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Aerating a lawn is essential in most of the northern regions of Georgia because the land is so rich in clay. Clay becomes very compacted over time, and this reduces the grass’ ability to get water, air, and nutrients. It also makes it weak and susceptible disease. Aeration is the process of pulling out hundreds of tiny plugs from the yard, so it sort of resemble Swiss cheese.

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If you have an ant mound teeming with ants on your property, then you have probably concocted some loose plan for ridding yourself of your fire ant problem. These pests make unsightly mounds wherever they deem fit, and if you disturb them, prepare to get far away or get stung. Getting rid of fire ants does not always have a permanent success rate, but it should take over a year for a fire ant population to recover (if it is going to).

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Winter is the time when warm-season grasses such as bermudagrass go dormant. This is a normal part of the grass cycle, and although the grass will be a little yellow during the colder months, it will return to its luscious green beauty in the spring. During dormancy, you don’t have to mow, and your grass gets almost all the water it needs from precipitation. However, there is one thing you might want to do in order to protect your lawn during its dormancy, and that is to plant a pre-emergent herbicide for winter weeds.

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As fall approaches, there is a little time to get ready before any significant lawn improvement efforts begin. That means, you have time to do a little work on your tool shed. If this doesn’t sound exciting, you should check out these 5 ideas for sprucing up your tool shed.

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If your lawn does not have proper drainage, standing water can damage your lawn, landscape, and structures depending on where the water is collecting. A French drain is one solution to this problem that creates an underground void for water absorption.

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How to Store Your Hose for Winter

Your lawn still needs water during the winter, but there is generally enough precipitation that you can store your hose for winter. This does not mean leaving it on the side of the house to weather and become brittle. This is why so many hoses split in the spring. Instead, properly store your hose and have it in working order when you go to use it again in the spring.

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When you live in a high-humidity state like Georgia, you live in a place where fungus thrives. High temperatures and moisture will allow mold to grow in your yard, so proper aeration and limited watering are essential to fungus prevention. Even then, it can happen.

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Alternatives to Roundup in Marietta, GA

There are over ten thousand people suing Bayer over cancers they believe are caused by Roundup, a popular weed killer across America. Roundup contains glyphosate that is allegedly causing non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The company’s former owner, Monsanto, has tried to hide the connection between its ingredient and cancer. Two victims of this have been awarded 17 million dollars in compensation along with 69 million dollars in punitive damages. This lends some believability to the accusations that Roundup is dangerous.

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Spring is traditionally thought of as the time to start gardens and put plants into the Earth, but there are some benefits to doing it in the fall. If you are already looking forward to spring to get out your gardening gloves, don’t wait! Fall is a perfect time to plant some trees and shrubs.

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It is common to wonder whether or not you should bag your grass clippings or mulch them by leaving them in the yard. Many people incorrectly think that leaving clippings on the yard will leave unsightly clumps of clippings, or even worse, cause thatch buildup. These results are only a possibility if you aren’t mulching properly. Proper mowing and maintenance is the key to successful mulching, or “grasscycling.”

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