Welcome to the crisp mornings of fall!

Here in Georgia, we have entered the season of brisk mornings and temperate evenings. While you may have to bundle up at dawn, it's more than likely you'll find yourself in a t-shirt once the afternoon arrives.

It may be fall, but we still have the perfect weather for gathering around a campfire or grilling some food and spending time with friends and family out on the patio.

Here at Farmers Landscape, we like bringing the indoors out, which is why this week we want to inform you about outdoor kitchens. An outdoor kitchen is an − oftentimes covered − outdoor area that is set up for regular food preparation. Barbeque grills are the most popular cooking option, though some outdoor kitchens even have ovens!

You don't need a lot of space to have an outdoor kitchen, just an area that you can easily make functional. Preferably you have it built near your house, like on an existing patio, that way you don't need to make too many landscaping modifications.

Let's face it; cooking indoors can sometimes be a pain, especially in the summer when you use air-conditioning to keep the heat away. Even in the fall it's nice to be able to cook outside and enjoy nature before the darkness of winter takes over. With an outdoor kitchen, you get to keep all the garbage and messes outside, you can barbeque steaks and other grilled dishes without fear of smoke filling your home, all the supplies you need are readily available so that you won't need to run in and out of the house, it's a fantastic way to entertain guests, and host dinner and luncheons. You can even have a fire pit installed to add to the ambiance!

The materials used to build outdoor kitchens are weather resistant and should last you a long time. It can even add to the real-estate value of your property. Consider it an investment!

Maybe you are considering getting an outdoor kitchen. If so, then give Farmers Landscape a call and we can come out and give you an estimate. We would love to help you out and enhance your outdoor cooking experience.

With all the varieties of grass to choose from, sometimes it can be hard to determine which type of grass is best for your yard. Not all grasses are alike and some need to be treated differently than others. Farmers Landscape wants to make identifying your grass an easy job. In this weekly post, our aim is to describe the five common grasses in the State of Georgia.

Bermuda: Bermuda grass is a common grass used for home lawns and can tolerate a very low mowing height. It is widely used on golf courses in the south. It spreads easily and can form a thick, dense turf. The maintenance requirements of fertilizing, watering, and mowing are high.

The color of the grass is deep green and the blades are 1/8" wide with a sharp point.

St. Augustine: St. Augustine grass is best suited for warm-arid regions. It is not tolerant of cold temperatures and requires plenty of moisture to be able to survive. The grass is very coarse-textured and can grow up to several feet.

The color of the grass is dark green and the blades are 1/4" wide with a rounded tip. The growth is slow and it needs to be planted from sod or plugs.

Centipede: Centipede grass spreads through stems and forms a dense turf. It grows horizontally and requires less mowing, which makes it easy to edge around garden beds and sidewalks. It's often found throughout the warm-humid areas of the south. It doesn't grow well in hot, dry areas and it can die if it's not supplied with enough water. The fertilizer requirements are less than other warm-season grasses.

The color of this grass is lighter green, it has pointed blades with a notch, and is a dense, soft turf. It grows low and is almost horizontal to the ground. It can quickly become dormant during a drought.

Zoysia: Zoysia grass forms a lawn that is thick and spiky. It is very slow-growing and it can take more than a year to establish a lawn with this particular grass. It has stiff leaf blades and will produce numerous seed heads if it isn't mowed.

The grass color is simple green, has narrow blades with needle-like tips, and can feel prickly when walked upon in bare feet − though there are several new varieties that have been created to be soft on the feet. 

Fescue: Fescue grass is typically a cool-season grass, but can also be found in hotter regions due to its ability to withstand heat. It is a grass often used in athletic fields because it can withstand heavy use and foot traffic. In some lawns, Fescue can grow in bunches and appear as a grassy weed, which is why it is not often used in grass seed mixes.

The grass color is dark like Kentucky bluegrass. The blade width is 3/16" or more and has a pointed tip. It grows in clumps and has coarse, stiff blades. This grass will not survive extreme cold temperatures.   

While you're preparing for winter, you may not know just how much of an impact trees can have on your yard, as well as energy consumption. They filter water to reduce soil erosion and they clean air to reduce greenhouse gasses.

Trees not only provide shade for your home and yard in the summer, but they can also create a barrier against the cold winter winds, and it has been proved that the beauty of trees reduce stress in individuals.

Have you been thinking about having a tree planted in your yard? Perhaps you would like some extra solitude from nosy neighbors. We would like to introduce to you the Carolina Sapphire. The Carolina Sapphire is a fast growing evergreen tree that's useful and perfect for privacy! It has a bluish color and is extremely fragrant. It gains width rather quickly and is a much better choice for the southern heat, as it is drought tolerant. The tree can grow 3 to 5 feet a year and can reach a height of 40 feet.

Contact Farmers Landscape if you would like to talk about purchasing a tree and having us install it!