Grace Your Space

July 5, 2011

Good landscaping is all about how you make the most of your space. In order to do that, you must consider what you like, conceptualize your ideas and finally work with your landscaper (that’s us) to execute.

So what do you like? To start, it can be very helpful to look at what you already have in your yard. How do your favorite pieces look throughout the year? What’s easy or hard to manage? What color palette do you hope to achieve?

Need some quick inspiration? Simple searches for keywords like “beautiful landscaping Milwaukee” or landscaping relative to the type of home you live in can yield dozens of applicable examples.

Remember, be as analytical as possible in these beginning stages, for the more details we have, the better we can implement your vision!

Meet your accomplice: the rain barrel.

A rain barrel is, well, a barrel that collects and stores rainwater from your roof that would otherwise be lost. Typically 55 gallons in volume, rain barrels are composed of a drum, hose, PVC couplings and filter grate to keep debris, insects and other nasty things out of your fresh water.

What this means for you? Well, with the rising price of water, an increasing amount of folks are “harvesting” the rain to save money. And considering the wet spring we’ve been having, there’ll be plenty to go around.

Feed your garden the way Mother Nature intended. Be a thief.

Visit the Advance Landscape Milwaukee garden center today for more information.

What is a compost?

May 9, 2011

“Going Green” has many connotations, and some of the simplest and cheapest ways to save the planet doesn’t include buying a $40,000 hybrid vehicle. If you’re a green thumb and like to see beautiful things grow, there’s a very easy way to do it: start a compost!

Compost is a very dark soil that contains many rich nutrients that plants absolutely love. Combining all your organic and decomposable trash in one container—food scraps, egg shells, raked leaves—this matter breaks down through the use of bacteria, fungi and worms to create plant food that is one of the best substitutes for dangerous and expensive fertilizers. You’re saving space in landfills and giving your green friends living outside your house the nutrition they not only want but thrive in.

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

Mulch ado about mulch!

April 4, 2011

One of the less glamorous parts of spring cleaning in your yard is when dealing with mulch. In the fall, it’s always “hurry up and heap it on”, but then there’s the matter of cleaning it up to prepare for new growth. It’s also important to understand where and when to apply it in the spring.

Many perennials need protection during the winter’s elements, which is where mulch comes into play. While some perennials will successfully breath through thick layers of mulch, it’s wise not to risk it. If your ground is thawing, which is around late winter or early spring, be sure to get mulch of your plants to avoid smothering them. It’ll help you to easily spot emerging plant sprouts, too. Once they do start peeking out and growing into adolescence, then you can add your mulch around them.

When it comes to applying new mulch to your vegetable garden or flower bed, evaluate your old mulch to see if it’s rotting. If not, you can still use it. Rake it to the side. Put down your protein-rich soil or compost and then rake the new and old mulch on top. When it is time to plant, very carefully move the mulch away from the area you’re planning to plant. Thanks to this advance planning, you won’t give weeds a chance to break free!

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

We’re gearing up for the grand opening of our garden center! Spring is a celebration of rebirth, and with it comes the beauty of plants, decorative rock and stone, fencing, accessories and lawn ornaments that will help show your lawn off!

While we have some stuff in stock for you, stopping by our garden center is a good way to get some ideas and get inspired when it comes time to developing your own design at home. And it’s not just flowers and plants we sell—keep in mind we have all matter of bulk and bagged materials you’ll need, from sod and fertilizer to seeds and bark mulch.

Planting time is coming up, and you can’t spend enough time planning out the perfect design! Our professionals are on staff—here, or we’re available to come by your home—to talk about your plans and help out where we can. Remember we have the equipment for all your landscape plans, from simple lawn maintenance to hardscapes and major yard overhauls.

Let’s bring spring in right! Call Advance Landscape at 414-483-0299 to see when our garden is having our grand opening!

The snows…they are melting! Time to do the walk-around to see what you need to do to your house this spring!

Yes, yes…we have a few more months left where snow and frigid temps could arrive, but that doesn’t mean you should wait on your planning for your yard! Not only do you have to coordinate timing during the season, it’s important to get your name on the schedule so we can be there at the best time you need us to get the project done. If you’re hoping to get a large project underway this spring—anything from major tree plantings, pavings and patios, or sodding—then you’ll need all the time you can get!

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

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.