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    75 Front Yard Landscape Ideas: The Ultimate Reference Guide

    By VZ staff | March 22, 2021

    The old saying, “You never have a second chance to make a first impression,” is true—and it’s certainly true when it comes to your home’s front yard. After all, your front yard is what neighbors, friends, and family notice first about your home. What does your front yard say about you? Does your front yard complement your home, reflecting your unique style—or does it miss the mark?

    Inheriting a previous owners garden

    By VZ staff | October 29, 2020

    A client recently purchased a modest ranch on 1 acre.  They wanted to remodel the home and formulate a plan on how to care for the existing heirloom gardens created by the former owner.  This was a very overwhelming task to the homeowner, who had no idea what a treasure they had. Not knowing where to start we made a list of priorities, which was to be incorporated into an overall working plan.

    What Hydrangea Where?

    By VZ staff | August 27, 2020

    You’ve most certainly seen a hydrangea or two in about every garden you encounter.  But do you know which one to use in your garden?  There are a lot of hydrangeas out there. A lot!

    Updated Family Environment For All Seasons

    By VZ staff | June 11, 2020

    When it comes to priorities in the lives of homeowners, few can argue that the family will be at the top of the list for most of us.  Family can be a very large motivating factor when considering hiring a company to complete a series of backyard patio designs.  As our families go through different stages in life, the outdoor needs of the family change.  Take, for example, a new family purchasing a starter home. The home’s aesthetics may take on a high priority, focusing on front yard landscaping ideas, and curb appeal, giving the home an updated look.

    How to Fix Backyard Drainage Problems The Right Way

    By VZ staff | April 1, 2020

    This saying is true, but it also reveals any drainage issues that may be present in the landscape.  Tackle them now so that you can enjoy the rest of the season in your garden.

    Early Spring Planting Ideas

    By VZ staff | February 27, 2020

    Well it’s just around the corner and if you have a green thumb you are probably itching to get out there!  Here in the Midwest the weather can change every 15 minutes!  So, if you think those plants are ready to be planted, let’s make sure you select the most cold hardy to get you through to warmer weather!

    Spruce up your pots and landscape with winter greens!

    By VZ staff | November 26, 2019

    Just because the leaves have fallen and the gardens have been put to bed, doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy the outdoors.  It’s time to get festive.  Winter greens are a great way to add life to planters.  There are …

    Protect Your Landscape from Insect Pests

    By VZ staff | October 3, 2019

    Insect pests cause significant damage to gardens and landscapes. In our service area on Chicago’s North Shore and Southeastern Wisconsin, we see the evidence of this every day. Although not all insects are harmful, the damage potential from insect pests …

    Benefits of overseeding your lawn

    By VZ staff | July 31, 2019

    We spend spring and summer constantly taking care of our lawn. We put down fertilizers, disease & insect control applications and lots of mowing occurs!

    Seeding is an important part of the care of your lawn in the fall. Overseeding …

    Gardening with edibles

    By VZ staff | June 24, 2019

    More and more families are getting their hands in the dirt and producing their own vegetable and herbs.  It’s a great way to get all involved from young to old.  Traditional vegetable gardens are in raised beds or directly in …

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