April turf tips

  Time to get out and rake that lawn!  Snow cover tends to mat down the lawn, raking your grass loosens it up and allows air flow to dry your lawn out after a long winter. This can help prevent fungal diseases in your turf and reduces the amount of thatch in your lawn. Voles; a mouse like critter, can create a lot of surface damage to your lawn…don’t worry about this; voles do not damage the plant but, simply eat the tops and not the crown of the grass plant as they ‘tunnel’ through your lawn.  Simply rake up the debris; the turf will typically ...

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Realtor’s Home & Garden Show

Please stop in and see us at the 2017 Realtor's Home & Garden Show, March 24 to 26 and March 29 to April 2, 2017 at the Wisconsin State Fair Park.   Friday, March 24:   10am - 8pm Saturday, March 25:   10am - 8pm Sunday, March 26:   10am - 5pm Monday, March 27:   Closed Tuesday, March 28:   Closed Wednesday, March 29:   4pm - 8pm Thursday, March 30:   4pm - 8pm Friday, March 31:   10am - 8pm Saturday, April 1:   10am - 8pm Sunday, April 2:   10am - 5pm   More Information

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My favorite tree: Apple Serviceberry

One of my favorite specialty plants is the Serviceberry or  Amelanchier.  This is a plant that fits in any landscape as a specimen plant.  It can be used near a home or in a planting and will not get to large for its space.  The Amelanchier is a native plant and can be found in woodland settings growing along edges between shade and sun.  Its habit is upright- vase shaped and will grow 15-18' tall and about 8-10' wide. Generally, it will be grown multi-stemmed and will become a beautiful plant.    It is a slow grower and will be comfortable in most residential ...

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A Beautiful Staircase to a Grand Entrance

The homeowners of a beautiful Wauwatosa home with a prominent position above Wisconsin Avenue asked Hawks to design a new staircase in front of their home.  The old staircase was falling apart, and didn’t create a visual connection to the house.  Hawks designed a beautiful new staircase with natural, custom limestone steps and bluestone landings which blends seamlessly with the existing slopes.  Skillful installation was necessary to lift the stairs in place and create the graceful S curve.  The result is a stunning staircase which visually ties the house to the ...

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Herbs

  Planting an herb garden or container is a great way to expand your garden. Herbs are not only edible but, also provide fragrance and interest in your garden. Many herbs like mint, chives, oregano, sage and thyme are perennials so you only have to plant them once. Tender herbs like basil, rosemary and marjoram need to be planted each season. With a little planning, you will be able to step out into your garden to cut fresh herbs and turn ordinary into gourmet.

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Landscape and Gardening Tips for March

What our Pro’s are doing: Hawks Landscape Designers and Installation Crews: Our landscape crews will begin work on the projects that our designers created last fall and this winter. Our landscape designers will be filling up the rest of our spring schedule with exciting projects around southeastern Wisconsin. Hawks Landscape Maintenance staff:· Our lawn care crews will begin applying the first application of our 5-Step Lawn Fertilization Program.  This step, including a pre-emergent to control crab grass, establishes the foundation for a healthy, ...

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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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