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Andy Batcheller

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Your Ideal Outdoor Kitchen

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Whether you are hosting a party or cooking a routine weeknight meal, the kitchen is often the most popular gathering place in a home.  This summer, why not take it outside?  An outdoor kitchen is a wonderful addition to any home, and will make cooking something to look forward to every night.  

The team at Handy Andy Outdoors can design and build your ideal outdoor kitchen.  From simple to stunning, each outdoor kitchen is as unique as the landscape that surrounds it.  We offer customized designs that take into careful consideration factors such as:

  • Would you like room for everyone to sit together at one table, or a more casual seating area?

  • How many people will be using the area?

  • How much cooking prep work would you like to do outside?

  • What’s the best path for walking in and out of your house to the outdoor kitchen?

  • Do you need storage for outdoor cooking tools, or storage for seat cushions?

Grilling seasons is not limited to summertime here in Georgia, and we can also add features such as fireplaces and fire pits that will ensure you can enjoy your outdoor living area almost all year round. 

A Refresher on Local Water Restrictions in Georgia

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Summertime means sunshine and hot weather – and hopefully some rain to naturally hydrate the investment you’ve made in your landscape.  But nonetheless there will be hot, dry days when homeowners will need to water their turfgrass and ornamental plants. 

Make a Splash by Adding a Water Feature

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What better way to celebrate summer than adding a little splash of water to your landscape?  A water fountain or urn can bring subtle movement and life to your landscape design.  These water features also create a pleasant sound, completing your ideal ambiance and creating an elegant focal point everyone can enjoy.

Top Dressing Your Lawn

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Is it time for your lawn to get dressed?  Metro Atlanta is known for our lush, hilly topography - but an undulating landscape can also pose challenges.  Top dressing is a great solution for sloping lawns, as well as lumpy bumpy lawns. Top dressing simply describes the process of adding a thin layer of compost (or other materials) to your lawn in a way that’s beneficial on many levels.  

Aerate and Invigorate your Lawn this Spring

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Aeration is a great way for Georgia residents to invigorate their warm season turfgrass.  Georgia dirt contains a lot of clay, and it can become very compacted over time - especially if your lawn gets a lot of foot traffic.

Top 5 Ways to Prevent Brown Patch in Your Cool Season Turfgrass

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Dreaming of the perfect lawn but seeing spots?

The Benefits of Applying Fresh Mulch This Spring

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Should you or shouldn’t you?  Among the many decisions you make every year regarding the best care for your property is whether or not to install fresh mulch or pine straw in Spring. 

What You Need to Know about Ground Bees

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Do you see bees flying near holes and little mounds of soil in your lawn?  Living up to their descriptive name, this time of year ground bees (also known as digger bees) make their nests by digging little holes in the ground and piling up the excavated dirt nearby. 

Installing Spring Color in Your Landscape

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There’s nothing like a pop of color to revitalize your Spring landscape.  The contrast of bright, cheerful flowers against an increasingly green backdrop will increase the enjoyment and curb appeal you get from your property.