Handy Andy's Blog

Andy Batcheller

Owner of Handy Andy Outdoors
Find me on:

Recent Posts

How to Attract Birds to Your Landscape in Spring

Posted by on

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

Posted by on

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

Posted by on

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

Posted by on

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

Posted by on

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

Posted by on

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. 

Improve Your Outdoor Living Space AND Your Property Value

Posted by on

Did you resolve to stress less and enjoy life to the fullest this year? Better manage your finances?  Or tackle home improvement projects?  The good news is ALL of these resolutions can work in harmony! 

The Mailbox Makeover: An Affordable Way to Boost Curb Appeal

Posted by on

Your mailbox is the landscaping feature closest to your curb, and a mailbox makeover is an easy way to quickly boost your curb appeal. Often overlooked by homeowners, your mailbox the first thing visitors see when looking for your house number.  And a mailbox makeover can go beyond the updating the mailbox itself – it is an opportunity to add color, style and polish to your landscape. 

The Best Landscapers look at the Big Picture: Annual Landscape Care

Posted by on

Whether your property is large or small, traditional or modern, formal or informal, a big-picture approach will optimize your return on investment.

Top Ten Handy Facts about Caring for a Live Christmas Tree

Posted by on

There are many myths when it comes to the best way to care for a live tree indoors. But some experts say that a healthy, freshly cut tree should last up to two months with the proper care and watering.  What’s the secret to maintaining a healthy Christmas tree?  The single most important factor in keeping your tree healthy throughout the season is providing adequate moisture.