Fescue FAQ

Fescue grass is a great choice for a lawn–it’s low maintenance and will save you time and money on lawncare. It even works in the Georgia climate, though the hot summers can really do a number on your lawn. But how do you care for fescue lawns? At Simply Green Lawn Care we’re the experts on Atlanta-area lawn care, and we’ve put together a quick primer on fescue care.

  • Brown Spots in your lawn are usually caused by a fungus called Rhizoctonilawn carea. Simply Green lawn care can help treat and prevent this and other common problems.
  • Core Aeration and Reseeding. Now is the time to plant your lawn for next year! Services start back up in September. You’ll want to start preparing for aeration and reseeding three to four days in advance. Cut your lawn short–about 1.5 inches–and then water it every day until you are able to easily insert your finger about one inch into the soil.
  • Be Gentle! Since your grass will be young and tender in the fall, be gentle with it. Don’t step on it much or mow it for the first three weeks, and water twice a day. After that you can mow your lawn, but use the highest setting and be especially careful when turning the mower. 

Remember, fall is the time to plant your fescue lawn for next year, since it doesn’t regerminate on its own. The longer nights and cooler temperatures coming up are a great time to rejuvenate your existing lawn. Get in touch with Simply Green Lawn Care now to schedule your fescue services, and keep your lawn looking great all year long.

3 Common Weeds & How to Control Them

weedsIs your lawn plagued by common weeds? Fortunately, we can help! It’s true that a healthy lawn is the best weed deterrent there is. That’s why our weed control service is here to keep your lawn healthy, fight off those unwanted weeds, and ensure your lawn continues to look fantastic.

Check out three of the most common weeds and how to prevent them from spreading.

Crabgrass

This frustrating weed is all too common in the South. It grows between cracks and in grass. If you don’t take care of crabgrass immediately, the weed will spread and become more difficult to eliminate. If you have crabgrass, a pre-emergent herbicide can kill this weed. However, if you’re planning to seed or re-seed your yard, you must wait at least two months after you’ve sprayed the herbicide.

Dandelion

Most everyone loved spotting dandelions as a child, plucking them from the ground, and making a wish while blowing the seeds away. However, these wish-makers are actually weeds. If you choose to pull them up, make sure you get their deep roots so they don’t grow back.

White Clover

When your soil is full of nutrients, that’s a good sign of a healthy lawn. Unfortunately, the white clover loves rich soil too. This weed has three lobed leaves with white flowers sprouting from the center. If you see them in your lawn, remove them as soon as possible. You can do this by raking them, then mowing.

If your lawn is overrun by common weeds and you don’t know what to do, contact Simply Green lawn care and we’ll send a specialist to your home!

Is Your Landscape a Feast for Insects?

You may not see the pests through the trees, but their damage can wreak havoc on your landscape. By the time insect infestations become apparent, the pests have already done significant damage to your property. Keep your landscape pest-free this summer with integrated pest management services from Simply Green Atlanta lawn care.

What Is Integrated Pest Management?

Do you wish there were a green pest management solution in Atlanta? There is! Simply Green uses eco-friendly landscaping practices to keep your plants healthy and pest-free. How does integrated pest management work?

  • ladybug on leafWe examine your landscape and surrounding structures to identify which pests are present on your property
  • By identifying Georgia pests infesting your yard, we can strategize removal of insects that may damage your plants, landscape, home, or other structures
  • We manage your pest problem using green landscaping practices like habitat management, biological control (introducing new plants and beneficial insects that are the natural enemies of the pests present), introducing physical barriers, and utilizing non-toxic pesticides like TopChoice to eliminate insects in their nests
  • Our team integrates a long term pest control program to prevent infestations in the future

Because integrated pest management focuses primarily on prevention, it’s more effective than spraying chemicals. We use pesticides as a last resort, utilizing other methods to remove unwanted pests and make the landscape inhospitable to them so they won’t return. Our services minimize the risks to people, animals, and plants, giving homeowners natural pest removal that works.

Reclaim your landscape. Call Simply Green for eco-friendly pest control in Atlanta.

Don’t Get Stung By Fire Ant Infestations

The moment summer arrives, fire ants start multiplying like red dirt tracked onto the carpet. And unlike many seasonal pests, fire ants can pack a painful sting if you get too close. Protect your family and pets this summer with Atlanta fire ant control courtesy of Simply Green Lawn Care.

Why Get Professional Fire Ant Control?

fire ant closeupWhen you see red mounds popping up across your yard, it’s tempting to head to the hardware store and empty a can of pesticide onto the ant hill. But if you fight the urge, you can get much more effective fire ant control. Professional lawn services have access to products that aren’t readily available to homeowners. At Simply Green we use Top Choice because of its proven long-lasting results when it comes to controlling fire ant populations. What are the benefits of Top Choice fire ant control?

  • It’s safe. Unlike many pest control chemicals, Top Choice is selectively toxic, meaning that when applied correctly, it affects pests and nothing else.
  • It controls secondary pests. In addition to targeting fire ants, this product helps control mole cricket, nuisance ant, flea, and tick populations.
  • Apply it anytime. Fire ants are easier to eliminate in the fall, when cooler temperatures drive them towards the surface. But what about summer infestations? When we apply Top Choice during the spring and summer months, it’s stored in the soil until ants wander near the surface due to cool weather or rainfall.
  • It lasts. When you schedule fire ant control with Simply Green, we use Top Choice to kill existing colonies and control the formation of new ones for up to a year.

Call Simply Green to take the sting out of your summer fire ant problem.

Beat The Summer Heat

The extreme summer heat can be brutal. It can kill your lawn if you’re not careful. Luckily for you, Simply Green Lawn Care is here to offer you some advice: don’t let the weather control your lawn’s future. Grab hold of the future and make your lawn as green and healthy as ever.

Green, Hydrated Grass

Green, Hydrated Grass

Cut At The Right Height

Cutting your lawn at the right height is crucial to it staying healthy. Here is why: if you cut your grass too low, you are exposing the roots of the blades of grass. When you do this they are exposed to the extreme heat of the sun. Instead, cut off only the top third of your grass. You can adjust your lawn mower blade to mow at the right height. This will keep your grass from looking too long, without damaging the health of your lawn.

Water Correctly

Watering your lawn can be tricky. This is the key to keeping your yard healthy. The most important consideration is the time of day that you are watering. Many people say that watering during the hottest part of the day kills your grass. That isn’t strictly true. What really happens when you water on a hot day is that the water evaporates a lot quicker. This leaves your grass dehydrated. Water in the early morning hours before the sun heats up. This allows the water time to soak deep into the root system. By the time the sun heats up, the water will have already reached the roots. From there the sun will serve its important role in the growth of your grass.

There are many more tips to having a healthy lawn. Call Simply Green lawn care for a free estimate. We’ll tell you exactly what is needed to keep your lawn healthy this summer.

Save Money With This Lawn Care Secret

What if we told you there was a way you could save up to 50% on your water output for your lawn? With summer just weeks away, you’d probably say, “Tell me how!” At Simply Green Lawn Care we have a product that can do just that. Include Hydretain in your lawn’s summer water management program. Why will you love Hydretain?

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Saves You Money

In Florida, we know that keeping lawns green in the summer can be a losing battle. While there is a good amount of rainfall in Florida throughout the summer season, there’s the heat to contend with. Homeowners still spend too much money watering their lawns. Hydretain is designed to control and eliminate dry spots in your lawn. When the soil becomes compacted, the roots of your grass don’t receive enough water to keep the lawn healthy. Applying Hydretain to your lawn provides water to the deepest roots of the grass, keeping it hydrated even in the driest times of the year. This reduces the amount of water required to hydrate your lawn, which saves money.

Better Looking Lawn

Between the grass blades and the soil, a layer of thatch often builds in your lawn. Thatch consists of dirty, almost dead looking grass, roots, and organic debris. While it may not be visually attractive, some amounts of thatch are healthy and good for your grass. Hydretain helps keep the thatch layer properly moisturized. It’s also true that you can overwater your lawn, which damages your grass. When there is too much water, fungus and algae grow. Hydretain helps prevent this to promote the overall health of your lawn.

Environmentally Friendly

In a world where we’re making strides to better our environment, Simply Green does our best to use green landscaping practices. Hydretain is an environmentally friendly product. It is 100% biodegradable and contains no toxins that are harmful to the environment.

For information on how to get Hydretain for your lawn, please contact Simply Green. It’s time to take the next step towards a healthier and better looking lawn.

Landscape Service For Your Business

Businesses excel for many reasons. For some, it is the quality of what they are offering. For others, it is their customer service that wins them clients. But we have always been about first impressions. How can you expect to get people in the doors if they have to fight through tall grass, questionable sidewalk edges and low hanging limbs? In our opinion this is the first impression that matters most. At Simply Green we know that this first impression could lead to an even better face-to-face first impression.

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We are offering you a world-class lawn care service to make sure your business is the most attractive business in Atlanta Georgia. The first step to lawn recovery is requesting help from us. We offer your business a free estimate and lawn analysis!

If lawn care is what you want, lawn care is what you’ll get. However, if you want to know more, we can offer you much more. We strive to teach our clients exactly what is hindering perfect growth in their lawn, as well as ways to avoid further problems.

It is our guarantee that our lawn care service will never leave you needing more. We will set up a schedule with you so we never inconvenience you or your business schedule.

To read more about our commercial lawn care service offerings, please visit our website. Enter your information and we will be sure to contact you about doing business with you. We will make your lawn so attractive, new clients will come in for a visit just because of their incredible first impression of your business.

Bringing Your Lawn Out Of Dormancy

Healthy and brown grassApril is here and that means that it’s time to start fertilizing your lawn! Fertilizing your lawn will assist with waking up your lawn after a long winter, weed control and insect control for your trees and shrubs. Take a look at just a few of the reasons to give the Simply Green Lawn Care Plus team a call this spring.

  • Free lawn analysis and first lawn treatment for only $25!*
    • *Discounted for new customers with lawns up to 6,000 SQ. ft.
    • *Discount cannot be combined with any other discount.
  • Are you a current Simply Green Lawn Care Plus customer? Refer all of your friends because we have referral discounts!
  • Pre-pay discounts
  • Auto-pay discounts
  • Our lawn care includes custom fertilization and weed control programs.
  • Our tree and shrub care include fertilization, disease, and insect control.
  • No contract is required! You call and we come!

 

These are just a few of the reasons to choose Simply Green Lawn Care as your lawn care provider this spring. Our team will make sure that your lawn stays in tip-top shape all year round.
For more information about our services at Simply Green Lawn Care Plus, visit our website or give us a call at 770-923-0387. Are you a current Simply Green Lawn Care Plus customer? Rate and share your experience with us in the review section of our Facebook page today. We always enjoy hearing from you!

Tips For A Better Lawn This Winter!

Winter lawn care is essential for a healthy, gorgeous lawn in the warmer months. So how can you keep your lawn healthy this winter? Preparation is key. Winterizing your lawn will involve much more than just the grass. Thinking a few steps ahead with winter lawn care will help get you better prepared for the upcoming spring and summer with fewer problems.

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Taking Care of Your Lawn Equipment

Of course, you want to make sure all of your equipment is ready for winter storage. With proper care, your equipment will be ready to go when spring arrives. Remove debris from any blades, sharpen and apply a thin layer of oil to prevent corrosion. Drain fuel tanks, change the oil and take care of any rusted spots.

Don’t forget about your sprinkler system. Frozen pipes can be devastating to your system. In general, it’s a good idea to check a frost line map. This will determine if you are in an area where the ground will get cold enough for the buried pipes to freeze. If you are unsure, it’s always better to be safe than sorry. In order to prevent the pipes in your sprinkler system from bursting, and your valves and fittings from freezing, you’ll want to remove the water from the entire system.

Keep Off the Grass

Winter lawn care is essential to a luscious and gorgeous lawn in warmer weather. During the colder months, your lawn is more sensitive to diseases and even injury. Don’t be tempted to pull out the edge trimmers or mower during the winter. This can damage the blades, root systems, and new growth.

Simply Green can help you get the lawn of your dreams, regardless of what color your thumb is. Contact us today for more information or get a free estimate! Check out more on our blog about your winter lawn equipment,

New Year’s Resolutions for Gardeners

If you’re a gardener, and you’re thinking of making a few New Year’s resolutions, why not make a few that apply to your favorite hobby? Resolving to make 2017 your lawn’s most beautiful year ever is easy to accomplish if you follow these simple tips!

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Don’t over mow: In the winter, the grass is very susceptible to damage and disease. Your grass is dormant in the winter, which means it really doesn’t grow very much. So, when it looks like you shouldn’t mow, don’t! Keep the lawn healthy by giving it a break: Don’t mow, fertilize or edge.

Don’t mow wet grass, either: When spring thaws, we get a lot of rain. Make sure to allow the lawn to dry before you mow it. If you mow a wet lawn, you can damage its roots and even kill new grass. You could leave some ruts in your lawn, too, which never looks good. So, don’t get too excited when you see the green grass after the rains. Just let it dry.

Don’t walk on frozen grass: If you get a winter storm, stay off the grass. When the blades freeze, you can damage them by walking on them and they’ll break. Stay on your sidewalk if you need to head outside.

Think ahead: Plan your winter landscape maintenance in the fall and prune your trees and your shrubs before it gets too cold.

If you find that you’ve forgotten to perform fall maintenance tasks or if you find your lawn turning brown, contact a professional! Simply Green can help assist you in your New Year’s lawn resolutions. Read more on our blog for tips for a healthy winter lawn, or check full list of our services as we head into the New Year!