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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

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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.

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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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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

Retaining Wall Utilization

Friday, March 13th, 2015

Retaining Wall In Your Garden Landscape

With Atlanta’s varying topography, we are frequently asked, how can we create and maximize usable space in the outdoor environment.  How can we add additional space for our families and friends, to get outside and really enjoy Atlanta’s great climate.

It is all too simple to just recommend adding a retaining wall.   Many contractors will look at a site, determine the property boundaries, and simply proceed to raise all corners to the same height, and bring in the soil.

While this may maximize the amount of level area, it gives no thought to the aesthetics of the space, and awkwardness of tall walls.

At Gibbs Landscape, our Landscape Architectural staff approaches the site with concepts and themes that will keep the retaining walls in scale with the planned us of the space.   Many times, two walls, verses one tall wall, will help to create a comfortable scale, and still provide a substantial increase in level space.    This approach is typically more cost efficient as well.

We feel it is important to allow the retaining walls to blend with the site vs dominating the topography.  The use of a low retaining wall, maybe 18- 24” in height, can easily serve as additional seating.

Once we have determined the optimum location for the retaining wall, it then becomes important to select a material that will complement the existing architectural details.  Stacked Stone, Brick, Natural Boulders, and Concrete Modular Block, are all great materials that will give longevity to a retaining wall.   All these materials are easily adapted to both straight more formal designs, and at the same time be used with natural more flowing curves.

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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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2014 Consumers’ Choice Award

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

We are proud to announce Gibbs Landscape Company has won the 2014 Consumers’ Choice Award for Business Excellence in the category of Landscaping. Gibbs has won this prestigious award  11 straight years in a row. We would like to thank all of our clients for the privilege of serving them. We would also like to thank everyone in Atlanta who has seen our award winning work and voted for us.

Please let us know if we can help you with your lawn care needs, new landscape architectural projects, or anything associated with your exterior landscape.


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It’s Time to Design Your Dream Outdoor Living Space

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

As residences of the Atlanta Metropolitan Region, we have a climate that allows for maximum us of the outdoor environment. Over the past 10 to 15 years, many homeowners have discovered the enjoyment that a professionally planned outdoor space can provide.

While we have always enjoyed the use of decks, patios, and seating areas, the introduction of a fire pit or fireplace, outdoor kitchen and grill area, bocce court, paver patios, and synthetic turf areas have created many additional activities to enjoy in the outdoor environment.

In the fall of the year, it has become very common for football fans to have friends over to watch the game on an outdoor screen, while enjoying the atmosphere created by the great outdoors.

The combination of elements, along with plantings, grass and year round seasonal color and containers, help to create added living space for any residence.

So while January may force us to stay curled up inside with the remote, or tablet, just remember March is just around the corner, and now is the time to get a jump on planning your project for this spring.

By designing and installing paver patio areas, fireplaces, and outdoor kitchens, a beautiful and entertainment friendly space is created.

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Fall Garden Chores

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

In Georgia during October and into November, both air and soil temperatures are cooler, making the prospect of working in the garden a welcome one. October and November is an ideal time to clean up your garden and to evaluate your successes and failures.

Armed with this information you can then decide which new plants to add to your landscape or which ones would benefit from dividing. With a bit of luck there will also be some slow gentle rains. What follows is a list of chores for October-November, according to the type of plant:

Annuals
• Pull out summer annuals that have finished blooming or are scraggly.
• Plant pansies, violas, snapdragons, dianthus and stock too. For the best results, prepare the soil by digging in or rototilling a 2 inch layer of organic matter. The soft soil (make sure it’s well drained too) will make it easier for plants to grow well. Space plants on 6 to 10 inch centers, depending on how quickly you want to have a full established planting. These colorful annuals tolerate frost and cold weather and bounce back on warmer sunny days. Fertilize after you plant and then once every four weeks with a “pansy booster” or comparable fertilizer. Planting your pansies in October and November will give them adequate time to establish a good root system before cold weather.
Bulbs
• Plant spring flowering bulbs including daffodils, tulips, hyacinths, and crocus once soil temperatures are 60F or cooler. This is usually done in November and December.

Perennials
• Cut back spring-blooming perennials now. Just tip back lantana and wait until spring to cut it back hard; the same is true for Artemesia. Wait until spring to cut back fall blooming perennials.
• Add some fall bloomers to your garden like asters, sedums and chrysanthemums.
• Remove old mulch and then add a fresh layer of mulch. Keep it away from stems and trunks. Dispose of any diseased leaves in the garbage. This will cut down on the potential of overwintering pests and diseases.
• Plant peonies or divide existing peonies. Do not plant them too deep.
• Dig a hole that is 1 ½’ wide and 1’ deep. You should be able to see the buds (eyes), barely cover them with soil. Fertilize established peonies with something like 8-8-8 or a comparable fertilizer.

Lawn
• Spread pre emergents to suppress weeds next spring including Chickweed, Poa annua and hairy bittercress.
• Aerate and over seed fescue seed before soil temperatures cool off too much which will result in uneven germination. Fertilize after you plant.

Roses
• Transplant roses.
• Tie up climbing roses that have escaped.

Edibles
• Plant strawberries in October and November. Space them 12 inches apart in a raised bed with a moist, well-drained soil. Site them in full sun or part shade. You can also plant them in containers. Look for varieties suited to the South including Apollo, Cardinal, Delite, Earliglow, Sunrise, and Surecrop.

Shrubs and Trees
• Plant shrubs and trees, both evergreen and deciduous types.
• Remove old mulch and reapply a fresh layer of mulch.
• Water new plantings on a regular basis. Once a week if there is no rainfall.
• Prune and remove dead limbs or twigs.

It’s Time for Spring Color!

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

Now that spring is in full swing and blooms are abundant-azaleas, dogwoods, rhododendrons and more – it’s time to plant flowers for summer.   Mid-April through May is the perfect time to add seasonal color to your landscape.  There are annuals for sun that not only provide colorful blooms but, attract butterflies and hummingbirds too.  And, there are types with colorful foliage and flowers that will brighten dark shady spots.    Whether you grow them in containers, window boxes or mix them in with your perennials, annuals offer months of color and demand little in return.  Just make sure you give them regular water and fertilizer.

While there are a wealth of annuals to choose from, homeowners may notice that Impatiens, historically a classic choice for the shade garden, are not being offered as an option.   A disease called Downy mildew has wiped out great numbers of this plant and continues to pose a threat. Symptoms include yellow leaves, stunted growth and white downy covering on the undersides of the leaves.

The good news is that   SunPatiens ™ and New Guinea Impatiens appear to exhibit a high tolerance to this disease.  Other annuals that thrive in the shade or part-shade include Caladiums, Torenia, also known as the wishbone or clown flower and a variety of begonias.

A favorite selection of begonia, Begonia semperflorens, at Gibbs Landscape is the Whopper series,™ .  This heat tolerant variety grows up to 2 ½ ft tall and displays eye catching 3-inch flowers in red or rose set off by green or bronze foliage. While both foliage selections will grow in part-shade or shade, the bronze foliage types tolerate sunny locations better than the green leaf types.

A note about Caladiums- they require soil temperatures that are 70 F or warmer.  For this reason if you plant them in the ground wait until the end of April or the beginning of May.    For shady sites, Caladium ‘White Christmas’ is a beauty.  Combine it with ferns and hostas in the garden or plant it in containers.  For sunny locations consider Caladium ‘Aaron’ or ‘Red Flash.’   Coleus have long been popular (both sun and shade types) for their dramatic colorful foliage.  The Kong ™ series offers large foliage that is rose and green, scarlet and mosaic.  Growing 1 to 2 ft tall, they thrive in containers or in the ground.  Combine them with other flowering annuals.

For hot sun gardens, try  annuals like Pentas, (a favorite of butterflies), low growing and mildew resistant zinnias like  Zinnia ‘Profusion’ (white, orange, yellow) and reliable  lantana.   Euphorbia ‘Diamond Frost’ looks like masses of babys breath but is tough and durable.  If you love geraniums, try the Blizzard ™ Geraniums, in red, blue and pink;  great performers during our long hot and humid Georgia summers.

For a dramatic display, plant combinations of annuals that include plants of different heights, textures and blooms.  For drama, mix in tropicals like Elephant ear and Canna.   Remember too, that large containers will not dry out as quickly as smaller ones and they make a big impact.   A small investment now will result in months of color for your summer and fall garden.

If you need assistance with your seasonal color design and installation, please contact Gibbs Landscape Company.  It would be our pleasure to assist you!

Fall is for Planting

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

Fall is for Planting

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One of the great things about fall in the South is the weather. The “dog days” of summer have passed and cooler temperatures make working in the garden an appealing option. Fall is also an ideal time to add plants to your garden, including trees, shrubs, perennials and spring flowering bulbs. Whether you have a small city courtyard or a large suburban lot, the possibilities are unlimited.

Start with a Plan

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If you don’t already have a landscape plan for your garden, Gibbs Landscape Company can create one tailored to suit your property and life style.

The Framework: Trees, Shrubs and Perennials

Seasonal Color

If you have taken photos throughout the growing season of plants that you like, or made notes about favorites, now is the time to add these to your garden. Remember, you are investing in a root system. When adding trees and shrubs, consider what they will look like in every season and which perennial companions will complement them.

Be sure to include a mixture of both evergreen and deciduous types. This way your garden will offer interest throughout the year.

Beyond blooms, choose varieties with interesting texture, colorful bark, brilliant berries and fragrant qualities. For screening and hedging, plants like fragrant tea olive, Osmanthus fragrans, offer bold evergreen foliage and sweetly scented flowers.

Don’t forget the Bulbs

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Once the soil temperatures are cooler (November through December) it’s time to add spring flowering bulbs. For easy to grow perennial bulbs, daffodils are a good bet. Pair them with daylilies or hellebores which will help mask daffodil foliage, after they have flowered and as it ripens next summer. Because daffodils are poisonous, deer will avoid them. (Once 1/3 of the foliage has turned yellow you can cut it back).

Smaller species bulbs like the tulip ‘Lady Jane’ or Ipheion ‘Rolf Fiedler,’ with its fragrant lavender blue flowers, are ideal for tucking into the flower border or under established shrubs and trees. Unlike the giant hybrid tulips, both of these varieties will persist in the garden, delighting you for years to come.

Instant Color with Container Gardens

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 If your garden space is limited or you just want to add a burst of color, containers are a quick and easy fix. Don’t limit yourself, combine perennials, shrubs and trees too. Evergreens and small conifers like dwarf selections of hinoki cypress, Chameacyparis obtusa are good candidates that offer year around beauty. For more color, leave room to add annuals that you can replace, depending on the season.

Don’t forget to water your new plantings on a regular basis until they become established.

 

For more ideas on how to transform your Fall garden, contact Gibbs Landscape Company and one of our award winning landscape architects would be happy to assist you.

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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Transform Your Shade Garden

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

As spring approaches and trees begin to leaf out, is your shady landscape looking lackluster? Or, maybe where once you had sun, trees have matured and now you have shade. With the right plants and a creative design, shade can be an asset and your garden an oasis, on those hot summer days we experience in Georgia. This can be accomplished by including a variety of plants with interesting textures, colorful foliage and even blooms!

Pair Foliage and Flowers

Shade Garden WalkwayWhen you select a shrub for screening or an evergreen backdrop, think about what you will pair it with. The tough yet elegant Florida Leucothoe,Agarista populifolia, is ideal for screening unsightly views and has a graceful fountain shape. By planting a small Japanese maple in front of the Leucothoe and adding a landscape boulder, you have created a lovely scene that offers interest for months. A clump of iris adds colorful flowers and a vertical accent even after it blooms. Another plant that makes a good companion for Florida Leucothoe is the oakleaf hydrangea, Hydrangea quercifolia. The white flowers open in early summer and last for weeks. The ornamental bark, dark brown to cinnamon, looks good year around. And, you don’t have to prune this hydrangea unless it gets too big for the spot you have it growing in.

Variegated Solomon's Seal and CephalotaxusSmall anise tree, Illicium parviflorum, provides bold foliage and grows in sun or shade. With a span of 8 to 10 ft. high and wide, Anise is perfect for an evergreen screen or an informal hedge. It provides the perfect backdrop for shrubs like Annabelle hydrangeas, which bloom in June with large white delicate blooms (4 to 6 inches across and up to 12 inches in diameter). This hydrangea produces flower buds on current season’s growth so each year you should get an abundance of flowers, provided you provide a moist, fertile soil and regular fertilization. For summer color that persists for months, Variegated Solomon’s Seal, Polygonatum odoratum ‘Variegatum,’ brightens even the darkest corner with its variegated foliage (leaves up to 6 inches long), soft green leaves edged in creamy white. This perennial will grow in shade or part sun. Other blooming perennials that are happy in the shade include Fringed Bleeding Heart, Dicentra ‘Luxuriant’. With its cherry-red flowers and blue-green delicate looking foliage, this is a good performer.

Right Plant, Right Place
For a foundation planting that won’t require constant pruning to keep it in check,
Japanese plum yew, Cephalotaxus harringtonia ‘Prostrata,’ offers dark green needled foliage. This shrub grows 1 and ½ to 2 feet high and 4 to 5 feet wide, ideal for in front of windows. For a contrast, add some autumn fern and you have an elegant duo that won’t threaten to obscure your view (from inside your home looking out to your landscape). For even more color, add Hellebores and early daffodils.

Go Vertical
Whether you train them to frame your front door, or cover an arbor that welcomes visitors to your garden, vines will add vertical interest. There are a number of evergreen vines that thrive in the shade including Carolina Jessamine, Gelsemium sempervirens, with glowing yellow flowers in spring and Confederate jasmine, Trachelospermum jasminoides ‘Madison,’ also blooming in spring but with white fragrant flowers.

For more ideas on how to transform your shade garden, contact Gibbs Landscape Company and one of our award winning landscape architects would be happy to assist you.

Don’t miss the world’s Largest Daffodil Display in full bloom now at Gibbs Gardens