Why You Need Outdoor Lighting

Fall is the perfect time to enjoy the outdoors. It’s easier to run outside with no need for sunscreen. The heat from the grill actually feels good. And mosquitoes are a thing of the past. The only problem? It can be dark outside! But tasteful, strategically-placed landscape lighting can ensure you enjoy the outdoors all year. It’s also a smart…

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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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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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Does Swatting Keep Mosquitoes Away?

It sure does! Even if you miss, swatting may keep mosquitoes from biting you… but only for a little while. In fact, researchers say mosquitoes learned to avoid “threatening situations” after just 15 minutes and could remember what they learned for 24 hours.  But do you want to constantly wave your arms around to avoid those painful, itchy bites? While…

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Handy Outdoor Fireplace, Fire Pit Safety Tips

Fall is in the air, and many of us are looking forward to gathering around an outdoor fire feature with friends and family. Whether you’re roasting marshmallows or simply star gazing, outdoor fire places and fire pits spark great memories.  While enjoying these treasured moments, it’s important to keep safety a top priority. Here’s our Top Ten Fire Safety Tips…

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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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A Healthy Landscape Offers Physical and Mental Health Benefits

We’ve talked about the ROI of landscape investments yielding up to 20% in the value of your home, but since Earth Day and Arbor Day are approaching, let’s take a moment to appreciate everything a healthy landscape has to offer – including the emotional and physical health benefits. Health Benefits of a Healthy Landscape Scientific studies have documented the positive effects…

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Choosing Concrete or Pavers for your Outdoor Space

When creating an inviting outdoor space, hardscaping with concrete or pavers will help define the place and make it easier to use. From paths to patios, hardscaping provides a durable foundation that you can enjoy for years to come.  But how do you choose between pavers and poured concrete?  Both are great options, although there are some things to…

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Tips on Planting Your Spring Vegetable Garden

Picking fresh vegetables from your garden is not only healthy – it’s a rewarding experience for the whole family to watch the daily progress of little seedlings grow into strong, productive plants. As the weather warms up, experienced gardening enthusiasts and novices alike are inspired to start planning their vegetable gardens.  Whether you’re planting in a pot or a…

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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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Improve Your Outdoor Living Space AND Your Property Value

Did you resolve to stress less and enjoy life to the fullest this year? Better manage your finances?  Or tackle home improvement projects?  The good news is ALL of these resolutions can work in harmony!  Studies show that spending time outside makes people happier. And experts say investments made in your landscape can yield up to 20% in the value…

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

It’s a scientific fact: Spending time outside will make you happier.   According to a study published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology, five minutes outside is all it takes get the beneficial mood-boosting effect. But the more time you spend outdoors, the better. To achieve this, experts recommend doing anything you’d normally do inside, outside for happier results. We are…

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Plan Now for Fall Landscape Enhancements

What’s your favorite part of the Fall season? Whether it’s pumpkin-flavored anything or the upcoming holidays, we have a lot to be thankful for every autumn. And if you ask me, the weather here is ideal in Fall, and our team really enjoys being outside in temperate weather. Warm days and cooler nights means everyone can enjoy more time…

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Creating The Perfect Shaded Outdoor Seating Area

There’s no doubt that summer is hot here in Georgia, but that doesn’t mean you should be stuck inside with the air conditioning. A shaded seated area is the perfect solution for enjoying the outdoors despite the hot summer sun. A shaded seating area offers a break from direct sun, cooler temperatures and the opportunity to add creature comforts such…

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Your Ideal Outdoor Kitchen

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…

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Make a Splash by Adding a Water Feature

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. There are many benefits to adding a water feature….

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

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,…

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