DogWould Landscaping Ltd

Styles


Traditional Styles

Garden Styles include Japanese, Formal English, Country or Cottage, Container Gardening, Ponds and more.

 

Since we live in the Chicago area, I do like to put an emphasis on winter interest.  This does not mean jamming a bunch of evergreens around the perimeter.  Winter interest includes grasses, berries, rose hips, interesting branch structures, etc.  Evergreens are interesting in the winter, but they’re not the only thing.


Containers and Planters

These can be a big part of adding seasonal interest.

In small spaces, or to emphasize an area, containers of annuals can be changed quarterly or bi-annually.  They add colorful accents to any space.

 

Naturalized Styles

Naturalized styles are styles that fit into the Midwestern landscapes that we live in.  Naturally occurring landscapes in this area include Prairies, Woodlands, Oak Savannahs, and Bogs.  The lakefront was originally dunes.

 

Cultivated varieties of native plants are used as much as possible.

 

Naturalized styles can include Backyard Habitats.  

DogWould targets the three “B’s”.  These are Bats, Birds & Butterflies.

Butterfly Gardens can include plant material for the larval or caterpillar stage, along with flowering plants to attract adult insects.  Including plant material for larval butterflies is an important gesture, since so much land is cleared for development.

 

Birds can find useful elements in the heights and arrangements of plants.  Selecting plants with persistent fruit can offer something for winter.  Water is another important element.

 

All local bats are insectivores.  If you don’t like mosquitoes, learn to like bats.  Most bats migrate into the area for the summer, then return south for the winter.  There are a couple of species that stay year round.  Whether they migrate or not, they look for specifically sized spaces to sleep during the day.

 

We also like to encourage native frogs and salamanders, but since they don’t fly, it may be a long wait for them to show up.

 

 

Pet Friendly Landscaping

We offer strategies to incorporate your pet’s behavior and things that you want to use your outdoor space for.  We Do Not change your pet’s behavior or offer training.  We incorporate what the animal is doing, with what you would like to be doing.

 

This year we will be offering Cat Enclosures.  This is a way to let you cat enjoy the outside, without the risks of letting them wander off.

 

Pet friendly yards and Back Yard Habitats are usually exclusive to each other. 

Although using fruit bearing bushes, native plants, and providing water are good gestures, attracting birds and butterflies for your pet to terrorize is rather cruel.