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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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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.

Water Feature

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.

Gibbs Landscape daffodils

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.

 

As winners of over 275 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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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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2017 Consumers Choice Award Winner!

Monday, December 18th, 2017

2017 Consumers Choice Award Winner!

We are very proud to announce that Gibbs Landscape Company has been awarded the 2017 Consumers Choice Award for being “The Best” in our category of landscape services.  This award is presented to companies in the service industry who exemplify exceptional quality and service.  Gibbs Landscape has won this prestigious award for 13 straight years in a row.

We would like to thank all of our valued clients who have provided us the privilege to work on their properties.  The award would not be possible without you trusting us with your business.  We would also like to thank everyone in Atlanta who voted for us.

Below are some of our projects from 2017.

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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December 2017 Landscape Newsletter

Thursday, December 14th, 2017

December 2017 Landscape Newsletter

 

Hope everyone has had a great year as we welcome in 2018.  December is a time to be with family and friends and to reflect on all the blessing we each have.  On behalf of everyone at Gibbs Landscape Company, we are so appreciative of the privilege provide landscape services for your properties.  We would also like to thank Atlanta voters for again voting for Gibbs Landscape Company as the 2017 Consumers’ Choice Award Winner.  Without our loyal clients, we would not have been able to win this prestigious award for being the BEST in our category of landscape services.

This month we experienced a severe snowstorm.  Mother nature showed us it can snow and snow a lot in December in Atlanta.  Our crews will continue to remove leaves and try to get everything clean and ready for pine straw or mulch applications. Pine straw and mulch are vital to your landscape plantings health.  Please make sure a fresh application of pine straw or mulch is applied to your property once leaves are finished falling and cleaned up.  We will be providing you with proposals for this service.  Mulch and pine straw help protect plant’s roots from cold and will enhance the look of your landscape. Pansies and Violas were off to a slow start with the warm weather but temps are now more desirable.  We will be installing tulips and daffodils this month.  Daffodils are a great bulb that will rebloom each year and are deer and squirrel resistant.  Our fescue turf will receive another round of nitrogen in January while the warm-season turf grass is going dormant.  Dormant season pruning will begin soon.  We will be thinning and making corrective interior cuts and in some cases performing a heavier dormant prune where needed.  Heavier pruning will be discussed prior to commencement.

A note on some plant issues that are of growing concern of ours and the entire east coast.  Rose Rosette Virus on Knock Out Roses is being found in more and more landscapes.  There is no cure or real prevention of the virus.  We will alert you if we find Rose Rosette in your landscape and we can make a joint decision on rectification.

Our team of Landscape Architects is always here to meet with you and discuss that landscape renovation you have been dreaming of.  Let us help you make it a reality!

Remember…winter is the best time to plant in Atlanta.  The plants will focus on root establishment in the winter and you do not need to water them which saves you money.

All of us at Gibbs Landscape Company Wish You Happy Holidays and a Very Happy New Year!

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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Residential Landscape Installation [Video]

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

Peter Copses discusses an outdoor living landscape installation in progress.

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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Outdoor Living Area Installation

Wednesday, November 8th, 2017

Peter Copses discusses another successful outdoor living landscape transformation – complete with putting green and firepit!

 

 

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Award Winning Landscapes

Monday, October 23rd, 2017

Award Winning Landscapes

It is with great pleasure that we announce Gibbs Landscape Company has won its 300th Award.  We would like to offer a special thank you to all of our valued clients for the privilege to serve you over the past 50 years.  Without you, it would have never been possible for us to become Atlanta’s most award-winning landscape design and maintenance company.

With gratitude,
David Gibbs and Peter Copses

 

Some of Our Awards Over the Years

Southern Living Show Atlanta 1969
First Place

National Landscape Association Awards 1978
First Place Design/Build  J.B. Fuqua Residence

Metro Atlanta Landscape and Turf Association 1999
Grand Award Seasonal Color Shepherd Center

Metro Atlanta Landscape and Turf Association 2002
Grand Award Residential installation over $100,000.

Consumers’ Choice Award 2008
Best Landscape Contractor Atlanta

Lawn and Landscape Top 100 2016
Top 100 Company in USA

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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