Sail through the rest of spring by spiffing up your home and getting down in the backyard with friends. Here's a checklist for May from Laura Gaskill, a Houzz contributor.  Read More:

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Friday, 02 May 2014 09:47

Mighty Shrub to the rescue!

A great design plant, Little Heath Andromeda, brings four season color.  The shrub gives us a rosiness color in the cool months, fragrant flowers in spring, can be sheared for size, deer resist eating the leaves and hummingbirds love it.  What’s not to love!  Karen Chapman shares more about this incredible mighty shrub.

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Wednesday, 30 April 2014 09:17

Native Ground Covers for Tough, Dry Spots

Thick shade darkening your clay soil? Sun beating down on your sandy gravel? Here are 6 native ground covers for you from Benjamin Vogt, Houzz Contributor.  Read More:


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You do not need a king-size yard to add a little formality to your landscape with fanciful hedges, topiaries and paths says Laura Gaskill, a Houzz contributor.  Laura has included one of Schmechtig’s landscape installations in 12 ideas, from garden rooms and grassy allées to secret hideaways, to spark your imagination. Read more:


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Friday, 25 April 2014 07:55

Create Garden Mystery With a Zigzag Path

Jay Sifford a Houzz contributor and garden designer in Charlotte, NC. talks about  fostering intrigue by setting garden paths at angles. Read more:


Blue Stone and Crushed Blue Stone Path, Glenview, IL., Schmechtig Landscapes

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During the flower-power days of the 1960s, Donovan sang about “being mad about saffron” in his hit song Mellow Yellow. Are we still mad about yellow in our gardens, and can it be mellow? Here’s what Frank Organ, a Houzz Contributor says… read more:

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Wednesday, 23 April 2014 08:17

16 Ideas for a Healthy, Feel-Good Home

“As the warmer months draw nearer, you may be thinking about ways to improve your lifestyle by eating healthier, getting outside more or losing the stress. Before you berate yourself for slacking off on those New Year’s resolutions, take a look at how your home may (or may not) be supporting you in your quest for a healthier life.” says Laura Gaskill, a Houzz Contributor. Here are Gaskill’s recommendations  to alter your home (both minor tweaks and major changes) to support healthier choices. Read more :


Patio with fire pit: Long Grove, IL., Schmechtig Landscapes

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How to Hire a Landscaping Contractor
Finding a landscaping contractor is not a difficult task, but assessing the qualifications
and business practices of an individual or a company can require substantial effort
on the part of the consumer on how to landscape. The State of Illinois and most of its municipalities do not define nor regulate the work of landscape contractors, which puts the burden of responsibility and risk on the consumer. Consumers in Illinois can look to the Illinois Landscape Contractors Association (ILCA) to find qualified, reputable and insured professionals providing all manner of landscape services. Through the ILCA, members obtain training and continuing education in both technical and business skills to enhance their business practices and the professionalism of their employees. The more than 800-member firms across the state have unparalleled access to research, publications and product information, as well as an open-line of communication to product manufacturers, educators and researchers.  Schmechtig Landscapes has been a member of the ILCA for over 25 years.  Following you will learn how we stand apart and what we can do for you.


Glencoe, IL., Schmechtig Landscapes

How We Stand Apart
1 - We are members of the Illinois Landscape Contractors Association.

2 - We carry workers compensation insurance and business liability insurance appropriate to our operation, and for the entire duration of the project.

3 - We are appropriately licensed to do the type of work – landscaping proposed in your community.

4 - We comply with all state and federal labor laws to work for you in your town and/or city landscape projects.

5 - We employ state-licensed pesticide applicators to apply chemicals like Scotts Lawn Care Service performs.

6 - We employ staff who are properly trained in how to landscape and are qualified to operate the machinery used.

7 - We provide a written estimate that details the cost of your landscape improvement, the materials being used, and our contractual obligations for your garden landscape.

7 - We can provide a portfolio of landscape photography of our work as well as references.

8 - We have a Landscape Industry Certified professional on staff.
What can an ILCA Landscaper Member do for you?
- Lawn Mowing and Lawn Care Service
- Weeding, Fertilizing, Core Aerating
- Pruning
- Mulching
- Spring Clean-Up & Fall Clean-Up
- Annuals & Containers
- Holiday Lighting
- Snow Removal


Barrington Hills, IL., Schmechtig Landscapes

Landscape Designing/Landscape Architecture
- Site Analysis
- Landscape Ideas
- Outdoor Kitchens & Outdoor Living Room Areas
- Garden Landscape to include Vegetable Gardens, Perennial Gardens, Annual Gardens
- Sport Courts
- Pools & Outdoor Spas
- Water Features, ponds, fountains
- Fireplaces & Fire Pits
- Plant Installation
- Landscape Edging
- Retaining Walls
- Excavating & Grading
- Carpentry & Decks
- Landscape Lighting Contractor
- Landscape Stone
- Brick & Concrete Masonry
- Landscape Rock
- Fences & Gates
- Green Roofs & Walls
- Patios, Driveways, Walks
- Irrigation System including drip irrigation
- Erosion/Flood Control


Northbrook, IL., Schmechtig Landscapes

- Landscape Trees
- Tree Care/Arborist
- Soil Preparation
- Weed, Insect & Disease Control just like Scotts Lawn Care Service performs
- Nursery Sales
- Ecological Plantings

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Monday, 21 April 2014 07:27

Harmonizing Home and Garden Styles

No need to play a matching game. June Scott a Houzz Contributor and Landscape Designer based in the Los Angeles area talks about unifing your landscape and architecture by creating links that tie them together. Read More:



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Schmechtig Landscapes was thrilled to be a part of last week’s Antiques and Garden Fair at The Chicago Botanic Garden.  Our design titled Serenity Corners, provided an inviting and aesthetically-pleasing gateway into the Rose Garden tent.  Royal Building Products partnered with Schmechtig for this project introducing and launching a new product to the Midwest and Chicago area - Zuri Premium Decking.  The two beautiful wood-looking decks with a central knot inlay provided a unique accent detail to set the tone of “Serenity Corners”, our mirror image garden.

We incorporated a four corner raised garden to surround the decks. The retaining walls, accent benches, trellises and container pots enhanced and framed the space. The planting scheme utilized: a back drop of upright evergreens (Smaragd Arborvitaes) against the tent; a foreground of broadleaf evergreen hedges (Boxwoods);  Royal Magnolia’s providing a central sculptural element to accentuate and draw attention to its form, detail and natural beauty; an understory of flowering perennials layering down to spring bulbs and blooming groundcover; decorative containers  filled with a rich composition of spring color and texture to further enrich and frame this peaceful mirror image garden space. 

Schmechtig thanks the Chicago Botanic Garden for asking us to create a garden for this year’s Antiques and Garden Fair event.  We are very grateful to the generous support of the following companies who helped in the creation and/or supply of materials for this garden space: ZURI Premium Decking By Royal Building Products (Decks), Lumberman’s Wholesale Inc. (Wholesale Distributor of Building Products), Kimball & Bean Garden Antiques (Hand Crafted Planters), Unilock (Rivercrest Walls), Wilson Nurseries & Landscape Supply (Rivercrest Walls), Woodway (Catalina Cedar Trellis Panels), Arboria (Serenity Benches) and Home Decorators (Accent Pillows and Mirrors).


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