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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Nearby landscapes and wild habitats can inspire your garden design and help welcome even more wildlife says Benjamin Vogt, a Houzz Contributor.  Vogt continues, we all want to help wildlife and see it thrive in our gardens. Providing native plants that pollinators know and have evolved with is critical, as is matching the right plants to the site conditions. But it’s not just plant selection we should think about when encouraging wildlife. We should also think about what habitats they use. In particular, we should notice what wild and human-made landscapes occur around our homes, and how we can strengthen, extend or replicate those landscapes in our gardens to encourage more wildlife like birds, frogs and beneficial insects to visit.  Here are 4 areas to consider:
1. Extend a tree line.
2. Augment or build a hedgerow.
3. Connect to a meadow or prairie.
4. Miniaturize a pond or wetland.

Read and see more of Benjamin Vogt ideas here:


Sheldon Landscape, Lake Geneva



Sheldon Landscape, Lake Geneva

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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.



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.



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






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

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Look closely for small sweat bees visiting your flowers throughout the growing season says Heather Holm, a Houzz Contributor.  Holm continues, small sweat bees are a large genus of bees (Lasioglossum) that are active throughout the growing season. Many species in this genus are very small and often go unnoticed while they are visiting flowers. Like sweat bees, small sweat bees will also land on your skin on a hot summer day to feed on your sweat. Be sure to look before you swat, because these gentle, tiny bees may tickle you with their tongues but have no interest in stinging and need continuing flowering plants all season.  Read more:


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Why settle for a hulking brick wall when plants, screens and other refined backyard dividers do the job with panache, says Amber Hopman, a Houzz Editorial Staff Member.  Hopman continues, Even though we love our neighbors, we all occasionally want to step outside without having to strike up a conversation. Although fences and brick walls can do the trick, adding an extra divider, screen or plant barrier can block your neighbor's two-story view for good.

To create your secret retreat, freestanding privacy screens, wood slat partitions and partially enclosed pergolas are effective (and nice to look at). Plants are also a great choice.  Read and see the inspirations:



Landscape Patio Privacy Ideas, Sheldon Landscape



Backyard Landscape Privacy Ideas, Sheldon Landscape, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin



Landscape Privacy Ideas, Sheldon Landscape, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin


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