Beat the Heat!

Beat the Heat!

Tips to keep your plants looking good

in the hot, dry summer months

  • Make sure to water everyday!  Both new and old plants need water when it’s hot.
  • Water in the morning.  This is the best time of day – before the sun makes it all evaporate and before the worms and bugs come out at night.
  • Try to water your plants near the ground/roots and the surrounding ground.  It will keep cool long after being watered.
  • Lay tree mulch around your plants.  This cuts down your watering time.  You can find free tree mulch from many tree removing services and it will help hold the moisture in  the ground rather than letting it evaporate away in the heat of day.
  • Water tomatoes under the leaves.  This will improve growth and avoid yellow/moldy leaves.
  • Make sure to turn your indoor plants every time you water.  This ensures even sun exposure.  If they face a sunny window, give them extra water.

Creativity with Containers

One of the easiest (and funnest) ways to decorate your storefront, yard, entryway, deck, porch or any part of your garden are containers.  They can be filled with any variety of plants, herbs, flowers, and grasses to create the perfect color and texture combination to suit your design and taste.  Combined with the container of your choice, each one is unique and easily adjusted to anyone’s preferences.  Take a look at some of the container gardens we’ve put together for clients and give us a call to schedule a free appointment!  We’d love to bring pops of color to your landscape, deck, garden, storefront or porch areas.

Painting Attic Exterior in Chicago

We painted the exterior of this home’s attic last month to match the siding with the rest of the brick.  In the process, we also installed a window to allow lots of natural light into the space.  Call us for a free painting consultation!  We specialize in exterior and interior painting for both residential and commercial spaces.  We have worked with all types of finishes and techniques and can bring a unique or traditional look to any living space.  Schedule a free, no-obligation consultation and we would be happy to hear what you want for your space, make some recommendations and put together a plan that works within your budget.  Give us a call today!

Front Yard Landscape Design in Evanston

This month, we had the pleasure of designing and installing a front yard landscape in Evanston, transforming their front yard into an inviting salutation of color and evergreens that will compliment their home with natural beauty year round.  We were able to work with some of their existing shrubs, simply trimming and planting a few more plants around them to fill in the space, saving them money in the process.  Some features to note are the pavers we laid leading to the side door, the Yellow Spruce we installed towards the back by the fence and the dark purple butterfly bush in front of the windows.  We are looking forward to hopefully revisiting this garden in the future when the plants grow and fill the space in a little more.  Give us a call if you’d like a little color added to your front or back landscape!

Small Front Landscape Design in Mt. Prospect

We spruced up this front landscape with just a few shrubs and low-growing plants, but even just these small additions did a lot to enhance the forefront of this suburban home.  Even a few shrubs in a small space can add considerable beauty and character to your home.  Give us a call for a free consultation!  We are happy to work with spaces (and budgets) of all sizes.

Condo Landscaping in Chicago

For this condominium front entry landscaping job, we were able to give them a more economical and budget-friendly contract by simply moving around many of their existing plants to areas where they would thrive better, flowering and bringing their intended beauty to the exterior of the building.  After also installing a few new plants of our own, we love the lush greens and colors that fill the entryway and perimeter of this large condo building.  Leave a comment or give us a call to schedule a free consultation!  We can work with budgets of all sizes to provide a landscape that will brighten your home’s (or condo’s) exterior.

Container Gardens

Container gardens are a quick and versatile way to add beauty to your lawn and home, especially if you don’t have a lot of room.  You can use them to adorn your front porch or walkway, or spruce up your back deck or small backyard.  Take a look at some pictures from a container garden we finished for a client!

 

Garden Clean-Up

If you don’t need a new landscape design or new plantings for your yard, but wish it was cleaner and less cluttered, we can help tidy up your yard so that the beauty of your plants, shrubbery and trees can take centerstage and beautify your home as they were intended.  Take a look at these pictures from a garden clean-up we recently did in a client’s front yard and don’t hesitate to give us a call!

 

Kitchen Renovations

“If you can organize your kitchen, you can organize your life.” ~Louis Parrish

If that’s true, what better place to start highlighting renovations than in the kitchen?  Below are some snapshots of a few kitchen renovations we had the privilege of working on.

 

We love how the bright green inside of these open cabinets brings a pop of color and brings a fun element of design to this kitchen.  Check out the before picture to see how repainting your cabinets can completely change the look of your kitchen!

 Cabinets: Benjamin Moore Semi-Gloss Elephant Gray

 

Sanding and repainting these cabinets give this kitchen a clean, polished feel.

The wood cabinets, muted green walls and tile backsplash all come together to make this kitchen feel warm and welcoming.

Check us out on Facebook for more kitchen designs that we’ve found and love!  We’ll be posting throughout the day as we highlight “the heart of everyone’s home” – the kitchen!

More Tips for Winter Lawn & Garden Care

It’s snowing!  Here are a few tips to take care of your lawn, trees and other outdoor plants when it snows.

  • Be careful to avoid spreading salt near shrubs or other plants.  Sand or sawdust are more environmentally-friendly options for curing those slick walkways, providing friction without the addition of chemicals into the ground.
  • If it does snow a lot, try to brush the snow off of any evergreen branches in your yard as the weight of the snow or ice may cause serious damage to your tree.
  • Make sure to brush the snow off of evergreen trees as soon as possible after a big snowstorm as the accumulating snow can cause serious damage to the branches. This can be done easily with a broom.

We hope that these little suggestions will help make taking care of your outdoors a little easier this winter.  Let us know if you have any questions and we’d be happy to help!