Winter plant protection tool box

Winter can be hard on plant material particularly if we have used some plants that are on the edge as far as cold hardiness. It is useful to have some tools or techniques to help those plants thrive. Late fall watering: It is important to water all  evergreens, this get them fully hydrated and  gives them a reserve. This is important because once the soil is frozen no more water can get to the roots and winter sun and wind pulls moisture out of the plant. Mulching (Shredded bark) : Keeps the soil around the plant more evenly moist, reduces heat and cold tempera...

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Tosa Transformation

Hawks completed this transformation of a tired Wauwatosa yard in 2015.  The project included re-doing all plant material, replacing the rear patio and front walk and covering the front stoop in bluestone.  The rear yard privacy was retained through the use of a custom wood-slat cedar fence.  The arbor in the rear retains the connection to the rear neighbors while still offering privacy and landscape lighting was added to expand the spaces usefulness after hours. More Photos  

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Plants to attract monarchs

Did you know that the Monarch butterfly is now endangered? Populations have dropped an astonishing 96.5% over the last two decades. Their decline is primarily due to a similar decline in milkweed (plants from the genus Asclepias).They depend on milkweed since it’s the only plant that they eat and they lay their eggs on milkweed leaves during the summer breeding season. One way to help this species is to incorporate Asclepias plants into your landscape and to restore areas on your property utilizing native species. Below is Butterfly weed (ASCLEPIAS  tuberosa) a fun ...

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Landscape and Gardening Tips – October

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

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October turf tips

We’ve made it to Fall and the leaves are falling. Rake the leaves off your lawn to prevent them from matting down and smothering grass. I prefer to change my mower over to a “Mulching deck” to take care of the leaves. There is nothing like a nice sunny Saturday afternoon listening to a Badgers game and mulching leaves….Touchdown Wisconsin!!! A mulching mower chops leaves into small bits that can be left on the lawn where they will break down and add nutrients to the soil. Continue to mow and remove leaves until fall. Now is the time to aerate your lawn, the ...

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Spring bulbs; not just daffs and tulips

Daffodils and tulips are spectacular in spring but, they are only a few notes in the spring bulb symphony. So when planting in fall don’t forget the rest of the music. It can also extend the bloom time, give you variation in form and add different fragrances. Wood Hyacinth in blue works beautifully with daffs Winter Aconites the first to show in spring Hyacinth in pinks and blues Crocus a fun little plants with lots of colors. Fritillaries ;deer don't like them but you will Chinodoxa blooms early Scillas can over time can create a carpet of blue Alliums ...

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Brookfield New Entry

A tired concrete walk and steps were updated on this property with a combination of brick and lannonstone.  Lannon outcropping steps were paired with matching flagstone inlays cut into the rustic brick walk.  The round flagstone and brick entry circle is cut into the driveway to emphasize the landing area.  The jointing material for the brick and lannonstone is a polymeric sand.  This sand binds together like a flexible mortar, keeping insects out and eliminating washout issues.  

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The value of perennials in the garden

Flowering perennials are plants that die back to or near the ground each winter but, come back each year. One of the main features of flowering perennials is that they make the landscape more dynamic; a landscape with a variety of flowering perennials is always changing.  Through the spring and summer, you can look forward to something new from week to week.  Because they don’t bloom through most of the growing season as annuals do (2-3 weeks is common), it is very important with perennials to consider what they look like when they’re not in bloom. It is their ...

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Landscape and Gardening Tips – September

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

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September turf tips

Fertilizing your lawn in early fall greatly improves turf density; the grass develops new shoots and stems, improves root structure and sets up food stores for winter. Choose quality fertilizers that contain micro nutrients as these are essential to the overall health of the grass plant. Toward the end of September, start cutting your lawn a little bit shorter.  (My target height by the end of October is 2.25 inches). If you have over seeded your lawn in late Aug. to filled bare spots and increase density, don’t forget to water lightly and frequently until the ...

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