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Frozen lawn damage from winter atlanta

BRRR!  Our area has seen early snow this year and more may be to come. Luckily, your lawn is tough and can stand the frost, occasional snow and frequent freezing and thawing.  From winter to early spring, most grasses have shifted their focus from their blades to their roots, that’s why feeding the roots in autumn is so important. If you missed your autumn feeding, it’s not too late to help your lawn get a good start this spring.  Give us a call and we can give your lawn a check-up and write a prescription that’s just right for your type of grass, amount of shade, and terrain.

Ways you can prepare now for new growth this winter

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The bitter cold of winter may seem like an unusual time to think of lawn care, but what you do now can help you make your lawn beautiful this spring, summer, and fall.  Here are four important steps you can take while Ole Man Winter is here:

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  1. Rake Leaves, usually about once a week. Even when it’s dormant, grass needs sunlight and oxygen. Leaves can smother the grass if you let them pile up.  However, those leaves can make excellent mulch around plant material if properly mulched and not just piled around the plants.  Leaves can also provide nutrients to the lawn soil and help support a healthy yard, but they must be mulched / shredded finely.

 

  1. Mulch: Adding mulch to your garden can protect plants during winter. Add several inches of shredded leaves to protect tender perennials. It’s best to mulch before the first freeze, but it can still be done during the winter months. Winters in Georgia can be really hard on plants.  The rapid changes in temperatures can cause plants to think spring is here long before the danger of frost is over. Mulching helps provide needed insulation and nutrients to the plant root systems.

 

  1. Remove Plant Debris: Clean up / cut back perennials, pull up any weeds, and discard of any dead or diseased plants from your garden. If you don’t want certain plants in your garden during next years growing season, now is the time to remove them.

 

  1. Winter is the time to resize shrubs and plants of certain types.  During the growing season plants are generally “shaped or pruned” but not “resized” which is what should be done in the winter if they’ve gotten too big.  Caution should be exercised when doing winter pruning as not all shrubs can be drastically cut.

 

Sound like a lot of work?  It is, but it’ll be worth it come spring when your lawn and gardens are a source of delight for you.  The professionals at Associated Environmental Landscape can help you get your winter lawn in shape. Call us today and we’ll give you a free estimate for your lawn clean-up.

Isn’t it amazing how good a “thank you” feels?

Doing a good job for our customers is its own reward, and the nature of our work means we can tell our efforts made a difference every time we take care of a client’s lawn.  That said, it is still nice to hear a “thank you.”

Betsy, a long-time customer sent us an email to brag on the cleanup our crew did in her perennial garden.  It was a short note, but when I shared it with the crew, it made their day.

Another customer, Donna, said she had been saving for three years to correct a drainage problem and add a new walkway with surrounding beds. Knowing that our work meant so much to her was gratifying when we did the work and when she wrote us years later to brag on how much joy the hardscapes and flowers had brought her.

Is it odd to say thank you for a thank you?  We appreciate the kind words of appreciation we receive from our customers.  Thanks for trusting us with your lawns and gardens.

Outdoor Living Spaces

Haardscapes - Coley 1Easter Sunday was a beautiful day in north Georgia. Hope you got out to enjoy it. If you found yourself dreaming of a new outdoor living space or dreading another summer of mowing, give us a call. We can help you create the yard you’ve always wanted.

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Sometimes something as simple as large stones making a pathway creates an inviting trail to outdoor living spaces, other times, it’s a patio or deck.  Adding life through koi ponds and flower planters also adds to the appeal of outdoor living spaces. Or consider adding an outdoor kitchen or seating area for outdoor living that pulls you from the indoors into the beauty of nature.  We can take a look at your landscape and develop the perfect plan for an outdoor living spaces at your home. Give us a call.

Boxwoods and Shrubs need love too.

Boxwoods are hardy; and because they need so little attention, they some times are neglected by homeowners. Early to mid-march is the time to show your shrubs some love. With fertilization of foundation plants like boxwoods, laurels and hydrangeas now, you are giving your shrubs what they need to shine the rest of the year.

In a few weeks, it will also be time to fertilize rhododendron, camellia and azalea plants. We can help you get the timing and mix just right. So give us a call.

Got bare spots in your lawn? Sod now.

If you notice thinning spots in your lawn, March is the time to start Bermuda and Zoysia sod. Weather permitting, we can fill in your lawn to help get sod started before the brutal hot days of summer.

In the north Atlanta Metro and northeast Georgia area, we go from snow to sweat in a heartbeat, so there is a critical window for lawn care in pre-spring and early spring.  Give us a call and we’ll send someone out to look at your yard and give you an estimate to fill-in the grass in your Georgia lawn.

While you are at it, let us give you an estimate for an annual maintenance agreement to mow, weed and care for your lawn year-round. You can forget about the worry of mowing every week to keep your lawn in tip-top shape.  Reclaim your weekends by leaving your lawn maintenance to the team at Associated Environmental.

Repairing brown spots from dog urine

Dogs may be man’s best friend, but they’re your beautiful green lawn’s arch-nemesis.  Brown spots, caused by urine, can ruin an otherwise great-looking yard.
The marketplace is full of snake-oil treatments, promising to protect your grass.  Some use odor to deter urination, which can actually cause a dog to “mark” his territory with greater fervor. Some owners have tried modifying their dogs’ diets…usually with limited results. Urine contains nitrogen and uric acid, and are so concentrated that too much will burrn and kill your grass.  Because most females squat and most males lift a leg, females tend to do the most damage to a lawn.  Many dog owners report that they have trained their dogs to relieve themselves only in certain areas, just as they house-trained their dogs.  However, most dog owners struggle with brown spots from pet urine.
According to an international nonprofit research organization, one of the most successful methods for minimizing the effects of urine is to dilute the urine with water immediately after your dog relieves herself.  That means watching your dog closely when he or she is roaming your lawn, then pouring pitchers of water on the urine spot to dilute the nitrogen and acid to protect your grass.  Not an easy task!
The good news is that lawn burn, when mild, will generally repair itself over time.  For some spots, sod replacement may be required. Getting the lawn back into shape is not a problem… it’s keeping it there that presents the challenge.
If you have brown spots from dog urine in your yard, we can help heal your dying grass.  With the team from Associated Environmental Landscape (AEL) repairing and maintaining your lawn, you’ll have more time for training Fido to use a mulched area as his/her bathroom.  Good luck and let us know how you’re doing.

Choosing a Lawn Service

When you add up the cost of a mower, various trimmers, blower, gasoline, oil, and the time and energy of mowing your lawn not – to mention the maintenance cost of the equipment – deciding to use a lawn service is an easy choice. But how do you choose between all of the options available?
At Associated Environmental Landscape (AEL), we’ve earned a solid reputation by taking care of our customers with excellent ongoing service. Just check our A+ Rating with the Better Business Bureau. So, when you are exploring your options, be sure to consider cost, experience, reliability and reputation. We’d love the chance to meet with you and discuss a Maintenance Service Agreement that gives you the beautiful lawn you’ve always wanted with none of the sweat!
Call us today, and we’ll come right out, look at your lawn and show you what sets Associated Environmental Landscape (AEL) apart from the competition.