Ways to Prevent Invasive Winter Weeds

Droplets of water on healthy green grassHere in Atlanta, we have the perfect conditions for so many weeds to thrive. Many winter weeds, such as annual bluegrass, can become a real problem. Thankfully, fall is the perfect time to begin treating for winter weeds.

Preventative Winter Weeds Treatment

During the fall months, we find that putting down pre-emergent goes a long way to help prevent invasive winter weeds. Pre-emergent fights weeds before they have a chance to germinate. By inhibiting a key enzyme, pre-emergent can stop weeds while they’re still seeds.

Right now is the perfect time to start fighting these winter weeds because they likely haven’t had time to establish themselves in your yard. If you wait just a couple more months, you’re likely to be fighting an uphill battle, so act now!

Spot Treatments

Aside from pre-emergent, this is one of the most important things you can do for your yard to fight weeds. By directly targeting the weeds that are already present, we can stop weeds before they have a foothold on your yard. Make sure to kill these weeds now before they take over.

Lawn Care

One the best ways to fight weeds is to make sure you have a healthy lawn. The stronger and healthier your grass is, the harder it is for weeds to take over. Regular fertilization can help your grass become more resistant to invaders. Likewise, mowing your yard at the proper height is very important. Many people cut their grass too low, creating thinner spots in their lawns. Not only does this look worse, but it also makes room for weeds to grow. When at the proper height, your grass itself can help shade the soil, preventing weeds from getting the light they need to thrive.

Right now new customers can get their first application for only $25.00 when you join our lawn care program! So take steps now to fight winter weeds in Atlanta and enjoy the beautiful, healthy lawn you’ve always wanted.

5 Low-Maintenance Plants to Beautify Your Landscape

Pink Crape Myrtle flowers in bloomLooking for low-maintenance plants to beautify your Atlanta landscaping? Thankfully, our warm weather provides ideal conditions for lots of good Georgia landscaping plants. Here are a few of our favorite easy to care for plants that thrive in Georgia:

  1. Crape Myrtle – Crape Myrtles are known for their beautiful and long-lasting summer flowers. Flower colors range from white to a deep purple or red. Plus, various species of crape myrtles make for great shrub borders, screens, or even container plants.
  2. Japanese Maple – This small tree, also known as Acer Palmatum, can grow to around 15-20 feet tall, with a nice, broad spread of roughly 10-15 feet wide. Japanese maples are known for their beautiful green and red foliage.
  3. Hydrangea – This shrub produces large, elegant globes of flowers. These blue to purple flowers bloom during summer and spring months, adding beautiful pops of color to your landscaping.
  4. Witch Hazel – These shrubs feature abundant flowers. The flowers themselves range in color from blue to lavender, bright pink to rose, as well as a cool white. Sometimes, these colors can all bloom at the same time, even from the same plant, since the petals’ color is determined by soil pH!
  5. Camellia – This compact, evergreen shrub sports white to red shades that can bloom from fall to spring. Camellias require little effort to thrive and make excellent container plants.

Of course, not all plants are easy to maintain, and even the lowest maintenance plants can require professional care from time to time. If you’re ready to get your Atlanta lawn looking great, or if your plants and shrubs need a little extra attention, then contact Simply Green Lawn Care. We offer plant health care and tree services to keep your landscaping healthy and looking great all year!

5 Natural Bug-Repellent Plants to Grow in Your Yard

purple petunias in bloomWe all know how much of a hassle mosquitoes can be here in Georgia. Thankfully, there are some great plants and flowers that mosquitoes hate. Here are 5 natural bug-repellent plants to grow in your backyard or garden:

  • Lavender – Lavender repels just about every bug except for bees. Plus it has the added benefit of smelling wonderful! You can also dry some clippings from your lavender plant to hang inside to keep away moths and other indoor pests.
  • Petunias – Petunias are a great way to add some color to your yard while repelling pests. Their flowers have a slight licorice scent that aphids, hornworms, and squash bugs hate.
  • Garlic – It tastes delicious and bugs hate it! This is a great plant to add to a garden to keep mosquitoes and other insects away.
  • Basil – Mosquitoes and flies hate the smell of basil. This makes it a great plant to add to an herb garden. It can also do well in a container, so it can be a nice aromatic addition to a porch or seating area. And of course, it tastes great too!
  • Lemon Balm – Lemon balm has a citrusy lemon scent with a hint of mint. Mosquitoes hate lemon balm but butterflies and bees love it! This plant can spread like a weed, so keep this one in a pot to avoid it taking over your yard.

If you’re looking for Atlanta lawn care or landscaping then contact Simply Green Lawn Care today at 770-923-0387 or request a free estimate and lawn analysis!

Rescue Your Fescue With This Pro Lawn Care Tip

autumn leaves on grassThey don’t call it “Hotlanta” for nothing! Those blazing hot summer days have done a number on most of the fescue lawns in the Atlanta area, but as fall draws closer, you can take steps to prepare for a lush lawn next year.

So what’s the secret to a healthy, thriving fescue lawn next spring? The answer has two parts: core aeration and over-seeding.

Core Aeration

Core aeration helps oxygen get to the roots of your existing fescue lawn and reduces the soil and thatch compaction that can develop over time. This alone is reason enough to call us to schedule your core aeration for September, but aeration is even better when accompanied by another important fall lawn service:

Fescue Overseeding

By timing the overseeding of your lawn with an aeration treatment, you’ll maximize the amount of soil the seeds are exposed to, ensuring more take root and sprout into healthy, full grass next season. Overseeding will help your lawn recover from the natural thinning of hot, dry summer weather and ensure your lawn looks great next year.

Increasing the density of your turf is not only aesthetic, it also improves the health and hardiness of your lawn, helping it to withstand pests or diseases in the future.

We take pride in providing you with the best quality lawn care in Atlanta, with lawn services that not only give you a better-looking yard but also improve the health of your lawn. Call or contact us today to schedule your lawn aeration and overseeding this fall!

3 Reasons to Love Your Lawn

beautiful lawnEveryone loves a lush, green yard but did you know that your lawn is packed with a bunch of benefits that go way beyond looks? At Simply Green Lawn, we want to keep you in the loop. Check out some of these cool perks of having a natural grass lawn.

Clean Air to Spare

Each blade of grass in your yard pulls in used, polluted air and pushes out fresh, pure oxygen. Now think about the millions of blades of grass in your lawn working together. The result is pretty amazing! 2,500 square feet of natural grass can clean up to 300 pounds of carbon out of the air every year, producing cleaner air for you and your family to breathe.

Don’t Run Away From Runoff

A natural turf lawn reduces pollutants from slipping through the soil into groundwater. It can also help to absorb and redirect excess rainwater. This means you’re helping to keep flooding and harmful runoff under control just by having a nice yard!

Beat the Heat

Have you ever stood in the middle of a parking lot on a hot Atlanta summer day and thought your shoes might melt to the pavement? Now think about if you’ve ever had that feeling while you’re standing on a soccer field. Grass absorbs heat, keeping the surrounding area 14 degrees cooler than bare soil and a whopping 30 degrees cooler than asphalt. So, the next time you want to cool off, try heading to the park and finding some grass under a shade tree!

Want to find out more benefits of natural grass around your home or business? Check out what we have to offer here at Simply Green Lawn Care Plus in Atlanta, GA!

Conserve Water with a Home-Made Rain Barrel!

rain dropsWater is easily one of the earth’s most important commodities, and our consumption keeps rising while reservoirs are sucked dry. This means that water conservation should be on everyone’s to-do list. But don’t worry, there’s an easy way to conserve water at home. Start collecting rain water!

Rain barrels have been used for a long time and they’re starting to make a comeback in cities like Atlanta. At Simply Green, we couldn’t be happier to see it, either. Follow this quick guide to make your own water barrel system at home.

Making a Rain Water Collection System

To start, you’ll need a rain barrel. This can be an old wooden cask, a 55-gallon drum, or any large barrel. There are quite a few places right here in Atlanta that sell rain barrels. You’ll also need a half inch spigot with metal and rubber washers.

The first thing you want to do is place your barrel on a level, raised platform. Position your barrel on top of the platform and under a downspout. The height of the platform is up to you, just make sure there’s enough clearance for a water pail to fit under the spigot.

Next, drill a half-inch hole an inch from the bottom of your barrel. Connect your spigot and tighten up the washers so water can’t leak out. Then you’ll need to add your filter to stop debris from falling into your barrel. You can also add a screen onto your gutters as an extra filter.

Sit Back and Wait for the Rain!

That’s about it! Now you’re ready to water your veggies and flowers. This simple addition, along with Simply Green’s Hydretain program, can save you buckets on your water bill and reduce your water consumption immensely. So, go ahead and give it a shot. And feel free to give us a call for more information!

How to Protect Your Plants from Heat Stress

sunny flowersThe summer sun is no joke! Now that we’re in the peak summer months, the heat can do a real number on your landscaping in Atlanta, GA. Heat stress is a very real thing and can turn your verdant, green yard into a crispy brown wasteland in no time if not properly cared for. At Simply Green, we’ve come up with a few tips to keep your plants healthy and green no matter how hot it gets this summer.

Water Correctly

We all know plants need water to thrive and stay alive. But did you know that there’s a right way and a wrong way to water your plants, especially in the summer months when temperatures consistently reach the mid-90s or higher?

Watering your plants early in the morning before the temperatures start to climb is the way to go. It allows your plants to get the hydration they need to protect themselves. By mid-morning, it’s probably too late as a lot of water evaporates and plants are less able to consume the fluids once the heat sets in.

Add Mulch

Providing a thick bed of mulch at the base of your plants can help in a whole bunch of ways. First, it’ll help the soil retain moisture, keeping your plants cooler and better hydrated. Second, a lot of mulches will reflect light which also keeps the soil temperature down. And the best part is that you can use all kinds of stuff as mulch. Your grass clippings, old leaves, and other yard scraps can be made into a fantastic mulch – and it free!

Shade, Shade, Shade!

Some plants thrive in hot, direct summer sunlight. But most will need some form of shade. Consider how much shade is provided when you’re planting in the spring. Also, consider adding shade cloth if your flowers and small plants will be in direct light for more than 6-8 hours a day during the summer.

Want more advice on keeping your plants healthy and out of the heat this summer? Give us a call at Simply Green. We serve the entire Atlanta Metro area and are always happy to help our customers keep their yards look great.

The Art and Science of Mowing the Lawn

Mowing the lawn may have once been the province of bored kids hoping to make a few bucks, but not anymore! If you want your yard to look really great, it’s time to approach mowing like any other great art.

First of all, you need the right tools, and they need to be in good shape. Your lawnmower blades should be sharp and the lawnmower should be in good working order. You’ll need sunscreen and bug spray for yourself, and long pants and good shoes to protect your legs and feet.

How much should you be mowing at one time? That depends on the type of grass you have. In general, cut more during peak growing season. For cool season grasses that means spring and fall; for warm season grasses, that means summer. For best results, never cut more than about a third of the height of the grass at one time. Mowing encourages growth, which requires water, so mow less if you find your area in a drought.

In general you’ll want to mow at least once every seven days. If you find yourself falling behind, don’t hack away too much of the grass height at once. Remember to still follow the “one third” rule, amd just mow more frequently until you catch up. Finally, remember to take care of yourself after you mow. Have a cool drink and a shower, take some allergy medicine if needed, and then enjoy your beautiful lawn!

 

Simply Green Lawn Care can handle the logistics of more complicated lawn care. Contact us to set up residential service today!

Summer Days Mean Summer Landscaping

There’s nothing better than spending long summer nights outside with friends and family, enjoying the warm weather and your beautiful yard. Make summertime even more pleasant by following these tips for summer lawn and landscape care.

First of all, make sure you’re watering the right way. Hot weather doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll need to use more water, but it does mean that you’ll need to adjust when you water. Hotter temperatures mean moisture evaporates quickly, before it has a chance to do your plants any good. Mitigate this and save on your bill by watering in the morning (before about 10:00) or evenings (after 6:00), when it’s cooler and the sun is less direct.

It’s better to give your lawn a deep watering a few times a week than dust it with moisture every day. Drip irrigation is your friend in the summer! In the event you wind up in a drought situation your lawn may go dormant and turn brown, but with proper care it should return to health if given enough water.

If you didn’t have your lawn aerated in the spring, contact Simply Green Lawn Care to get that done asap! Core aeration opens up the soil so that water, oxygen, and nutrients can more freely circulate. And don’t forget to mow your grass correctly. Make sure you’re not mowing wet grass and remove no more than about one third of grass height at a time.

Call Simply Green Lawn Care today to get your lawn looking its best so you can enjoy it all summer!

Great BBQs Start with Beautiful Backyards

Spring is finally here! It’s no surprise that May is National BBQ Month–we’re all excited to finally escape the tyranny of the indoors and spend time in our yards. And, of course, Memorial Day is May 28th! Before you start inviting friends over, let Simply Green Lawn Care help you beautify your outdoor space.

You wouldn’t have friends over without cleaning the bathroom first, would you? Whether you’re hosting a bbq, or just enjoying simpler time outside with your family, you’ll want to make sure your lawn is in good shape as well. Simply Green will take care of unsightly weeds and dangerous fire ants. We can also care for your trees and shrubs, which need extra tending as they wake up from their winter slumber. And of course you wouldn’t neglect your floors inside, so we’ll care for your grass outside! We offer aeration, fertilization, seeding, and more services when appropriate.

Don’t forget about pest control. The last thing any Georgia resident wants to see is those huge fire ant mounds in their yard. Simply Green Lawn Care offers a comprehensive, year-round fire ant control system to keep you, your family, your friends, and your pets safe from these pests.

Spring is already underway and summer is right around the corner, and that means spaces are filling up quickly, so don’t hesitate! Contact Simply Green today to schedule all the services you need to make your yard a beautiful and welcoming place to spend time for the spring, summer, and fall.