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Someone came in the night and rummaged my car for valuables.  Left behind in the items on the floor were work gloves, a measuring tape, and hand pruners.  Obviously, the robber was not a pruning man. Here, at Gardens to Love, June is the month for detail pruning.  The shearing was finished last month and now it’s time for the details.  The little things like dead heading roses, cutting back spring flowering perennials, and shaping shrubbery with individual cuts, removing heavy lower limbs on ornamental trees is what we do for the June Prune. Our field manager, Marc Creamer, is a proud pro at pruning.  He can take a hopeless blob of a plant and prune it into a sculpted delight.  Give us a call and ask for Marc’s talent if you’ve got pruning to be...

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As the weather cools and the trees drop their leaves, the hydrangea blooms once a glorious indigo or sweet pink, now a dusty hue, it’s time to implement key garden and landscape fall maintenance tips. This is the time of year when you want to prepare your landscape for the upcoming winter hibernation while still enjoying the fall colors. When it comes to landscape fall maintenance, you can do it yourself or allow the team at Gardens to Love to take care of it for you. We love to take care of your garden and landscape so you can enjoy it more, just let us know. Marcia’s Top 10 Landscape Fall Maintenance Tips 1) Leave the leaves. Leaves are food for the soil and plants. Let them stay on the grass and in the borders until cold weather really sets in. 2) It’s okay to blow the driveway and walkways. We want those areas to stay safe for you and your guests. If you’d like to schedule a clean-up, just give us a call. 3) It is getting dark earlier, make certain your night lighting is in working order. Call us if you need repairs or a reset to your timer with the change in daylight savings time. 4) Check your handrails. Are they sturdy? Often mortar ages and the pickets get loose in the mortar socket. We can fix this for you, just get in touch. 5) Enjoy the fall color in the foliage on the ground as well as on the trees. Don’t have everything all cut down at one time. And when you are ready to have things cut and trimmed, call us to handle your landscape fall maintenance. 6) Plant lots of pansies, they are a bright note all winter long. We love to take care of planting seasonal color, let’s talk and find out what you’d like to have to brighten your garden. 7) Always invite lots of friends and family into the garden. You’ll enjoy it more when you share it. 8) Eat those pumpkins and squashes you used to decorate the front door. Some are surprisingly good and all are easy to cook. 9) If you don’t like pumpkins, you’ll love the seeds, roasted and salted. 10) As your garden goes into hibernation for the winter, it’s the perfect time for us to discuss what you’d like next spring to bring, get in touch. When you take the time to prepare your garden and landscape for the winter, you can be sure that spring will bring beautiful green buds and colorful blooms. Your garden should look good in every season, it’s the front door to your home. We look forward to working...

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Lawn maintenance is a hot topic this time year. This is when Atlanta lawns are looking lush, vibrant green, and very inviting. While riding through our Buckhead Atlanta neighborhoods, I am reminded of author Tom Wolfe’s expression in Man in Full about our lawns, “heaving bosoms of green”. Keith Blanchard with the Wall Street Journal (April 15,-16) wrote a marvelous article, “What the State of Your Lawn Says About You,” that sums up man’s obsession with lawns. If you have an interest in a beautiful lawn, whether you tend it or someone else does the work, here are my ten tips to a beautiful lawn. (And, at Gardens to Love, we are always delighted to take care of your lawn for you. We offer full service landscape maintenance and garden care, just ask.) My tips for a lawn you can love: 1.) Feed it. Use organic fertilizer, as much as possible, for your lawn maintenance. As tempting as it can be to use whatever might be available or the fertilizer du jour, organic makes a truly beautiful difference in the care and feeding of your lawn. 2.) Don’t irrigate it too much. Wait until early June to start watering. Too dry and your lawn is likely to get brown patches, too wet and you’ll see that glorious green turn into a sickly yellow. Lawn maintenance is as much art as science and you need both. 3.) Provide plenty of air flow and good drainage. Like all living things of beauty, a healthy lawn needs to breathe and drain well. 4.) Not too much shade, at least 6 hours of sun per day. Too much shade and you’ll get moss or muddy bald looking spots because grass needs sunlight to grow well. This is more about where you are planting and the type of grass seed you sow. 5.) Some weeds are ok. They prevent rampant fungus growth. Not all weeds are bad, and some can even be pretty to look at. (I remember blowing the tops off dandelions as a little girl, betting you’ve taught yours to make wishes that way too.) 6.) Cut the grass at the appropriate height, at the appropriate time. Regular lawn maintenance that includes proper grass cutting is essential to a healthy lawn. 7.) Leave the clippings on the lawn to feed itself. This is some of the very best organic fertilizer you can feed your lawn and it’s incredibly easy to come by. Lawn maintenance done organically recycles all the debris as food for your lawn. 8.) Don’t blow the grass. All that debris feeds the grass. See tip no. 1 Change your view of lawn maintenance, don’t see that as debris to...

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