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 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:
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Published in Landscaping
Monday, 06 March 2017 10:13

Driveways With Curb Appeal

Get creative with plantable pavers, stone slabs, geometric concrete patterns and less traditional paving materials, says Lauren Dunec Hoang, a Houzz Contributor & landscape designer.  Hoang continues, driveways can take up a lot of front yard real estate but are rarely given as much thought as other areas of the garden. Instead of seeing the area as simply a track for cars, look at the driveway as an opportunity to increase curb appeal and set the tone for your front yard. Here are nine examples of driveway materials and placement that go beyond the usual pavers, cobbles and gravel to complement different styles of front yards. See them here:

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Here's a very useful list of what pro landscapers do in the fall for their properties and their clients, which you should steal and tackle between now and the end of November from House Beautiful and Beth Kaufman.  We couldn't agree more with HB and Beth!

1. They give their lawn one last cut.

Continue to mow your lawn until it stops growing - yes, even if it's cold. "If grass blades get too long, they shade the other blades around them," says Scott Olivieri of Michael and Sons Nurseries in the New York City area. "Also, at snowfall, the too-long grass will get packed down and promote snow mold." The general rule of thumb? Keep grass around three inches tall - all year - so there is enough surface area for the sun to hit.

2. They test their soil.

This is good time to apply grass seed, but there's a crucial first step: "The soil should be tested to determine pH and nutrient availability," says Matt Owens, president of the Landscape Contractors Association. "Necessary deficiencies need to be corrected or you're just wasting time and money." Sending a soil sample to a professional for testing will cost about $15 - and it's well worth it. "Soil plays such an important role in the landscape, yet it often gets overlooked."

3. Then they reseed the lawn.

Once the soil is tested - and any deficiencies are corrected - it's time to aerate and seed the parts that are stressed from the summer's sun or trampled from foot traffic. It depends on the condition of the lawn, but you typically need about three pounds for every 1,000 square feet of lawn, says Josh Kane, president of Kane Landscapes in Northern Virginia. "I like to use certified seed, which means it's almost purely grass seed with very little weed seeds and no fillers."

4. They fluff up the mulch.

Officially, it's called turning the mulch. Fluffing it up gives flowerbeds a fresh look and cuts down on (or even eliminates) the need for more, fresh mulch. If you end up adding new stuff, keep the pile around two to three inches thick, Owens says. More than that, and the mulch becomes a hiding place for insects and plant diseases, and water could have a harder time being absorbed.

5. They make their own mulch.

If you find that, after you turn the mulch, you still need more, try making your own. There's no shortage of fallen leaves this time of year. "Run your lawnmower over your leaves a few times and use them as mulch for your flower beds," says Owens. "This is an excellent source of organic matter that your plants will love you for."

6. They do some planning and planting.
"Fall is a great time to plant," says Kane. "See what plants need to be divided or re-spaced (especially perennials like Hosta plants and daisies) and what areas of the landscape need to be filled in to make next year look even better." If you have summer annuals, swap them out for fall-appropriate mums and pansies.

7. They give their driveway and walkways some TLC.

Your lawn's overall look includes your driveway and walkways. "The fall is an important time to fill cracks in asphalt or concrete, and apply a sealant to help prevent water penetration damage from freezing and thawing," says Kane. Any time water gets into cracks and freezes, you are at risk for even more damage.

8. They water their evergreens.

"Make sure all evergreens are sufficiently watered in September and October to reduce the possibility of dehydration in the winter," says Kevin McHale of McHale Landscape Design in Maryland. How much water do you need? That depends on the recent weather. "If it's starting to be a rainy fall, no water is necessary. If it's less than four inches for the month, you'll need one or two thorough hour-long waterings once a week for up to three weeks."

 9. They do some pruning.
Trees and shrubs typically need a heavy pruning before the cold winter. "Some may need it to help prevent damage from snow and ice storms and some just for looks or to control size for next spring," says Kane. Just don't prune certain flowering plants like hydrangeas, lilacs and viburnum, because it could spoil the spring bloom.

10. They pack up for the winter.
When your chores are done, bring in all of your tools, sprinklers and, especially, hoses. "Water in the hose will expand when it freezes and damage the hose," says Olivieri. "And don't forget to have all irrigation lines blown out so lines, heads and valves don't crack."


Courtesy of's lifestyles home and garden section, House Beautiful and Beth Kaufman

Published in Landscaping
Tuesday, 06 September 2016 12:56

Are You Happy With Your Landscape Company?


If you are not happy with your landscape company, September is the perfect time to make a change in landscape service providers.  This time of year gives you the opportunity to "try out" a new company for a couple of months giving you ample time to learn if it will be a good fit for the next season.  Landscape maintenance companies provide lawn assessments, weekly landscape maintenance services including your fall property clean up and if needed an irrigation system fall shut down service and fall outdoor lighting service estimate. 


When looking to change your landscape company this month, look to a full service company.  Full service landscape companies give you the  freedom of working with one company for all your landscape needs.  No need to call or contract with 3 to 4 different companies each season.  They will evaluate the needs of your landscape and develop a personalized program to maintain the health and beauty of your property.  Consider a company whose weekly grounds landscape service includes weekly mowing, trimming, pruning and weeding of plant beds.  Learn about what is included in a company's fall clean-up service.  Ask questions - does the company offer plant bed fertilization, lawn fertilization and weed control.  In addition, do they have team members who are knowledgeable in lawn health and garden health to ensure these areas are fit and pest free.  Does the landscape maintenance company you are considering offer services like lawn aeration, seeding or reseeding, mulching, rose care, winter plant protection, animal repellents, disease and insect control, seasonal planting of bulbs and annuals and the covering and uncovering of perennials in the winter.


If it’s personal service and professional results you are looking for, consider contacting a full service landscape firm, like Sheldon Landscape, who customize a landscape program for you.


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:

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Friday, 26 August 2016 14:30

100 Saves on Houzz

Thank you Houzz community for saving our photos to your ideabooks 100 or more times! Sheldon Landscape has now been awarded the "100 Saves" badge on our company profile. See more of our Houzz site and what we do in design and landscape maintenance: and visit our website:



Lake Geneva Complete Property Landscape Design and Build, Sheldon Landscape



Lake Geneva Lakefront Landscape Design and Landscape Construction, Sheldon Landscape Lake Geneva's local landscape company for 37 years.

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Getting to know your site is the first step to creating a wonderful garden, says Carol Bucknell, a Houzz New Zealand Contributor.

Follow Bucknell's 10-point checklist to get it right:


Multi Level Garden, Sheldon Landscape, Lake Geneva



Lake Geneva Landscape Design, Sheldon Landscape

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Paths, whether stretching from street to door or winding through gardens, have always intrigued me, says Jay Sifford, a Houzz Contributor. Sifford continues, perhaps it’s because their lines lead the eye and there are so many great design and material options for them, yet they often are so unimaginatively designed. Paths can and should tell a story, elicit emotion, promote exploration and make a meaningful connection with land and architecture. How do yours measure up? Jay Sifford, guides us through materials and placement choices that will take your pathways from ordinary to extraordinary:



Garden Path Landscape Design Ideas from Sheldon Landscape, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin



Published in Landscaping
Monday, 08 August 2016 15:12

11 Ways Landscaping Can Save You Money

Thoughtful evaluation can yield valuable insights that will help you both beautify your garden and stretch your household budget as you approach the fall planting season. Try some of these 11 landscaping modifications that can beef up your bottom line:

Courtesy of home and garden section, Debra Immergut and Bob



Trees in your Landscape Design Saves on your Energy Bills, Lake Geneva Landscape Design and Build Company - Sheldon Landscape

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