How to Attract More Birds and Butterflies to Your Landscape

Summer is all about spending time outdoors and enjoying your landscape.  And what is more relaxing than enjoying your morning cup of coffee while watching winged creatures? With a combination of thoughtful landscape design and careful plant selection, you can boost curb appeal and welcome butterflies, birds, dragonflies and other desirable wildlife to your garden.  Handy Tips on Plant Selection A…

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Tips for the Best Outdoor Living

Summer is here! Now that the temperature is rising, it’s time to enjoy some lazier and longer days in the great outdoors.  Ready to create your own backyard oasis?  We can help!   Handy Andy Outdoors offers high-quality, full-service landscape management.  By leaving the routine landscape maintenance to us, you can spend more time relaxing and enjoying the outdoors this summer and beyond! Here…

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A Beautiful Landscape Design Enhances Property Value

Imagine someone house hunting on a beautiful day.  They pull up to a house that has everything on their checklist: the right number of bedrooms and bathrooms, updated kitchen, finished basement.  But, unfortunately… there is no curb appeal. Whether the landscape is unsightly, unkempt or just plain boring, suddenly the house of their dreams now feels unmaintained, unfinished and time-consuming.  On the other…

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Health Benefits of Spending Time Outdoors

We’ve all heard that spending time in the sun provides us with Vitamin D that may protect against a host of diseases, including osteoporosis, heart disease, and cancer.  But even if your summer gets off to a soggy start, you can still reap other benefits of being outdoors, including: Strengthened Mental Health and Reduced Stress Various studies show that being…

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Best Hi-Tech and Low-Tech Ways to Prep for Summer

The days are getting longer and warmer, which means summer is coming!  A concern for many this time of year is how to keep your landscape looking its best while keeping your water bill under control. Water use becomes a hot topic during the warmer months in Atlanta, as water restrictions (and water bills) inspire homeowners to become more efficient in…

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How to Help Your Landscape Survive the Extreme Cold Temperatures

Atlanta has experienced very cold weather recently, with temperatures well below average this time of year. But you can help your favorite landscape features survive the cold.  Here are the top three ways to protect your valuable trees and plants from the extreme weather: Water Your Plants and Trees BEFORE it Drops Below Freezing: This tip surprises many people, but…

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Can Good Landscaping Lower Your Power Bill?

When it comes to a good landscape, your return on investment can go beyond curb appeal. A good landscape can also help reduce your power bills throughout the year. In fact, the U.S. Department of Energy reports shade trees can save an average household between $100 and $250 in energy costs annually. Atlanta is in a temperate region, which means…

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Tips on How to Help Your Landscape Survive the Summer Heat

Meteorologists at The Weather Channel predicted a “warmer than average” summer for the southeastern U.S., and so far they’ve been right! While we can take respite in the pool or air conditioning, your landscape has to endure the elements 24/7. Here are some interesting facts and handy tips on how to help your landscape survive the summer heat. Not…

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How to Attract Birds to Your Landscape in Spring

Birders know that Spring is the best time of year for bird watching.  There are many ways you can make your landscape a more hospitable place for birds this time of year, further beautifying your surroundings with the addition of these fantastic little creatures.      What Plants Attract Birds: According to the Audubon Society’s Guide to Attracting Birds, if you are trying…

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What’s eating your plants?

Have you ever stared at your garden and wondered, “What’s eating my plants??” Unfortunately, the downside of Georgia’s wonderful ecosystem is the number of critters that view your landscape as a buffet.  Here are some handy tips on identifying what might be chewing on your landscape, and how to prevent further damage. First, look for evidence When you’re inspecting the…

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Do’s and Don’ts for Creating Walkways and Garden Paths

Not only are walkways and garden paths convenient, pathways can highlight certain landscape features while diverting attention away from imperfections. Whether you’re making a convenient path from the driveway to your front door, or encouraging visitors to pause and meander through your garden, here are some handy tips on how to create the perfect walkway within your landscape: When creating…

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How to Attract the RIGHT Wildlife to Your Landscape

Like it or not, you’re not the only one living at your address. From songbirds to snakes, landscapes are also home to a variety of local wildlife.  Here are tips to ensure you’re attracting the right kind of wildlife into your surroundings – and discouraging the kind that may be harmful. How to Attract Birds You can create a…

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Why Landscape with Native Plants in Georgia

The heat and humidity we experience every summer can be intense – for us, our clients and the landscapes we nurture. But do you want an insiders tip on how to create a healthy landscape that can easily withstand Georgia’s summers?  The answer: landscape with plants native to this region.  The benefits of using native plants within your landscape range…

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10 Tips on Easy, Fun Outdoor Entertaining

Summertime means a more relaxed attitude about entertaining.  As the party moves outside there is less worry about crumbs, spills and stains.  What are the main ingredients to successful outdoor entertaining?  Here are ten tried and true tips on how to make outdoor plans simple and fun this summer: 1.      A lush, even lawn invites guests outside to relax, mingle…

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The Best Time to Install Warm Season Turf Grass

There are many different types of turfgrass, but in general, a turfgrass is considered either warm season or cool season depending on its most active growing season. The two most popular types of warm season grass here in central Georgia are Bermuda and Zoysia.  Of course, warm season turfgrass can be grown from seed, but installing sod provides instant…

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Common Pests and Popular Trees, Plants in Georgia

The best defense is a good offense when it comes to landscape pests. According to UGA’s Extension, an effective pest control program begins with proper plant selection.  When creating a new landscape design, or when you are replacing plants in your existing landscape, it is a great opportunity to select plants that are less prone to insect problems. While…

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How to Make Your Landscape More Pet-Friendly

A landscape should be designed to fit the family – including your furry family members. A thoughtful landscape design takes into consideration the reality of your pet’s habits, and will help ease frustration commonly associated with damage caused by playful romping.  Here are practical tips on how to create a beautiful and safe landscape for all your loved ones….

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