Wednesday, 19 April 2017 09:12

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

Published in Landscaping


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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Sheldon Landscape Lake Geneva, Landscape Maintenance and Design


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 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 Design, Sheldon Landscape Lake Geneva

 

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.

 Landscape Maintenance Services and Lawn Care Sheldon 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

Published in Landscaping

Sheldon Landscape awarded Best of Houzz 2017 for Customer Service. 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 Sheldon and 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 http://www.houzz.com/pro/sheldonlandscape/sheldon-landscape  and start some ideabooks of your own and visit http://www.sheldonlandscape.com

 

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.

Published in Landscaping
Wednesday, 31 August 2016 12:03

Transition Your Porch from Summer to Fall

Warm blankets, candles and subtle fall decor can make your veranda a cozy place to be as the seasons change says Laura Gaskill, a Houzz Contributor. Gaskill continues, as the air turns crisp and the leaves change from green to amber, red and gold, you may find yourself wanting to linger a little longer on the porch and savor that glowing autumn light. From clusters of candles to cozy wool blankets, here are eight ways to help create a comfortable, welcoming porch that says, “Fall is here.” Click here to read and see photo's: http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/70796634?utm_source=Houzz&utm_campaign=u3651&utm_medium=email&utm_content=gallery12

Published in Landscaping

It is mid-summer and the time of year when we look around our home and summer homes to access what parts of the landscaping are working, what parts of the outdoor spaces need improvement to fit current lifestyle preferences/uses and seek ideas/inspiration to make the desired landscape changes.  Here are 30 landscape design ideas for shaping up your summer landscape courtesy of Lavinia for Freshome’s Very Best of freshome.com. Read more: http://freshome.com/2012/06/20/30-landscape-design-ideas-shaping-up-your-summer-dream-home/  Remember, it is always good to consult a landscape professional.

 

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Outdoor Area for Napping/Sleeping using futon, outdoor fabric, outdoor pillows, blue stone, Schmechtig Landscapes, Barrington, IL. Sheldon Landscape in Lake Geneva, is part of the Schmechtig Landscapes Family of Companies

 

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Schmechtig Landscapes Outdoor Patio Design, Glencoe, IL., for dining using blue stone, brick pavers and stone seat walls.  Sheldon Landscape in Lake Geneva, is part of the Schmechtig Landscapes Family of Companies

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Help your house look its best with these tricks for gorgeous window box planters:

http://www.msn.com/en-us/lifestyle/home-and-garden/planting-beautiful-window-boxes-10-simple-tips-to-follow/ss-AAi7mb7?ocid=DELLDHP#image=1

 

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Raised Stone Planter Boxes around blue stone patio, Sheldon Landscape in Lake Geneva Wisconsin

 

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Landscape Designed and Built Raised Stone Planter Box Beds by Sheldon Landscape in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

 

Courtsey of msn.com lifestyle section and Reader's Digest and their Editors

Published in Landscaping
Tuesday, 05 July 2016 15:10

To-Dos: Your July Home Checklist

Care for your home inside and out and enjoy the good times of summer says Laura Gaskill, a houzz.com contributor.  Gaskill continues, with summer in full swing, the month of July can seem to zip by. Make the most of your month with these 10 to-dos, covering everything from weekend guests to flag etiquette.

Read and see all 10 to -do's: http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/68023310?utm_source=Houzz&utm_campaign=u3274&utm_medium=email&utm_content=gallery0 

 

Courtesy of Laura Gaskill and houzz.com

Published in Landscaping
Wednesday, 20 April 2016 12:51

Front-Yard Makeover Ideas

Make a statement in your front landscape with one of these standout style ideas from Joanna Tovia, a Houzz Australia Contributor. Tovia says, if you really want to make an impression on visitors to your home, don’t just play at improving your front garden — really make it shine. These front-yard ideas in a variety of styles — cottage, formal, minimalist and natural — will make you look at your home in a whole new way. see them here:

http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/64787011?utm_source=Houzz&utm_campaign=u2836&utm_medium=email&utm_content=gallery11


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Front Yard Landscaping, Lake Geneva Wisconsin, Sheldon Landscapes

Published in Landscaping

 

Ready your furniture for spring and summer with these tips for removing sunscreen stains, mildew and more from Jennifer Christgau-Aquino, a Houzz Contributor.  Jennifer continues, "Your outdoor cushions probably have spent the winter outside, exposed to the elements, or crammed into storage. If you’re anything like me, you may have even put them away with a blob of ketchup that has since dried and cracked. Now your task is getting those cushions ready for another season of barbecues and poolside lounging. Never fear, we’ve got you covered with these tips": 

http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/63627103?utm_source=Houzz&utm_campaign=u2752&utm_medium=email&utm_content=gallery15


Published in Landscaping


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.


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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Lake Geneva, Sheldon Landscape


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.


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?

 

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Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, Sheldon 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.

Here is a list of the Landscape Maintenance Services and Lawn Care Services provided by Sheldon Landscape:

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

Published in Landscaping
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