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On-location Lawn Care: Atlanta, Georgia

by Kelly Richardson, All About Lawns Columnist

Anyone who has visited Atlanta during the s summer months knows how caustic the stifling heat can be. And for homeowners, raising a healthy lawn can be a struggle. Here are some homegrown lawn-care tips for the folks in Hotlanta.

Due to the water restrictions, planning is of the utmost importance. Most areas operate on an even-odd system related to residential street address. During the driest months, some areas restrict outdoor watering to one evening per week. This means selecting a grass type that can survive on minimal watering. If you have access to a lake, irrigating with lake water can allow you bypass watering restrictions. Recycled water has the added benefit of being extra nutrient rich.
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  • pH Level: Check this on an annual basis ands add a dose of lime as needed. You're looking for a measurement of at least 6.2 for most Atlanta-turf grasses.
  • Damage Control: Weeds and pests can wreck havoc on sun-dried blades. Combo treatments that mix with water are highly recommended.
  • Aeration: Manual or automatic, not enough can be said for the importance of aeration. Aeration is the process of removing small plugs of soil to increase the amount of water, oxygen, and nutrients flowing to the roots of grass.

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The more common grass types for Atlanta lawns are centipede, fescue, Bermuda, and zoysia. Fescue and zoysia are cool-season grasses that stand up to wear and tear quite well. Centipede and Bermuda are warm-season grasses that require very little maintenance, aside from typical watering and weekly mowing.

Lawn care in Atlanta poses a unique set of circumstances that must be taken into account for success. Researching the climate and characteristics of your neighborhood will help as well.

About the Author
Kelly Richardson has obsessive compulsive lawn disorder and is afflicted with the need to share his knowledge with the world. Kelly writes lawn columns for a variety of home and garden magazines and e-zines.

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