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Natural Pest Control: Balancing a Healthy Lawn Ecosystem

  A healthy and balanced ecosystem results in various plants, insects, and animals living together in harmony without damaging the landscape. Incorporating native perennials is key to attracting good insects that prey on undesirable ones. Therefore, creating a natural method of pest control instead of applying chemicals. Avoid Pests the Natural Way Natural pest control…

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Lawn biodiversity

Lawn biodiversity: The Importance of Varied Plant Species

  Lawn biodiversity refers to the variety of plant and animal species present in the lawn’s ecosystem. In a healthy, biodiverse lawn, there is a rich assortment of grasses, flowers, shrubs, and even trees co-existing with insects, birds, and small animals such as squirrels. Why is having a variety of plants important? Having a diverse…

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Greener Living

Green Living: A Sustainable Lawn Care Guide for a Greener Atlanta

Spring and summer bring to mind a host of pleasant thoughts. Walking barefoot across a lush, green carpet of grass, for example. Watching children and grandchildren playing on the lawn. Hosting a garden party. Barbecuing for family and friends. Making your home the center of all kinds of outdoor celebrations during these warm seasons starts…

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Bittercress

Bitter Toward Bittercress?

  Bittercress can be enjoyable in a salad or as a garnish, but not in your Georgia lawn or garden. Known as a spice and for its peppery flavor, Bittercress is favored for consumption when harvested from organic growth settings such as forests. Being part of the mustard family gave it the “bitter” in Bittercress.…

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Clover is not always good luck

Clover is not always good luck

  Clover is often considered a weed in lawns and gardens where it is not intentionally cultivated. In agricultural contexts, it is a beneficial cover crop because it adds nitrogen to the soil. To the Georgia homeowner, however, clover is an undesirable ground cover that gives an uneven appearance to a lawn’s manicure. What is…

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Time to tackle chickweed is now

  The common chickweed is an invader of Georgia lawns and gardens. Its girth can crowd out healthy vegetation including grasses and plants, so it’s important to address it quickly. What is chickweed? Chickweed is a common, low-growing herbaceous plant with numerous branched stems that is often considered a weed in many gardens and lawns.…

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Henbit

Don’t let Henbit become a habit!

  Henbit is a relative of the mint plant and is considered a salad green or herb for cooking in some European and Asian cultures. In the U.S., however, Henbit is not regarded worthy of the dinner plate. It is considered a common annual broadleaf weed that spreads by seed and germinates in fall or…

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Poa Annua

Battling Poa Takes Patience and Persistence

  Don’t be fooled by the silky texture and bright green color of Poa Annua (aka annual bluegrass). And beware of thinking too highly of the light green, glossy leaves of Poa Trivialis (a perennial grasslike plant). While they can be attractive, the old adage “looks can be deceiving” has never been truer. Poa Annua…

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Fescue Seeding and Aeration

Importance of Seeding and Aerating Your Fescue Lawn in Late Summer

  It’s Time to Seed and Aerate Your Fescue Lawn Fescue grass is a cool-season turfgrass variety that is commonly cultivated in lawns across Georgia. Its two primary types are Tall Fescue and Fine Fescue, which are known for their resilience and ability to thrive in varying climatic conditions. Fescue grasses are favored for their…

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Weeds as indicators

Weeds as Indicators

  A healthy lawn starts with healthy soil. Healthy soil consists of roughly 50% pore space (25% water, 25% air), 45% minerals (sand, silt, clay), and 5% organic material. When pore space is reduced, compacted soil is left with very little organic material resulting in an unhealthy lawn that not only looks poor but cannot…

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