This prairie home style, made famous by Frank Lloyd Wright, was designed to harmonize with the rolling hills of the Midwest farmlands. It is characterized by long roof lines, cantilevers and lots of windows. This example combines brick, wood and limestone.
This elegant brick two story draws the eyes of passers by. Its wraparound porch highlights the heigh of the home, while the archway that lies front and center of the porch brings out the beauty of the rich wood door, and the perfectly symmetrical lawn brings an orderly class to the place. All these features come together to make an elegant aesthetic masterpiece.
Surrounded by large, majestic trees, this grandiose house is reminiscent of the elegant antebellum homes of the Old South. The elevated ceilings of the wraparound porch give the home an open vibe, while the two dormers on the roof make the home appear as if it is looking out over the property. This elegance and charm are two things that make this home stand out among its neighbors.
Often advertised as the world’s largest corn maze, Richardson Farm in Spring Grove, Illinois offers five separate maze games within its sprawling 33 acre spread. This year’s theme is The Chicago Blackhawks, the 2015 Stanley Cup Champions.
The walkway leading up to this Illinois residence is lined with perfectly manicured grass and vibrant pink flowers that usher guests into this elegant home. Made of asymmetrical gray stone pavers, the natural color of this walkway perfectly complements the vibrant colors of the landscaping.
The stone and cedar two-story Illinois home is reminiscent of a classic Hamptons house, where a custom in-ground pool makes for a luxurious backyard getaway. The pool house is designed in the same style as the main house, while bluestone pavers are used to create an elegant pool surround.
Don't forget about hidden nooks, such as this spot with a mossy garden gnome. For choosing materials, medium-textured mulch is best because fine particles will pack down and retain moisture, which evaporates before reaching plant roots, according to The Morton Arboretum in Illinois.
Pull mulch away from the bases of tree, creating a donut-hole affect, advises The Morton Arboretum in Illinois. The mulched area should extend to the drip line of the tree branches, or at least cover a 4-5 foot diameter area around the trunk.
A long-lasting organic mulch option is pine bark or shredded bark, according to experts at The Morton Arboretum in Illinois. You can purchase bags of small or large chips. Other types of organic mulch are grass clippings, as well as animal manure (mixed with a coarse-textured material). Composted leaf litter will work, but it may increase weeds if not thoroughly composted.
Mulching can be a big task in the fall, if you have multiple garden beds. Here's a tip from The Morton Arboretum in Illinois: Organic mulch should be composted or otherwise treated before use. The step kills insects, weed seeds and disease microorganisms. The texture of composted mulch generally is more uniform, creating better curb appeal.
Here's a general rule for when to mulch a yard: Wait until after a hard frost in the fall to apply winter mulch. You don't want to apply it too early in the fall because mulch can delay the soil freezing process by retaining heat in the soil, according to experts with The Morton Arboretum in Illinois.