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.



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. 



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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Monday, 20 April 2015 10:13

11 Inspiring Garden Ideas For Your Home

So take a break from your usual routine and have a peek at these green hideaways and retreats that are perfect for rediscovering your creativity. Luisa Rollenhagen, a Houzz contibutor wants to know which one inspires you most? Read more:



Lake Geneva Gardens, Sheldon Landscape


Garden Design, Sheldon Landscape Lake Geneva


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Wednesday, 21 January 2015 10:58

8 Native Shrubs for Year-Round Bird Feeding

It’s not just about berries, says Benjamin Vogt, a Houzz Contributor. Here are Vogt's garden plant ideas and landscape design plant ideas to provide insects for birds and seasonal interest for the gardeners. Read more:



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Landscaping for easy maintenance can help make your garden more manageable — and pleasurable to be in, says Frank Organ,
a Houzz Contributor.  There is no such thing as a zero-maintenance garden, but there are ways to create a stylish landscape that’s also low maintenance. Read more:


Landscape Design, Lake Geneva Lakefront, Easy Maintenance Landscape, Sheldon Landscape, Lake Geneva, WI.

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Learn how landscape architects approach the first phase of design — and how to offer feedback for a better result from Falon Mihalic, a Houzz contributor. Mihalic continues saying the concept design sets the vision and tone for the project and is the first design phase of working with a landscape architect. The landscape architect has been busy sketching in the studio, studying site photos and reviewing notes from your first meeting to create the first overall concept plan. The concept plan is usually supported by different types of drawings to convey the design intent and what the space will feel and look like once it is built. Here's how the process of concept design works and how your feedback can improve the project. Read more:



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Wednesday, 05 November 2014 10:01

Arrange a Gift Floral Bouquet Like a Pro

For a fall gift bouquet that looks expensive but is (almost) dirt cheap, just follow this step-by-step guide supplied by Rikki Snyder, a Houzz contributor.  Whether you’re attending a holiday dinner party or want to give flowers to a loved one, putting together a professional-quality bouquet yourself is simpler than it seems. Tracy Goldman of Sabellico Greenhouses & Florist offers these step-by-step instructions on how to arrange a gift bouquet like a pro, and shares how to keep vase flowers fresher longer, use focal flowers to their fullest potential and make the most of accent flowers. Read and see more:



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Thursday, 21 August 2014 08:46

Grilled Zucchini Pepper Salad

Nothing better than Zucchini.

Enjoy this week's Recipe Thursday.

Grilled Zucchini Pepper Salad

•1 1/2 pounds zucchini, cut lengthwise into 1/4-inch-thick slices
•2 red bell peppers, quartered
•1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided
•2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
•2 teaspoons packed light brown sugar
•2 tablespoons chopped basil


Prepare grill for direct-heat cooking over medium-hot charcoal (medium-high heat for gas); see Grilling Procedure , or heat a 2-burner grill pan over medium heat until hot.

Toss vegetables with 2 tablespoon oil, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Grill, turning occasionally, until tender, 6 to 8 minutes total. If using grill pan, grill in batches, 10 to 15 minutes per batch. Transfer peppers to a bowl and let stand, covered, 10 minutes. Peel peppers and cut into 1-inch pieces. Cut zucchini crosswise into 1-inch pieces.

Whisk together vinegar, brown sugar, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/8 teaspoon pepper, and remaining 2 tablespoons oil in a large bowl. Stir in vegetables and basil. Let stand 15 minutes for flavors to blend.

 From Gourmet | September 2009 by Ruth Cousineau
Nutrition Information
per serving (4 servings)
POWERED BY EdamamCalories183
 Carbohydrates13 g (4%)
 Fat14 g (22%)
 Protein3 g (5%)
 Saturated Fat2 g (10%)
 Sodium19 mg (1%)
 Polyunsaturated Fat2 g
 Fiber3 g (12%)
 Monounsaturated Fat10 g

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Charlotte Albers, a Houzz Contributor shares her picks of blooms bursting with color or in classic white for bouquets to give away or keep all to yourself.  Read more:


Landscape Perennial Ideas, Sheldon Landscape Lake Geneva

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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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Friday, 11 July 2014 10:31

Planting Ideas: Life in the Crevices

Discover the beautiful planting opportunities hidden in rock walls, paver spaces and other garden gaps. Jay Sifford, Houzz contributor and garden designer shares great inspiration photo's . See more: http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/29051211?utm_source=Houzz&utm_campaign=u556&utm_medium=email&utm_content=gallery13

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