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Late Winter is Ideal Time to Prune Trees in Your Landscape

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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. 


How to Choose and Care for Ornamental Grasses and Ground Covers

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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. 


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. 


Tips on Planting Spring-Flowering Bulbs in Atlanta

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Ready, Set….. Plant!  The rule of thumb for Spring-flowering bulbs is to plant after the first freeze.  That means gardeners need to be planning ahead for Spring blooms in the late Fall/early Winter. 


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.