6 Fun Backyard Activities for the Summer!

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It’s the peak of the summer and you have got a beautiful backyard behind your house, take full Popsicles advantage of it with some of these backyard activities!

  1. Make Some Homemade Popsicles – It’s an understatement to say that Georgia summers are scorching. Nothing beats the heat better than some cold popsicles! Find your favorite Popsicle recipe and make the kids (and yourself) some sweet treats!
  2. Yard Twister – Initial thought, “AWESOME!” Quickly followed by, “That’s going to kill my lawn.” Right? NOPE! If you use ground-marking spray to prevent damaging your grass! Within a few weeks it will grow out! Make the board as big as you’d like! Check out the instructions here!
  3. Cornhole – What summer backyard get-together isn’t complete without a game of cornhole? Throw some bags and indulge your competitive side.
  4. Build a Giant Jenga Game – Bigger is always better, right? If you use two-by-fours, you can make a Jenga game that is life-sized!
  5. Build an Outdoor Movie Theatre – Do you have a projector? Do you have a white sheet? You’ve got a backyard movie theatre!
  6. Water Balloon Piñata – You do not have need a birthday to have a piñata! What better way to beat the heat and entertain the kids than beating water balloons!

If you need help with your lawn care in order to get your backyard in tip-top shape for fun summer backyard activities, give Simply Green Lawn Care in metro Atlanta, GA a call at 770-923-0387!

Summer Lawn Care DON’TS

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In the past few weeks we have gone from warm days and cool nights, to scorching days and warm Rays of Sunnights. This overexposure of heat to can be devastating to your grass’ health, and unless you can block the sun’s rays, there isn’t much you can do about the heat’s damage to your lawn! A lush carpet of green is easy to attain as long as you avoid a few common stresses on your lawn, like lack of water and improper mowing. Unfortunately we can’t fix the heat (we wish we could!), but Simply Green Lawn Care can do something about the other threats to your lawn’s wellbeing. Here are several tips on what NOT to do when caring for a lawn this summer!

  • Cutting With a Dull Blade- If your lawn mower’s blade isn’t sharp, you’ll end up with torn or bruised shoots. This can lead to your lawn turning gray and then brown, leaving it defenseless against disease and pests. You should regularly sharpen your lawn mower’s blades about twice per season. If your lawn mower appears to be dragging or flattening the grass instead of swiftly cutting it, your blades may be due for a sharpening! Learn how to sharpen a lawn mower blade here!
  • Bagging Lawn Clippings – If you are mowing at the correct height every 7 days, you do not need to catch your grass clippings. Clippings contain beneficial nutrients and may contribute as much as 2 pounds of nitrogen per 1,000 square feet.
  • Mowing In One Direction – Changing your mowing direction each time you mow is healthy for your lawn! This ensures a more even cut and grass blades will be less likely to develop into a set pattern.
  • Trim Turf Too Short – Leaving grass longer helps it process light and water while developing a healthy root system, which in turn leads to a fuller, more appealing lawn.
  • Lack of Water – If water is not finding its way to your lawn naturally, bring the water yourself! This is the time of year to start deep root watering, but how do you accomplish that? Lawns need an inch of water a week. Saturate all of the grass at once and it will run off; deliver too little and it will never reach the roots. Give grass a third of an inch of water three times a week in the morning.
  • Not Calling Simply Green Lawn Care! – To ensure your lawn is in its best condition for all your outdoor summer activities, call us at 770-923-0387 and check out our seasonal specials!

Keep Your Lawn Looking its Best this May

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Spring is in full swing here in Georgia. The end of May is quickly approaching and the weather has healthy grass been beautiful for the past couple of weeks! We are approaching the hot, summer months, and to experience the lushest turf possible in the days to come, it is crucial to prepare your lawn now. Not all lawns are created equal, however. It is important to know what tasks to perform, and when, for each type. Simply Green Lawn Care in Lilburn, Ga, has a few turf tips to follow this spring for greener lawn later!

Bermuda, Zoysia Lawn Program

  • Late Spring: Controlled release fertilization to bring your lawn out of dormancy. Spot weed control.
  • Summer: Controlled release fertilization to continue to keep your lawn Green. Spot weed control.

Fescue Lawn Program

  • Late Spring: Light feeding with controlled release products to help prepare your Fescue for summer. Spot treat any existing weeds if needed.
  • Summer: Bio-Stimulant with a micro-package to help your Fescue turf survive the hot summer. Spot treat any existing weeds if needed.

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Healthy Lawns and Curb Appeal Go Hand in Hand

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It’s no secret that the outer appearance of a home can make it much more attractive to potential Home For Sale buyers. From the way the siding looks to a new roof, many elements go in to boosting a home’s curb appeal. But did you know that the looks of your lawn can also factor in to this equation? If you have a great looking turf and yard to match the home, it can add as much as 20% to the resale value of your home! So why does a little lawn care go so far with home buyers? Simply Green Lawn Care, located in Lilburn, GA, is here to answer that question.

  • Well Kept Lawn, Well Kept Home – While an unkempt lawn doesn’t necessarily mean that the home is in the same state, it can definitely appear that way to home buyers. Having a well-kept yard can show that you take pride in your home and, as a result, probably take better care of it.
  • Online Searches –  In this day and age, people can shop for a new home from their laptops. This fact of our modern society means that we can look at a multitude of potentials within the span of minutes. A home that is not visually appealing can quickly be clicked over and passed up for other options. Making your home stand out is essential.

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Celebrate Arbor Day in 9 Easy Steps!

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It’s hard not to think about making the earth around us a little better on a week like this. Earth planting trees Day was last Friday, and Arbor Day is today! There are many different ways to make our homes and communities a little greener, but one simple way to do your part is by planting a tree. But before you run out and plant a forest of trees in your front yard, there are a few things to consider.

Simply Green Lawn Care has these easy-to-follow steps for planting a tree:

  1. Select a good time of year. Late spring and early summer are, generally speaking, not good times of year to plant trees. Now, in the months of April and May, is the best time to go out and
  2. Be careful where you dig. Most yards nowadays have buried cables and lines that run to your house. So be cautious when digging so you don’t end up without internet for a few days.
  3. Find a suitable tree for your area. Different trees grow better in different regions. For instance, peach trees thrive in the Georgia soil and climate. Do a little research before planting something that may not do well in your region.
  4. Select a good location. Remember, this tree will grow. Take that into account when choosing a spot. Plant away from your house and power lines, the tree should be able to grow unobstructed.
  5. Dig a hole 4-5 times the width of the root ball.
    1. Big enough to work with.
    2. Roots need broken up soil to spread.
    3. The point where tree comes out of the ground should be slightly higher (1/4 to a 1/2 inch) than the rest to avoid over watering.
  6. Time to plant! Place the tree, gently, in the hole you just dug, and check to make sure it doesn’t sit too deep or too shallow
  7. If the soil you are using is not rich, mix some compost in when filling the hole.
  8. Use stakes if necessary for the first year or so.
  9. Pat yourself on the back, you just added that much more oxygen and greenery to the world!

Don’t Let Excessive Rain Ruin Your Lawn

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As the saying goes, April showers bring May flowers. But sometimes those showers can get a littleRain on Leaf excessive this time of year, and though water is essential to the health of your lawn, too much of it can do damage too. Many homeowners spend a lot of time and effort to turn their lawns into something beautiful they can enjoy. Making a beautiful lawn and landscape isn’t something that can be tackled in a weekend though. It takes time, and seeing all of that work washed away can be difficult. Simply Green Lawn Care, located in Lilburn, GA, understands the work put in by homeowners on a weekly basis. So we have compiled a list of steps to help restore your turf back to its original glory.

Tips for restoring your turf after a flood

  1. After the flooding subsides, give the water time to fully absorb into the ground. This might take 2 or 3 weeks.
  2. During this time, and for a time after, minimize the amount of foot traffic on your lawn. The turf is in a very vulnerable state right now, and susceptible to damage.
  3. Remove debris. This will allow the turf to breath and absorb more sunlight, and will also give you the opportunity to move forward with whatever might be needed.
  4. Feed you lawn. If the flood was bad enough, it will have washed away much of the nutrients your lawn needs to flourish. You will need to replenish those nutrients, and if you are unsure how to go about doing that, a professional lawn care company can help.
  5. Once your turf begins to recover, keep feeding it with fertilizer to rebuild those strong roots!

If you need a little help bringing out the best in your lawn, contact us and let us know what we can do for you!

 

Everything a Novice Gardener Needs to Know

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Tis the season to dust off those gardening tools and to get our hands a little dirty. This time of year is trowel in soilsomething avid gardeners dream about all year until it comes back. This year, like years before, many people will try their hand at gardening for the first time. Like anything new, we first need to begin with the basics. Having a solid understanding of the fundamentals of gardening will give you a great foundation to build from for years to come. Simply Green Lawn Care located around Atlanta, GA has these steps to follow to get you playing in the dirt this spring!

  • Pick a location – For the most part, plants are going to need 6 to 8 hours of sunlight a day to yield the best results. Scope out your yard, and see what parts receive a consistent amount of sun everyday. Also, consider proximity when selecting a location to start. Is there a source of water near by? Easy access from the house for cooking? Take some time for this part of the process, it is very difficult to change locations once you’ve planted.
  • Get your supplies – Decide what supplies you are going to need. If you are just starting out, you really don’t need anything fancy, just a few basic supplies like a trowel, gloves, soil, pots (if doing a container garden), shovel and pruners.
  • What will you grow?! – This is where the fun really starts to happen. Make a visit your local nursery, or anywhere that provides gardening essentials. Take your time, walk through the aisles of vegetables, herbs and flowers and pick what you like! Ask yourself questions depending on what you are planting. What will I eat the most of? What textures look good next to one another (flowers or decorative plants)? If you want a more uncommon plant like an heirloom variety, think about looking at the seeds section. It often provides a wider variety of plants.
  • Design – It’s up to you! Whatever you envision for your garden, go for it! Make sure to look up a few basic rules of gardening as guidelines while planting, especially when dealing with ornamentals, an aesthetic design guide can really help.
  • Maintain – Once you’ve gone through the above steps, all that’s left to do is maintain your garden and reap the rewards! But what is needed to keep your garden at optimal health?
    • Water your plants regularly. Plants require a good deal of water to survive. A good rule of thumb is to stick your finger in the soil; if it is dry, make sure to give them a bit of water. Also, water your plants at the beginning of the day if possible. This will allow the sun the dry of the leaves, and help avoid fungal diseases caused by moisture. If you notice that some of your leaves are beginning to brown, take your pruning shears and cut it at the base.
    • Keep the weeds out! Check your garden everyday for encroaching weeds. Pick them and discard away from your garden.
    • Expect pests. Insects and critters are almost always a sure issue, and there are many different methods for dealing with the issue.
    • Last, but not least, enjoy it! Gardening is a really great way to get outdoors and relieve from stress from the day. Happy gardening!

 

It’s Time to Lower the Blades

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The first day of spring is just a couple of days away, and already we have been experiencing some of the lawn caresigns of the season in recent weeks. We love this time of year at Simply Green Lawn Care, located in Lilburn, GA. Flowers are in bloom and the sun is shining. We wrote recently about about our spring lawn care checklist, but another thing we should be paying attention to is the length we are cutting our grass. Now is the time to scalp those lawns!

So how do you scalp a lawn properly, and why?

  • Firstly, make sure you have warm season grass, like bermuda or zoysia. Cool season grasses, like fescue, will not benefit from cutting it shorter this time of year.
  • Before you start, make sure all of the leftover frost from winter is gone (this will not be a problem this year). If frost still exists, you could actually do more harm than good.
  • You might wonder, just how short you need to cut for it to be considered scalping. Put your mowing blades on its lowest level to efficiently scalp your lawn.
  • The act of scalping your lawn removes dry and dormant turf, and can actually help prevent weed problems during the coming months.

Is Your Lawn Ready for Spring?

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Spring is less than a month away, which means that it is time to pull those warm weather clothes from spring flowers the back of the closet and the bottom of our drawers. It also means that we need to asses whether or not our lawns are ready for the growing season. Much of what makes a successful lawn for the warmer months, is preparation. Simply Green Lawn Care, located in Lilburn, GA, is dedicated to ensuring your lawn looks its best, and has listed these questions to ask yourself before spring arrives.

Spring preparation checklist:

  1. Have you cleaned up your yard? Winter is a messy season; leaves have fallen, sticks and debris are probably in your yard. Make sure to rid your yard off all of the leftovers from winter so as not to damage your spring lawn.
  2. Have you given your lawn its initial cut? It is good to get started cutting your lawn as early as the weather permits. Set your blades a little lower, and this will cut out the dead parts of your grass, and allow for more sunlight to reach the bottom of the blades.
  3. How is your equipment? Check your lawn care equipment to make sure everything is in working order. Is your mower running properly? Are your blades sharp? Check everything so you don’t have to wait to get started!
  4. Pre-emergent? It is a good idea to treat your lawn with pre-emergent after that first cut. This will help in preventing crab grass from sprouting.
  5. Have you fertilized your lawn? This is something else you should do after that first cut. Feed your lawn with fertilizer, for the best results.

Answer all of these questions, sit back and watch your yard flourish! Preparation is key when pursuing a lush green lawn.

Now is the Time to Check Your Soil’s pH

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One of the most influential elements of any successful lawn or garden, is the soil. Soil is what helps a soilplant absorb necessary nutrients, and testing it periodically is important to ensure that it is at its most effective. The pH levels in your soil can be a real deciding factor in the success of a lawn. Maintaining healthy levels, means beautiful grass and plants. Simply Green Lawn Care is committed to bringing greener, healthier lawns to the Atlanta area, and that is why we have broken down what all of this means for your lawn.

What it is.

So what is pH? When we measure pH, we are measuring the acidity and the alkalinity in something. The pH scale runs from 0 to 14, with 7 being a neutral number. Anything above 7 means an alkaline heavy soil, and below 7 means that it is a more acidic soil. Our soil in Georgia tends to be more acidic, and a good range for soil in Georgia tends to be between 5.8 and 6.5.

How do I check the pH levels of my soil?

You can send a soil sample to a local extension service, and they will check the levels for a fee. Simply Green Lawn Care also offers these services for a small fee. This test will determine the pH levels of your soil, along with phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, calcium, manganese and iron levels.

What does it mean if these levels are off?

If the soil has a low pH of something like 5.5 and below, plants and grass are unable to receive the nutrients that they needs. If you fertilized, a large portion of it is going to waste, and the rich color of your lawn will begin to dwindle. After the results have come back, adjustments in lawn care treatments should be made accordingly.

Simply Green Lawn Care offers top-notch services for the home and business. If you would like to have us test your soil and treat your lawn, please contact us!