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Andy Batcheller

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Improve Your Outdoor Living Space AND Your Property Value

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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

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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

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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

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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. 

Top 5 Tips for Creating a Beautiful (and Practical) Front Entryway

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An inviting landscape is a wonderful way to make a first impression when you’re welcoming guests into your home.  If you’re planning on putting your house on the market, it’s also a smart way to add value to your property. 

Mulch and Pine Straw Beautify and Protect Our Local Ecosystem

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Spring and Fall are great times to apply a fresh layer of mulch or pine straw, as it provides a layer of insulation that protects root systems from big temperature fluctuations common during these transitional seasons.  Plus, a fresh layer of mulch or pine straw instantly boosts your curb appeal.  But did you know that it can also help our environment?  

Handy Tips on Attracting Birds to Your Landscape This Winter

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Our landscapes are great at multi-tasking. We spend a lot of time thinking about how to beautify our surroundings, but one of life’s simple pleasures is seeing how our landscapes serve as small ecosystems.  Here are some handy tips on how to make your landscape a more inviting environment for birds this winter.  Not only will you be rewarded with great bird-watching opportunities – bird feeding can enhance a bird’s chances of survival during a harsh winter.  

How to Prepare Your Landscape for Winter and Beyond

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It’s November, and the change of seasons is on everyone’s minds. It’s time to pack away your summer clothes and prepare yourself – and your landscape - for the colder weather. Here is a handy checklist on preparing your landscape for winter:

Why It’s Smart to Winterize Your Irrigation System

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Experts predict a cold, wet winter for the metro Atlanta area, thanks to El Nino and other weather patterns.  Hopefully the heavy cloud cover predicted to hang over Atlanta will protect us from lots of snow and ice this year, but the temperature is predicted to drop below freezing and the cold weather may linger into Spring.  

Give Your Landscape a Boost with Our Tree and Shrub Fertilization Program

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If your trees and shrubs aren't growing or blooming as much as you think they should, they may need a boost of nutritional fertilizer to thrive. The landscape professionals at Handy Andy Outdoors are current with the number of fertilization methods and products available on the market today, and we offer the best approach to applying the best nutrients at the ideal time for your woody plants.