Native Plant Information
Using Georgia Native Plants
Georgia Native Plant Society
Missouri Botanical Gardens Plant Finder
North Carolina Extension Gardener Plant Toolbox
Gardening Advice/Plant Problem Solving
Atlanta Botanical Garden Plant Hotline
Local Hort Extension Agents:
Local Master Gardeners:
Native Garden Maintenance
We do offer maintenance at BBG, but only for our install clients.
These 2 companies know native plants well also.
Radish and Rose
Mow and Blow
Our BBG mow and blow roster is usually full, but you can find other quiet mow and blow companies here:
Water Features & Aquatic Plants
Atlanta Water Gardens Inc
2165 Cheshire Bridge Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30324
These are both reputable companies whose focus is protecting and caring for trees as oppose to cowboy arborists who tell you that your healthy trees need taking down so they can make some quick $$
Site Clearing/Restoration/Invasive Removal
Cheapest (but slowest) option:
DIY site clearing w. sheet mulching.
1. Clear area of weeds/plants.
2. Place at least 2 layers of cardboard over the area.
3. Add 6-8 inches of mulch.
4. Wait 12-24 mths to plant.
This will NOT kill large invasive root systems like wisteria and knotweed.
We have not personally worked with any of the following companies but for those folks needing clearing, check these out.
Ewe Can Do It Naturally
Pygmy Goat Folx
Looking for mulch, soil, compost, rocks, gravel, boulders?
Cummin Landscape Supplies
Atlanta Landscape Materials
We do NOT recommend using free local county compost as the quality is unpredictable and most likely contains herbicides and pesticides.
In general we recommend using compost during planting into ultisol (Georgia clay soil), to increase soil drainage. Ideally composted manure, as the PH is on the mid to low side, just like ultisol. This is the PH that native plants love.
If you don't have the time or site requirements or enough carbon material for making compost,
Compost Now will pick up your scraps, compost them, and deliver you compost:
PROBLEMS WITH DIY COMPOST
Rats have become a big problem in Atlanta and composting is a major attractant. Once they have a constant food source (compost), the next thing they need is a warm home, and you've guessed it, it's also your home. If you are going to compost at home, make sure your containers are sealed so they can't gain access.
Compost needs full sun to break down properly. If your yard is a shady one, your will be waiting a very long time for compost.
3. NOT ENOUGH CARBON
For compost you need at very least a 2:1 ratio of carbon to nitrogen. Think of carbon as brown dead matter (cardboard, dried out garden waste, dry leaves) and of nitrogen as green raw matter (fruit and veggie waste, lawn clippings).
Without the higher ratio of dead matter, you end up with a rancid liquid, unusable in the garden. Most homes produce lots of nitrogen matter and very little carbon matter. If you know you don't have enough carbon supply but want to create a nutrient supply for your garden consider one of the following options.
3 GREAT OTHER DIY OPTIONS TO CONSIDER:
Worm compost, compost tea, nitrogen fixing plants as ground cover.
Worms (for worm compost)
You can reach out to any local tree company and request a free chip drop.
You can also register on and request free mulch here:
These drop offs tend to be A LOT faster if you add a donation.
Beans Bee Removal
Edward (470) 373-0528
This is the only survey company we have found that produces precision accurate work.
Gresham Planning & Development
Richard Stevens: email@example.com
Elizabeth Stevens Morris: firstname.lastname@example.org
Licensed General Contractors
Neil Struby: email@example.com
Yes, we do create rain gardens for clients at BBG, but some client’s drainage issues require stronger solutions.