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March 2017 Newsletter

Monday, March 13th, 2017

March 2017 Newsletter

Spring will officially arrive on March 20th this year, but like last year we are already experiencing many spring-like days. After another mild winter and we can predict a year similar to last year. We believe, like last year, we could be in for a couple more good freezes. Last year we had a cold April with a few freezing days around the middle of the month. We will be monitoring new growth on shrubs as well as tender new perennial shoots as they emerge and begin elongation with the chances of another freeze.

Our horticultural services spray division are extremely busy applying pre-emergent to beds and turf. These applications help prevent stubborn spring weed populations. All shrubs are being treated with dormant oils and granular fertilizer. Dormant oils help smother insect eggs and knock down aphid populations on shrubs. All fescue turf is being fertilized this month with a slow release nitrogen source, micronutrients and iron. Crape Myrtles, Roses and Boxwoods and other difficult plant species we are recommending deep root soil injections. These injections give the plants an overall health benefit to fight off disease and insects as a preventative application. The injections can safeguard the plants 3-4 months against insects and disease. English and American Boxwoods are becoming increasingly difficult to ward off from blights and fungal diseases. The true dwarf Boxwood Buxus suffruticosa are the most susceptible and need to be on an injection program as well as a 21-30 day fungicide spray program. These extra treatments are vital to your landscapes overall success so please ask your manager if you have any questions.

Our maintenance teams are concentrating on dormant pruning this month and getting your plant material ready for spring growth. We are also pulling and spraying weeds due to recent breakout caused by the warm weather. New pine straw and mulch applications are beautiful right now and help with root moisture and suppression of weeds. Scheduling straw and mulch now is a great idea before the spring flush of new growth and the emergent of perennials. We highly recommend you keep your pine straw and or mulch fresh.

Our irrigation teams have been starting up irrigation systems and doing their scheduled evaluations. Repairs need to be made to make sure that the systems are in 100% working order. Wifi and Sim Card irrigation controllers are here! What a great addition to any home. The new controllers give you and us the ability to control your irrigation from anywhere in the world through the app. In addition, the controller can now communicate with the local weather zip code and water on its own adjustments due to the weather. The other great feature is that we can both message through the app and communicate irrigation adjustments, settings, runtimes, notes, etc…. We are very excited about these controllers and look forward to updating your controller at your homes.

Seasonal Color installation starts next month for the new rotation of Summer Annuals. Our award winning designers are working extremely hard creating beautiful designs for your properties.
Design/build installation projects are in peak production at this point. Our Landscape Architects are excited and available for appointments to help you with any of your projects. Give us a call today to help you design your new landscape plantings, turf installations, patios, pools, decks, outdoor kitchens, fireplaces and fire pits, as well as, retaining walls. Backyard outdoor spaces are all the rage right now. Create your own for your family and friends.

As always, we truly appreciate the privilege to build and maintain your landscapes.
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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February Landscape Newsletter

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

February Landscape News

Another mild Winter so far this year and the groundhogs predicted an early spring for us in the South. Mild temperatures to moderate temperature swings each week puts a real strain on shrubs, turf and trees. We have seen temperatures change within 24 hours from 72 degrees to 30 degrees. These swings can be confusing for insects, plant life, animals and us humans. Our crews are changing things up due to the weather to make sure your landscape always receives the proper care and attention when the weather is not so cooperative. We are being proactive and selective on all our applications to the turf, insects, shrubs to keep your landscape healthy.

Flower beds are being treated for aphids, as they love the tender soft leaves of annual flowers. Shrubs are being treated with dormant oils to also combat aphids and smother out any insect eggs. Dormant oils are a 100% effective organic treatment that we use throughout the winter through the early spring on shrubs to ensure we are as eco-friendly as possible. Bed pre-emergent and slow release fertilizer are being applied to all shrub beds. Turf treatments for fescue consist of fertilizer, broadleaf control as well as pre-emergents and will be repeated in 1-2 months. Warm season turf applications are receiving pre-emergent and post-emergent applications through this month.

Maintenance teams are busy finishing necessary cut backs of liriope, Roses, Ornamental grasses, and some light Crape Myrtle pruning.  Managers and crews are now scouting and preparing for thinning and rejuvenation pruning of shrubs throughout the garden. Thinning of plant material is important for the overall health of plants by improving air circulation and creating new growth points within the shrub.

Our irrigation technicians are performing evaluations of our irrigation systems. Repairs will are vital as we enter spring and summer to ensure your ornamental plant material is receiving optimal water coverage.

We have exciting news this year involving irrigation controllers. For the first time in the Atlanta market, we can now offer WiFi and/or AT&T Rainbird Sim Card controller systems. These controllers can now be powered with your smart phone through a Rainbird app and our managers can have access as well. This will eliminate the need for us to gain garage access to adjust your irrigation controllers.  There are countless possibilities with these new controllers.  You can be alerted of breaks, you can auto shut off, and they have cloud base weather reporting to your clock. This all adds up to water saving technology that will reduce water consumption and save you MONEY.  Please ask your manager if you are interested in this super technology.

Now is the time to get your new landscape projects started.  If you are interested in improving your landscape please call us so we can schedule one of our award winning Landscape Architects to meet with you.

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 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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Consumers’ Choice Award for 2016

Monday, November 21st, 2016

We are very proud to announce that we have won the prestigious Consumers’ Choice Award for 2016. This is the 13th straight year we have won this great honor. The award is given to the companies who exemplify superior customer service, integrity, and professionalism. We are so very excited to be chosen by Atlanta voters as being the BEST in our category of Landscape Services. We would also like to thank our valued clients who have provided us the privilege to work on their properties. Without you, this award would not be possible.

Peter Copses,
Vice President

Consumer Choice Award 2016

 

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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March Newsletter

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016

March 2016

Spring has appeared to arrive a bit early as seen this past weekend. Mountain biking this weekend along the Chattahoochee trails Trillium and Native Buckeyes are sprouting from the forest floor. You may notice in your gardens that Peonies and Clematis vines are up 4-6 inches. Spring looks like it is here but Atlanta’s last frost day on average is April 15th. I am sure we may have some more hard freezes coming in the next 30-45 days. Please search around or talk to us about covering and protecting plant growth. Bed sheets, burlap and frost cloth all work well to protect plants from freezing temperatures.

Daffodils are amazing this year and as always we think they are a great addition to any garden. The daffodils started blooming the last week of February and will continue to bloom all month long. The tulips that were planted in November and December should be on full display in the next 3-4 weeks. Pansy and viola beds have finally had some good consistent sunlight and are looking better and better each day. Weather has played a large role in their inconsistent look this year.

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Insects and disease activity is just around the corner. Our dormant oil applications are in full swing and our slow release fertilizer with pre-emergent have gone down in all beds. For ultimate protection on Boxwoods and other difficult plant species we recommend a deep root soil injection. This is performed by inserting a wand into the critical root zone of the plant’s or tree’s roots and triggering the solution of 4-6 month insecticide, fungicide, fertilizer and micro nutrients to be translocated throughout the entire plant from the root system. This application ultimately protects the plant for 4-6 months. This is a super application for Boxwoods to ward off Boxwood leaf miner and prevention of Aphids on Crape Myrtles.

Turf treatments are underway and all turf either warm season or cool season are receiving pre emergent and slow release fertilizer.  All rounds are liquid applications and will continue through April. We are on the lookout for Yellow Patch fungus in Fescue and can treat as needed with a fungicide.  Warm season turf will start to green slowly and with the turf coming out of dormancy we must be mindful that the turf is in a weak state and very vulnerable to fungus. Spring and fall are both tough times for warm season grasses, especially Zoysias. We will be monitoring the turf for Rhizoctonia fungus and will recommend a preventative fungicide if you lawn has had the fungus patch in the past. Later this month and into the first of April we will be lowering or scalping the warm season turf to remove any old grass layers and encourage the turf to grow in full and evenly.

This is a great time to be installing shrubs and trees to your garden. Temperatures are ideal and plants and trees are still in their dormant phase. Installing now gets the plants off to a great start.

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Our Irrigation techs are out evaluating systems and getting them ready for use.  Irrigation technology is at its height and this year we will be offering irrigation technology that you will be able to operate you clock from your smart phone.  Irrigation clocks will now be able to be inserted with a sim card and operate off satellite weather stations unique to your zip code. Monitoring your system from your smart phone or our manager’s phone saves us all time and most importantly WATER!

Thank you so much for your continued business and allowing us to maintain your gardens every week. It is our pleasure to manage your landscape during this busy time of the year.

Peter J. Copses

Vice President

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5 Spring Gardening Tips

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016

5 Essential Spring Gardening Tasks for the Month of March.

  Every gardener needs to do these 5 things this time of year.

  1. Pruning – Early spring is a great time to perform dormant pruning. By dormant I mean the plant material has not leafed out yet.  Typically crepe myrtles, roses, and ornamental grasses can be pruned at this time.  This is also an excellent time to deep hand prune evergreen shrubs.  Deep pruning is when we go into the interior of the plant and make cuts so the plant will grow from the inside.  This keep the plant from getting leggy of having no interior growth.
  2. Mulching – Mulching with either pine straw or wood or bark mulches needs to be done at this time. Remember to remove leaves from bed areas and under plants before mulching.  Mulch is applied to insulate plant root systems, retain moisture, control weeds and to add beauty.  When installing mulch apply at a depth of 2 to 3 inches.

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  3. Fertilization – Apply slow release fertilizer to trees and shrubs. Usually you will use 1 teaspoon of fertilizer per foot of height.
  4. Planting – Early spring is a great time to plant new trees and shrubs. The weather is very cool this time of year making this task enjoyable.  The material you plant also will need minimal watering as we typically receive excellent rainfall this time of year in the South.
  5. Prepare your equipment – Make sure your mower is properly serviced so it will run well throughout the summer season. Have the mowers blades sharpened. Have all pruning equipment sharpened and well oiled.  Refill gas cans with new fuel if fuel has set all winter.


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.

February Newsletter 2016

Monday, February 15th, 2016


Winter has been mild this year and Groundhog Day has predicted an early spring. We shall see if that prediction holds true. The temperatures have been mild but we have had an abundance of rainfall. The cloudy days have slowed the evaporation of water out of our heavy clay soils. Plants and trees have had to deal with wet soggy roots and some roots and root hairs dying off due to root rot from the wet soils. Plants that are extremely susceptible to root rots from the wet soils are Laurels, Dogwoods, Boxwoods, Pansies, and established Hollies. We will be surveying the landscape and determine if we have any water related issues on your properties.

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

We are applying slow release fertilizer to the shrubs and pre-emergent herbicides to help control weed outbreaks. Shrubs are being treated with dormant oil to help control insects and eggs. Dormant oil is a natural plant oil that works well for insect control in the cooler months. Fescue turf is getting a heavy liquid application of fertilizer this month as well as pre and post emergents.
Seasonal color beds have had a rough go with the cloudy and rainy winter months. As more sunlight persists the better the Pansies will look and actually start to put on new growth and brilliant flowers. We refer to the Pansies as “just sitting” when there is no sun and rain. They are sitting just waiting for sunshine so they can grow again. Our teams have been diligently putting out fungicides and fertilizers to combat the root rot and stem rot diseases. Please be patient with your fall color.

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

Installation crews are booking fast but there is room to get on the schedule. Our team of Landscape Architects are available for any of your landscaping projects. We can design and build virtually anything you can imagine.

Once again thanks for your Business and allowing us to service your landscapes!
Peter J. Copses
Gibbs Landscape Company

 

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.

Consumers Choice Award Winner for 2015

Monday, December 7th, 2015
Consumers Choice Award Winner for 2015
Gibbs Landscape is very excited to announce that we have been voted again by Atlanta as the 2015 Consumers Choice Award Winner for the category of Landscape Services.  We are so thankful to have received this prestigious award and are even more excited with this being the 12th straight year in a row we have won. We would like to thank all the fantastic clients who have provided us the privilege to work on their properties.  Our commitment to quality and exceptional service has enabled us to design, build and maintain some of the most breathtaking landscapes in Atlanta.  Thanks again Atlanta for this great award.  We are truly honored.

David Gibbs ~ President

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.

December Newsletter

Monday, December 7th, 2015

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Hope everyone has had a great year as we wind down 2015 and welcome in 2016.  December is a time to be with family and friends and to reflect on past memories. All of us at Gibbs are so appreciative of the opportunity to work with you and your families and sharing your landscapes with us.  We take extreme pride in maintaining the landscape at your homes.

This month the crews will continue to remove leaves and try to get everything clean and ready for pine straw or mulch applications. Please let us know if you have needs or desires to have the mulch or straw in before the holidays. Mulch and straw help protect plant’s roots and looks great. It is very important to be installed prior to freezing temperatures. Pansies and Violas are a bit green right now due to the lack of sunshine. We need more days of bright sunshine and we will start seeing blooms of color again. 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 high 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. Fescue seed can be added to bare spots in the lawns as we have had a great deal of seed washing due to the heavy rains. Dormant pruning will be underway soon and shrubs will be pruned through the winter months. 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 couple of notes on some plant issues that are of growing concern of ours and the entire east coast. Rose Rosette Virus on 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.

Boxwood issues are showing again and have been the last two years due to wet periods. Boxwoods in the winter will show signs of stress if exposed to full sun and windy conditions. This yellowing or orange coloring is the result of sun scald and can lead to damaged tissue which in turn weakens the overall plant. Boxwoods that are protected from the winter winds usually will not take on this effect. The overall wet soil conditions and extended periods of moisture within the Boxwoods interior stems and branches have contributed to two fungal problems. Root rot of fine root hairs and Volutella blight on stems have been prevalent these last two to three years. Well drained soil and filtered sunlight is the best start we can give for our Boxwoods.

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

3 Reasons to Build A Backyard Fire Pit

Thursday, December 3rd, 2015

3 Reasons to Build A Backyard Fire Pit

Everyone loves to spend time outside with friends and family but as the temperature begins to dip no one wants to stand out in the freezing cold. Ever thought of adding a fire pit or outdoor fireplace to your landscape? Here are a few reasons why you should:

Property Values

A well-built fire pit and surrounding landscaping often increases property values considerably. If you plan on eventually selling your home, it will be worth much more if you have a developed and dedicated corner in your yard instead of a plain expanse of grass. An attractive fire pit area can add thousands to the value of your home, making it easier to sell because of the entertainment value of the area.

Extend the Season

If you like to entertain friends and family outdoors bundling up in warm clothes and sitting around a warm fire sipping cider is a nearly perfect way to enjoy a cool evening together. It will give you better use out of your impressively landscaped yard too.

Large Gatherings

If you’re partial to large family gatherings, a fire pit is the way to go. It’s tough to bring a group of people outside and place them around a barbecue grill or tiny portable fire pit. A dedicated outdoor pit is the ideal focal point for a large outdoor gathering. Toss in some logs, light the fire and hand out the marshmallows.

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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.

November Newsletter

Wednesday, November 4th, 2015

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This month our Landscape Maintenance Teams will be focused on leaf removal. With cooler temperatures and steady rains the leaves are dropping and accumulating. Each week our teams will be removing leaves and hauling them off the properties. We hope to be complete by 2nd to 3rd week of December so new pine straw or mulch can be installed in December. Rain is greatly affecting our leaf removal so please bear with us. Seasonal flower installations are under way and we will be installing flowers all this month. Daffodil bulb plantings are scheduled this month – please talk with your manager if you would like a Daffodil display installed anywhere in your garden. 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. They also offer a great burst of color in the late winter when there is really nothing else blooming. Irrigation systems will begin to be winterized. We will start the middle of this month and carry through to the end of December. Our landscape installation teams are extremely busy this time of the year and are booking out through December. September – March are the absolute best time to plant shrubs and trees. When planting this time of year no automatic irrigation systems or hand watering will have to be performed. Thus saving money on your project. Plant material also has the entire winter to establish its root system before the warmer summer temperatures arrive. Fescue sod is available now and can be installed by the pallet. We now have 5 award winning Landscape Architects on staff for your landscape design needs.

 

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Turf care is crucial at this time of the year. Fescue is growing in from the re seeding that took place last month and touch up applications are under way. We are applying our last fescue fertilizer of the year to carry the deep dark green fescue color to January. Warm season turf the Bermuda and Zoysia grass will be receiving a pre emergent and post emergent liquid blend to knockout winter weeds and especially Poa annua. Without this application all Atlanta warm season lawns would be riddled with Poa. If only we had a product to eliminate Poa from Fescue? With the cooler temperatures and rain warm season Zoysia turf may experience circular fungal rings. The managers and crews are on the lookout and will let you know if you need a fungal application to stop the spread of the fungus.

 

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Thank you so much for allowing us to continue the privilege of maintain your exterior landscapes. From our entire company we would like to thank you and your families and wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving! The Gibbs Team