A homeowner always has a list of things to do around the house! As the holidays are done and spring is fast approaching, your mind is running overboard with all the things you need to do. What budget do you have? What would you like to see done? What needs to be done?

Here’s a brief list. Do any of these sound familiar?

1. I will build a patio or deck (they’re easier to build than you think).
2. I will install a water garden (it can be cheaper than you think).
3. I will have limbing work done on any trees that present a hazard.
4. I will define my landscape design tastes and implement them.
5. I will grow some plants that will enhance my fall landscape design.
6. I will provide maximum visual interest for the winter landscape.
7. I will stop complaining about watering and instead work on improving my water conservation.
8. I will stop complaining about mowing the lawn and instead explore low-maintenance alternatives to lawns.
9. I will stop complaining about garden pests and take preventive measures against them.
10. (I’ve saved the most important New Year’s resolution for last:) I will fully enjoy my yard, rather than being a slave to its upkeep. I will “stop to smell the roses.”

When it comes to landscape design, talk to the pros! Be sure to call Advance Landscape at 414-483-0299.

Snow can paint a beautiful landscape in the winter, but there are award-winning, art-inspired ways to make it the most beautiful yard on your block!

When it comes to different types of foliage, consider picking species with the following characteristics:
• Contains colorful berries that attract birds for bird watching
• Readily catches snow in its branches
• Exhibits a delicate structure
• Is clad in a bark that is colorful or that has an unusual texture
• Bears evergreen foliage
• Has an interesting branching pattern

Some examples of these plants are:
1. Christmas holly shrubs
2. red twig dogwood or red osier dogwood
3. plume grass
4. bayberry
5. cranberrybush viburnum
6. winterberry holly
7. birch trees
8. yew shrubs
9. Canadian hemlocks
10. Viking black chokeberry

One popular type of plant with striking, year-round foliage with bright berries that attracts a lot of birds is the evergreen holly. Sprigs of cut holly have long been used in winter holiday decorations. Many evergreen hollies are not hardy enough for far northern climates, but two of the hardier varieties are:
• China holly (Ilex meserveae), a rounded holly, 8′ high by 8′ wide, that is also drought tolerant, and
• compact inkberry holly (Ilex glabra ‘Compacta’), which has a dark green foliage that resembles that of boxwood shrubs. Its berry is black, not the usual red that we associate with hollies. It reaches a height of 3′-6′, and spreads out 3′-5′.

The list can go on and on, including various types of grasses and birch trees. When it comes to planning out an attractive design that works for your lawn and the cooler climate, be sure to call Advance Landscape at 414-483-0299.