Elm Grove Renovation

This long overdue renovation of a home in Elm Grove was completed by Hawks in 2015.  The project involved the demolition of nearly all cracked and settled concrete as well as stoops and steps in the back, side and front yards.  A large rear patio, deck and walkways were installed along with landscape lighting in both the front and back.  Deer and shade tolerant plants were used throughout the site and the grades were corrected to properly drain the property.

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Concrete pavers

Concrete pavers are an exceptional medium for adding beauty, quality and sophistication to an outdoor patio, walkway or driveway. Their versatility, strength and affordability make them a superior choice for any residential or commercial hardscape project. Available in a multitude of colors, textures, shapes and sizes, pavers are an aesthetic alternative to poured concrete. Unlike concrete, pavers have the ability to expand and contract with seasonal movements and hence have less cracking. They can also withstand de-icing products such as sodium chloride or salt without ...

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Fertilizer; what you need to know

Fertilizer can help make your plants green and healthy, but what is it? Most fertilizers are made up of 3 different nutrients represented as 10-10-10. Your soil may lack these nutrients or they have been used up over time. The first number (N) Nitrogen, the most important nutrient needed for plant growth and keeping your leaves green and healthy. The second number (P) Phosphorus, it is used in root development and flower growth. The third number (K) Potassium, for strong stems as well as flowers and fruit. There are many different types of fertilizers, but ...

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Landscape and Gardening Tips – August

What our Pro’s are doing to keep landscapes beautiful.

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August turf tips

It’s still hot out and the lawn is a little brown. The cooler fall days and more frequent rains will help your lawn and all your plants perk up. The end of August is a great time to seed. Whether it’s over seeding to thicken your lawn or topdressing with soil and sowing seeds to fill bare spots, starter fertilizer and watering is the key to success. If you are seeding large areas, choose a quality fertilizer product that contains a balanced blend of nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus, these are the three most necessary ingredients for a strong beginning. Watering ...

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Fire pit addition

Hawks removed an old fountain in the back-yard pool area of this Waukesha residence.  This fully custom gas fire table was created using Lannon cobble masonry and a granite counter top.  Hawks made this space more functional for the client, making this a true back-yard entertainment oasis.             Alex Mathison

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Outdoor kitchens & living spaces

Summers in Wisconsin never seem to last long enough to enjoy the outdoors completely. An outdoor kitchen extends your entertaining, eating space and allows you to enjoy your yard beyond the summer months. An outdoor kitchen can be as simple as a grill and table or as elaborate as a fully equipped kitchen with built in appliances and seating. Fire Features such as fire pits, fire tables, fire walls and fireplaces are the new trend in outdoor living spaces. They can be designed as simple, authentic wood burning features or as elaborate as your budget will permit. A well ...

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Plant tips for July

Landscape and Gardening Tips – July What our Pro’s are doing: Hawks Landscape Designers and Installation Crews: It’s not too hot for installing plants, our installation crews don’t stop planting in the heat. The plants are much happier going in the ground then they are sitting above it in the nursery! Our designers are busy too, planning projects for installation later in the season. Hawks Landscape Maintenance staff: Our lawn care crews will finish applying the third application of our 5-Step Lawn Fertilization program. It includes a granular ...

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July turf tips

Continue to mow lawn at 3 inches to shade the plant crown and roots. Pull any weeds that may show up in the yard. Long, hot summer days tend to dry out your lawn and turn it brown. Don’t worry! Cool season grasses like bluegrass, fescues and rye grasses are better suited for cooler weather and as a result will naturally brown for a while but, green up again as the weather cools and the rains return. Avoid high Nitrogen fast release fertilizers as the natural salts in nitrogen can dry and burn your turf. If you irrigate your lawn, it is better to water less frequently ...

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A secret garden addition

When the Ronald McDonald house built their large new addition in 2014, they came to Hawks for installation of the landscaping.  Part of the project was the installation of an extension to their existing “Secret Garden” space.  Hawks created a small patio, with walkways connecting the new main entrance, the maintenance garage, and the existing Secret Garden space.  The patios and walkways are classic clay pavers that echo the materials of the building, and a variety of flowering trees, shrubs and perennials creates a colorful and peaceful space for visitors.

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