Simply Green Blog Posts

Navigating Local Lawn Care Regulations and Ordinances

  Is your neighbor mowing the lawn at 6 a.m.? Or worse, not mowing at all? Does local wildlife avoid your feeders because someone nearby is spraying pesticides? Local lawmakers created lawn regulations and ordinances in Greater Atlanta to solve these and other problems. These few key considerations can vary slightly depending on the specific…

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The Importance of Soil Testing Your Georgia Lawn

  Why Should I Test My Soil? If your lawn is waterlogged after a heavy rain, plants and grass aren’t growing well, or you are experiencing excessive weeds, the problem may lie beneath the surface. These indicators mean it’s time to perform a soil test so you will know what the soil may be lacking.…

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Yard Cleanup and Maintenance

Yard Cleanup and Maintenance

  If you’ve fallen a little behind on your spring yard cleanup, there’s no better time than now to get started. Spring winds and rain bring fallen leaves, branches, and other yard clutter. This season’s rains also bring a growth spurt to trees and turfgrasses. Part of spring yard cleanup and maintenance is also brush…

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Implementing Water-Saving Strategies

Implementing Water-Saving Strategies

  Watering too little or too much can affect the health of your Georgia lawn and garden. How much water does your landscape really need? The answer lies in the types of grasses, shrubs, and vegetation planted. Georgia homeowners are encouraged to plant drought-resistant flowers, bushes, and turfgrasses to avoid overwatering. Too much water can…

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Planting a Pollinator-Friendly Garden

Planting a Pollinator-Friendly Garden

  What makes those Georgia peaches and pears so sweet? It’s likely the power of nature’s springtime pollinators doing what they do best. As you get the urge to plant your spring garden, consider incorporating some pollinator-friendly flowers, shrubs, and trees to attract bees, butterflies, and birds. As they pollinate fruit trees, vegetable gardens and…

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Humming Bird flying around flower

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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