Many of us choose to hire a landscape maintenance company to care for our homes property. A full service company will be the best landscape company for you to hire.  Given that you will be serviced each week by this company, you want to choose the best company for your needs.

 

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Winnetka, Illinois Landscape Maintenance and Design, by Schmechtig Landscapes


Your search should begin with assessing your own needs. Are you looking for a lawn service company to mow your lawn each week or do you require more services like weeding, planting seasonal flowers, container pot service, lawn fertilization, plant fertilization and irrigation service?

 

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Barrington, Illinois, Landscape Maintenance and Design by Schmechtig Landscapes

 

Landscape companies vary in size and the services they provide.  Some companies provide basic lawn care service while others provide additional services to basic lawn care offering everything you need to care for your landscape throughout the year: spring and fall cleanups; weekly grounds service which includes mowing your lawn, removing and disposing of debris before lawn mowing; pruning and trimming selected trees, shrubs, vines and ground cover; seasonal plant maintenance of perennial and annual beds and weeding.  A full service landscape maintenance company will provide weekly grounds service and more knowing when to perform each service like a lawn fertilizer program and plant bed fertilizer applied by their own licensed operators, lawn aeration to help your lawn improve soil conditions and reduce thatch, plant root feed to provide plants with a readily available source of nutrients, insect control grubs for preventive and curative application control of grubs in your lawn,  boxwood blight fungus control, dormant pruning,  deer and rabbit control, snow removal, irrigation services and more.

 

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Barrington, Illinois, Landscape Maintenance and Design by Schmechtig Landscapes

 

Search online for landscape maintenance companies and include lawn service companies and lawn care companies. You will learn a lot about a company from their website.   Websites reveal who they are and if they are a full service landscape company offering maintenance, lawn and plant fertilization,  landscape design and build, outdoor furniture and accessory selection, irrigation and lighting service, snow removal and all other landscape services you need, all in-house.  Look for accomplishments in the industry.  Is the company a member and involved in their states landscape contractors association?  Do they have Certified Landscape Technicians, horticulturists and other degreed licensed professionals on staff? What professional associations are they members of?  How many years have they been in business? Do they provide a detailed written proposal to eliminate any confusion what you will be paying?
Once you have selected a few companies, review each landscape company’s proposal carefully.  Some may seem low and others high.  Make sure you clarify the wording on the service offerings to compare apple to apples. Find a company that aligns with you. Do you want a company who reaches out and is involved serving charitable organizations?  Asking questions and being honest about your needs and monthly budget will ensure your satisfaction with the landscape and lawn company you choose.

 

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Glenview, Illinois, Landscape Maintenance and Design Schmechtig Landscapes

 

 Landscape Maintenance Services and Lawn Care Schmechtig Landscapes provide:

Spring & Fall Clean-Ups; Yard Clean-Up

Weekly Grounds

Weekly Lawn Service

Lawn Aeration

Mulch

Weeding

Trimming

Edging

Cultivating

Stone, Sand, Gravel, Topsoil

Pruning – including Dormant Pruning

Plant Bed Service

Four Season Color Displays

Garden Services: Annuals, Perennials, Vegetables, Butterfly Gardens, Rose Care Program

 Pest Management:  Fertilization - Lawn and Plant Beds, Ornamental Trees, Shrubs, Ground Cover, and more

Weed, Insect and Disease Control

Animal Repellants

Deer Control

 Seasonal Container Pot Displays

Winter Plant Protection

Tree Health Care

Hand Watering Service

Gator Bags

Irrigation Service

Lighting Service

Power-washing Service

Hardscape Maintenance Service

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Many of us choose to hire a landscape maintenance company to care for our homes property. A full service company will be the best landscape company for you to hire.  Given that you will be serviced each week by this company, you want to choose the best company for your needs.

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Glencoe Landscape Company, Schmechtig Landscapes

Your search should begin with assessing your own needs. Are you looking for a lawn service company to mow your lawn each week or do you require more services like weeding, planting seasonal flowers, container pot service, lawn fertilization, plant fertilization and irrigation service?

Landscape companies vary in size and the services they provide.  Some companies provide basic lawn care service while others provide additional landscaping services to basic lawn care offering everything you need to care for your landscape throughout the year: spring and fall cleanups; weekly grounds service which includes mowing your lawn, removing and disposing of debris before lawn mowing; pruning and trimming selected trees, shrubs, vines and ground cover; seasonal plant maintenance of perennial and annual beds and weeding.  A full service landscape maintenance company will provide weekly grounds service and more knowing when to perform each service like a lawn fertilizer program and plant bed fertilizer applied by their own licensed operators, lawn aeration to help your lawn improve soil conditions and reduce thatch, plant root feed to provide plants with a readily available source of nutrients, insect control grubs for preventive and curative application control of grubs in your lawn,  boxwood blight fungus control, dormant pruning,  deer and rabbit control, snow removal, irrigation services and more.

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Schmechtig Landscapes, Glencoe, IL.


Search online for landscape maintenance companies and include lawn service companies and lawn care companies. You will learn a lot about a company from their website.   Websites reveal who they are and if they are a full service landscape company offering maintenance, lawn and plant fertilization,  landscape design and build, outdoor furniture and accessory selection, irrigation and lighting service, snow removal and all other landscape services you need, all in-house under the same roof.  Look for accomplishments in the industry.  Is the company a member and involved in their states landscape contractors association like the Illinois Landscape Contractors Association?  Do they have Certified Landscape Technicians, horticulturists and other degreed licensed professionals on staff? What professional associations are they members of?  How many years have they been in business? Do they provide a detailed written proposal to eliminate any confusion what you will be paying?

 

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Full Service Landscape Company Glencoe, IL., Schmechtig Landscapes

Once you have selected a few companies, review each landscape company’s proposal carefully.  Some may seem low and others high.  Make sure you clarify the wording on the service offerings to compare apple to apples. Find a company that aligns with you. Do you want a company who reaches out and is involved serving charitable organizations?  Asking questions and being honest about your needs and monthly budget will ensure your satisfaction with the landscape and lawn company you choose.

 

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Thursday, 19 February 2015 11:24

Recipe Thursday - Spanish Chicken Casserole

Enjoy this easy warm dish for a cold evening!

Spanish Chicken Casserole

Ingredients:
1 tablespoon olive oil
4 chicken drumsticks
4 chicken thigh cutlets
1 large brown onion chopped finely
4 medium potatoes quartered
½ cup  toasted pine nuts
½ cup toasted blanched almonds
3 cups chicken stock
1 cup dry white wine
1/3 cup  lemon juice
4 cloves garlic, crushed
2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves
½ cup coarsely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1 lb.  green beans, trimmed


Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Heat oil in large flameproof casserole dish; cook chicken, in batches, until browned.
Cook onion in same dish, stirring, until soft.
Return chicken to dish with potato, nuts, stock, wine, juice, garlic, thyme and half the parsley
Bring to the boil.
Cover; transfer to oven.
Cook about 1 hour or until chicken is cooked through.
Meanwhile, boil, steam or microwave beans until tender and drain.
Serve chicken with green beans.
Sprinkle with remaining parsley.

Makes/Yield:  4 servings
Courtesy of msn.com food and drink and HWW

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Monday, 16 February 2015 14:07

15 Native Flowers That Feed Native Bees

These perennials offer superfood to hundreds of bees and are gorgeous in their own right, says Benjamin Vogt, a Houzz Contributor.  Vogt continues, We’ve been hearing a lot about bee and pollinator decline in the news. Though the implication is that “bees” means honeybees, there are over 4,000 native bee species providing us with free pollinating services — if only we provide the habitat for them to thrive.

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Garden Plant Ideas for Pollinators, Winnetka Illinois, Schmechtig Landscapes

What can we do in our small backyard gardens to support a diversity of bees and other pollinators? Plant as many native flowers as possible, and make sure they’re native to the area to support the largest amount of pollinators.  Here are 15 native wildflowers that should be a great start in creating your own native bee garden. Read more of Vogt's article :

http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/37190229?utm_source=Houzz&utm_campaign=u1018&utm_medium=email&utm_content=gallery13

  

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Here's a wonderful easy dinner to impress your Valentine.  Serve with a wonderful salad of mixed greens, hot crusty Italian bread and your favorite wine.  

Ingredients:
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, once around the pan in a slow stream
1 tablespoon butter
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 shallots, minced
1 cup vodka
1 cup chicken stock
1 can crushed tomatoes (32 ounces)
 Coarse salt and pepper
16 ounces pasta, such as penne rigate
1/2 cup heavy cream
20 leaves fresh basil, shredded or torn
 Crusty bread, for passing

Directions:

Heat a large skillet over moderate heat.

Add oil, butter, garlic, and shallots.

Gently saute shallots for 3 to 5 minutes to develop their sweetness.

Add vodka to the pan, 3 turns around the pan in a steady stream will equal about 1 cup.

Reduce vodka by half, this will take 2 or 3 minutes.

Add chicken stock, tomatoes.

Bring sauce to a bubble and reduce heat to simmer. Season with salt and pepper.

While sauce simmers, cook pasta in salted boiling water until cooked to al dente (with a bite to it).

While pasta cooks, prepare your salad or other side dishes.

Stir cream into sauce. When sauce returns to a bubble, remove it from heat. Drain pasta.

Toss hot pasta with sauce and basil leaves.

Pass pasta with crusty bread.


Total Time: 25 min
Prep: 5 min
Cook:20 min
Yield:4 servings
Level:Easy
Recipe courtesy Rachael Ray and foodnetwork.com

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Wednesday, 11 February 2015 15:53

How to Choose a Landscape Maintenance Company

Many of us choose to hire a landscape maintenance company to care for our homes property. A full service company will be the best landscape company for you to hire.  Given that you will be serviced each week by this company, you want to choose the best company for your needs.

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Lawn Care and Landscape Maintenance Service, Winnetka, Illinois, Schmechtig Landscapes


Your search should begin with assessing your own needs. Are you looking for a lawn service company to mow your lawn each week or do you require more services like weeding, planting seasonal flowers, container pot service, lawn fertilization, plant fertilization and irrigation service?

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Northbrook, Illinois Landscape Maintenance Company including Lawn Service, Schmechtig Landscapes


Landscape companies vary in size and the services they provide.  Some companies provide basic lawn care service while others provide additional landscaping services to basic lawn care offering everything you need to care for your landscape throughout the year: spring and fall cleanups; weekly grounds service which includes mowing your lawn, removing and disposing of debris before lawn mowing; pruning and trimming selected trees, shrubs, vines and ground cover; seasonal plant maintenance of perennial and annual beds and weeding.  A full service landscape maintenance company will provide weekly grounds service and more knowing when to perform each service like a lawn fertilizer program and plant bed fertilizer applied by their own licensed operators, lawn aeration to help your lawn improve soil conditions and reduce thatch, plant root feed to provide plants with a readily available source of nutrients, insect control grubs for preventive and curative application control of grubs in your lawn,  boxwood blight fungus control, dormant pruning,  deer and rabbit control, snow removal, irrigation services and more.

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Landscape Maintenance and Lawn Care Company Servicing Wilmette, Illinois, Schmechtig Landscapes

Search online for landscape maintenance companies and include lawn service companies and lawn care companies. You will learn a lot about a company from their website.   Websites reveal who they are and if they are a full service landscape company offering maintenance, lawn and plant fertilization,  landscape design and build, outdoor furniture and accessory selection, irrigation and lighting service, snow removal and all other landscape services you need, all in-house under the same roof.  Look for accomplishments in the industry.  Is the company a member and involved in their states landscape contractors association like the Illinois Landscape Contractors Association?  Do they have Certified Landscape Technicians, horticulturists and other degreed licensed professionals on staff? What professional associations are they members of?  How many years have they been in business? Do they provide a detailed written proposal to eliminate any confusion what you will be paying?

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Landscape Maintenance Company and Lawn Care Service, Barrington Hills, Illinois, Schmechtig Landscapes


Once you have selected a few companies, review each landscape company’s proposal carefully.  Some may seem low and others high.  Make sure you clarify the wording on the service offerings to compare apple to apples. Find a company that aligns with you. Do you want a company who reaches out and is involved serving charitable organizations?  Asking questions and being honest about your needs and monthly budget will ensure your satisfaction with the landscape and lawn company you choose.

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Lawn Service and Landscape Maintenance Company Barrington, Illinois, Schmechtig Landscapes

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Landscape Maintenance and Lawn Care Service Company, Long Grove, Illinois, Schmechtig Landscapes

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Here are 6 ideas to transform a landscape eyesore into a landscape feature.  Courtney Olander, a Houzz Contributor, says "At last you’re ready to install the deck of your dreams. Before you begin construction, it’s important to consider how to address the underside of the deck and accompanying staircase. If the deck will extend from the second story, this can be quite a lot of potentially usable space. There will be less space to address if the deck will extend from the ground-level story, but the eye will still be drawn to that dark (often weedy) slit of earth. So how do you maximize this awkward space? Whether you want to completely hide this area, create a semiprivate screen or turn it into storage, here are six ideas to help transform what’s often a landscape eyesore into a landscape feature. Read and See More of Olander's insights:

http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/42350472?utm_source=Houzz&utm_campaign=u1000&utm_medium=email&utm_content=gallery6landscaping-gardens-007

Plant Screening Ideas for Decks, Winnetka, Illinois, Schmechtig Landscapes

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Patio/Deck Ideas with Stone and Plantings, Glencoe, Illinois, Schmechtig Landscapes

 

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Friday, 16 January 2015 11:01

15 Ideas to Try in Your Garden This Year

With the days growing longer and spring edging nearer, it’s a nice time to think about any changes you may want to make — big or small, ecological or just for fun. Winter is far from over in many regions, so while you’re still cozy inside, says Annie Thornton, a Houzz Editorial Staff writer.  Annie continues and shares 15 ideas from the most liked gardening ideabooks of 2014. It was definitely the year of edibles and gardening for wildlife - bees and butterflies, but then there was greywater and how to get the flower bed just right. Read on to see what excited people about gardening:

http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/35132156/list/15-ideas-for-your-garden-this-yearClick the link after each caption for the full story.

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Garden Ideas, Landscape Design and Landscape Maintenance, Winnetka, IL., by Schmechtig Landscapes 

 

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