1. Landscape design for 2014- now is the time to plan for spring,so give us a shout!

    December 12, 2013 by MAX

    We’d be happy to meet and  discus your landscape need: be it a new patio or a paver/brick driveway, garden walls, a new shade garden, or maybe an updated garden.  We also do consultation, and offer professional arborist advice. Click on photo.

    Shade gardens, Naperville Il, woodland gardens

    We incorporated sedges, grasses, lg. hostas, perennials, hydrangeas and more to this semi-shaded area. We first pulled many invasive shrubs such as buckthorn and honeysuckle


  2. Witch-hazel ‘Arnold’s Promise’ (Hammemalis x med.) (click on pic)

    December 10, 2013 by MAX

    A gem of a shrub: incredible sulphur-yellow spidery blooms in late winter- a stand out in the snowy landscape, plus this (see pic)  flamboyant display in autumn.   One of Ed’s top ten list of woodland shrubs.

    Shade gardens of Winfield

    A fantastic shrub for the woodland, shady garden


  3. Hemaris thysbe (Hummingbird Clearwing), unusual and colorful moth (tap on photo)

    December 9, 2013 by MAX
    unusual and beneficial insects

    What an incredible moth, hovering over a petunia in the late summer garden. A pollinator, a good thing!


  4. Visions of a colorful spring to come (don’t I wish)!

    December 8, 2013 by MAX

    It just finished snowing….and it’s only Dec. 8. Ouch. A long winter ahead? Would do some good if it were severe enough to knock back pest insect populations, reduces rodent populations and on and on….but for now, let’s just pretend it’s nearing that magical spring moment as the sun warms the earth in say…late March:

    Woodlands of West Chicago, Winfiled landscapes, woodland landscapes

    Small lemon-drop sized yellow blooms, the aconite is one of the first to appear. Multiplies readily. Non-native species


  5. Seasonal clean ups from Max’s Greener Places, West Chicago, Winfield, Wheaton

    December 6, 2013 by MAX

     

    Fall or winter clean ups, including trimming of beds, and lawn clean up have been happening for some time,slowly- but what a tough fall it has been! If you are still in need, or want to schedule a spring clean up, or a consultation on winter corrective pruning of trees and shrubs- do email or call soon to schedule. We can set up now so we are ready when the time is right. We prefer to use the ground leaf mulch to insulate the beds, and the tender plants such as roses. Keeping the free gift – your leaves  (ground, organic leaf mulch) on site makes sense: good for the earth, good for the earthworms, good for the roots of your plantings, and it’s saving you the cost of hauling it away!                   Next year- keep it on site. CLICK on any pic to enlarge.

    Landscape maintenance, lawn care, fall clean up, West Chicago, Il,

    What a mess!  Fall clean up time, winter is a good time to asses,  prune, plan for spring.


  6. Oakbrook Landscape Projects: patio and water feature (pondless) phases seen below

    December 5, 2013 by MAX
     
    A water feature has all the effects of a pond, but without the open water. Attracts wildlife as well.

     

    Oakbrook landscaping pond, patios, stone walks

    Will need a year or two to fill in. Using low grow native dropseed grasses, juniper, geranium, thyme, Asters

     

    Oakbrook, Downers Grove Il, landscapes

    Natural stone added to this waterfall, pondless water featrure. Sedges (Carex) are a good choice, esp. if the area is moist.

     

     

     

     

     

     


  7. Tips for a Greener holiday: Cut your own!

    December 3, 2013 by MAX

    A great tip for saving huge money: avoid buying greens (flown in all the way from the Pacific NW), and use your own trimmings, from your own yard! If you have a decent variety of shrubs and esp. evergreen- avoid too much trimming in summer, and do it in late Fall. You’d be amazed at the beautiful assortment of greens right outside your door.Arborvitae, White Pine, Spruce, Yew, and Boxwood grees, plus red-berried Winterberry-all Ed Max’s favorites for wreaths, swags, outdoor planters etc, even centerpieces. So get out there, and start trimming!Happy Holidays!

    Thuja, prefers moist areas.

    Arborvitae (thuja) trimmings, for swags, wreaths etc, and they are from your own yard!

     

    Will grow well in your gardens, Dupage, Kane or Cook Co.

    WINTERBERRY (ILEX vert.) Bright carmine red berries cover this bush in fall- cut for the touch of color in your outdoor holiday decor, plus will grow well in your wet  gardens, Dupage, Kane or Cook Co., BIRD attractant!