Return to the Blog Home Page

General

Fescue Sod Installation

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

As our crew prepares to complete this residential landscape, Peter Copses discusses the steps we take to ready this property for a new sod lawn installation.

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.

Be sure to follow us on Facebook to discover more great landscape tips & photos!
Logo-Facebook_image_full

 

Backyard Transformation

Friday, October 6th, 2017

Peter Copses discusses a recently completed backyard landscape installation with a dry creek bed.

 

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.

 

Be sure to follow us on Facebook to discover more great landscape tips & photos!
Logo-Facebook_image_full

October Newsletter

Thursday, October 5th, 2017

October Newsletter

Fall has arrived! Whether its sports, cooler weather or watching the leaves turn…Fall is definitely a very popular time of the year and is welcomed by many. For us in the landscape installation and maintenance business, Fall is as busy as Spring and at times even busier. There are so many maintenance tasks at hand and the season-ending leaf drop looms around the corner.

Our Landscape Design/Build division is in full swing as we are completing and starting projects every day. If you are interested in recreating or designing a new space please contact our Landscape Architectural team. We have 6 landscape architects on staff that are ready to assist you.

Seasonal color installation starts this month! It’s time that we remove the summer annuals and replenish the beds with new soil and install our Fall annuals. Our Seasonal Color Designers are busy at work finishing Fall designs as our teams begin to start Seasonal Color Installations. If you need a design or add to your design please contact your Seasonal Color Designer or Team Manager.

Fescue aeration and overseeding are almost complete and we are eager to begin mowing the new replenished fescue turf. The waiting period to mow can be anywhere between 4-6 weeks before we can perform our first cuts. Our seed is hand selected from Oregon each year and is a blend of 3 fescue turf types that are rated for superior performance in our region. Fescue seed types are selected for color, drought tolerance, fungal resistance, and durability. Every year our seed is Blue Tag certified and guaranteed to be free of any weed seed by the Oregon State Growers Association.

Irrigation zones will be running this month quite often to keep the seed evenly moist to assure a good grow in of the new fescue seed. After the 1st to 2nd cut on the new fescue turf we will be able to ease off the irrigation. Seasonal Color Installations will require 2-3 weeks of watering and we can begin to winterize the irrigation systems in the next couple of months.

Bermuda and Zoysia turf will be losing color and going into dormancy this month. We will continue to treat for weeds and a big pre-emergent round is scheduled for next month. This is the time to treat the warm season lawns with a fungicide to prevent fungal outbreaks as the grass weakens and heads into dormancy. Our managers and teams are on the lookout and will alert you if we need to do a treatment. As the weather cools we are also paying close attention to Cryptomerias and scouting for Cercospora Needle Blight. This is a relatively new disease that we are seeing on Cryptomerias in the Spring and fall months. Fungicide sprays every 7-14 days through the cooler months can help prevent the spread of this blight.

Leaf season is close and crews are gathering leaves each week. First leaf abscission is from the large leaf trees; Tulip poplars, Red Oaks and Sycamore. Other trees will slowly drop as cooler weather sets in this month.

WiFi irrigation controllers are all the rage right now.  A client of ours was on Fall break at Disney World and had his lawn seeded while he was away. While in a line at Disney World he was able to change all the setting on his controller from his smartphone through the app and water his newly seeded lawn. If you don’t have a WiFi irrigation controller you should definitely give us a call. We can install quickly and you and your manager can control your controller anytime anywhere. There is also an in-app chat box that allows you and your manager can communicate about the irrigation anytime. Even better there is no need for the managers to access your garage.

Thank you so much for your allowing us the privilege to serve your landscape needs.

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.

Be sure to follow us on Facebook to discover more great landscape tips & photos!
Logo-Facebook_image_full

 

AJC Living Intown Feature

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

AJC Living Intown Magazine Feature

On behalf of everyone at Gibbs Landscape Company, we are excited to share a feature article that recently appeared in the AJC’s InTown Living magazine. We were honored to have been chosen by the AJC to share a couple of our backyard transformations. We would like to give special thanks to the Miller and McLain families for allowing their properties to be showcased. We truly appreciate each and every client for allowing us the privilege to work on your properties.
Peter Copses
Vice President

Gibbs Landscape - AJC Living Intown - Backyard Makeovers

Gibbs Landscape - AJC Intown Living - Backyard Makeovers

Gibbs Landscape - AJC Intown Living - Backyard Makeovers

 

 

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.

Be sure to follow us on Facebook to discover more great landscape tips & photos!
Logo-Facebook_image_full

Residential Landscape Installation Walk

Thursday, September 14th, 2017

In this video, our Vice President, Peter Copses, discusses a recently completed landscape installation. Our talented team of landscape architects and installation professionals were successfully able to transform this client’s 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.

Be sure to follow us on Facebook to discover more great landscape tips & photos!
Logo-Facebook_image_full

August Landscape News

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017

The heat is on! We are now officially in the dog days of summer.  We have had much cooler summer weather than last year so far however which has been nice.

Water. Sounds obvious, water helps the grass and plants by cooling the leaves and grass blades of plants and grasses. Of course, it supplies water to the roots in which are necessary for survival, but the cooling effect known as “Syringing” cooling the plant’s micro climate is extremely beneficial during these super hot 90 plus degree days. It’s not necessarily that the plants need the water but water turned on during the hottest part of the day can certainly cool the plants down and reduce plant stress. Here are some more more watering tips that can help your plants survive hot weather.

Pine straw or mulch applied around the roots of the plants will help insulate the roots of the plants and help to retain moisture to the roots. Mulching plants is critical to keep plants healthy.  Please make sure you have a good layer of new mulch or straw on your property.

Afternoon wilt of Hydrangeas and other shrubs may be seen in the direct afternoon heat.  It is important to monitor the plants and make sure they are not in continuous decline.  Large leaf plants will wilt faster than small leaf plants due to the leaves having more surface area and in turn lose more water through their leaves.

The Gibbs managers and crews are watching and maintaining the flower beds, keeping an eye on Begonias that are suffering from the excessive heat.  Fungicides are being applied to all color beds. Annuals are running through their life cycle a bit quicker due to the sunny hot days faster than normal. We are doing everything we can to prolong their existence until we change out to fall annuals in October. Please bear with us as flower beds really begin to suffer this time of year.

Turf rounds are in full swing for the warm season and cool season turf and broadleaf and nutsedge weeds are being controlled with a selective herbicide. Iron applications are also being applied to the fescue turf.  Pre-emergents are wearing off in the fescue turf as we are just 4-5 weeks away from aerating and over seeding. As pre-emergents wear off as necessary, there is chamber bitter, dove weed and dallas grass beginning to invade. These are also be controlled by a selective herbicide.

This is typically the season for Army worms and Grub worms to attack our turf. We are monitoring now and will continue over the next 6 – 8 weeks. We have just heard reports of Army worms in Alabama so we will continue to comb through the lawns. If you do see birds feeding on the lawn, please let your manager know immediately as this could be a sign that we have Army worms.

School is back in session and we have met with all our teams to remind them of school safety zones and bus stops throughout the neighborhoods.

Thank you so much for the privilege to maintain your landscapes.  We truly appreciate each and every one of our clients.

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.

Be sure to follow us on Facebook to discover more great landscape tips & photos!
Logo-Facebook_image_full

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.

Be sure to follow us on Facebook to discover more great landscape tips & photos!
Logo-Facebook_image_full

 

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.

Be sure to follow us on Facebook to discover more great landscape tips & photos!
Logo-Facebook_image_full

 

Walk Through of Design / Build Project In Progress

Monday, April 10th, 2017

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

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.

Be sure to follow us on Facebook to discover more great landscape tips & photos!
Logo-Facebook_image_full

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.

Be sure to follow us on Facebook to discover more great landscape tips & photos!
Logo-Facebook_image_full