Schmechtig Landscapes was awarded Best of Houzz 2017 for Customer Service. This is the 5th year in a row we have received an award from Houzz. The customer service award is based on the number and quality of client reviews received in 2016.  This is an honor for all of us at Schmechtig Landscapes since we are all about improving our clients’ lives by providing superior landscape services.  We send a special thanks to those clients who took the time to write a review and let us know how they felt about us.
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Wednesday, 17 June 2015 09:39

It's Time to Dress Your Patio and Deck

Get your patio and deck dressed for this summer. says, if you haven’t done so already, it’s time to update.  Houzz continues, while your outdoor furnishings have served you well, after a few seasons it’s a good idea to let go of the rusted metals and faded fabrics and bring in fresh new designs that will last. Update with these stylish finds from the Houzz Shop:



Hanging Planter Baskets, Container Pots and Outdoor Dining Furniture Set the Tone for the Winnetka Patio, Schmechtig Landscapes

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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:

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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:

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There is nothing better than garden picked basil and tomatoes.  Here is one of my favorite summer pasta dishes courtesy of Ina Garten.

Capellini with Tomatoes and Basil

Kosher salt
1/2 cup good extra virgin olive oil, plus extra for the pot
2 tablespoons minced garlic (6 to 8 cloves)
4 pints small cherry tomatoes or grape tomatoes
18 large basil leaves, julienned
2 tablespoons chopped fresh curly parsley
2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme leaves
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 pound dried capellini or angel hair pasta
1 1/2 cups freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Extra chopped basil and grated Parmesan, for serving

Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add 2 tablespoons of salt and a splash of oil to the pot.
Meanwhile, heat the 1/2 cup of olive oil in a large (12-inch) saute pan. Add the garlic to the oil and cook over medium heat for 30 seconds. Add the tomatoes, basil, parsley, thyme, 2 teaspoons salt, the pepper, and red pepper flakes. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook for 5 to 7 minutes, tossing occasionally, until the tomatoes begin to soften but don't break up.
While the tomatoes are cooking, add the capellini to the pot of boiling water and cook for 2 minutes, or according to the directions on the package. Drain the pasta, reserving some of the pasta water.
Place the pasta in a large serving bowl, add the tomatoes and Parmesan and toss well. Add some of the pasta water if the pasta seems too dry. Serve large bowls of pasta with extra basil sprinkled on top and a big bowl of extra Parmesan on the side.


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Friday, 09 May 2014 08:58

8 Flowers That Dazzle With Fall Color

Plan for the fall now! From flaming orange to supersaturated purple, Jenny Peterson, a Houzz contributor, shares which blooming beauties will set your fall garden ablaze with vivid hues. Read more:

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Monday, 16 December 2013 10:30

Holidays, Family, House Guests - Oh My!

Where are you supposed to have Grandma sleep when you don't have a guest room? Who controls the thermostat? Who gets the first shower? And do you  have to let your brother bring his dog? Having family come to stay can be both easier (you know what to expect) and harder (fighting is more familiar) than having friends as houseguests. Avoid thermostat wars, pet peeves and the great shower squeeze with these tips for having family as houseguests.

Laura Gaskill, a Houzz contributor helps us handle these quandaries and more:


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Tuesday, 05 November 2013 10:40

Gather around the Fire

Thanksgiving is approaching and a perfect element to draw your family and friends of all ages together or to set the mood as you look out your window or patio doors is an outdoor fire feature.  Here are some ideas:


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"Texture is an element of design that can be used to create distinction among harmonious items; for gardeners that means plants in the landscape.  Foliage texture is what allows us to "see" plants in the landscape even when they are of similar size, shape or color," states Jocelyn Chilvers in her article.  Read more...


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Looking for something to do this weekend?  Check out this weekend's offering at the Chicago Botanic Gardens. 

It is one of our favorite places to spend time and get inspired. There truly is something for everyone.

Here's this weekend's schedule or visit:

Saturday, August 3rd

9 am

Monthly Photo Walk – the first Saturday of each month join the Gardens staff photographer for a free photo walk.


10 am

Grunsfeld Children's Growing Garden Family Drop-in Activities – get close to nature while discovering where food comes from and how plants grow.

Kleinman Family Cove Drop-in Activities – enjoy hands on activities for families and children.

Ikebana International Show – The Ikebana International Society presents and exhibition of traditional Japanese flower arranging.


1:30 pm and 2:30 pm

Garden Chef Series - Noted chefs prepare recipes in the Regenstein Fruit and Vegtable Garden's open-air amphitheater.


5 pm

Nature Nights Aquatic Adventure – Bring a picnic dinner and spend an evening in the Garden. Children ages 4 to 10 and families will explore different areas of the garden and enjoy a variety of discovery-based activities.


Sunday, August 4th

9 am

Farmer's Market – The Garden welcomes local and sustainable farmers to this public market

Book Signing by Jeanne Pinsof Nolan – The Organic Gardnerer Jeanne Pinsof Nolan will be at the Farmers Market to sign and sell copies of her new book "From the Ground Up"


10 am

Grunsfeld Children's Growing Garden Family Drop-in Activities – get close to nature while discovering where food comes from and how plants grow.

Kleinman Family Cove Drop-in Activities – enjoy hands on activities for families and children.

Ikebana International Show – The Ikebana International Society presents and exhibition of traditional Japanese flower arranging.


11 am

Malott Japanese Garden Family Sundays – Drop by the Elizabeth Hubert Malott Japanese Garden for hands-on activites related to Japanese arts and culture.


1:30 pm and 2:30 pm

Garden Chef Series - Noted area chefs prepare recipes in the Regenstein Fruit and Vegetable Garden's open-air amphitheater.

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