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Andy Batcheller

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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.


Spring Irrigation Maintenance

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We’re focused on keeping your property looking its best year-round and protecting the investment you've made in your landscape. Routine maintenance and repairs to your irrigation system will not only ensure that you have a great looking lawn this summer, it will also save money in the long run by preventing small problems from turning into bigger ones.


A Proactive Approach to Harmful Spring Insects

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The weather can be a roller coaster this time of year, but the rain and slightly warmer temperatures means your Handy Andy Outdoors team is starting our proactive insect inspections.  If we do find the types of harmful bugs that may emerge this time of year, clients with our Tree and Shrub Care Program can rest assured that we will treat as-needed to prevent further damage.


February is a Great Time to Create (or Update) Your Landscape Plan

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Whether you simply want to add a few accents, or you’re ready to create the outdoor living space of your dreams, February is the perfect time to get your landscape plan down on paper.

There are a number of reasons why February is the great time for landscape planning.  First, Fall and Spring are generally the best times to plant, and you will be well-prepared for the Spring planting season by creating your landscape plan now.  Second, if you decide to implement your plan right away, you will be able to maximize your time in your new landscape in Spring, and throughout Summer and Fall. 


How to Care for Ornamental Plants in Winter

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As the temperature regularly dips below freezing this time of year, many homeowners worry whether their ornamental trees, shrubs and plants will make it through the winter.