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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Pine Lake Auto Court 2017 WLCA Award Winner

Certainly not the average home landscape, this beautiful project in Chenequa, WI utilized clay brick, granite pavers and cut lannonstone inlays to create a large and elaborate auto court.   Cut granite walls with limestone caps define the space while the edges were softened with large expanses of ground cover, tight boxwood hedges and other mature plantings.

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Monarch Trail in Wauwatosa

Hawks Landscape recently donated plant material to the Monarch Trail in Wauwatosa.  The group “Friends of the Monarch Trail” http://www.themonarchtrail.org/ organized the planting as a local Eagle Scout project.  The Monarch trail is a great place to visit.  Friends of the Monarch Trail have making great strides in restoring habitat and protecting the all important Monarch migration and we are proud to have done a small part.  They are truly a great organization to be involved with.   

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My five other favorite annuals

My other 5 favorite annuals are the base of annuals plantings. They are the spaghetti the meatballs are put in. The Ice cream the cherry goes on top of. They are the base because they all are easy to grow, fill in nicely and bloom continually through the summer. Marigold: Love sun, many yellows and oranges some with red. 6" to 3' Begonia: Like shade but will take sun, red pink and white flowers green or burgundy leaves 6" to 12" Impatiens; Like shade to some sun, flower white, pink, red, salmon and color in between, 8" to 18" tall. New Ginny  varieties are ...

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My five favorite annuals

Plant these annuals in your containers, perennial garden or an area designated just for annuals.  You’ll have wonderful color from spring till fall! Verbena bonariensis – 5ft.tall, bright lavender – purple flowers, reseeds and a butterfly favorite! Dusty Miller – attractive silvery gray foliage, great winter interest, looks great with everything! Blue Salvia – excellent deep violet – blue flowers, blooms well into the fall. Sweet Potatoe Vine – fast growing vine in a container or front of a garden, many different colors. Elephant Ear – leaves ...

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Landscape and Gardening Tips for April

What our Pros are doing:

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