Gull Lake Landscape Co. furnishes floral collections with a wide selection of greenery and garden accessories. Beautify gardenscapes with the bursts of floral color afforded by blooming perennials, including daylily, phlox, and coreopsis ($7.50 each), or opt for a hefty 3-gallon shrubbery, such as limelight hydrangea ($32.50), to fill a mulchy void or obscure permanent garden gnomes. A selection of 25-gallon trees, including serviceberries, maples, oaks, and redbuds ($199), stand patiently awaiting the chance to spread their branches. Gull Lake’s staff of friendly, avid gardeners are always on-hand to help each green-thumb choose the ideal plants for their at-home or underground-lair botanic displays.
No matter the house or the holiday, the exterior lighting experts at Landscape Illumination fill the night sky with all kinds of celebratory blazes. Their designs send photons flying in a stylish manner, casting homes and businesses in a dramatic light usually reserved for celebrity abodes or vacation houses on the sun. To get an idea of the company’s mastery of luminescence or inspiration for future lighting, customers can take a gander at the experts' well-maintained online gallery of past projects.
As their name implies, Greenwise specializes in 100% eco-friendly landscaping services. Their maintenance packages for residential or commercial lawns use sustainable, renewable alternative products to keep Mother Nature from giving them a stern lecture. Propane- or electric-driven mowers trim grass with low amounts of emissions and their grass seed is fused with beneficial fungi that nourish turf without the need for added chemicals. Additionally, their fertilizers use nutrient-rich compost comprised of molasses and yeast, and weeds and harmful insects are eliminated with nontoxic, all-natural products.
Greenwise’s devotion to lowering carbon footprints extends to their landscaping design as well. They plant organic gardens that blossom with fresh fruits and vegetables to add aesthetic beauty to yards and cut down on trips to the grocer. They are also proponents of working with native flora, which make for a more sustainable garden and attract native birds and butterflies to yards to entertain bored lawn ornaments.
City Escape Garden Center and Design Studio fills 17,000 square feet of space with pottery and internationally sourced houseplants, trees, and shrubs. Take a topiary-centric trip to the Eastern Hemisphere with a japanese maple ($144.99 for 6 gallon), or adorn yards with an ornamental, evergreen, or conifer tree ($29.99+). Embed shrubs, 6-inch table ferns ($14.99), or stolen Betamax players in one of City Escape's indoor or outdoor pots made from cast stone, iron, or fiberglass ($8.99+). The ever-changing gardening gamut encompasses grasses, perennials, and annuals, as well as trellises, bird feeders, and other accessories. City Escape beckons motorists with plentiful free parking, keeping greenery gurus from crowding the rush hour "L" with yet another tree.
For the designer Marisa Gora of Kemora Landscape Designs, it's not enough for a garden or yard to be beautiful. It must also be functional, and it has to work with the natural environment it borders. It's no question that she holds her work to a high standard. But it's the way she surpasses even those standards that has earned her company awards from Angie's List, the Flower and Garden Show (which applauded Kemora's work on the American Girl Garden), and the Illinois Landscape Contractors Association.
Her business's mission to give beauty and function equal importance might have something to do with Marisa's background: she was pre-med at the University of Chicago when she decided to switch careers. Her love of drawing and previous work in landscape maintenance for the Wilmette Park District sparked the inspiration that eventually drew her to landscape design. After graduating and working in the industry, she founded Kemora, and today gives life to homeowners' design dreams.
For more than four decades, founder Hank DeVries and his team of dedicated professionals have manicured local yards, backing all their services with a satisfaction guarantee. Technicians beautify grass not only by mowing and watering but also by methodically eradicating crabgrass and other weeds with phosphorous-free products. Aeration services let air circulate through soil, and hydroseeding stocks soil with a seed blend resistant to common diseases, such as the nausea that often turns grass even greener. Pruning jobs keep trees and shrubs looking presentable, and pest-prevention treatments liberate lawns from white grubs for up to seven months. Crews stay useful when trees are leafless by shoveling snow during the winter months and decorating rooftops in Christmas lights or glowing Thanksgiving dioramas.