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Trees, lawns having a rough time recovering after winter
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ATLANTA - After one of the hottest summers on record in 2010 followed by Atlanta's "Snowmageddon" last January, homeowners across north Georgia are having a rough time getting their lawns to green up and look good this spring.

Many lawns and yards are having a tough time recovering from the double-whammy brought by the weather. Some plants may find themselves with dead branches, or even die off completely without some help.

Landscape companies like TruGreen and others across the area suggest that homeowners take special care of their yards this spring, and keep a few hints in mind.

  • Clearing dead leaves and debris from underneath trees and shrubs will create room for new growth with many plants.
  • Prune dead branches from trees and shrubs
  • Putting mulch around plants will help retain moisture and prevent weeds from springing up in planting beds
  • Mowing lawns at the correct height and using a sharp blade will help your lawn look its best after mowing
  • Use fertilizer to encourage lawn, tree and shrub growth after the challenging winter that we've just gone through
  • Watering your lawn one-to-two inches a week is always helpful; keep in mind not to overwater, and be mindful of local water restrictions, which are still in effect in many areas
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