Posted on January 26th, 2012 No comments
Award reflects businesses’ consistently high level of customer service
Nature’s Perspective Landscaping has been awarded the prestigious 2011 Angie’s List Super Service Award, an honor bestowed annually on approximately 5 percent of all the businesses rated on the nation’s leading provider of consumer reviews on local service and health providers.
“After years of hard work, dedication and attention to quality from each and every one of our employees, we are honored to earn this award,” stated Tom Klitzkie, President and CEO. “Customer satisfaction is very important to us and we are thankful for our customers’ business and their positive comments.”
“Only a fraction of the businesses rated on Angie’s List can claim the sterling service record of being a Super Service Award winner because we set a high bar,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “The fact that Nature’s Perspective Landscaping can claim Super Service Award status speaks volumes about its dedication to consumers.”
Angie’s List Super Service Award winners have met strict eligibility requirements including earning a minimum number of reports, an exemplary rating from their clients and abiding by Angie’s List operational guidelines.
Ratings are updated daily on Angie’s List, but members can find the 2011 Super Service Award logo next to Nature’s Perspective Landscaping in search results on AngiesList.com.
Angie’s List collects consumer reviews on local contractors and doctors in more than 500 service categories. Currently, more than 2 million consumers across the U.S. rely on Angie’s List to help them make the best hiring decisions. Members get unlimited access to local ratings via Internet or phone, exclusive discounts, the Angie’s List magazine and help from the Angie’s List complaint resolution service. Take a quick tour of Angie’s List and view the latest Angie’s List news.
Posted on January 12th, 2012 No comments
With winter in full swing, we hope you enjoy the first of several case studies to bring you inspiration and ideas for your garden. Spring is only a few weeks away!
The owners of this charming vintage home, nestled in the heart of Evanston, love nature, gardening and entertaining. As volunteers at the Chicago Botanical Garden, they bring their efforts home to beautify their yard and attract birds and butterflies. But they were running out of room for their many plant additions, and also lacked an outdoor setting in which to relax and entertain.
To create more gardening space, we removed the lawn and converted most of it into beds. In order to “bring the party to the garden”, we added hardscaping. A curved bluestone path welcomes guests. A curved raised planter, built of the owners’ reclaimed street pavers and topped with rockfaced bluestone coping, sits along the path, near the back door. The planter brings herbs closer to the kitchen, at arm’s reach, and also doubles as seating. Stepstones off the path lead to a round bluestone patio in a location that surrounds guests with lush greenery, a perfect setting for bookworms and social butterflies alike.
With a colorful array of edible and ornamental plants, a bird bath and bird feeder, the garden provides food, water, cover and places for wildlife to raise their young, and was recently designated a Certified Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation*.
*For more information on certifying your garden, please visit http://www.nwf.org/Get-Outside/Outdoor-Activities/Garden-for-Wildlife.aspx
Posted on January 12th, 2012 No comments
The winter solstice was December 22… the shortest day of the year. Since then, daylight continues to lengthen, and we are on the upward climb toward spring, although it may look otherwise.
Weather forecasters predict a cold and snowy winter, and as our first substantial snowfall arrives, so do the dangers of icy, slippery surfaces on stoops, steps, walkways and drives.
To melt ice and improve traction on surfaces, Sodium Chloride (commonly known as rock salt) is readily available and inexpensive. It is also the most harmful de-icer we could use. Plants can be damaged from sodium chloride, evergreens are burned, grass is killed along the edges of paved surfaces, it causes mortar to fail and concrete to develop pockmarks. It also causes serious pollution to our waterways.
Only 2.5 percent of all the water on the planet is fresh water (not saltwater). Of that, less than 1 percent is available to us… the majority of the earth’s fresh water is frozen in the glaciers. Here in the Chicago area, we are blessed not only with Lake Michigan, but many other small lakes and almost countless streams and rivers. Unfortunately, these bodies of water are rapidly becoming damaged by the large amounts of salt that run off our roads and walks.
We recommend using Calcium Chloride rather than the less expensive Sodium Chloride. Although calcium chloride is still a salt, it is the least damaging choice to plants, animals, paving and the environment. It costs more but the environmental benefits should outweigh that. It is also effective at much lower temperatures than rock salt, continuing to work at 5 degrees Farenheit. The latest trend in large scale ice and snow removal is combining the calcium chloride with an organic liquid such as beet juice! Beet juice reduces the amount of salt that is used and makes the salt that is used more effective.
Salt melts ice when it is in liquid or brine state… it does not work when it is dry. It needs to mingle with the moisture on the ground and become a liquid, and then it starts the melting process. This chemical reaction takes time, but if the salt is pre-wet with an organic liquid such as beet juice, it instantly starts working. Wetting the salt also reduces it from bouncing around when it hits the pavement, and so it stays where it should rather than going on to the lawn or planting beds. The salt is also diluted it so it is less damaging to plants and animals. This amazingly simple solution reduces salt usage by 30%.
Perhaps your municipality is already using this method; if so, give them a call and say “Thank You” for being so forward-thinking and conscientious. If not, suggest they consider it.