Perennials

Perennials are easy to grow flowers that die back each winter and then return the following spring. They provide a lot of color without a lot of maintenance. Since they disappear in the winter, you may not want to use them in areas where year round color is important, such as at the entryway to your home. P

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Shrubs 101

A key element of a good landscape design is the proper setting of shrubs in the landscape. Each plant has its own requirements for the amount of sun, soil type, drainage, and cold winter wind exposure. Each shrub should be planted with its mature height and size in mind, not what it looks like in its pot at the nursery. The successful landscape first starts with an excellent plan. It is also cost effective to do it correctly the first time.

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Irrigation 101

Watering your lawn and plants is the most important part of a successful landscape maintenance program. Consistent watering during the summer months is the key to a green lawn and healthy plants. It doesn’t make sense to invest money in plants, flowers, and grass, and not take care of them. The following guidelines provide a…

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Trees 101

Trees can serve as the most important part of your landscape. Beyond their beauty, trees provide shade, windbreaks, shelter, and food for wildlife. Trees also help to frame your house. During the 1960′s and 70′s, it was common landscape practice to plant a tree in the front yard, blocking the view of the home from the street. In the 21st century, the average new home has become more expensive and architecturally much more attractive. Today’s landscaping should compliment today’s stylish homes, not hide them.

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Annuals

Seasonal color beds provide vibrant color to your landscape on a year round basis. An annual is defined as any plant that completes its natural life cycle, from germinated seed through growth, flower, seed production, and death, in a single growing season.

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Lawns 101

Your home probably already has a lawn in place. Therefore, we start this chapter by explaining how to maximize the beauty of your existing lawn. The finest lawns, such as golf course greens and Turner Field, are grown on specially prepared dirt, and graded to eliminate drainage problems, rapid runoffs, and steep slopes. A good…

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Bermuda Lawn

Bermuda is the most common front yard grass of homes in the $100,000+ price range. This is because it is the cheapest sod available and it can be sodded year round. Bermuda is a warm season grass. It is green during the summer and buff brown in winter. It grows best in full sun and…

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Zoysia Lawn

Zoysia is a slow growing but extremely thick turf grass. Zoysia does best in full sun with a few varieties having good shade tolerance. A minimum of five hours of sunlight is required. The grass remains green spring through fall, and then changes to a golden-brown in winter. Because Zoysia roots grow slowly, establishment is…

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Fescue Lawn

Fescue is a fast growing turf grass that stays some shade of green year round. It looks its best fall through spring, but has problems trying to grow in hard soil or in full sunshine. It is usually planted from seed rather than grown from sod. ‘Kentucky 31’ is the original Fescue grass, but is…

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Landscaping Should Reflect Your Lifestyle

Your backyard can be the perfect vacation retreat that you can enjoy 52 weeks a year. An investment in professional landscaping increases the value of your home, reduces stress and adds enjoyment to your everyday life. It can be enjoyed at all hours of the day, especially in the evenings when your home from work and on weekends. Work at home? Your outdoor living space can also serve as an office. Today’s technologies make it all possible.

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Why You Should Hire a Professional Landscaping Company to Landscape Your Yard

One of the best ways to increase the enjoyment of your Atlanta home, is to come home every day to beautiful outdoor surroundings. The best way to accomplish this is to hire a professional landscaping company to design and landscape your yard. Artistic Landscapes, serving the Atlanta area, has the experience and expertise necessary to provide you with a beautiful landscape design.

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