Invest in the Future of your Tall Fescue Turf Now!

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To most people, it might seem counter-intuitive to fertilize a lawn during the dormant season. This notion would be wrong, however, for people with tall fescue turf.  Tall fescue thrives in warm climates, like Georgia. It can grow in several different types of soil and is resilient to drought. Simply Green Lawn Care, located in Lilburn, GA, encourages treatments now, to promote the healthiest, best looking lawn possible. But fertilizing tall fescue this time of year isn’t an arbitrary suggestion, there is a lot of science and reasoning to back it up.

See for yourself why fertilizing your turf now will yield the best results later!

  • Fertilizing now will promote a greener, more vibrant lawn in the spring! This has been proven season after season. Fertilizing in late January going into February will provide you with a rewarding spring and summer season of rich, green fescue.
  • Prevent brown patches in your lawn. Fescue is subject to brown patches during periods of excessive heat and moisture. Living in the south, this is almost inevitable with high temperatures and humidity.
  • Fescue does not recover well on it’s own. If the lawn has had a lot of foot traffic or wear from pets, fertilization is a necessity.
  • Fertilization in warm weather is not advisable; doing this can prevent necessary nutrients from getting to the roots of the grass.

If you have a tall fescue lawn, contact us for a treatment today! We will have your grass looking the best it ever has for spring and summer!

Is Your Lawn Care Equipment Ready for Winter?

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One week it feels like the beginning of spring and the next it’s COLD. It feels like winter is finally herelawn mower snow and there is no sign that it is going anywhere anytime soon. This time of year there isn’t much need for most of our lawn care and landscaping equipment. Now that we are putting these tools away until the growing season arrives again, there are a few steps everyone should follow to ensure everything is in working order come spring. Simply Green Lawn Care, located near Atlanta, GA, has a few things for you to pay attention to before letting your equipment hibernate for the season!

Equipment with Blades 

Does your lawn care equipment have blades? Make sure to remove any debris from the blade, sharpen it, remove any burrs using a 300-grit sandpaper and then cover it a thin layer of oil before storing them for the winter. This will help prevent corrosion, and when you need it in the spring, it’s ready for you!

Gasoline-Powered Equipment

When storing equipment that has gasoline, it is important that we take extra care when putting these away for the season. When gasoline sits in your engine’s system for an extended period, the fuel ages, causing a residue to stick to fuel jets. Come spring, when the gas begins to grow again, your equipment may not start.

To avoid this, be sure to drain the tank before storing it. It is also imperative that we change the oil, remove soil and debris and remove rust and re-paint those areas.

Equipment with Spraying Features

For this type of equipment it is important to clean the nozzles before its non-use during the dormant months.

To do this fill the tank one quarter full with a mild dishwashing solution and spray out and then drain upside-down. Once it’s dry, put a few drops of oil in the pump cylinder and work it a few times to protect it over the winter. You can also store nozzles and tips in kerosene or diesel to prevent corrosion.

 

New Year, New Lawn

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New Years Can you believe that another year has already come and gone? New years eve is this Thursday and many people will be celebrate the start of 2016 with friends and family. The new year is a time to start fresh and make resolutions for the next 12 months. Some people take strides towards bettering themselves, but, here at Simply Green Lawn Care, located near Atlanta, GA, our goals are to make you lawn better! If you want to have a more vibrant and healthy lawn in the new year, here are some tips to get you started in 2016!

  • Prune trees and shrubs – Pruning trees and shrubs in the dormant season can give new life to some plants. A plant that is pruned properly can thrive with new blooms, and support healthier growth in the spring.
  • Pre-emergent – They may not be rearing their ugly heads yet, but the weeds you battle every spring and summer are lying dormant and waiting to wreak havoc on your lawn. Use pre-emergent now, and prevent weeds later!
  • Fertilize tall fescue – Do you have a tall fescue lawn? Start thinking about fertilizing it in the next month or so! Fertilizing in February will provide you with a rewarding spring and summer season of rich, green fescue.
  • Check your soils pH – One of the most influential elements of any successful lawn or garden, is the soil. If you haven’t checked the pH of your soil in a couple of years, this is the time of year to check it.
  • Clear leaves and debris – With the cooler months (well, usually cooler), come a lot of fallen leaves and debris. Be sure to keep your lawn clear of these items to avoid lawn fungi and disease.

The Best of 2015!

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Can you believe we are already at the end of 2015? Christmas is next weekthumbs up, and 2016 is just around the corner. This time of year our thoughts often drift towards a review of where we’ve been and what we’ve accomplished over the past year. Here, at Simply Green Lawn Care, located in Lilburn, GA, we would like to join you in this time of reflection and take a look at our top 5 favorite and most popular blogs of 2015. If you missed any of these, be sure to take a look!

  • A Brief History of Lawn Care – Not everyone thinks of lawn care and lanscaping as having a rich history, but it does! Many innovations, movers and shakers helped shape what know today. If you’re a history nut, this post is the one your looking for!
  • Planting the Seed: A Beginners Guide to Gardening – No matter what you’re interested in or what you do, we all have to start somewhere. If you’re thinking about joining the many people worldwide who are in to gardening, this blog post will help you get started!
  • Improve Your Home’s Curb Appeal – Are you looking to sell your home soon, or just want to increase its value? Check out our post about what you can do to the landscaping of your home to increase its value by as much as 20%.
  • Don’t Let Heavy Rain Damage Your Lawn – We’ve seen rain, rain and more rain here in Georgia this year. The heavy rainfall can contributed to a host of issues in regards to your home and landscape. See what you can be doing to protect your lawn and help it recover.
  • Plant the Seeds of Good Health – This post was made during National Diabetes Month. This illness affects more than 29 million Americans. There are many things people can do when keeping the symptoms at bay, but did you know gardening is one of the best??

Ideas for that Gardener on your Gift List

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It’s no secret that, here, at Simply Green Lawn Care, located in Lilburn, GA, we love our gardeners! In this season of gift giving, it can be a difficult undertaking to find that perfect present for friends and family. We’re here to help! If you have a gardener, or someone who just likes spending time in their yard on your gift list, we have some great ideas for you! Take a look at our list for some inspiration this year.

  • Succulent Garden – Rather than give someone a traditional potted plant, consider a succulent garden. It not only deviates from the norm, but succulents are vergardening glove y easy to take care of!
  • Gardening Tools – For a gift that they will use time and time again, gardening tools are a safe bet! Tools are a great addition to any gardeners arsenal.
  • Bird Feeder – Is your gardener an animal lover as well? Get them a bird feeder! Feeders can attract many different types of birds to a yard, and having the air filled with fluttering wings and chirps can be wonderful and exciting.
  • Cookbook – Many gardeners grow some sort of vegetable or fruit in their garden and probably enjoy cooking with the ingredients. Find a nice cookbook that incorporates a lot of the ingredients that they have been growing.
  • Pots – Every gardener needs a place to put their plants. Many use the ground outside, but other prefer container gardening. For them, some quality pots are a perfect gift!

Winter is Coming! Is your Lawn Preparred?

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We promise, winter IS coming! It might not seem like it now, but colder days will soon be here. Even though it feels like early spring some days, we need to make sure our lawns are preparred for the colder months! Simply Green Lawn Care has been in the business for a long time, and we have seen many instances of the consequences of ignoring cold weather landscaping preparations. Here is what you should be paying attention to!snowy tree branch

Trees and Shrubs

Give your yard a walk through and assess any issuesthat you might find. This means checking for damaged or dying trees and weak branches. Tackle these issues now so it won’t be a headache later with icy weather.

Landscaping Preparations

  • Help prevent desiccation and water your lawn before the cold weather arrives.
  • Adjust your watering and mowing schedule for the dormant season.
  • Have you recently planted a tree or shrub? Wrap them up to protect it from the elements.
  • Protect plants and trees with exposed roots by adding a layer of mulch at the base

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Plant the Seeds of Good Health

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vegetablesDid you know that the month of November is National Diabetes Month? Diabetes currently affects more than 29 million Americans, and the list of potential ailments is lengthy. Though the illness presents its fair share of issues, it can be managed effectively. One of the strongest methods to keeping blood sugar levels in check is regular exercise. Simply Green Lawn Care, located in Lilburn, GA, is reflecting on the illness this month by presenting one of the best physical activities to combating diabetes… gardening. See why!

  • ExerciseGardening is a great cardiovascular workout! Exercise being one of the key factors to managing diabetes, this is just what the doctor ordered.
  • Healthy Foods – A healthy diet is another big contributor to managing blood sugar levels, and with a garden in your backyard, it’s easier to stick to a diet!
  • Stress Relief – There is nothing much more relaxing than digging into a pile of dirt and tending to your garden. A garden is a great place to experience a little bit of calm and quit from a hectic schedule.
  • Vitamin D – Recent studies have shown a link between type 2 diabetes and a vitamin D deficiency, so people suffering from diabetes can really benefit from the sun’s rays. Get outside, and soak op the sun!

Don’t Let Heavy Rain Damage your Lawn

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It’s no secret. The weather recently has been rain, rain and more rain. It seems that we have had a little wet lawnreprieve from that the past couple of days and the sun has finally come back out! But even though the sun is shinning again, homeowners might still be seeing signs of the rain days after it has stopped. When enough falls, rain can do quite a bit of damage to a lawn, and that can be a little disheartening if you are one of the many people who care for and take pride in their yard. So, what can we do? Simply Green Lawn Care, located near Atlanta, GA, has some tips for Georgia homeowners after the recent week’s weather.

Lawn Care After Heavy Rain

  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 rain 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, contact a professional lawn care company to help.
  5. Once your turf begins to recover, keep feeding it with fertilizer to rebuild those strong roots!

Build your Own Backyard Fire Pit

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Here at Simply Green Lawn Care, we love fall! The cool weather, brisk breeze and a beautiful array of red, yellow and orange leaves fill the trees and slowly fall to the ground. It is a wonderful season. There are a number of different ways to enjoy the fall weather, but one of the best is right in your backyard! Fire pits are a great way to relax outdoors with family and friends, and making one is easier than you might think. Follow these steps to build the perfect DIY fire pit in your backyard:

  1. Section off the area where you want the fire pit to be, and dig down in that area to a depth of about 6 inches. Place gravel and rubble within the hole you’ve just dug.
  2. Begin laying your bricks around the hole. Try to make sure that your base layer is level to avoid the bricks falling down into the fire or on you. This is where selecting level ground is important.
  3. Once that is complete, place two more brick layers on top of your base and stager them like a brick house.
  4. The last step is the best. Enjoy it! It’s time to encircle the pit with lawn chairs and invite over some friends for snacks and stories. Have fun!

Fall is the Time to Act on those Weeds!

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The temperatures outside seem to be dropping further and further by the day. Leaves have covered the ground and plants are beginning to go dormant. As plants begin to grow more slowly, the weeds you’ve been battling all spring and summer are becoming more manageable as well. This makes Fall the perfect time of year to get on top of those out-of-control weeds that seem impossible to eradicate in the warmer months! 

As the weather cools, the nutrients a plant needs begins to draw down closer to its roots, and just as nutrients are being pulled to the roots, herbicides will be as well! This means that the weeds are being killed at the source and are less likely to come back in the spring and summer.

For you warm season turfs such as Bermuda and Zoysia applying a winter pre-emergence this time of year will help to prevent Poa-annua and other winter weeds. Get on top of the weeds now, and it wont prove to be as big of an issue later. For those Fescue lawns do not apply weed control until late November. Most herbicides will damage new Fescue seedlings. When the time comes uses a selective herbicide to target treat any broadleaf weeds you may have in your lawn. Be sure to read and follow the label!

If you want to effectively rid your turf of weeds, give Simply Green Lawn Care in Lilburn, GA a call! We know the importance of hitting those weeds now and can’t wait to give you a weed-free turf!