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Comparing Sod in Georgia: Zoysia vs. Bermuda vs. Fescue

Comparing Sod in Georgia: Zoysia vs. Bermuda vs. Fescue

So you have made the decision to install sod for a new, instantly-green lawn, and that is great! But now, it is time to decide on what type of sod you want for your property. In our area of Georgia, there are three types of grass that do well—fescue, zoysia, and Bermuda grass.

Learn about these types of sod and which type may be ideal for your residential, commercial, or HOA property in Buckhead, Vinings, Smyrna, and surrounding Atlanta area communities.

Zoysia: Prefers Sun, Tolerates Traffic & Heat

Close up photo of healthy zoysia grass near Smyrna, GA.

Zoysia is a warm-season grass, which makes it perfect for our climate and those humid Georgia summers. It can handle some shade but prefers the sunlight. A big perk of zoysia is that it is heat- and drought-tolerant, so if we have a dry spell, the grass typically won't suffer. Other benefits of zoysia include:

  • It handles traffic well, so if you plan on using your lawn a lot, it would be a good choice.
  • It stays green longer than other grasses and is one of the first to green up after winter.
  • It's very dense once established, which means it's harder for weeds to penetrate through.

Keep in mind, zoysia does take a bit longer than other grasses to establish itself.

Bermuda: Durable, Handles Traffic Well, & Needs Full Sunlight

Bermuda grass on a Atlanta, GA lawn.

Another popular warm-season grass in our area is Bermuda grass. This grass is also durable and handles traffic well. Keep in mind, however, that Bermuda grass does...

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Does Landscaping Increase the Value of Homes in the Metro Atlanta Area?

Does Landscaping Increase the Value of Homes in the Metro Atlanta Area?

When you are considering the addition of a new landscape project to your residential property in metro Atlanta, one question that probably comes to mind is if you will be able to recoup the investment you are making in that project.

Learn here what types of landscaping can actually help to increase your home's value in Buckhead, Vinings, Smyrna, and the nearby cities within the metro Atlanta area.

A modest-sized paver patio can provide an excellent return on investment.

Small brick paver patio construction in Atlanta, GA.

When you opt to install a new patio, you can end up getting back more than 100 percent of what you invested in the project. Keep in mind, however, that this will be less likely if you install a larger patio that takes up more of your yard. If you are planning to fully recoup those costs, then you should choose a modest-sized patio that does not overpower your yard and matches well with the rest of your home.

Trees create a shaded area and can cut down on utility bills.

If you plan to sell your home at some point in the future, then think about planting some trees around the home. These will create shaded areas and may even help cut down on your monthly utility bills. Trees also just give off a more homey feeling. A professional landscape designer can take a look at your property and plan out the best areas to plant trees. As they grow into larger trees, they can differentiate your house from others on the market that may not have trees that are as mature.

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Choosing Between Stone and Concrete Pavers for Your Patio

Choosing Between Stone and Concrete Pavers for Your Patio

One of the most valuable additions you can make to your outdoor living space is a custom patio. Patios can often recoup 100% of the money invested in them once the home has been resold, but what type of material should you construct them with? Both concrete pavers and stone have advantages.

Find out what type of material you should use for your new patio in Atlanta, Smyrna, Buckhead, and the surrounding areas of Georgia.

Both concrete pavers and flagstone are durable and pretty materials.

No matter which material you opt to choose, know that either concrete pavers or flagstone are incredibly durable materials. They both are also pretty, adding a nice effect to your outdoor living space. Both materials are well-suited for patio furniture, grills, and extra entertainment area.

Stone provides a natural look and feel.

Custom flagstone patio installation in Atlanta, GA.

Flagstone and other natural stone options such as bluestone and limestone do have a higher upfront cost involved. They require more labor and the pieces are not pre-cut, meaning custom stonework will need to be done to install the patio.

Our patio contractors will help you decide what type of filler you need for your stone patio. The pieces will not perfectly fit together, meaning we will need to put in pea gravel, mortar, or let grass fill in the spaces. Mortar can crack sometimes if the underlying ground moves in any way, so you may want to monitor that in case it needs to be repaired.

Flagstone and other...

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How Much Does it Cost to Build a New Patio?

How Much Does it Cost to Build a New Patio?

If you have been considering the addition of a custom patio to your property, more than likely one of the biggest questions on your mind is just exactly how much it will cost to do so. Depending on the type of material chosen, the size of the patio, and any other elements you may want to add on, the cost will vary.

Learn about the average cost of patio materials and what ballpark price you can expect to pay when you install a custom patio at your property in Buckhead, Vinings, Smyrna, and other surrounding Atlanta-area cities.

Common Materials Used for Patios & Their Cost

For custom patios, we can use a variety of materials to build them. Some cost more, while others may be a more economical choice if you are adding a patio with a budget in mind. Remember, these are rough costs and do not include the estimate of any labor involved in the prep work or demolition of existing patios. The common materials we often use include:

Labor costs will vary, but typically range from $5 to $10 per sqft, plus the cost of site preparation. The costs outlined below are for materials only.

  • Concrete Pavers: On average, concrete pavers by themselves cost about $3-$6 per square foot. If you are having them installed by professional patio contractors, then it will generally run about $8-$16 per square foot. The cost of installation will vary based on the type of pavers you choose. Pavers offer a wide variety of options and come in different...
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The 8 Most Popular Spring Annual Flowers in Atlanta, GA

The 8 Most Popular Spring Annual Flowers in Atlanta, GA

It's spring, which means it's time for new life and new color throughout the Atlanta area. Azaleas are blooming, the dogwood flowers are coming out, and other spring flowers are budding. To add even more color to your yard, this is the perfect time to consider installing annual flowers.

There are many popular choices for annual flowers—learn about eight of the top choices that we install in residential and commercial landscape beds throughout Atlanta, GA areas such as Smyrna, Buckhead, Vinings, and more.

Begonias are beautiful and come in several different colors and varieties.

Close up photo of red and pink begonia flowers in Atlanta, GA.

Most often, the type of begonia that is an annual plant is the wax begonia. These begin blooming in late spring to early summer, and you can often see their flowers until winter. Wax begonias are red, pink, or white. Other varieties of begonia, such as tuberous, come in pink, yellow, orange, red, and white.

Lantanas are vibrant and have small clusters of flowers.

Bright lantana flowers in Buckhead, GA.

The flowers of the lantana shrub are yellow, red, orange, white, or purple. Their flowers are tiny and bloom in small clusters. Often, there will be multiple colors within the same cluster. Their green leaves smell like citrus. Typically, this plant does best in full sun as it is native to tropical climates.

Salvia flowers are beautiful and attract beneficial pollinators.

Flowering salvia plants in Smyrna, GA.

Salvia, also referred to as sage flowers, can be red, purple, orange, white, or blue. The ...

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