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

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Black cherry (Prunus serotina) is a common deciduous tree in Midwestern and Eastern forests, but it’s unusual, says Heather Holm, a Houzz Contributor.
Holm's continued, most of the deciduous trees in these North American woodlands are wind-pollinated, producing separate male and female flowers before the leaves emerge in early spring. Black cherry trees, however, flower in late spring after the leaves have emerged, producing showy white flower racemes that attract a number of native bees. The resulting fruit, maturing from red to dark blue, is sought after by berry-eating birds, including waxwings and American robins.  Black cherry can be used as a stand-alone shade tree in medium, well-drained soil, or incorporated into a naturalized planting along the edge of a woodland. The interesting scaly bark, showy white flowers and vibrant fall foliage color make this an attractive tree to use in both traditional and naturalized landscapes.  Read and see more: http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/67621489/list/plant-black-cherry-trees-for-the-birds-and-bees

 

Courtesy of houzz.com and Heather Holm

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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: http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/65850011/list/design-workshop-how-to-analyze-your-outdoor-site


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Multi Level Garden, Sheldon Landscape, Lake Geneva

 

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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: http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/54496337/list/how-to-design-garden-paths-that-bring-a-landscape-to-life

 

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

 

 

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Wednesday, 10 August 2016 10:21

6 Ways to Cool Off Without Air Conditioning

Turn off that cash-guzzling, energy-hogging A/C — these methods of cooling your home and your body are cheaper and kinder to the planet from Mariana Pickering, a Houzz contributor and Owner of Emu Building Science.  Pickering continues, having an air conditioner is a near-must in climates where months-long heat waves are a summer norm. (We’re fanning our faces with you, Houston and Atlanta!) And with that comes an equally scorching energy bill. Even in regions with gentler climates, homeowners can still experience enough hot days in a row to nearly go mad.  It doesn’t have to be so hard. Whether you want to save money by running your air conditioner less or brave the heat without one, here are six steps that will help you stay cool: http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/29448664/list/6-ways-to-cool-off-without-air-conditioning

 

Courtesy of Houzz.com and Mariana Pickering, a Houzz contributor

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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:

http://www.msn.com/en-us/lifestyle/home-and-garden/11-ways-landscaping-can-save-you-money/ss-BBvh6jp?ocid=DELLDHP#image=1

Courtesy of msn.com home and garden section, Debra Immergut and Bob Villa.com

 

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

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Don’t let summer’s heat go to your head. These U.S. gardening guides will help you make sensible choices for all of your plantings, says Annie Thornton, a Houzz Editorial Staff Member.  Thorton continues, there is much to be done and enjoyed in the August garden. Butterflies abound, while the magenta, burgundy and orange hues of late-summer bloomers foreshadow fall colors. Give your containers and summer edibles some love by keeping them appropriately watered and fed. Deadhead spent summer flowers for repeat blooms — or let them set seed to provide food and habitat for wildlife through the coming months. As you go, take stock of what you see in the yard, preparing for fall planting. Here’s what to do in U.S. gardens in August: http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/15001778/list/keep-your-cool-in-the-garden-heres-what-to-do-in-august

 

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Lake Geneva Lakefront Landscape Design and Build Project, Sheldon Landscape

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We are halfway through the summer are you happy with the landscape company you are working with?  Have you taken the time to walk your property?  It's time to evaluate your home's outdoor spaces. Is it everything you want it to be? A landscaping company will work with you to improve your yard into an extension of your indoor living spaces.  From weekly lawn and grounds visits, to planting gardens and trees, to building decks and patios, the yard and services you deserve awaits.

 

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Lakeside Patio, Sheldon Landscape, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin


Here are a some questions to ask a landscape company. 
What landscape services do you offer? Ask about all the services they provide.  Does the landscape company offer routine lawn maintenance?  If you're looking for a company to do weed trimming, lawn mowing, edging, fertilizing, weed control and watering, specifically ask if they offer these services; don't assume.

 

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Lake Geneva Estate Landscape Design, Constructon and Maintenance- Sheldon Landscape


Ask about ideas to transform your yard into a beautiful living space like planting trees; designing and building patios, pergolas, arbors, fireplaces and fire pits, water features like pools, spa's and ponds, outdoor lighting systems, retaining walls, drainage and more. 
Does the company do the work themselves or is the work subcontracted?  If the company subcontracts the work, are they reliable? Is their work of a high quality? Ask for references to see exactly what the end results of their landscape projects look like.
What is the company's guarantee on the work performed at your home?  Make sure the company will stand behind their work including maintenance and planting and lawn improvements. Find out if they will replace items that die within a specific period of time or bad craftsmanship.

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Landscape Installation and Design, Sheldon Landscape, Lake Geneva, WI.


Ask for their certificate of insurance while they work on your property.
Do you receive a monthly invoice or statement of account? Learn about when payments are due and if they take debit and credit cards for convenience.
Can you obtain a list of references and samples of their work? Drive to the addresses provided by the landscaper. Does the landscaping look maintained? Are there areas of the landscape you like? Does the lawn look healthy?

 

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Landscape Maintenance in Lake Geneva - Sheldon Landscape Company


Find a company that aligns with you. 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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Tuesday, 25 August 2015 09:51

How to Design a Colorful Flower Bed

Delight the eye through 3 seasons with bright flowers placed just right and right now, late summer is a good time to plan, says Marianne Lipanovich, a Houzz Contributor.  Lipanovich continues; a flower bed filled with masses of color to grab your attention, blooming from spring through fall — what could be better in any garden? If what you want is a flower bed filled with masses of the same plant, such as a bed of impatiens or roses, it’s easy to get it right. But if you hope to have a judicious mix of colors and shapes and flowers that will fill the space throughout the growing season, you’ll need to take some time to plan ahead and follow some basic design guidelines. The latter part of the summer is a good time to look at your flowering beds and borders and see what is and isn’t working, especially as the plants mature, and think about the changes you might want to make. You also still have some time to tweak what’s there, adding in some late-summer and fall-blooming annuals and perennials. You can also search nurseries and garden centers for perennials to plant this fall to give them a head start for next year.   Schmechtig couldn't agree more with all of Lipanovich comments above. Read and see more: http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/27407750/list/how-to-design-a-colorful-flower-bed


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Colorful flower beds in a Sheldon Landscape Lake Geneva sloping landscape design. 

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Tuesday, 18 August 2015 10:38

Creating Privacy in Your Landscape


Have you ever felt like you can see more of your neighbor's house or their belongings than you would like or you wish your yard was more private? Well, you're not alone. Privacy screening is one of the most sought after landscaping elements. Through the use of plantings, non-transparent fences or
walls, unsightly neighboring items can be selectively hidden. In addition the use of screening materials creates a private, intimate space for your family to enjoy. Another use of these screening materials is to provide the perfect background for unique foreground plants.

 

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Fence, raised stone wall, plantings and hanging plants provide another use of privacy screening materials to provide the perfect background, Sheldon Landscape Company Lake Geneva

 

A combination of at least two types of screens usually works best for both functionality and aesthetics. Since fence heights are most often limited to four to six feet high by the local municipality, the addition of taller trees can not only help screen the views above the fence, but also help soften it. Consideration should be given if year-round privacy is desired. 

 

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Evergreen Trees on both sides of property line create privacy in this Lake Geneva Landscape by Sheldon Landscape Company

 

If it is important to have screening in the winter, evergreens should be used instead of deciduous plants which drop their leaves in the fall. As always, with good design, all things must be taken into consideration.  It is important not to just create a solid wall that may look out of place, but rather to integrate it into the overall landscape scheme to provide balance and harmony.

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