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How to Choose the Right Crabapple Tree

Posted by Sam Hanauer on Jul 26, 2017 3:27:43 PM

I always tell my customers that the three main criteria that you should consider when choosing the right crabapple tree for your yard is flower color, berry retention, and disease resistance. You may find a cultivar that you like based solely on the color of its flower, but if you don’t consider all facets of my three criteria, you may just end up with an unhealthy tree   that lacks winter interest.

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Your Lawn: To Roll or Not To Roll

Posted by Sam Hanauer on Jul 12, 2017 2:49:34 PM

Often customers who want to remove bumps or ups and downs in their yards ask me about rolling their lawn. The assumption is that rolling lawns will achieve a more even and level yard space. However, this is not true. In reality, rolling your lawn will cause more issues than it will solve.

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My guest said, “Funny, there are no mosquitos tonight.”

Posted by Joseph Hanauer, ASLA & Sam Hanauer on Jun 28, 2017 4:23:55 PM

Whether you’re hosting a barbecue or just relaxing on your patio, the summer season has always been the best time to get out of the house and enjoy the outdoors. Needless to say, most of us would much rather enjoy this time with our friends and family and without the threat of mosquitoes. Most people assume that the only remedy to this problem is to apply a heavy dose of smelly bug spray.  I don’t know about you, but I hate going in at night smelling like bug spray. In a perfect world, we would all be able to grill out on our decks or drink a glass of lemonade without the threat of being a mosquito’s very own “all you can eat” buffet. Luckily, I found that this “perfect world” could in fact exist with a product by Nutone called the Haven mosquito repellent system.

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Autumn Blaze Maples Versus Other Maples

Posted by Joseph Hanauer, ASLA on Jun 5, 2017 9:17:20 AM

When people are shopping for a shade tree, they almost always ask me what I think of Autumn Blase Maples.  My first thought is always, WOW, another one.....those must have been marketed like crazy at some point!  Truth be told, it would be one of the last trees I would plant in my yard.  

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Eastern Redbud

Posted by Joseph Hanauer, ASLA on Apr 28, 2017 9:25:29 AM


Eastern Redbud (Latin name Cercis canadensis) is amazing when it flowers. The flowers are a beautiful magenta-red that run up and down the trees branches.   It is one of the first plants to flower in the spring; before the leaves come out.  In southern Wisconsin it flowers end of April or early May.  It is native to eastern United States and Canada.  The tree produces multi-seeded pods in summer.  They look like pea pods as the plant is in the pea or Legume family.

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Topics: Landscape Planting Design

Landscape Planting Design

Posted by Joseph Hanauer, ASLA on Apr 13, 2017 6:33:55 PM

One of the best compliments I can get from someone about a project of mine is when I am told they love their yard.  We love the spaces.  We love to be outside and use the yard.  There is always something flowering. Our house/ yard looks great.  

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Topics: Landscape Planting Design

Brick Paver Patio Problems and Solutions

Posted by Joseph Hanauer, ASLA on Apr 13, 2017 6:25:34 PM

I love my brick patio.  It is colorful adding warm tones in the summer and winter.  It gave us great additional space for us and for entertaining.  I think our brick patio is beautiful.  We have had no issues with it.  No heaving or sinking of bricks.  No ants, no weeds.  Naturally Landscape Architecture installed my patio.  It was properly constructed.  It will last for 20-30 years adding beauty and enjoyment to out yard.  When I meet with customers I frequently get asked about what can go wrong with paver patios.  More importantly, what can you do to avoid the problems.

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What is Better: A Deck or A Patio?

Posted by Joseph Hanauer, ASLA on Mar 29, 2017 2:16:34 PM

I often get asked the question by customers "What is better, a deck or a patio?"  The answer is not always simple.  Sometimes architecture or terrain will dictate the choice.  Sometimes it is simply personal preference.  There are pros and cons of both patios and decks.  What is better? Read below and hopefully the right choice for you will surface.

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What Is The Difference Between Landscape Architects, Landscape Designers, & Landscape Contractors?

Posted by Joseph Hanauer, ASLA on Mar 23, 2017 8:13:02 PM

Landscape design has a unique set of challenges that makes hiring a qualified person very important.  Architects and interior designers are trained to design spaces as are landscape architects.  But, the landscape is unique in that it deals with a dynamic medium. Living plants that change and evolve over time.  And, environmental factors such as grading, drainage, and seasonal change.  There are many professionals who work in the landscape industry.  From horticulturists to landscape designers and landscape architects.  How does a landscape contractor fit in.  What are the differences?  Which professional is best for you?

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How Much Does Landscaping Cost?

Posted by Joseph Hanauer, ASLA on Mar 9, 2017 7:08:58 PM

Customers share there dream landscape with me all the time.  Then they say, "How much will the project cost? I have no idea what landscaping costs."  This is a very difficult question question to answer, especially without a full site survey and elevations.  I will do my best to explain some general pricing guidelines and what can contribute to the cost.

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Topics: Landscape Cost

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