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Sensible Lawn Care Advice for Weather-Wise Atlanta

by Allison E. Beatty, All About Lawns Columnist

The end of the year is typically a weather mystery for the city of Atlanta. Lawn care is difficult during the burning highs and cutting lows in temperature, not to mention the barrage of barometric pressure. The best thing to do when it comes to Atlanta lawn care is to stick with a schedule.

The rational way to keep your yard looking lush and green for as long as possible is to consider your region. Southeastern Atlanta does best with a consistent schedule, as there is no good way to predict or respond to sudden temperature changes.
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Remember, these are only guidelines for lawn results historically in the region. That doesn't mean your own experience should take a backseat to what the schedule suggests. But if you're truly perplexed at your failed lawn care attempts, this is a pretty good guide to follow, no matter how hot or cold it is out there.

The Lawn Care Calendar: Atlanta

  • The Basics. Always mow your lawn between two and three inches. Water one inch per week if there's no rainfall. And one size doesn't fit all with weed control--make sure you choose an herbicide that matches your type of weeds.
  • Checking pH Range. The pH level of your lawn soil should be between 5.5 and 6.5. Apply dolomitic lime per soil amount in accordance with the recommendations on the product you buy. This can be applied any time of the year. 
  • Fertilizing. The best months to fertilize your lawn are evenly spread out through the year. Fertilize in February, April, September, and November. These are usually fair-weather months that will allow the fertilizer to work.
  • Aeration. For maximum results, Atlanta residents should use a core aerator during active growth season in the months of April and October. March, September, and November are also acceptable times to complete this task.
  • Seeding a New Lawn. The best month to seed a new lawn is October. Use five to eight pounds of seed per 1,000 square feet of lawn area.

Lawn care in Atlanta doesn't have to be a game of chance. Even with those late heat waves or sudden frosts, sticking to the regional schedule will keep your lawn healthy and beautiful.

About the Author
Allison E. Beatty is a syndicated real estate writer and founder of the Web site Renovator's Place. She has been a writer of home improvement columns for 15 years. Her articles have appeared in numerous national newspapers and magazines, and on home improvement Web sites.

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