Wednesday, 19 April 2017 07:31

10 Ways to Bring Earth Day Home

April 22nd is Earth Day and while your community probably has some sort of event planned, there are plenty of ways you can celebrate at home. Here are 10 ideas to try for reducing your carbon footprint and celebrating planet Earth all year long from Shana Levy McCracken, a sustainability consultant and Houzz.com contributor.
1. Plant a tree.
2. Start a compost pile.
3. Fix something.
4. Encourage pollinators.
5. Choose a species to follow.
6. Join a CSA.
7. Buy nothing.
8. Read an Earth-themed book.
9. Make a donation.
10. Gaze at the stars.

Read and see in detail McCracken's 10 ideas here: https://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/83175320?utm_source=Houzz&utm_campaign=u5149&utm_medium=email&utm_content=gallery4&newsletterId=5149

Courtesy of houzz.com

 

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Plant a Pollinator Garden on Earth Day.  Schmechtig Landscapes, Lake Bluff Landscape Design and Build Project

 

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Plant a Tree on Earth Day.  Barrington Hills, Schmechtig Landscapes Design and Build Project.

 

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Wilmette, Illinois, Pollinator Garden Design and Maintenance by Schmechtig Landscapes.

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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.
Check out our Houzz profile at https://www.houzz.com/pro/tcallahan/__public and start some ideabooks of your own and visit http://www.schmechtiglandscapes.com/

 

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Landscape Maintenance and Design Project by Schmechtig Landscapes in Winnetka, Illinois

 

About Houzz.com - the leading online site and platform for home and landscape design, contractors’ services, furnishings and decor providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device.  From decorating a small room to building a custom home and everything in between, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community empowered by technology, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality. Headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, Houzz also has international offices in London, Berlin, Sydney, Moscow and Tokyo. Houzz and the Houzz logo are registered trademarks of Houzz Inc. worldwide. For more information, visit houzz.com.

 

 

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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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Water elements can be a dynamic focal point in your outdoor room.  Fountains can provide a welcome screen from street noise, attract beautiful birds and butterflies, create a garden focal point and (most important) invite relaxation, says Laura Gaskill,a Houzz Contributor.  Laura shares 10 examples of fountains to enhance your garden, from petite to grand and everything in between.  Read more: http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/45750252?utm_source=Houzz&utm_campaign=u1132&utm_medium=email&utm_content=gallery6

 

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Fountain Ideas for your landscape, Barrington Hills, Landscape Company, Schmechtig Landscapes

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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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Step outside and use these tips to show off your home to its best advantage this spring.  Laura Gaskill, a Houzz Contributor, shares a checklist to use as your guide to help your home burst into spring with a curb appeal makeover. Pick as few (or as many) tasks as you want to tackle, from porch swings to plantings, and your home will be looking its best before you can say “baseball season.” Read More: http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/45751156/list/spring-curb-appeal-checklist

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Winnetka, Illinois Front Landscape Design Schmechtig Landscapes with Container Pots, blue stone and brick walkway, and seating area

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Barrington, Illinois Curb Appeal Front Landscape Design, 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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Tuesday, 24 March 2015 11:02

How to Hire a Landscape 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 26 years.  Following you will learn how we stand apart and what we can do for you.
  
How We Stand Apart
 
1 - We are members of the Illinois Landscape
Contractors Association, American Society of Landscape Architects, Planet, and  Illinois Green 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.
 
8 - We can provide a portfolio of landscape
photography of our work as well as references.
 
9 - We have a staff of Landscape Industry Certified professionals and licensed Landscape Architects
 
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 Barrington, Illinois Landscape Company Schmechtig Landscapes

 

What can an ILCA Landscaper Member do for you?
 
Maintenance
 - Lawn Mowing and Lawn Care Service
 
- Weeding, Fertilizing, Core Aerating
 
- Pruning
 
- Mulching
 
- Spring Clean-Up & Fall Clean-Up
 
- Annuals & Containers
 
- Holiday Lighting
 
- Snow Removal
 
 
 
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
 
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 Northbrook, Illinois Landscape Company Schmechtig Landscapes - featured in CS Interiors Magazine


Construction
 - 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
 
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 Winnetka, Illinois Landscape Company Schmechtig Landscapes - ILCA Award Winning Property


Horticulture
 - 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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Learn how to choose systems and plants, and what it will cost to bring green up a garden wall or bring a bit of the outdoors inside your home. Jennifer Blaise Kramer, a houzz contributor, shares what is vertical gardening and how to get started. Read More:

http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/43839472?utm_source=Houzz&utm_campaign=u1095&utm_medium=email&utm_content=gallery8

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Thursday, 19 March 2015 13:13

Asian Lemon Chicken Tenders

 A wonderful asian twist to your favorite chicken tenders, tossed in the most heavenly sweet, lemon glaze!

Ingredients
1 cup vegetable oil
2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into strips
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup buttermilk

For the lemon glaze
1/2 cup honey
1/3 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup pineapple juice
1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
Juice of 1 lemon
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

Directions
To make the glaze, combine honey, soy sauce, pineapple juice, brown sugar, lemon juice, vinegar, olive oil, pepper and garlic powder in a small saucepan over medium high heat. Heat is your thickening agent. Bring to a boil - you have to get it to a rolling boil and stir it the entire time until thickened, then let it simmer about 10-12 minutes. Remember to stir while simmmering.
Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium high heat.
Season chicken with salt and pepper, to taste.
Working one at a time, dredge chicken in flour, dip into buttermilk, then dredge in flour again, pressing to coat.
Working in batches, add chicken to the skillet, 3 or 4 at a time, and cook until evenly golden and crispy, about 3-4 minutes on each side. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate.
Serve immediately, drizzled with lemon glaze.

 

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Yield: 6 servings

Recipe Courtesy of Chung-Ah Rhee and damndelicious.net

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