Thursday, 16 June 2016 09:42

Seed or Sod for your Perfect Lawn

A quality lawn, containing the recommended mixture of grass varieties and species, can be established with either seed or sod. The soil preparation for these two methods does not differ.  Initially, seed is less expensive than sod.  However, successful, weed-free establishment is more difficult with seed than with sod.  Sodding provides an immediate pleasing turf that is quickly functional.

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Lake Geneva Lawn and Landscape Maintenance, Sheldon Landscape

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Thursday, 12 February 2015 10:08

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 Service and Landscape Maintenance Company, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, Sheldon Landscape 

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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 Lake Geneva Landscape Company - landscape maintenance and lawn service, Sheldon Landscape

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?

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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Your landscape is much like your home’s interior décor. It grows old, sometimes tattered and torn, and needs updating from time to time. Sometimes, plantings need to be torn out and replaced. Sometimes, old porches, patios and decks just don’t work any longer.  Here are some tips from Kathy Van Mullekom of the Daily Press: http://www.timesdispatch.com/entertainment-life/home-garden/landscapes-need-renovating-just-like-homes/article_01bd5a63-d6f9-592a-8610-fbefbebb02d0.html

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Lake Geneva Lakefront Landscape Renovation Ideas, Sheldon Landscape Project

 

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This recipe uses your garden favorites. Serve this cold or at room temperature—perfect for a picnic or barbecue.
Ingredients
•8 ounces orzo (about 1 1/3 cups)
•6 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
•4 tablespoons red wine vinegar, divided
•2 medium zucchini or summer squash (about 9 ounces total), cut lengthwise into 1/4-inch-thick slices
•1 red or yellow bell pepper, quartered
•3 tablespoons purchased pesto
•2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
•1 pound uncooked large shrimp, peeled, deveined
•2 heirloom tomatoes (8 to 10 ounces total), cored, cut into 1/2-inch cubes (about 2 cups)
•1/2 cup thinly sliced fresh basil leaves plus sprigs for garnish
•1 8-ounce ball fresh mozzarella cheese, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
 
Preparation
Cook orzo in large pot of boiling salted water until tender but still firm to bite, stirring occasionally. Drain. Rinse with cold water; drain well. Transfer to large bowl and toss with 1 tablespoon oil.
Prepare barbecue (medium-high heat). Whisk 2 tablespoons oil and 2 tablespoons vinegar in small bowl. Brush zucchini and bell pepper with oil mixture, then sprinkle with salt and pepper. Whisk pesto, lime juice, remaining 3 1/2 tablespoons oil, and remaining 2 tablespoons vinegar in small bowl for pesto vinaigrette. Place shrimp in medium bowl. Add 2 tablespoons pesto vinaigrette; toss to coat.
Grill zucchini and bell pepper until crisptender, about 3 minutes per side for zucchini and 4 minutes per side for bell pepper. Transfer to work surface. Sprinkle shrimp with salt and pepper; grill until charred and cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Place shrimp in bowl with orzo. Chop zucchini and bell pepper; add to bowl with orzo. Add remaining vinaigrette, tomatoes, sliced basil, and mozzarella; toss to combine. Season to taste with salt and pepper. DO AHEAD: Can be made 2 hours ahead. Cover; chill.
Garnish with basil sprigs and serve cold or at room temperature.
 
Servings: Makes 6 servings
From Bon Appétit  | June 2008 by Sara Foster

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Wednesday, 20 August 2014 10:46

Simple Pleasures: Savor Summer’s Last Hurrah

Don't let the rest of the summer slip away.  Choose from 3 easy celebrations to close summer out in a soul-satisfying way from Laura Gaskill, a Houzz contributor. Hosting a gathering to mark the end of the season is a wonderful opportunity to slow down and savor the present moment. Choose the fete that means the most to you: a harvest party to celebrate local food, a postbeach party to savor the seaside or a best-of-summer party to look back over your travels with family and friends. Here you’ll find ideas to create each of these three fun, end-of-summer gatherings. Read more: http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/30327024?utm_source=Houzz&utm_campaign=u609&utm_medium=email&utm_content=gallery11

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Pool Ideas, Sheldon Landscape

 

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Wednesday, 13 August 2014 16:02

Garden Games: Backyard Scrabble!

A patio floor does double duty as a Scrabble board. Read More: http://www.sunset.com/garden/backyard-projects/backyard-scrabble

 

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This recipe is a perfect  summer dinner with family, friends or take along for a picnic!

Ingredients
8 slices thick-cut bacon
1/4 cup packed fresh basil
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon fresh lemon or lime juice
 Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
3 tablespoons mayonnaise
8 thick slices multigrain bread
2 peaches, halved, pitted and thinly sliced
 Baby arugula, for topping
 Cornichons or other pickles, for serving (optional)

Directions

Cook the bacon in a large skillet over medium heat, turning a few times until crisp, about 8 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to drain, then cut each slice in half.

While the bacon is cooking, pulse the basil, olive oil, lemon juice, 1 tablespoon water, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and pepper to taste in a mini food processor (or finely chop the basil and whisk with the other ingredients) until smooth. Add the mayonnaise and pulse until just combined.

Toast the bread and spread evenly with the basil mayonnaise. Divide the peaches, bacon and arugula among half of the bread slices; top with the remaining bread slices. Serve with cornichons.

Total Time: 20 min   Prep: 12 min   Cook: 8 min
Yield: 4 servings   Level: Easy
Recipe courtesy of Food Network Kitchen

 

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Set your containers free from the patio — placed among plantings in the ground, they fill unsightly gaps, let you experiment and more

Karen Chapman, a Houzz contributor, shares her ideas, read more: http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/28583893?utm_source=Houzz&utm_campaign=u567&utm_medium=email&utm_content=gallery16

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Potted Plant Ideas, Sheldon Landscape

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Container Pot Ideas, Sheldon Landscape

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Thoughtful touches and smart planning make summer visitors feel right at home.  Being a good host is something of a lost art. Balancing the roles of tour guide, innkeeper, cook and friend (while still managing to have fun yourself) can be challenging, to say the least, says Laura Gaskill.  Read More:

http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/2928273/list/Summer-Living--How-to-Welcome-Weekend-Guests

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Lakefront Landscape Design, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, Sheldon Landscape

 

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Master the illusion of motion for an exceptional garden that stirs emotions and the imagination. 
Jay Sifford, a Houzz contributor, shares ideas the employ bold and subtle concepts as rhythm, balance, color and more.  See more: http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/28595768/list/Make-Your-Garden-Come-Alive-With-a-Sense-of-Movement

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