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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.

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Landscape News – September 2016

Tuesday, September 6th, 2016

Landscape News – September 2016

Summer is still here and we are all hoping for fall to be here soon to relieve us from this Southern heat. As of September 2nd we have had 76 days of 90 degree plus days and just 15 away from the record of 90 set in 1980 and 2011. Turf, flowers, shrubs, trees and all of us are looking for some relief.

With the Summer heat and our past mild winter we have seen insect populations explode. Our Horticultural Services Teams has worked extremely hard this year controlling and minimizing insect damage.

Army Worms are here. The first wave of Army Worms have invaded some of our turf grasses and we are expecting a second instar in 1-2 more weeks. Reports have been circulating of crops and fields being attacked from Alabama to Georgia this week. A true indicator of the population size is all the moths that are present right now at dusk each day. Those moths are laying eggs and caterpillars pupate 2 weeks later. Army worms can decimate a lawn in 24-72 hours. Our Managers and Crews are on the lookout each day and if we see an outbreak we can treat immediately.  If you see your lawns turning brown or not looking right please call your Gibbs manager ASAP.

I want to take the opportunity now and encourage everyone to be mindful of any standing or collecting of water on their property and/or in the neighborhood. Zika virus is in the news daily and could become a real threat here in Atlanta. There are two species of mosquitos that can carry and transmit the virus. Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus. Ae. aegypti has been found in Columbus GA, luckily without the virus. These two species of mosquitos are aggressive daytime biters, but can also bite at night. Removal of bowls and buckets in the landscape is a start. Be aware of other areas, AC condensate lines create damp areas around AC units. Gutter spout areas, make sure there is positive drain flow. Large areas of English Ivy can harbor lots of dampness. Drainage and catch basins collect water, these are all mosquito breeding areas.

Fescue lawns will be replenished with fescue seed this month. We may delay a week due to hot temperatures.  Aeration, seeding and fertilizing the Fescue lawns will take place by our Horticultural Services Team and continue through October.  Irrigation systems will need to be in top working condition to provide full coverage of water to the lawns to germinate the seed. We will be lowering the Fescue lawns prior to the seeding and after seeding we will not mow for 4-6 weeks. The lawn will get tall but will be necessary to allow for the new seed to germinate. Please bear with us. Irrigation run times and days to be watered will be set by Gibbs to ensure proper germination.  The goal is to keep the turf evenly moist and that typically requires daily watering of the turf for the first 2-3 weeks. Our grass seed as always is a three seed fescue blend, blue tag certified and delivered straight from the turf field plots in Oregon. Growing grass from seed is a delicate and necessary task and will be our only chance to replenish the lawns with new seed over this 1-2 month window.

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Besides being grass farmers this month the crews are working on deadheading and cleaning perennial beds and plants. This is the last month for summer annuals. Our summer annuals have endured a hot summer and some of the annuals like Begonias and Salvias are “tired” out. Expect Begonias and other annuals to start to shut down early due to the duration of the heat we have had.  Fall annuals will be scheduled for October. Hydrangeas will be deadheaded after their blooms have become undesirable. Knock out roses will continue to bloom through September but this is typically their last blooming cycle.

School is back in session and we want all of you to know that we go through great links to ensure that our drivers are safe on the roads and at your properties. We submit driving tests to all of our drivers, road and written tests and complete point inspections of our trucks and equipment daily.

As always, thank you so much for allowing us the privilege 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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October News

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015

Fall is definitely here and we are all enjoying these cooler days and nights. This month we will be tending all that beautiful fescue grass that we have aerated and over seeded in last month.  Most lawns will be receiving reduced mowing’s on the new fescue this month and then we will not be fertilizing and weed treating again till December. Warm season turf will begin to go dormant and start to discolor as the nights have been getting colder. IMG_8884

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 being over watered.

Fall flower installations are underway and our seasonal color design specialist are continuing to design seasonal color beds and pots.  In addition to designing they are also making sure their designs are being installed as planned by our wonderful seasonal color installation crews.

Fall leaf removal has just started and we plan on completion by late December if Mother Nature cooperates. We can already tell that the leaf drop is about 1 week behind compared to a normal year. Crews will be tarping leaves, mowing leaves, and removing leaves weekly on the property until they are all up.

Remember that Fall through late Winter to early Spring is the optimal time to plant new shrubs and trees. Please get with our account managers or our Landscape Architects to begin designing your next project. Our installation teams are fortunate to be very busy now and booking out each month. We now have five Landscape Architects on staff to serve your needs.

Zoysia fungal patch could become active over the next two months as the Zoysia begins to go into winter dormancy.  Warm season turf like Bermuda and Zoysia are in transition and therefor are in a weaker state than in the active growing season.  This is why we see the fungus attack the turf when the turf grass is most vulnerable. Turf fungicides are recommended usually two rounds are needed to help prevent the fungus.

Boxwood fungal issues can flare up over the next two months. Volutella blight and root rot are two problems that we can have if we get into rainy cool weather with cloudy days. Boxwoods are very susceptible to root rot due to our clay soils. We can treat with fungicides if we suspect and see any issues.

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 properties. Thanks for allowing us to serve you!

The Gibbs Landscape Team

Fall Gardening

Friday, October 19th, 2012

Fall Gardening Tips

ChrysanthemumsWith winter approaching there is a great deal of Fall Gardening that needs to take place in your garden. Aeration and overseeding of fescue turf grass needs to be completed. If warm season turf grass such as Bermuda has invaded the fescue, it should be sprayed out with herbicide before the aeration and overseeding is completed.

Fall DisplaysA pre-emergent herbicide needs to be applied to the warm season turf grasses to prevent winter weeds. Perennials need to be dead headed and divided if they are encroaching into other nearby plant material.

Finally it is time to install fall seasonal color. Tilling and preparing the beds properly is essential to the health and success of the planting. We hope these tips help you with your fall garden. To help you get back to enjoying the changing leaf colors and cooler weather, we recommend a professional performs these tasks. Please let us know if we can help you with your Fall Gardening needs.Aeration and Overseeding Fescue

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