Dry Stream Beds

If you are looking for an attractive means to conduct water on your property, consider a dry stream bed. This is a shallow swale that has water running in it only in wet weather. Line with decorative gravel and various sized boulders and plant edges with plants associated with water such as iris and sedges. Make sure it is meandering not straight so that it looks more natural. The origin of the water can be your downspouts or maybe you just want to divert water away from your foundation. This sustainable solution allows much of the water to percolate into the soil, ...

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Turf installation

Correct installation of turf can prevent many problems down the road.  Your turf is in constant competition with weeds, diseases and insects. Installing 3-4 inches of good topsoil and making sure the turf maintains a 1-2% minimum pitch goes a long way to giving your turf the advantages it needs to win that competition by allowing for a healthy root system.  Hawks can help your turf be a winner through proper installation the first time. We can also renovate most older turfs to help them compete better.

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2017 NARI’s 55th Annual Home Improvement Show

Please stop in and see us at the 2017 NARI's 55st Annual Home Improvement Show Feb. 16 to Feb. 19 at the Wisconsin State Fair Park. Thursday 12-8 Friday and Saturday 10-8 Sunday 10-5 More Info  

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Celebrate the flag

  In a recent project we installed a center island at a senior housing facility in Kenosha. We install the paving with a compass patern design, columns and poles to re-enforce the importance of the flags. The lighting, planting beds and plants tied the project together. This key area in the development will bring a bit of pride to the residence of that community.  

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Landscape and Gardening Tips – February

What our Pro’s are doing: Hawks Landscape Designers: · Our landscape designers are busy planning this spring projects for their clients.  Our schedule for spring installations is starting to fill! Hawks Landscape Maintenance staff: Our Arborists are out pruning dormant trees.  Oaks and elms must be pruned only in the winter months to avoid potential disease issues. Our Arborists are also pruning fruit trees, removing suckers, water spouts, crossing branches and crowded growth to open up the center of the tree to sun. Our Horticulturists are ...

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Winter Planning for your Landscape

  Again, another long winter but, spring is coming soon and we can all be happy with that. It is never too early to start planning your landscape project and I always recommend creating a landscape plan to guide you through the process.  A design is invaluable when it comes to your project running smoothly.  Having a professional design can save time, use money wisely, and keep you from doing things more than once.  A plan takes the entire site and combines your desires, needs, and hopes into one unified plan.  Even if the work is completed in phases, work ...

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Well Designed Landscaping Enhances this New Home

Hawks was involved in the landscaping of this new construction project in Pewaukee from start to finish.   Thoughtful design was the key in creating this beautiful landscape.   A major focal point in the front yard is a stainless steel sculpture, which is aligned with the front entrance.  A major design feature is how the planting beds are organized around radius lines from the sculpture, accentuating the house entrance, and unifying the design of the entire front yard landscaping.  A variety of materials, from gun metal granite boulders, to a mixed quilting of ...

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Salt tolerant plants

There are many landscape plants that are very sensitive to salt spray or exposure to salt. So we as designers must be careful when selecting plants to use, especially along sidewalks, roadways and parkways. Some plants, if they are not salt tolerant, become deformed, resulting in witches brooming, or stunted. Other symptoms can include unsightly brown foliage due to desiccation, particularly on evergreen trees and shrubs. Do not despair; there are a few salt tolerant plants, many of which are native to areas along the ocean. Think about the amount and type of salt you are ...

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Hiring a landscape designer/architect

Where do you begin?  I have always said you need to first find a firm whose work you trust and then find a designer within that firm with whom you are comfortable working with and whose projects fit your design style/needs.  Having a good relationship with your landscape designer is critical.  You need to work with them throughout all phases of the project and for years to come during its after care stages.  Having someone that you “click” with can often make the difference between your landscape getting done for you and getting done RIGHT for YOU.

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Landscape and Gardening Tips – January

What our Pro’s are doing: Gardening in January?  Absolutely!  Now is the perfect time to call us! Hawks Landscape Designers: Our landscape designers are busy planning this springs projects for their clients.  It’s never too early to begin to plan your outdoor space for the upcoming season. Hawks Landscape Maintenance staff: Our Arborists are out pruning dormant trees.  Oaks and elms must be pruned only in the winter months to avoid potential disease issues. Horticulturists are beginning to assemble proposals for the care and maintenance of both ...

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