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Rolling Your Lawn in Milton, GA

People are always looking for alternative methods to beautify their lawn. The perfect lawn is green, thick, and even. How one achieves that is a different road for each person. One thing that many people struggle with is keeping their lawn even, which is why they consider rolling their lawn. 

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One of the greatest ways to make your lawn more inviting is to light it up. Not only does lighting create nice ambient and direct lighting, but it also increases safety and security around your property. There are many ways to install lighting around your house and lawn. 

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Indigo Gardening is a 2020 Trend

When you think about flower gardens, you probably imagine a rainbow of colors, various shapes, and big and small sizes of flowers changing throughout the seasons. If you think back to the indigo, or deep blue, flowers that you’ve seen, you’ll understand why indigo gardening is a 2020 trend. Indigo doesn’t occur only in plant life. Here are a few ways to introduce indigo into your outdoor gardening and decor. 

Inserting Indigo Gardening 

  • Flowers: The focus of indigo gardening is definitely flowers. Here is a list of blue flowers with which you can adorn your gardening mix:hydrangea, delphinium, Indigo flower, iris, hyacinth, clematis, salvia, Georgia blue, lungwart, lobelia, lupine, pincushion flower, and bluebells.
  • Gazing balls: If you don’t have a gazing ball in your flower garden, you are missing out on an opportunity to accentuate the light in your lawn and add vibrant color. Many gazing balls are blue in color and bring a bit of the sky down into your flower bed. 
  • Doormats: Depending on the exterior color of your home, you might be able to add an indigo doormat to your mix and bring more color to your front porch. Blue is trending, but it is also a happy and inviting color perfect for entryways. 
  • Wreaths: If a blue doormat doesn’t fit your color scheme, a wreath of indigo flowers will allow you to add a touch of blue no matter what color your home is. 
  • Details: There are a thousand ways to add blue to your garden, and many of those options fall under the category of details. Blue stained glass hangings, hummingbird feeders, flower pots, or yard ornaments can bring blue to the outdoors. Even using blue gardening tools or having a blue wheelbarrow can make gardening a bit more joyful. 

Do Indigo Your Own Way

If you want to keep up with the latest gardening trends, then indigo is the way to go. However, you don’t have to abide by the list above to get this beautiful blue in your yard. Come up with your own ways to insert indigo. There are many more indigo flowers than are listed above, and there are many more details that could be purchased or made in indigo as opposed to other colors. It is a trend that is popular now and has some long-term staying power. Once it is replaced with another trend, indigo will still be as beautiful as ever.

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There are many reasons your lawns may need topdressing. Maybe extreme weather has caused the ground to expand and contract. Children, equipment, pets, or dogs, may have created uneven spots in your lawn. Maybe your sod was installed improperly. In many cases, topdressing is one solution to your lawn unevenness (and some other problems) that doesn’t involve ripping up your grass and amending the soil. 

What is Topdressing?

Topdressing is adding a thin layer of whatever your soil needs to the top of your grass. Yes, you cover your grass with a layer of sand, compost, and/or topsoil depending on what your soil needs. The material should be similar to what you have beneath your grass but with added benefits. The grass grows through the layer applied. What was above the grass eventually becomes what is below the grass.

Why Topdress Your Grass?

There are many reasons to topdress your grass, and it is often done to address unevenness that occurs over time. Say you have a dip in your lawn that is causing a trip-and-fall hazard. You can fill it in with layers of topsoil, which the grass can grow through. Other reasons to topdress grass include: 

  • Increase organic content
  • Reduce fertilizer need
  • Improve moisture content
  • Improve drainage

When to Topdress Your Lawn? 

You want the grass to grow through the layer you place on top of it quickly. That means you want to topdress your lawn in its primary growing season. For warm season grasses like bermudagrass or zoysiagrass, this means spring. For cool season grasses like tall fescue, topdressing should be done during the fall. 

How to Topdress Your Lawn

As stated previously, your topdressing should be similar to your pre-existing soil, so you don’t end up with a weird layer that doesn’t allow for proper drainage. For example, if you are adding sand to rough soil, use sand with larger particles, as fine sand will not mix well. Talk to a lawn care specialist to ensure you are adding the right components, and don’t make the layer too thick, or your grass won’t survive the topdressing. 

Steps to topdressing include checking your soil’s pH to address it with the topdressing. Mow and thatch the lawn prior to topdressing to ensure the topdressing can quickly integrate with underlying soil. Scatter the topdressing by tossing/flinging the dirt out of the shovel in order to get an even application. Topdress a couple times and each year for best results.

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May is almost too late to reap the best benefits of lawn scalping, but there’s still time. You want to do it when the grass starts to enter its green-up period after all chances of frost are gone. Too early, and you can damage your lawn. Too late, and you’ll be fine, but you won’t see as much of a benefit. 

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All lawns are different. Your front lawn may be different than your back lawn. Your entire lawn is a bit different than your neighbor’s lawn. Both of your lawns are different from the lawn three blocks down. That is why you must consider cross-contamination from mowers that are used in multiple yards.

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Dandelions Are Trending

If you’ve been scrolling through social media or search engines, you’ve probably ran across some articles supporting the formerly-dreaded dandelion. It’s official name is Taraxacum officinale, but you’ve probably called it much worse. 

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When will my Bermuda grass "Green Up"?

We have been getting a lot of questions about warm season grasses like bermuda and zoysia, being dead or not greening up in Alpharetta, Georgia.

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Summer is a great time to spend time in your lawn with family, but many of the lawn activities available for summer recreation are terrible for lawns. You cannot prevent all damage to your lawn, but you can mitigate some of the damage by following these few tips.

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This spring and summer, many of us are turning to our lawns for recreational activities due to stay-at-home orders or recommendations. The beaches and parks may be open at some locations, but it is uncertain if they will remain open. At least you have a lawn to get your daily dose of vitamin D. This summer may not be filled with a lot of family vacations (hopefully it will), but you can still have some summer family fun in the lawn.

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