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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55th annual Lakefront Festival of Art

Join us for the 55th annual Lakefront Festival of Arts In this magnificent setting at the Milwaukee Art Museum. June 16th to 18th.  Hawks will again sponsor the Sculpture Garden. A few reminders from past Sculpture Gardens.

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Landscape & Gardening Tips – June

What our Pro’s are doing: Hawks Landscape Designers and Installation Crews: Our Landscape Designers will be working on creative solutions for their client’s yards and businesses. Our Landscape installers will continue to work on plant installations, patios, retaining walls and decks. Hawks Landscape Maintenance staff: Our lawn care crews will finish applying the second application on some properties and begin to apply the third application of our 5-Step Lawn Fertilization program to others. It includes a granular slow release fertilizer (with Iron) and ...

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June turf tips

  Time to check on your lawn mower, are the blades still sharp?  Dull mower blades tear the grass which promotes plant desiccation, it’s better to ‘cut’ the grass blades than to tear the grass blades, sharpen if needed. When the temperature rises, so should your mower deck. Cut your lawn at about 3 inches, this will allow the grass blades to shade the roots a little bit and keep them cooler. Watch out for White lawn Grubs! The most common grub in our area is the larval stage of Japanese Beetles and June Bugs. These larva or otherwise known as lawn grubs ...

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Back yard entertainment area

Hawks was able to completely renovate the back-yard of this Menomonee Falls home.  Taking down multiple trees and clearing brush paved way for Hawks to create this Back-yard entertainment area.  The walls are designed at seat height to provide extra space for guests as well as defining this outdoor room.  The fire feature adds ambience and warmth to this outdoor space that can be enjoyed all year round. Alex Mathison

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Moon garden

White is the last color we see before sunset and so with some planning, your garden can become a magical moon garden in the evening.  In planning your moon garden, using plants with white flowers and bright foliage will give you spectacular impact.  Annuals like impatiens, wax begonias, dusty miller, geraniums, salvia, daisy and shrubs like white rose fothergilla and hydrangea are a few choices. There are also plants that bloom just in the evening; four-o’clocks, angels trumpets and moonflowers.  Most importantly, you have to take the time to sit, relax and enjoy ...

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Flame Grass (miscanthus sinensis purpurascens)

My favorite ornamental grass is a variety called Miscanthus sinensis Purpurascens.  It is also called Flame Grass.  I use it quite often in my designs.  Plants form an upright 4-5ft clump of dark green leaves, turning flame-orange and bronze in the fall.  Tall spikes of soft pink-beige flowers develop into silvery plumes which hold up well into the winter.  It is super hardy and can be divided in the spring.  A wonderful addition to any garden!

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Landscape and Gardening Tips for May

Landscape & Gardening Tips – May What our Pro’s are doing: Hawks Landscape Designers and Installation Crews: Our designers and installers are working together creating outdoor spaces for residential and commercial clients from tree and shrub plantings to elaborate outdoor patio spaces. Our installers are re-mulching existing landscape beds, if needed, with a 1" topdressing of shredded bark mulch. Hawks Landscape Maintenance staff: Our lawn care crews will begin to apply the second application of our 5-Step Lawn Fertilization program which ...

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May turf tips

Mow your lawn in different directions each time you mow; this will help prevent rutting your lawn and leaves a distinct pattern to your yard. Dandelions and other broadleaf weeds will start to show themselves. Now is the best time to apply a selective broadleaf herbicide. As the name suggests; a selective broadleaf herbicide targets weeds in your lawn that have broad leaves, most common are dandelion and clover, this herbicide will not damage your desirable grass plants such as bluegrass, ryes and fescues which make up a typical lawn in our area. Be careful when ...

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