Friday, 17 May 2013 15:45

Lawn Care

Now that the weather has warmed the Chicago region, we finally have the opportunity to begin spending time outdoors and enjoy our landscapes.  To keep your property looking its best, there are summer lawn guidelines that should be followed. 

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To maintain the health and beauty of your landscape, we recomend this comprehensive service, which usually runs April through November.  This type of contract includes weekly grounds maintenance, which consists of weekly mowing, trimming, pruning and weeding of plant beds.  In addition, a supervisor reviews the health of your lawn and gardens to ensure that they are fit and pest free.  This type of contract also includes spring clean-up and fall clean-up, plant bed fertilization, lawn fertilization and weed control.  Other services landscape maintenance companies offer include lawn aeration, seeding or reseeding, mulching, rose care, winter plant protection, animal repellents and disease and insect control.  Seasonal planting of bulbs and annuals and the covering and uncovering of perennials in the winter are additional services landscape companies. 

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As the main outdoor living space for this classic North Shore home in Illinois, the bluestone patio and adjacent plantings were the impetus for this design project.

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Tuesday, 16 April 2013 08:35

Water Features in Your Landscape Design

Water features can easily be added to an existing garden whether your landscape is formal or more casual in feeling. 

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Friday, 05 April 2013 17:07

Plants and Seasonal Container Pots

Think about container pots this year.  A few colorful and fragrant container pots can give you the feeling of a new landscape when placed near the entry points of your home for impact.  You can change the container arrangements to compliment the seasons.

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Tuesday, 02 April 2013 14:40

Front Yard Curb Appeal

Curb appeal is a landscaping area where you want your front yard to stand out from surrounding properties but blend in with your neighborhood. A few simple improvements will increase your personal enjoyment for the season.

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Michael Schmechtig and I are part of an inspiring and exciting organization: Designs for Dignity (D4D)

Michael is a board member leading their landscape initiative, and I serve on their Spirit of Designs Event committee. The organization is committed to assisting nonprofits that change lives by turning their spaces into a more functional and nurturing environment. (Completed Projects include: Returning Veterans Homeless Shelter, Chicago Youth Centers, Rimland Services, Zacharias Center and more...)




Through donations, pro bono interior and landscape services, along with in-kind donations, D4D transforms the spaces for those using the non-profit services.  Join Michael Schmechtig and I for this year's incredible Spirit of Design celebration to be held at Ignite Glass Studio on Thursday, May 9th from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. The evening is one of the most highly attended and well-liked events in Chicago and is filled with excitement, fun and joy knowing we are raising money to create spaces of dignity for area non-profits.  I know you will consider being a part of this special night and encourage everyone you know to join us. Please contact me to learn more This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 847-566-1233.  Here's the link for your tickets, Mariel Hemingway and Chris Jacobs will host the VIP celebration! Tickets:

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Monday, 04 March 2013 13:30

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

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