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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.

 

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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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3 Tips to Build Better Container Planters

Thursday, May 10th, 2018

3 Tips to Build Better Container Planters

Looking to create a container planter that stands out in your outdoor living area? Follow these 3 simple design principles and you’ll be sure to create some eye-popping outdoor container planters.

Begin with a “thriller”

Most often times this will be the tallest plant in your design. It will anchor your design, giving it a strong, vertical statement. Don’t be afraid to have fun with it. Try using a tropical plant or shrub with colorful foliage.

Add the “fillers” or mounding plants 

These plants, usually flowers, will occupy most of the space in your planter. Maybe add two or three of the same plant to keep the design simple or mix it up with different plants – think about commonality among them to create harmony.

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Add “spillers”

Spillers help soften edges, offers the appearance of abundance and fullness. Anything that trails can be used as a spiller. Vines, ground cover plants or any plant that drapes will work.

These simple design rules will help you create some fantastic outdoor container planters. They will give your landscape some color and texture throughout the growing season.


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10 Great Plants for Attracting Pollinators to Your Garden Landscape

Monday, April 16th, 2018

10 Great Plants for Attracting Pollinators to Your Garden Landscape

We may not notice the hummingbirds, bats, bees, beetles, butterflies, and flies that carry pollen from one plant to another as they collect nectar. Yet without them, wildlife would have fewer nutritious berries and seeds, and we would miss many fruits, vegetables, and nuts, like blueberries, squash, and almonds . . . not to mention chocolate and coffee…all of which depend on pollinators.

When adding plants for pollinators to your landscape it’s best to have a variety of plants. This will offer a range of flowers throughout the growing season. Planting one species in clumps will attract more pollinators than individual plants scattered around the landscape. Also, consider planting several colors of flowers to help pollinators find the flowers. Bees, for example, are especially attracted to blue, purple, violet, white and yellow flowers.

Here are a few pollinator-friendly plants to consider when adding color to your landscape.

  1. Agastache – flowers are attractive to hummingbirds and butterflies
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  2. Sedum – Bees & butterflies like Sedum because the flowers are flat, star-shaped and really easy to collect pollen and nectar.
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  3. Lavender – highly attractive to bees and butterflies
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  4. Salvia
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  5. Sunflowers – attracts bees.
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  6. Lamb’s Ear – Its nectar will attract not only bees but hummingbirds, as well.
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  7. Sea Holly
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  8. Coreopsis
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  9. Coneflower
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  10.  Lantana – attracts butterflies
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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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Landscape Newsletter

Friday, February 16th, 2018

February Landscape Newsletter

February has been a busy month for us.  Our seasonal color design team has been preparing spring designs for our clients, our Landscape Architecture division has been designing and installing all sorts of wonderful gardens around Atlanta. We are excited to have received the 2017 Consumers Choice Award for the best landscape company in Atlanta and for being named Best of Kudzu for 2017 as well.  Thanks to all our wonderful clients for allowing us the privilege to work on your properties.

Peter Copses Consumers' Choice Award

Peter Copses, our Vice President, accepting 2017 CCA Award from Jeff Chernoff.

Hopefully, this month will bring us more stable weather and a return to typical Atlanta winter, if we can remember what a “normal” Atlanta winter is like. Atlanta metro has always been a tough spot for weather predicting due to our location in the state. The USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map has us as 8a – 7b meaning that we can have lows from 5-15 degrees F each winter.  Zone 8a allows us to plant very many diversified plant species and just above us in North Georgia and The Great Smoky Mountains Park we have the most diverse collection of plant species than anywhere in the world. Having such a favorable and wide range of temperatures allows us to plant the most diverse collections of plants and turf than most cities. With this diversity comes danger as some turf and plants become susceptible to cold damage to these temperature swings that we encounter. Our managers and staff are visually inspecting plants and turf each day and will let you know if we are in danger of cold weather plant injury.

Seasonal Color Flowers

Annual flower beds are being deadheaded and fertilized to perk them back up from the extended low temperatures we experienced back in January. Sunlight and consistent temperatures will help also. Be patient with these color beds as the snow events and other weather has effected them.

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Our Horticultural Services Department is visiting properties applying slow release fertilizer and pre-emergent weed control to shrub beds. We are spraying dormant oil on the shrubs to smother insect eggs to reduce harmful insect populations this spring. Fescue turf is receiving liquid fertilizer, pre-emergent, post-emergent and iron and micronutrients. This application will be repeated March thru April. Warm season turf either Bermuda or Zoysia are being treated with pre-emergent and post-emergent weed control now thru March.

Weekly maintenance teams are very busy cutting back liriope, Knockout Roses, Ornamental Grasses and light shaping of Crape Myrtles. Our managers are now scouting and preparing crews to begin thinning and rejuvenation pruning of some shrub species. This process targets shrubs that need thinning due to thick growth throughout the plant. Thinning and rejuvenation plant material is important for the overall health of the plant by improving air circulation and creating new growth points within the plant.

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Pine straw and mulch is extremely important to have applied to all beds and base of trees. Mulch and straw act as an insulation barrier to keep roots from freezing. The mulch also helps to control moisture and keeps that moisture available for the plant roots and keeps weeds from competing with the plant roots. Mulch and straw look great and makes the plants and lawn stand out in the winter. This application is also very important because we trench all bedlines this one time of the year to redefine all turf and beds.

Our Landscape Architecture teams are booking up quickly.  If you have a project or idea that you would like to see implemented please reach out to us now.  We have 6 Landscape Architects on staff that will be thrilled to design your home or office. Outdoor recreation spaces continue to be the trend this year in residential and commercial settings. Spring is coming and it’s a great time to be talking to us about building that home vegetable garden. There is nothing like growing your own!

HOA Seasonal Landscape Services

Irrigation systems are currently winterized but on warmer days our irrigation techs are testing and evaluating the systems to be proactive for spring startups. Our teams will be evaluating and then re winterizing now through March. We encourage you to allow us to make the repairs now to assure you have a 100% operational system when you need it this spring.

WiFi Controllers are a must!!! Please ask our managers how we can get these installed for you. The power of you and/or us controlling your irrigation from anywhere in the world through a tablet or smartphone is Powerful!!! Not only you have the power the controller does too. The controller uses your zip code weather and updates every hour and will actually not run if there is rainfall predicted. Our managers can communicate through the app to you and update on settings changes, clock off or on, etc… This is the best tool for your house when it comes to saving water and money. Another awesome feature it eliminates us from having to have access to garages or other private spaces.

Thanks so much for allowing us to continue to serve you and your landscape needs!

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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Tips to Maximize Small Garden Spaces

Tuesday, February 6th, 2018

Tips to Maximize Small Garden Spaces

Living in urban Atlanta has a lot to offer, but spacious outdoor areas are few and far between. After spending significant time in the city’s ever-expanding concrete landscape, it’s nice to escape from the claustrophobia with a private green oasis at home.

Here are some tips to help you transform your small green space into your own tiny paradise.

Break Up the Space

As strange as it sounds, breaking up a small backyard into smaller spaces actually helps. By creating defined, separate areas, the backyard now has various destinations that make the area feel larger.

The shape of the backyard will determine how you should go about breaking up the landscape. Create divides, which will stop the eye from going straight to the back of the property but still give you small glimpses of what is beyond.

Don’t try to create multiple “rooms” in the outdoor area if there simply isn’t enough space for them to be usable.

Plant A Tree

 

Choosing a dwarf variety tree that grows 5 to 10 feet tall is ideal for larger pots. You can move, prune and re-pot as needed.

Embrace the Shade

Living it tight urban environments don’t always allow us to control how much light our garden landscape receives. If your landscape is heavily shaded consider adding a stone patio over trying to grow grass. Plants like dwarf oakleaf hydrangeas and hostas are perfect for creating a lush landscape feel in a shady area.

Create Tiers

Adding height with a variety of planters, or if possible a retaining wall can draw the eye upwards creating more visual interest.

Add a Focal Point

Luxury backyard elements may seem like unlikely candidates to add to a tiny backyard, but if your design is uncluttered, these can serve as a focal point.

By drawing the eye to a unique water feature or fire pit, such a design fixes attention on that character piece instead of the size of the backyard.

 

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Proper Planting Techniques

Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018

Proper Planting Techniques

At Gibbs Landscape, we pride ourselves on doing every job right the first time. In this video of landscape tips,  our own Peter Copses discusses the proper way to plant a shrub.

 

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