, Winnetka, IL., Schmechtig Landscapes

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Friday, 26 September 2014 09:42

Stack in Style With a Creative Woodpile

Firewood storage goes beyond the utilitarian with attractive and artistic log arrangements inside and outside the home.  Mary Jo Bowling, a Houzz Editorial Staff writer shares how to stack in style with creative woodpile. See more: http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/32009990/list/stack-in-style-with-a-creative-woodpile

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 Yard landscaping for next year doesn't begin next spring, rather, it begins this fall.  Proper fall yard maintenance lowers the risk of plant diseases next spring and ensures that your property is ready for the cold winter months.  


Here are 9 important Fall Clean-up must do’s: 

1. Remove all annual plants
There are sure to be plants in the yard that will die once the summer is over and all annuals should be removed and composted.

2. Put away summer furniture
Before items go into storage, remove and wash cushions and wipe items down so they are nice and clean. If you don’t have space, covers are a great idea.

3. Outdoor Lighting Audit
Go through your lighting system to clean lenses, replace bulbs, reposition fixtures due to this seasons plant growth and change the start/end time on your automatic timers.  This will insure you have working lights throughout the winter months. 

4. Weed one last time
Every garden needs a good weeding at the end of the season. Go through all your plant beds and edges and remove any weeds. This will prevent you from extra work the following spring. After you weed add compost to the soil and work it in so next year when spring arrives, your soil will be ready for new plantings.

5 Winterize the rain barrel
If you have a water-saving rain barrel, empty it as much as possible and then disconnect it from the down spout and hose so no more water collects in it. Then, turn the barrel up side down so you will not have frozen water.

6. Plant any bulbs for Spring
Preparing early by planting bulbs in the fall is like getting a present you forgot about once spring arrives.

7. Divide and cut back perennials
Take inventory in the your yard and see if there are plants that need dividing and plan to move part of it to a new location in your garden.

8. Feed/Fertilize the lawn
There are many products for various types of grass including fertilizer that is to be used in the fall.  You’ll have your yard working for you while the winter passes.

9. Rake up leaves
Rake those leaves. Once the snow flies, an unraked layer of leaves can get matted down over the turf and smother it all winter long. Raking or using a mulching mower in the fall helps avoid dead patches in the spring and keeps the yard looking nice and tidy too.

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