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Andy Batcheller

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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.

Watering Recommendations for Fall

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The rate of evaporation, the amount of natural rainfall and our local watering restrictions are all factors that need to be taken into consideration when determining your watering schedule this Fall. However, the general rule stays the same - continue providing one inch of water every week to maintain a healthy lawn. 

Fall is the Best Time to Plant Trees and Shrubs

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Trees and shrubs are definitely the work horses of the landscape world, providing Trees go Dromant in Fall, Making it a Better Time to Transplantprivacy, shade, focal points and other valuable benefits.

A Quick Guide to Adding Fall Color to your Landscape

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Fall is a great time of the year to add snaps of color to your landscape. If your weekends are hectic and don’t allow time for digging in the dirt, no problem! Our clients don’t even needs to pencil in a trip to the local home and garden store – the Handy Andy Outdoors team can provide the plants and the labor for seasonal color. Our team of professional landscapers can efficiently install a variety of plants that will add curb appeal to your house and a smile to your day.

Make Your Outdoor Space Your Happy Place with an Entertainment Space, Fire Pit and Patio Heaters

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It’s a scientific fact: Spending time outside will make you happier.