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Rain Gardens

By VZ staff | July 19, 2019

Do you have that one spot in your yard that always collects water after a heavy rain?  That area is probably a great spot for a rain garden.

What is a rain garden you might ask?  It is a double …

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 …

5 Helpful Summer Landscaping Tips

By VZ staff | June 13, 2019

Now that they hustle and bustle of spring has slowed down we can relax and enjoy our yard…well almost.  Here are a few summer tips to keep in mind to keep your landscape looking it’s best!

1. Now that you’ll …

Bugs and Garden Thugs

By VZ staff | May 21, 2019

Pests large and small and how to protect your defenseless plants
Let’s face it, it can be a war zone out there for all those expensive plants we invest into our landscape beds to establish color, form and texture.  We …

Make your bed!

By VZ staff | May 7, 2019

Soil amendments and bed preparation for display garden results.

What is your soil made of?
The structure and make-up of what our plants grow in is of utmost importance.  Before we expect our perennial favorites to put on a dazzling …

Retaining wall and stairs

Retaining walls form and function.

By VZ staff | April 15, 2019

Mother Nature often has a mind of her own.  It’s even harder to control her.  You’ve built your dream home on the top of a hill or along the banks of a river or lake; but the only flat space …

Shrub, Perennial and Bulb planting for extended bloom time.

By VZ staff | April 1, 2019

One of the biggest challenges in creating a successful landscape here in the Chicagoland area is achieving color and interest from the first signs of spring to the doldrums of the November transition and cold harsh winters.  In the challenging …

flagstone stepper walkway with penstemon on both sides

Low maintenance alternative to lawns.

By VZ staff | March 11, 2019

We often think of a yard as a massive expanse of turf grass.  Which, when well maintained, is the epitome of the home landscape.  But there are certain areas of the landscape that just don’t do well with turf (in …

Tips to Improve Your Existing Landscape

By VZ staff | March 4, 2019

One of our clients came to us after recently purchasing their home and wanted to add to their existing landscape. It was clear that the minimum landscape requirement was installed here in order to get the permit approved. Let’s look …


Landscaping for Privacy: Living Fences Make Good Neighbors

By VZ staff | February 25, 2019

One homeowner’s definition of privacy may be radically different than another’s — and they’re both accurate. How can this be true? Because like beauty, privacy is in the eye of the beholder. And if fences make good neighbors, then …

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