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5 Tips to Complement Your Home’s Exterior With Landscaping

Wednesday, July 31st, 2019

You’ve spent a lot of time and money maintaining your home inside and out. A great way to increase your home’s value and curb appeal is to use landscaping elements that best complement your home’s exterior. Here are some tips:

Keep Up With the Maintainance

A landscape is only as good-looking as its maintenance schedule keeps it. Stay on top of lawn mowing, hedge trimming, winter maintenance, and seasonal color installations will help your landscape look its best year-round.  Regular lawn maintenance will keep your grass lush and healthy.

Use Layers

A great landscape utilizes layers. Ground covers, ornamental plants, shrubs, and trees. Layering offers visual interest with a variety of height, textures, and colors to direct focus to various parts of your home’s exterior. Having layers in the landscape also create a great sense of fullness in flower beds, even if there are only a few varieties of plants.

Create a Focal Point

Use landscape elements to ‘frame’ a focal point on your property like a front entrance or architectural feature. This can be accomplished by using evergreens or seasonal color flowers.

Accent with Color

Use shrubs and flowers that complement your home’s personality. Atlanta’s climate is such that we have access to a vast variety of plant material that can coordinate with your home’s color scheme throughout the year.

Hire a Landscape Design Professional

Let’s be honest choosing and installing plants is hard work. What if the colors don’t match or they grow too big for the home? Hiring a landscape design professional is the best way to take the guessing game out landscape design and maintenance. As winners of over 300 awards, Gibbs Landscape Company offers a proven track record of creative, quality landscape design and maintenance. Our team of highly trained, qualified Landscape Architects and horticulturalists can design and maintain a landscape that will add value to your property for years to come. 

April Landscape News

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019

The spring season is in full swing at this point of April.  Spring flowering plant material has been blooming early this season due to mild temperatures.  Dogwoods, cherry trees and azaleas are almost finished blooming except for some of the later blooming varieties. Enjoy the beauty all of these wonderful spring bloomers.

We are focusing now on insuring all our turf grasses look great by performing the proper cutting and turf fertilization and weed control programs that are needed.  We are also beginning to deep prune flowering shrubs that are finished blooming and will keep doing this until all spring flowering shrubs are properly pruned.  Pine straw and mulch needs to be added to your garden if it has not been done this year yet.  This barrier truly helps root systems on plant material stay cool and hold moisture as we begin to move into the hotter months of the year.  These applications also are very aestically pleasing.

We are anticipating some heavier than normal disease and insect pressures this year from the mild winter combined with heavy rain that we just experienced. Managers and crews are on the lookout for Cercospora needle blights on conifers, Phomopsis blight on conifers, Volutella blight on Boxwoods and early insect population swings.

Poa annua and Poa trivialis continues to be the worst weed in fescue in the nation and has now continued its aggressive foothold in the Southeast. We are all anxiously anticipating for the scientists in the labs to help us all out with this grassy weed.

Installation of new outdoor entertaining areas combined with new turf, trees and shrubs are the best way to create additional value to your properties.  Outdoor spaces such as fireplaces, fire pits outdoor patios are all the rage right now.  Contact us if you would to be put in contact with one our award winning Landscape Architects on staff who can help you create your dream landscape.

Seasonal color design and installation is going strong right now.  Our team of award winning seasonal color designers have some exceptional new designs that will surly brighten up the greater Atalnta landscape.

Thank you so much for allowing us the privilege to service you and your properties.

Peter James Copses
Vice President

April Landscape Update

Wednesday, April 17th, 2019
We are in the full swing of spring and all the flower shrubs are in bloom.  With the warmer temps this month, we will need to finish up our dormant pruning on all the Hollies and late-summer flowering shrubs. Please remember this is a great time for spring projects such as planting flowering perennials, flowering shrubs, tree, and spring color and doing hardscapes such as outdoor fire-pits so please let us know of any areas you may want to enhance.

Spring color
Our color designers are currently targeting spring color so please let us know if you are interested in any new ideas.

Pine straw and mulch 
This is still a great time for the installation of fresh mulch or pine straw.
 
Irrigation
Our irrigation teams have been starting up irrigation systems and doing their scheduled evaluations. Repairs need to be made in order to ensure that the systems are in 100% working order. Wifi and Sim Card irrigation controllers are here!  What a great addition to any home. Through this app, the new controllers give you and us the ability to control your irrigation from anywhere in the world. In addition, the controller can now communicate with the local weather zip code and water on its own, adjusting to the current weather conditions. The other great feature is that we can both message through the app and communicate irrigation adjustments, settings, run times, notes, etc. …. We are very excited about these controllers and look forward to updating your home systems.
 
Horticulture services 
Our horticultural spray division has been extremely busy applying slow-release fertilizer to all the turf area along with pre-emergent to prevent summer weeds from germinating. Maintenance teams are fertilizing the Fescue lawns this month and waiting for the Zoysia and Bermuda to green up. We are lowering the heights of the Zoysia and Bermuda to allow for more growth and vigor. Fungicides may be needed as the turf begins to green.

Landscape services 
If you are interested in some additional plantings, fire-pits, hardscape work, or fixing some drainage problem areas, please let me know so we can set up a time to meet and take a look.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns.

As winners of over 300 awards, Gibbs Landscape Company offers a proven track record of creative, quality landscape design and maintenance. Our team of highly trained, qualified Landscape Architects and horticulturalists can design and maintain a landscape that will add value to your property for years to come. You deserve the best in landscape design/build and maintenance…you deserve Gibbs Landscape Company.

February Newsletter 2019

Thursday, February 21st, 2019

February Newsletter 2019

Our winter this year has been extremely mild. Temperatures on average have been warmer than usual but we have had an abundance of rainfall.  The cloudy days have slowed the evaporation of water out of our heavy clay soils. Plants and trees have had to deal with wet soggy roots and some roots and root hairs dying off due to root rot from the wet soils.  Plants that are extremely susceptible to root rots from the wet soils are Laurels, Dogwoods, Boxwoods, Pansies, and established Hollies. We will be surveying the landscape and determine if we have any water related issues on your properties.

Daffodils

Our crews are busy this month thinning out crossing branches on Crape Myrtles, completing cutbacks of Liriope and Ornamental Grasses, Grooming Hydrangeas and cutting back Roses. We are also performing dormant pruning and thinning of hollies and other shrubs to create new growth points for the plant in the interior of the plant’s branching. This pruning creates a healthier shrub in the spring as the new leaves develop and grow from the pruned branches. Rejuvenation pruning is a term that we use for an overall heavy reduction in the plant’s height or width.  This type of pruning is intended to correct the scale or size of the plant in the landscape to its immediate surroundings.

We are applying slow release fertilizer to the shrubs and pre-emergent herbicides to help control weed outbreaks. Shrubs are being treated with dormant oil to help control insects and eggs.  Dormant oil is a natural plant oil that works well for insect control in the cooler months. Fescue turf is getting a heavy liquid application of fertilizer this month as well as pre and post emergents.

Seasonal color beds have had a rough go with the cloudy and rainy winter months.  As more sunlight persists the better the Pansies will look and actually start to put on new growth and brilliant flowers.  We refer to the Pansies as “just sitting” when there is no sun and rain.  They are sitting just waiting for sunshine so they can grow again.  Our teams have been diligently putting out fungicides and fertilizers to combat the root rot and stem rot diseases.  Please be patient with your fall color.

Field of daffodils

Pine straw and mulch is a must this time of the year and benefits your garden and plants as well as looks very nice when freshly strawed. Our pine straw is extremely clean and has beautiful color this time of the year.  If your garden requires mulch, we recommend the brown dyed mulch.  Brown dyed mulch is a completely 100% recycled product and looks great going in and continues to look great as it fades. 

If you are interested in a new design/build installation project call now before the spring rush comes.  We can design and build virtually any landscape you can think of.

As always, thanks for trusting Gibbs Landscape Company with your business.

Peter J. Copses
Vice President
Gibbs Landscape Company


As winners of over 300 awards, Gibbs Landscape Company offers a proven track record of creative, quality landscape design and maintenance. Our team of highly trained, qualified Landscape Architects and horticulturalists can design and maintain a landscape that will add value to your property for years to come. You deserve the best in landscape design/build and maintenance…you deserve Gibbs Landscape Company.


January Landscape Newsletter (2019)

Thursday, January 10th, 2019

On behalf of all employees at Gibbs Landscape Company, we would like to wish everyone a happy and prosperous New Year.  We are really looking forward to working with you in 2019.

We have experienced a very wet end of the year for 2018.  Temperatures have been mild but the abundance of rainfall can lead to many issues in your landscapes.  Most notably is root rot.  Root hairs of plants can die out due to being too wet.  This can lead to the decline or even death of ornamental plants and trees.  Many types of plants are susceptible to root rot.  Some of the most notable are laurels, dogwoods, boxwoods, pansies, many types of perennials and even hollies.  We are watching your landscapes and are doing everything possible to minimize this risk.

Our maintenance teams are busy doing important work on your landscapes.  Some of those items are cutting back of ornamental grasses, cutting back of any remaining perennials, pruning of hydrangeas, cutting back liriope, winter pruning roses, winter pruning of evergreen shrubs, and applications of the appropriate fertilizers, pre-emergents, and dormant oils.

Seasonal color maintenance teams are visiting our newly installed color beds to perform maintenance services.  We will visit these color beds on regular basis to ensure they receive the care they need to keep them looking great.

Now is one of the very best times to begin planning your new landscape.  Horticulturalist know that planting in the winter is a superior time to plant.  Plant material truly focuses on root development vs top growth during this time of the year.  This combined with the fact you do not need to water your newly installed landscape which will save you money makes planting in winter great.  Call us today to schedule a consultation with one of our award-winning Landscape Architects.

Thanks so much to all of our great clients who have trusted us with the development and maintenance services of your exterior landscapes.

Peter Copses,
Vice President

 

As winners of over 300 awards, Gibbs Landscape Company offers a proven track record of creative, quality landscape design and maintenance. Our team of highly trained, qualified Landscape Architects and horticulturalists can design and maintain a landscape that will add value to your property for years to come. You deserve the best in landscape design/build and maintenance…you deserve Gibbs Landscape Company.

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Before & After: Turf Lawn Installation [Video]

Monday, December 10th, 2018

Peter Copses discusses the before and after of a client’s turf lawn installation.

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November Landscape News

Thursday, November 8th, 2018

November is a great time of the year in The South as we begin to welcome winter and we have such great displays of fall tree color and beautiful new annual fall color beds coming to life. Fescue turf lawns are beginning to look fantastic and warm-season lawns are beginning their dormancy.

“Even if something is left undone, everyone must take time to sit still and watch the leaves turn.” Elizabeth Lawrence, (1904-1985) 1st woman graduate in Landscape Architecture from NC State University. American Garden Writer and her historic home and garden located in Charlotte, NC.


Horticultural Services Teams are applying preemergent to all warm-season lawns to prevent winter and early spring weeds and most importantly poa annua and trivialis. This is a critical application and the only application to prevent poa in warm season turf.  Timing is of the essence with this treatment. Fescue lawns are receiving granular fertilizer as well as a round of selective treatments for any weeds that are present. We continue to touch up some lawns with fescue seed as needed. Deep root fall tree injections are a good idea for trees that may be suffering or trees that need some extra growth. These injections are really critical with the wet season we had this year.  This year’s season combined with the drier season we had last year caused stress to our trees in Atlanta.  These swings in weather truly stress trees out and the injections can help in a big way. Boxwoods need root injections as well this time of the year to ensure proper root growth in the clayey soils to establish stronger root systems. We have seen some fungal activity flaring up again on fescue lawns. Our Managers and Crews are on the lookout each week as we service lawns.

Seasonal Color Teams are continuing to plant new fall color beds. Tulips are a great accent bulb that can be added to the beds in December. This should be a great year for Tulips. We highly recommend you add tulips to your seasonal color beds for a huge burst in the spring.

Maintenance Teams are collecting leaves and sometimes naturalizing leaves on properties. This is the first wave this month for leaf removal and will continue in December. Leaves appear to be slow in dropping this season due to the warmer temperatures in October. We suspect a heavy drop the last week of November. Rain is very important in November as our humidity drops and plants and trees can dry out quickly from winds and low humidity. New plants, trees and flowers will benefit from additional watering. Crews are also trimming the new shoot growth and thinning some shrubs lightly as we prepare for winter. Hostas and other perennials are being cut back as their foliage browns and will continue into December.

Fall is the time BEST time to design and plant your garden.  Fall – Winter is when trees and shrubs metabolism’s slow down and focus their energy on root development.  Most all trees are available to plant at this time as well.  Watering by irrigation is not typically necessary at this time due to cooler temperatures and more rainfall.

A great addition to any garden are Daffodil bulb plantings. Daffodils are a great way to add color to the landscape and they bloom year after year and are not disturbed by deer, chipmunks or squirrels.  Please talk with your manager if you would like a Daffodil display installed anywhere in your garden. Our teams have planted millions of Daffodils over the years.  Nothing ushers in spring like a daffodil display.

Thank so much to all our valued clients who have trusted us with the development and maintenance of their exterior landscapes.

Thanks to all our valued clients who have trusted us with their business.

Warmest regards,

Peter Copses
Vice President

As winners of over 300 awards, Gibbs Landscape Company offers a proven track record of creative, quality landscape design and maintenance. Our team of highly trained, qualified Landscape Architects and horticulturalists can design and maintain a landscape that will add value to your property for years to come. You deserve the best in landscape design/build and maintenance…you deserve Gibbs Landscape Company.

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4 Curb Appeal Tips for Fall Landscapes

Tuesday, October 9th, 2018

As Summer gives way to Fall it’s a wonderful time of year to live in Atlanta. While the seasons are busy changing, you can change your aesthetics too by revisiting those tired flower beds around the home filled with summer’s dying blooms. Here are a few times to spruce up your fall garden landscape.

Don’t “Leave” Your Turf Grass Unattended

While brilliant fall foliage can automatically make your home look more attractive, that doesn’t mean you can slack off on lawn maintenance during this season. Keep falling leaves at bay with frequent raking and patch up any brown spots in the grass.

Lean into Fall Colors

Spice up your flower beds and planters with a splash of color. As your summer plants start to fade, replace them with vibrant mums or other colorful flowers.

Create Points of Interest with Plants

Add splashes of color by arranging pots filled with hearty fall flowers like mums, sedum or asters around your front door, or on a porch or deck. Incorporate planters or container gardens of varied sizes, shapes and colors to add visual interest.

Add Some Hardscape Elements

Don’t forget that while plants add character to your home, you also need to balance your soft landscaping with hard landscaping. Be sure you’re also paying attention to stone, rock formations, sidewalks, fountains, benches, etc.

 

As winners of over 300 awards, Gibbs Landscape Company offers a proven track record of creative, quality landscape design and maintenance. Our team of highly trained, qualified Landscape Architects and horticulturalists can design and maintain a landscape that will add value to your property for years to come. You deserve the best in landscape design/build and maintenance…you deserve Gibbs Landscape Company.

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October Landscape Update

Tuesday, October 9th, 2018

Good day and happy Fall to everyone! It’s nice to see a break coming soon to the summer temperatures and experience some cooler weather for a change.  Hopefully, the dog days of summer are behind us and Mother Nature will be providing us with some spectacular fall color showcases throughout our service area. Many of the issues we mentioned last month are still prominent in our area due to the weather patterns. Our maintenance crews are busy wrapping up summer seasonal maintenance pruning and transitioning into fall maintenance practices.

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Aerate and Overseeding
We are now in the middle of aeration and overseeding for all customers with fescue lawns. Due to the heat the last several weeks, the germination is slower than normal so it is imperative we make sure adequate coverage to all the turf areas is consistent until we see more rain.  After the seeding process, Horticulture services crews will be coming back to the first round of fertilizer applications this fall.  Please remember the crews will not be mowing for four to five weeks until the seed matures.

Fungus – Zoysia and Fescue Lawns
Due to a large amount of rain and humidity, a host of fungus issues are popping up in the in all our turf which include brown patch, Zoysia patch, and Pythium blight. We will be sending out work orders for much-needed fungicides to prevent the spread of the fungus during the summer.

Grubs and Army Worms in Fescue Lawns this Fall
Please look over the picture of the grub and the army worm damage below which is very sporadic all over town. Lawns will need to be sprayed if we see signs in your turf.


Seasonal color
Our color designers are in the process of working on the fall color designs which we will start to install this month through fall so please contact us about a color design consultation.

 

Fall Events
If you have any fall parties or events at your home, give me a call and let me know. Let us help you by lining up any necessary services you may need right before your event so that your yard can look its best and we will have time to complete all the necessary preparations for you.

Kindest regards,
David Gibbs
President

 

As winners of over 300 awards, Gibbs Landscape Company offers a proven track record of creative, quality landscape design and maintenance. Our team of highly trained, qualified Landscape Architects and horticulturalists can design and maintain a landscape that will add value to your property for years to come. You deserve the best in landscape design/build and maintenance…you deserve Gibbs Landscape Company.

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July 2018 Newsletter

Monday, July 9th, 2018

July Landscape Newsletter

In July we typically talk about how hot it’s been.  However, this year has been different.  We are experiencing a mix of hot temps and also a lot of moderate temps along with large amounts of rainfall.  This type of weather is good and bad.  Plant material is getting plenty of water but many plants that do not like as much water such as select perennials and annuals are having fungal problems and root rot.  We are actively looking for this and treating as necessary.  Please make sure you do the proposed turf fungicides as this will keep your lawns looking great this summer.  Our managers and teams are reporting and treating Azaleas for Lace Bugs and Spider Mites on Laurels and other shrubs and small trees. Our tank mixes for shrubs always include fertilizer and fungicides each time we target for insects to ensure overall plant health.

The maintenance crews are being careful to pay attention to the wet turf when they arrive on property. If we feel turf is too wet to mow we will skip mowing that week to protect the overall health of the turf. Light pruning of shrubs and lots of deadheading occurring in the gardens we maintain. Perennials are being deadheaded; like Hosta, Rudbeckia, Daylilies, and phlox.

July also is the month that is typical for pine straw or mulch applications.  Pine Straw has usually degraded by June or July and the garden is ready for a new application.  Pine straw and mulch serve the garden well for many reasons: aesthetics, soil moisture control, insulation for the roots, weed control, and erosion. To protect your garden and ornamental plant material a new thick layer of pine straw or mulch needs to be applied now.

Many thanks and appreciation to all of you, our customers.  We work very hard to train our employees to be the best each week for you.  We also practice safe applications and keep safety for you and our employees in the foreground every day. Thanks for your business and allowing us to serve you each week!

Peter Copses
Vice President

 

As winners of over 300 awards, Gibbs Landscape Company offers a proven track record of creative, quality landscape design and maintenance. Our team of highly trained, qualified Landscape Architects and horticulturalists can design and maintain a landscape that will add value to your property for years to come. You deserve the best in landscape design/build and maintenance…you deserve Gibbs Landscape Company.

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