Beautiful Landscaping Chicago

Proper Pruning for Safe, Healthy, Beautiful Trees

Landscaping

Pruning trees is a delicate art, and in a city where trees are mingling closely with local architecture, pruning is absolutely necessary. Pruning can be done to remove obstructing or damaged branches, to reduce the tree’s height, to permit new growth, and to improve a tree’s aesthetics. Sometimes, branches that are necessary to prune aren’t […]

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AS Stone Pathway

Shutting Down Gardens for the Winter

Landscaping

We hope you’re all planning on keeping your outdoor spaces vibrant with Lush Winter Containers, but in the mean time, it’s likely that you’ve got some plants and shrubs that are starting to look tired and unkempt in the recent cold weather. Besides the fact that dying plants diminish the aesthetic of your space, they […]

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Fall Containers - Gardening in Chicago

Creating Lush Winter Containers

Landscaping

Who says winter isn’t a good time for plants? With planters, terra cotta pots, and wall containers, there’s no reason your outdoor space can’t be beautifully lush in the winter. These winter container ideas could inspire you to rethink your outdoor cold-weather foliage—or lack thereof. WINTER GREENERY For obvious reasons, winter plants have to be […]

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Winter Fern w/pine cones

Garden Preparations for the Deep Freeze

Landscaping

As winter rolls in, there are things to be done to prepare your outdoor space and plants for the colder months. Trees & Shrubs Proper maintenance for trees and shrubs with regard to the winter months happens entirely in the fall. One thing to keep in mind is that you’ll want to avoid over-fertilizing plants […]

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GM Terraced Landscape

Spring Prep Starts Now: Construction Planning for Landscaping

Landscaping

If you’re considering constructing a new outdoor space this year, autumn is the perfect time to begin the planning process. Before you can break ground, you’ll want to partner up with design & development team, set a budget, and create a design plan. Although it’s possible to start a project at any time, you will […]

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Fall Planting: Poppies and Lilies and Greens, Oh My!

Landscaping

Good things come to those who wait—and if you happen to get your planting done before winter, you will start seeing the benefits by the beginning of spring. Fall weather tends to be less varied, so there are more perfect days to get the planting done. Given that some plants just aren’t hardy enough to […]

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Pergola

Beat the Heat with Pergolas, Outdoor Fans and Natural Shading

Landscaping

Beat the Heat with Pergolas, Outdoor Fans and Natural Shading Jun 29, 2014 On the torrid days of summer we all look for new ways to beat the heat. Our yard provides many natural possibilities for chilling out. Green plants in our garden can provide shade and help increase the comfort level. You can achieve […]

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Outdoor Kitchen

Let’s Dine Out? Outdoor Kitchens

Landscaping

Let’s Dine Out? Outdoor Kitchens Jun 13, 2014 Designing an outdoor kitchen can be one of the best ways to make cooking more entertaining, for both you and your guests. With the Fourth of July just around the corner, you’ve probably already started planning the festivities. Imagine celebrating the holiday in style, welcoming your friends […]

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Lighting the Way for Beautiful Landscapes

Lighting the Way for Beautiful Landscapes

Landscaping

Lighting the Way for Beautiful Landscapes May 25, 2014 A landscape without proper lighting is like a dark forest; no one can see its beauty. Because of its visual benefits, landscape lighting is becoming a popular outdoor feature among homeowners. Based on a recent survey, a huge percentage of homeowners want to light up their […]

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Extend the Season with an Outdoor Fireplace

Extend the Season with an Outdoor Fireplace

Landscaping

Extend the Season with an Outdoor Fireplace May 09, 2014 Besides providing warmth and ambiance, outdoor fireplaces also help transform your outdoor space into a comfortable living and relaxation area. Outdoor fireplaces can allow you to enjoy the outdoors during gatherings despite chilly or cold weather. As a design anchor, an outdoor fireplace tends to […]

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