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Andy Batcheller

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Three Ways to Add Spring Color to Your Landscape

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Adding Spring color to is a great opportunity to give your surroundings personality. Do you like bold, cheerful colors, or softer hues?  Monochrome plantings can be striking, or you can select a palette of contrasting colors that work in harmony.  When selecting seasonal color for your landscape, think about your personal style and the emotions you’d like to inspire in your outdoor space. 

Top 10 Reasons Why Mosquito Reduction Treatments

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Spring is in the air! And pretty soon mosquitos will be in the air, too.  Everyone can think of at least one good reason they don’t want mosquitos hanging around: The annoying, itchy bug bites.  But can you think of ten good reasons why you should banish these nuisances from your landscape? 

Signs You May Have Poor Drainage and How To Fix It

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Our unique weather pattern may bring lots of rain and help beautify our landscapes this Spring.  Or, it could be dry.  Either way, we need to fortify your landscape with the right amount of hydration leading up to the hot, dry days of summer.

Tips on Planting Your Spring Vegatable Garden

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Picking fresh vegetables from your garden is not only healthy – it’s a rewarding experience for the whole family to watch the daily progress of little seedlings grow into strong, productive plants. As the weather warms up, experienced gardening enthusiasts and novices alike are inspired to start planning their vegetable gardens.  Whether you’re planting in a pot or a plot, here are some handy tips for fostering your garden’s success. 

How to Attract Birds to Your Landscape in Spring

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Birders know that Spring is the best time of year for bird watching.  There are many ways you can make your landscape a more hospitable place for birds this time of year, further beautifying your surroundings with the addition of these fantastic little creatures.     

How to Make Your Landscape More Pet-Friendly

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A landscape should be designed to fit the family – including your furry family members. A thoughtful landscape design takes into consideration the reality of your pet’s habits, and will help ease frustration commonly associated with damage caused by playful romping.  Here are practical tips on how to create a beautiful and safe landscape for all your loved ones.

Late Winter is Ideal Time to Prune Trees in Your Landscape

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An important part of winter landscape maintenance is tree pruning, including the ever-popular ornamental flowering trees such as dogwoods and crape myrtles here in northern Atlanta. Late winter is the ideal time to prune the trees in your landscape because the trees are dormant this time of year, and pruning now will help stimulate new growth in Spring. 

Top 3 Things to Consider When Selecting the Right Tree for your Landscape

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Everyone agrees that trees boost home values, although the estimates on just how much varies. In Fulton County, homes sold for nearly $105,000 more in neighborhoods with mature trees, according to a study by The University of Georgia.  Today, HGTV.com reports that mature trees in a well-landscaped yard can increase the value of a house by 7 to 19 percent.  

Landscaping for Privacy

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Whether you want to block a certain view into or out of your property, mask intrusive noise or just create a more intimate outdoor space, landscaping for privacy can take your outdoor space to the next level. 

How to Choose and Care for Ornamental Grasses and Ground Covers

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Ornamental grasses and groundcovers offer both visual and practical benefits. Strategically placed, these plants can add interest, texture and help define borders or transition areas within your landscape.  And the root systems do a wonderful job of slowing erosion.