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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Mitchell Parker, a Houzz Editorial Staff Writer, published this article “Inside Houzz: New Data Offer Insights on Landscaping Trends” on Friday, March 25th.
Parker states, "When it comes to outdoor projects, homeowners aren’t messing around. In a new Houzz landscaping survey, 88 percent of homeowners involved in an outdoor project say the scope of the work is a substantial or complete renovation. Their projects include things like adding paving and garden beds, building or updating structures, regrading, terracing and re-landscaping. The Houzz Landscaping & Garden Trends Study surveyed 958 registered U.S. Houzz users in February 2016 who had completed an outdoor project in the past 12 months, were working on one or planned to start one in the next six months." Here’s the link for the full article (great insights and information):    Courtesy of




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The garden bursts into bloom, the garden centers open with cool-season annuals beckoning and gardening begins in earnest, says Barbara Pintozzi, a Houzz Contributor.  Pintozzi says, watch your garden light up with bulbs, go wild for wildflowers and more.  Here is what to see and do in April. Read more:


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Creamy Mashed Potatoes and Cauliflower with Turkey Meatloaf

0.25 cup(s) cider vinegar
1.00 tablespoon(s) spicy brown mustard
5.00 tablespoon(s) tomato paste
2.00 pound(s) ground turkey
3.00 slice(s) whole-grain bread
2.00 small whole-grain dinner rolls
1.00 medium zucchini
1.00 medium red pepper
1.00 large shallot
1.00 cup(s) milk
1.50 pound(s) red potatoes
1.00 small about 6 cups cauliflower
0.66 cup(s) plain nonfat Greek yogurt
1.00 clove(s) garlic
Cooked green beans

1 - Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line 18-inch by 12-inch jelly-roll pan with foil. Heat large covered saucepot of water to boiling on high.

2 - In medium bowl, whisk together vinegar, mustard, and 2 tablespoon tomato paste; set aside.

3 - In large bowl, combine turkey, bread, zucchini, red pepper, shallot, 1/2 cup milk, 1/2 teaspoon each salt and black pepper, and remaining 3 tablespoon tomato paste. Mix until well combined.

4 - Transfer mixture to prepared pan; mold into two 6-inch by 4-inch loaves. Pour vinegar mixture over tops of loaves. Bake 40 to 45 minutes or until turkey is cooked through (165 degrees F).

5 - Meanwhile, add potatoes and 2 teaspoon salt to boiling water. Boil for 10 minutes. Add cauliflower and boil for 8 minutes or until potatoes are very tender. Drain; return to pot. Add yogurt, garlic, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and remaining 1/2 cup milk. With potato masher, mash until smooth. Serve with meatloaf and beans.

Recipe Courtesy of Delish and

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