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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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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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Creating Your Best Garden

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016

Creating Your Best Garden Landscape

Every garden is unique but the best gardens offer interest during every season. Through in-depth knowledge, experience and planning we find the right combinations of annuals, perennials, trees, shrubs, and bulbs that make our customer’s landscapes shine all year long.  Below is a list of a few of the herbaceous plants that thrive during summer and offer a long season of interest be it colorful foliage or brilliant blooms.

Duranta – Great for containers or in the ground, this unusual annual has beautiful airy clusters of blue, violet, or white flowers almost orchidlike in their beauty.
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Gaura lindheimeri – Commonly known as Lindheimer’s beeblossom, white gaura, pink gaura, Lindheimer’s clockweed, and Indian feather.  This hardy clump-forming perennial is native to Texas and Louisiana. Once established it is drought tolerant.  Thriving in heat and humidity it grows 3 to 5’ tall and 1 to 2’ wide. At Gibbs, we pair it with lambs ears, duranta (above) and begonias.
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Geranium ‘Rozanne’-  Commonly known as Cranesbill. Always a garden favorite for its excellent mounding habit and late spring to summer bloom time. It grows in full sun or part shade.

Geranium Rozanne

Ipomoea batatas ‘Margarita’- A chartreuse selection of the annual sweet potato vine. As a “spiller” it’s perfect for window boxes, hanging baskets and even your landscape borders. Place in full sun to part shade and watch it grow!

Ipomoea batatas ‘Margarita’

Kalimeris pinnitifida- Also known as the Double Japanese Aster, this perennial produces masses of  double, one-inch white flowers with buttery yellow centers for a very long time in  summer to early fall.  It grows 2 to 3’ tall and provides a great filler in the perennial or annual garden. Plant it in full sun or part shade.

Double Japanese Aster

Rudbeckia ‘Goldsturm’- Known to many as the iconic black-eyed susan. With bursts of showy yellow color this daisy-type perennial makes an ideal border plant as well as a beautiful cut flower.  Growing to 2’ tall and wide, it thrives in heat and sun.  It blooms prodigiously from late July to early October.

Rudbeckia

 

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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Newsletter – June 2016

Monday, June 13th, 2016

June 2016 Newsletter

Happy June as we welcome summer’s arrival on June 21st!
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Turf is on all of our radar as Brown Patch in Fescue will become devastating to fescue lawns without the use of fungicides. Fungicide applications are a must in order to keep the turf from dying these next 3-5 months. Our Managers can offer you the proper fungicide program and automatic timing for these rounds.
Bermuda and Zoysias will receive their granular fertilizer round with slow release Nitrogen to continually feed over the next 4-6 weeks and then followed with another round of fertilizer. Fescue will be treated with liquid iron and micro nutrients through the summer months. Weeds in turf will be targeted and our Crews and Managers will alert our Hort Services crews to treat with selective herbicides.

Azaleas are being pruned and will be completed soon. Crews will be deadheading roses as they finish flowering. All spring flowering shrubs will be pruned after flowering. Pruning will consist of thinning and shaping the shrubs. Perennials are starting to flower and will be deadheaded weekly as needed. Daylilies, Cone Flower, Rudbeckia and Bee Balm have started blooming and are great attractors of pollinating insects and Hummingbirds.

Hydrangeas are in full bloom. Oakleaf Hydrangeas have started as well as macrophylla and Annabelles. Limelight Hydrangeas will start later this month.
Shrubs will be fertilized and treated with fungicides and a general insecticide this month. Insects on the lookout for are Lacebug on Azaleas and Spider Mites. With the mild winter these two insects are showing large populations this year.

Crews will be getting the landscape ready for mulching. Mulching is important to do in June – July to freshen the beds and help retain moisture and keep the roots insulated from the heat of the summer. We can’t stress how important this is to the health of your garden.

Irrigation monitoring is very important and we want to be in full communication so that we are doing our best to not waste water. If you see something unusual at your Residence please feel free to bring it to the attention of the crew or manager.

June is National Safety Month and I can assure all of you that our HR department has our managers and crews focused.
We have already run across Copperheads in the landscape and want to make everyone aware. You may have seen where a Canton landscaper was bitten last year. Copperheads are not out to get humans or dogs and cats but when startled or surprised they can strike. The more activity in your landscape the lesser chances of Copperheads. Copperheads do have a natural enemy and that is the King Snake. King Snakes would be beneficial in the landscape as they fight Copperheads away for territory in nature.

Boxwood Blight has been identified in Fulton County last month. Boxwood Blight is a plant nursery born blight that comes in on the container grown plants of mainly Buxus suffruticosa. These infected Boxwoods once planted in the landscape could cause the disease to spread to other species of Boxwoods that are in the garden. We are very aware and alert to identify this problem quickly. In efforts to preserve the Boxwood we are no longer planting Buxus suffruticosa and are limiting the use of American Boxwoods.

Enjoy your Summer, we have your residence covered on the outside and if you need extra help while you may be away vacationing let our Managers know and we will be happy to help.
Thanks so much for the business you have trusted us with.

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.

May Newsletter 2016

Monday, May 9th, 2016

May Newsletter 2016

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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 tilling, 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 micro nutrients 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, espalier Camelias, warm season turf, perennials, flowering shrubs and even vegetable garden designs 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 trainings. Thanks and have a great summer.

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.

Completed Design / Build Project [Video]

Monday, January 25th, 2016

A walk through of a recently completed residential design / build project.

January Newsletter

Thursday, January 14th, 2016

Happy New Year!
Wow, it seems not too long ago we were all talking about Y2K and here it is 2016. December was one of the wettest month ever for Atlanta leaving us .25” shy of a 1911 record rainfall. Mild conditions throughout the month of December left us with warm days, no snow and lots of rain. We have some strange developments due to the warm weather as well as the rainfall. Poa annua and trivialis is a grassy weed that loves wet soils and mild temperatures and have been a heavy germinator in our turf, beds and sidewalk cracks. Crews are busy fighting back these weeds. The wet and mild weather has also brought out turf, flowers and shrub fungal issues that would normally be a non-factor this time of year. We have had to spray turf and flowers with fungicides and more shrubs than normal for leaf and root fungal issues. Seasonal flowers sitting in the wet soils have led to stem and root rots. We have treated all beds with fungicides and will be treating each month. Wet days, cloud cover and warm temperatures with very little sun have caused quite a stir on the Ornamental Boxwood Nursery Market. Boxwood Blight is getting to be more and more of a concern in Georgia and nationally.

Here are some links that have been sent to us from The University of Georgia Extension Service:
The Connecticut Agriculture Experiment Station: here
AmericanHort: here
Virginia Cooperative Extension: here
North Carolina State University: here
There has been some cases of early spring budding of plants like Hydrangeas and Azaleas. We expect that some of these plants may have less blooms in the spring and summer this year.

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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 where we have had wash out due to the rains.

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. Tulip bulbs are being finished planting this month.

Thanks you for trusting us with your business. We truly appreciate it.
Please let us know if there is anything that we can do to service you better. We pride ourselves on your satisfaction.

Peter James Copses
Vice President

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.

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

Time to Plant!

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

The Spring season is one of the best times to begin that new project you have been thinking about. New plant material installed in the spring has plenty of time to get rooted in before warmer summer weather arrives. Soil temperatures are warmer in the spring which helps the new plant root system immediately establish itself.
The first four months of the year have brought plentiful rains which have caused the state climatologist to declare the drought over in Atlanta. If you are interested in meeting with one of our award winning architects please contact us.