Oak Wilt Plan Ahead

Oak wilt is a deadly disease that mostly attacks trees in the Red Oak family. White Oaks can be damaged by this disease but, often they will recover. This disease however, usually kills trees in the Red Oak family. It’s caused by a fungus that affects the vascular tissue of the tree. It clogs up the xylem of the tree and causes rapid decline, often leading to death. It’s spread by beetles that feed on infected trees and then fly to an uneffected tree and feed there. It also spreads from tree to tree by root grafting. Early warning signs are wilting of the canopy in ...

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Landscape and Gardening Tips – December

What our Pro’s are doing: Hawks Landscape Designer and Installation Crews: ·      Our landscape designers are working on creating landscape plans for spring.  Winter is a great time to plan next years' landscape projects.  Hawks Landscape Maintenance staff:·         Our Arborists are out pruning oaks, elms and maples.  These trees should only be pruned in the winter months to avoid potential disease issues with the trees. You should: Check trees and shrubs for rabbit, mouse and deer damage and take action. Don't forget about your house ...

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What is a Landscape Architect?

Landscape Architects are professionals that design a variety of outdoor spaces such as residential landscapes, commercial landscapes, parks, botanical gardens and campuses . Landscape Architects typically have a college degree with extensive coursework in Botany, Geography, Horticulture, Hydrology, Soil Science, and Master Planning. In addition to a degree, one must train for two years under a Licensed Landscape Architect and pass a series of exams. Landscape architects work in tandem with architects, city planners and civil engineers to construct outdoor environments that ...

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New Patio; bringing indoors to the outdoors

A new outdoor living space,  columns, seat walls, firepit and plenty of paved space for eating, sitting and having fun.

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Advantages to using permeable paving

  Permeable pavers are an effective means to manage surface water on your hardscapes.  This paving system allows water to drain through joints between the pavers which are typically filled with fine gravel chips. The water then drains down into a open stone layer below, and is adsorbed by the subsoil or runs off through draintile. They come in a range of shapes, colors and sizes. This is a great way to reduce surface run off from patios and walks. There is a bit of maintenance involved.      

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Landscape Lighting

Landscape lighting has come a long way in recent years.  Propelled by super-efficient LED lamps (for both new and existing systems). The big advantages  of LED fixtures is the lights ability to take a variation in voltage cause by length of the line and the longevity of the LED lamp. The first LEDs were blue in color and rather expensive, both of those things have changed. Transformers have become  more sophisticated with timers that adjust not only for daylight savings but, also to longer and shorter days. Lights that are build into retaining walls, columns and ...

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Landscape and Gardening Tips – November

What our Pro’s are doing! Hawks Landscape Designers and Installation Crews: ·      Our landscape installation crews will get the last of the spring flowering bulbs in the ground before it freezes and will continue to install landscapes.·      Our designers are gathering measurements and photos for those looking to have a landscape design done this winter and work with those looking to get a project installed before winter.Hawks Landscape Maintenance staff: Our plant bed maintenance crews are busy this month getting landscapes ready for the upcoming ...

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November turf tips

A late fall fertilization (Winterizer) sets up your turf for the winter. Using a slow release nitrogen product provides nutrients that feed your lawn until the ground freezes. This will help establish a strong, deep root system and store nutrients that will carry it through winter and green up earlier next spring. When the ground thaws in spring, the slow-release nitrogen kicks in again, ensuring a faster green up and a healthier lawn. Always read and follow the label directions. Winterize your lawn equipment by cleaning the deck of debris and draining the fuel. Store ...

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Winter plant protection tool box

Winter can be hard on plant material particularly if we have used some plants that are on the edge as far as cold hardiness. It is useful to have some tools or techniques to help those plants thrive. Late fall watering: It is important to water all  evergreens, this get them fully hydrated and  gives them a reserve. This is important because once the soil is frozen no more water can get to the roots and winter sun and wind pulls moisture out of the plant. Mulching (Shredded bark) : Keeps the soil around the plant more evenly moist, reduces heat and cold tempera...

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Tosa Transformation

Hawks completed this transformation of a tired Wauwatosa yard in 2015.  The project included re-doing all plant material, replacing the rear patio and front walk and covering the front stoop in bluestone.  The rear yard privacy was retained through the use of a custom wood-slat cedar fence.  The arbor in the rear retains the connection to the rear neighbors while still offering privacy and landscape lighting was added to expand the spaces usefulness after hours. More Photos  

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