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Too Much Rain Can Add Stress to Your Landscape

Tuesday, June 6th, 2017

Too Much Rain Can Add Stress to Your Landscape

Spring weather this year has been anything but predictable. April brought temperatures in the mid-90s with a very little accumulation of rain. Then May arrived with much cooler temperatures along with almost daily showers. As most Georgians know, this area of the country is prone to extended periods of drought so we try never to complain about rain. But too much of anything can have a negative impact on your garden landscape and this includes rain.

Plants need water, so more is better right?
No, not exactly. Rains (or watering) that persist over an extended period, place stresses on plants in our landscapes. Although soil may seem rather solid, there are lots of spaces between the particles. These spaces hold air and water, and the roots of plants need both. Roots absorb oxygen from the air spaces in the soil. For example, when it rains or you water a plant growing in a container, all of the spaces in the soil fill with water, and the air is displaced. Gravity pulls on the water and it moves downward and away from the root system. As it does, air moves back into the soil spaces. If rain occurs frequently over an extended period, the air spaces in the soil are kept filled with water. This deprives the roots of the oxygen they need. If these conditions continue long enough, the roots stop functioning properly and may even begin to die. Basically, the plant begins to drown.  This becomes a critical time for the health of your plants, the roots are also more vulnerable to attack by fungal organisms in the soil that cause root rot. Root rot infections are highly damaging to the roots and are often fatal.

I can’t make it stop raining so what can I do to protect my plants?
When it rains frequently and excessively over a long period, there is little we can do as gardeners to deal with the situation. Our major defense against this happening is to make sure our landscape plants are planted in well-drained soils. This can be achieved by creating raised beds. Whether we are planting shrubs, bedding plants, perennials, vegetables or ground covers, the beds we prepare for them should be about 6 to 12 inches higher than the surrounding soil. Raised beds drain faster and dry out more quickly than ground-level beds. Raised beds may require more watering during dry times but planting in raised beds gives your landscape plants an added advantage.

Creating a raised bed is typically accomplished when we turn the soil and add organic matter during bed preparation. The turning of the soil and the addition of several inches of rich organic matter elevates the bed about 6 inches.

Drainage is the key.
Sometimes drainage systems may need to be installed. The best time to evaluate the movement of water off of your property is during a heavy rain, after it has rained for a while. You will be able to clearly see how the water is flowing across your property, where it is exiting and what might be done to improve its movement off of your property. A licensed and experienced Gibbs landscape architect can help you design and install drainage when needed.

My plants are in raised beds and in a properly drained soil. How do I protect my plants from fungi caused by excessive rain?
Splashing water distributes fungi that may result in blight, black spots, or other nasty plant ailments. Your best defense against those diseases is mulch. It helps prevents water splashing from soil to leaves. Mulch also helps keeps soils moist during dry times too. 

As always, Gibbs Landscape Company will continue to monitor all of these issues in our client’s garden landscapes. We offer the appropriate expertise and experience to help make your garden landscape thrive during these unpredictable weather changes. Contact us today!

 

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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May Landscape News

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

May Landscape Newsletter

Summer plantings of annuals are underway and will continue through the rest of the month. Our flower installation teams have been working hard since April 9th tiling, sculpting, planting and fertilizing flower beds. Irrigation teams are in full swing repairing and adjusting irrigation systems to make sure we have optimal irrigation systems watering flowers, turf, and shrubs as we head into the summer months.

Our managers are on alert monitoring for insects, diseases, and weeds on your properties. We have seen some early activity from white flies on Gardenias and Scale insects on hollies and Camelias. There are early weeds emerging about a month early for Nutsedge and Fireweed. Both of these weeds cannot be controlled with pre-emergents. These weeds are being sprayed and/or hand pulled as we see them.

Turf treatments are underway for all of our warm season turf. This round we are applying now is a liquid application that consists of slow release microbial activated fertilizer, pre–emergent, post emergent and micronutrients with iron. Along with the turf treatments, targeted shrubs will be treated with liquid fertilizer, general insecticide, and fungicide.

Maintenance crews are controlling weeds each visit along with weekly mowings.  Pruning is a big part of our visits each week and important in order to keep shrubs and hedges looking great as they are actively growing right now. Azaleas and other spring flowering shrubs are being pruned now and will continue into June.  Rhododendrons are completing their bloom cycles a little early this year and Hydrangeas are just starting to show small blooms now. Anna Belle, Oakleaf, and Macros are starting and Limelights and Pee Gees will come later. Autumn Ferns are looking great this year and compliment Hostas in the garden very nicely. Shade gardens are coming alive with Vinca minor, Hostas, Ferns, Variegated Solomon Seal, Lenton Roses, Bishop’s Weed and native Phlox. These are all companion plants and grow well in our climate.

Our Landscape Architects are extremely busy designing and implementing designs into the landscape. Plantings of trees, shrubs, perennials, and building of some beautiful hardscape areas are just some of the projects that are underway.  We have seen quite an increase in the desire of paver patios and stone walls to increase outdoor living spaces. Outdoor living spaces and recreational gardening is very popular and our Architects bring vast knowledge and creativity to each design project.

Thank you again for letting us serve you each week at your homes for all your landscaping needs. All of us at Gibbs Landscape Company are focused on bringing you the best value and service in the industry. We lead our teams each week with landscape training and safety awareness training. Thanks and have a great summer.

Peter Copses
Vice President

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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Walk Through of Design / Build Project In Progress

Monday, April 10th, 2017

Peter walks a current landscape design-build installation project in Atlanta.

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January 2017 Landscape News

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

January 2017 Newsletter

Happy New Year from everyone at Gibbs Landscape Company.  January has been a month of extreme temperature fluctuations.  Atlanta had temps in the teens and temps in the 70’s.  There were also periods of good rainfall.  When this happens your landscapes sometimes become confused and you may see flowing trees and shrubs begin to look like they will bloom.  Many types of perennials will try and come out of the ground as well. We expect that some of these plants may have less blooms in the spring and summer this year due to this. It’s all a part of nature so do not worry when you see these types of things in your winter landscape.

Our maintenance crews have been carrying extra bags of fescue seed with them last month and this month to touch up bare areas in our fescue turf.

This month we will be applying pre-emergent to all bed areas and shrubs to combat weeds and additionally a slow release fertilizer. All shrubs will be sprayed with dormant oil to prevent and smother any eggs or insects that are harboring on the plants leaves or branches. This application will be repeated over the next two months. Using dormant oils is a green approach vs using traditional chemicals. Ornamental grasses and liriope will be cut back this month and finished prior to installing pine straw or mulch.  Upon pine straw or mulch applications we will be redefining all bed lines. Pruning this month will consist of crape myrtles, burning bush and other non-winter flowering plants. Tree canopy thinning and small branch elevations can be done now.  Heavy cutbacks of hollies and other shrubs typically occur towards the end of the month and carry on through mid April.

Please make sure you apply a thick layer of mulch or pine straw to your landscapes as soon as possible.  This will really help insulate plant material from the cold and then from the heat they will begin experiencing in the spring.

Remember….the winter is one of the best times to have new landscapes installed.  New material planted this time of year focuses on establishing their root systems.  They do not have to worry about leaf support as deciduous trees and shrubs do not have leaves at this time and evergreen tree and shrub metabolisms are very slow this time of year.  You also do not have to worry about watering your new installations.

Thanks to all our valued clients for trusting us with your business.  We truly appreciate it.

Peter James Copses
Vice President

 

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 horticulturalist 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 Landscape News

Friday, December 16th, 2016

December Landscape News

Hope everyone has had a great year as we welcome in 2017.  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 2016 Consumers’ Choice Award Winner.  Without our loyal clients we would not have been able to win this prestigious award of being the BEST in our category of landscape services.

This month the 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 re bloom each year and are deer and squirrel resistant.  Our fescue turf will receive another round of nitrogen in January while warm season turf are going dormant.  We are finishing up a great pre emergent round on the warm season turf this month.   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 Landscape Architects are 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 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 horticulturalist 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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November Newsletter

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

Summer Seasonal Color

What a strange Fall we are experiencing. Warmer temperatures and lack of rainfall have created an abnormal schedule of landscape normality in the Southeast.  We are now applying Fall pre-emergents to all warm season turf. This application will continue to the end of December. This application will prevent poa annua and trivialis as well as a other winter weeds and springs in warm season turf. Fescue turf has been aerated and overseeded and a second round of fertilizer is being applied now through December. It’s extremely important to keep the water irrigating all our turf types as well as the rest of the landscape. Our irrigation department is very busy continuing to fine tune and make repairs to irrigation systems in a time when we would normally be scheduling winterizations of systems. Annual flower installations are underway and will continue through the end of the month.  Our maintenance teams are deadheading perennials, hydrangeas, roses and cutting back hostas and other perennials. Light pruning of shrubs and azaleas shoots is common where the warm temperatures have encouraged new growth. Leaf removal is in full swing and will continue through the end of the month and stretch into next month. Leaves have been slow to drop due to the warm temperatures. We hope that all the leaves will be down soon as landscapes will need their Winter pine straw and mulch applications soon. Mulch will serve as a root protector to plants and trees to hold moisture to the roots during these dry periods as well as protect from cold temperatures on the horizon. It is of utmost importance to have a new layer of mulch and or pine straw applied to you property.

Our landscape installation teams are extremely busy this time of the year. Patio and hardscape additions tend to be very popular as well as outdoor fireplaces and fire pits. We have seen a great return of families to their backyards and with that comes nice planned out recreation areas for family fun. Our landscape architects are here to help you design your very own beautiful landscape.

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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 to 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 more daffodils than any other company in the US. Our daffodil display in downtown Atlanta and at Woodruff Park is growing each year and a great place to visit or drive through when they are blooming next year.

Thank you so much for allowing us the privilege to maintain your landscapes.  From our entire company we would like to thank you for your continued business and wish you and your families a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Peter Copses

Vice President

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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 horticulturalist 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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Plant Watering Tips

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016

Watering Tips

“When should I water my plants?” and “How often should I water?” are the two most common questions we receive from clients everyday.
When it comes to watering, there are no hard or fast rules. It’s a variable that depends on the plant type, the soil, the weather and the time of year just to name a few.

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To start, we recommend checking the soil. This is easily done with potted and hanging plants. After thoroughly watering a hanging basket lift it to get a sense of it’s weight. Does it feels light? If yes, it’s time to water.

The “lift test” isn’t practical in your garden landscape or with large containers, but you can use a soil moisture sensor to see if it’s time to water. For a more thorough investigation, push a spade into the soil near your plant and pull it back to see how the soil looks. If it feels moist to a depth of 6 to 12 inches, you’re in good shape. If it’s dry, it’s time to water! If it’s soggy hold off on the water for a few days and check again.

How to water?

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Watering is of no value if the water runs down the outside of the root ball, leaving the roots at the core of the plant dry. This can happen if you water too quickly or apply too much water at once. Slower watering is usually more effective. The key is to ensure that water gets to the root zone — whether you are tending seedlings, watering houseplants, watering a row of tomatoes or soaking thirsty shrubs and trees.

5 Must Do Watering Tips

  • Focus on the root zone. Remember that it’s the roots that need access to water, not the leaves. Wetting the foliage is a waste of water and can promote the spread of disease.
  • Water only when needed. Reduce frequency when rainfall is abundant. Too much water can be just as damaging to plants as too little.
  • Water deeply and thoroughly. Lawns and annuals concentrate their roots in the top 6″ of soil; for perennials, shrubs and trees, it’s the top 12″. In heavy soil, it may take hours for water to percolate down 6-12″.
  • Water in the morning. If you do get moisture on the leaves, this gives them time to dry out. It’s much more difficult for plant diseases to get a foothold when the foliage is dry.
  • Mulch everything. Mulch reduces surface runoff and slows evaporation from the soil.

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 horticulturalist 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 News – October 2016

Tuesday, October 11th, 2016

Landscape News

Fall

Fall is here and is truly welcomed.  This summer has provided us with 86 days above 90 degrees close to records of 90 days. The summer heat along with lack of rainfall has definitely left our fescue grass damaged, shortened the life of annuals and created dieback on shrubs and trees. Bermuda grass and Zoysia grass reaped the benefit this summer from the heat and has looked phenomenal compared to the past two years.

With the cooler weather there has been a sharp drop in humidity and our managers and crews are watching the irrigation and watering to make sure new plant installations are not drying out.  If you have recently had Gibbs perform a new installation…please make sure you are following your watering guidelines provided.

Fescue grass aeration and over seeding started in mid-September and will be completed by mid-October. Along with the seeding the grass has been fertilized with a starter fertilizer. Fescue grass will be cut after 5 weeks of seeding date. Grass will be high until the first cut. After lawns have been cut 3-4 times we will be able to then fertilize again with a liquid fertilizer as well as treat for broadleaf weeds within the turf. This is just part of the two month process of replenishing fescue lawns in the south. Lawns will receive touch up seed as needed over the next month.

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Warm season turf – Bermuda and Zoysia will begin to shut down as we have cooler nights. You will notice the discoloration in the grass and mowing will become less frequent. Heights of these turf types will be allowed to be maintained higher in efforts to allow the turf to remain healthy as it cycles to the dormancy period.

Zoysia and Bermuda fungal patch could become active over the next two months as the turf grass begins to transition to winter dormancy. Managers will be on the lookout for these diseases.

Fall annual flower installations are starting this month. Our Flower Designers are designing beds and pots each day.  Timing is critical for installation of the pansies. If installed too early the heat can cause excessive stretching of the annuals. Crews will be pulling and removing summer annuals as they fade away. Once fall annuals are installed they will be fertilized as well as a fungicide applied and watered in thoroughly. Managers will need to set irrigation for 2-4 days a week of run time on the newly installed beds for two to three weeks.
Crews are busy finishing pruning, weeding and preparing for perennial cutbacks. Leaf season is two to three weeks away and then leaf removal will be in full swing.

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Remember that Fall through late Winter to early Spring is the best time to plant shrubs and trees. Our installation teams are very busy now and booking out each month. Our Architects are here to help you plan and design a new landscape for your home.  Please let us know if you are thinking about a project as now is prime time to install it.

Thank you so much for your continued business. We at Gibbs Landscape will always strive do to the best each day for you and your homes. Thanks for allowing us to serve you!

Peter Copses
Vice President

 

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 horticulturalist 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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Fall Garden Tips

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016

More Fall Garden Tips

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With its cooler temperatures and dazzling color, Fall is a wonderful time of year to be outdoors. Now is a great time to perform some basic garden tasks to be one step ahead come Spring.

Keep Gutters Free of Leaves
Clogged gutters and downspouts may potentially cause water to collect around your foundation. Regular maintenance may help keep your gutters functioning properly, prevent water damage and keep your home looking nice.

Gutter Cleaning

Clean Outdoor Pots
After your seasonal potted plants have faded it’s a good idea to clean your pots before you store them for the season. For best results, scrub your pots with stiff brush and rinse.

Clean Pots

Stack Pots
Once clean, turn your terra-cotta pots upside down to prevent them filling with water, freezing or cracking.

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Bring Them Inside
Be sure to bring delicate potted plants inside and away from cold or drafty windows.

Store Your Hoses
There’s nothing worse than a leaky hose in Spring. A little hoses maintenance now goes a long way later. Remove the hose from the spigot and stretch it out thoroughly, holding one end to chase any remaining water out of the hose. Once drained store it out of the elements in a shed or covered container.

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Mulch With Leaves
Put all those beautiful Fall leaves to work in your yard. Use them to mulch your vegetable and flower beds. They help control weeds, retain moisture and enrich the soil.

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Divide Bulbs
In early fall, after the flowers have faded, divide lilies. Replant immediately.

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Protect Patio Furniture
Patio furniture is expensive. If you can’t store your furniture it’s best to cover it with a heavy-duty cover to protect it from rain and extreme temperatures.

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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 horticulturalist 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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6 Reasons You Should Add an Arbor to Your Landscape

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

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6 Reasons You Should Add an Arbor to Your Landscape

There’s something romantic and alluring about a garden landscape that includes an arbor. Add structure and style to your garden with a beautiful garden arbor.

Create Some Shade
Does your landscape get so much sun that you can’t sit outdoors to enjoy your yard in the heat of the summer? An arbor will create a space that is cool, comfortable and away from the sun.

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Privacy Screen
Screen or disguise unwanted views (like boxy air conditioners and unattractive garden structures like sheds or compost bays), nosy neighbors and create more privacy.

Maximize Your Landscape
Adding an arbor can increase your garden vertically. When you train a rose or vine to climb the arbor towards the sun it creates shade below. You can install plants below the arbor that require less direct sun creating the opportunity for a diverse variety of garden plants.

Add A Focal Point
If you’re looking to redesign your landscape this spring, a custom arbor is the perfect place to start. Whether you want your arbor over a bench or seating area, or built as a gate into your yard, a custom arbor is the perfect center piece to a classic and stylish landscape design.

Create a Garden “Room”
Some vertical structures like arbors, arches, pergolas and gazebos help create the ambiance of an outdoor garden ‘room’ and can focus the eye on the mystery beyond.  They can also give a sense of height and depth to an otherwise small space.

Make A Place for Plants
The romantic image of a climbing rose draping off the roof of a wood arbor is iconic. Get this picturesque view right in your own back yard by planting a climbing rose or other favorite vine on your arbor. Come spring time, your custom arbor will be covered with your favorite blooms.

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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 horticulturalist 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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