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Plant Watering Tips

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016

Watering Tips

“When should I water my plants?” and “How often should I water?” are the two most common questions we receive from clients everyday.
When it comes to watering, there are no hard or fast rules. It’s a variable that depends on the plant type, the soil, the weather and the time of year just to name a few.

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To start, we recommend checking the soil. This is easily done with potted and hanging plants. After thoroughly watering a hanging basket lift it to get a sense of it’s weight. Does it feels light? If yes, it’s time to water.

The “lift test” isn’t practical in your garden landscape or with large containers, but you can use a soil moisture sensor to see if it’s time to water. For a more thorough investigation, push a spade into the soil near your plant and pull it back to see how the soil looks. If it feels moist to a depth of 6 to 12 inches, you’re in good shape. If it’s dry, it’s time to water! If it’s soggy hold off on the water for a few days and check again.

How to water?

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Watering is of no value if the water runs down the outside of the root ball, leaving the roots at the core of the plant dry. This can happen if you water too quickly or apply too much water at once. Slower watering is usually more effective. The key is to ensure that water gets to the root zone — whether you are tending seedlings, watering houseplants, watering a row of tomatoes or soaking thirsty shrubs and trees.

5 Must Do Watering Tips

  • Focus on the root zone. Remember that it’s the roots that need access to water, not the leaves. Wetting the foliage is a waste of water and can promote the spread of disease.
  • Water only when needed. Reduce frequency when rainfall is abundant. Too much water can be just as damaging to plants as too little.
  • Water deeply and thoroughly. Lawns and annuals concentrate their roots in the top 6″ of soil; for perennials, shrubs and trees, it’s the top 12″. In heavy soil, it may take hours for water to percolate down 6-12″.
  • Water in the morning. If you do get moisture on the leaves, this gives them time to dry out. It’s much more difficult for plant diseases to get a foothold when the foliage is dry.
  • Mulch everything. Mulch reduces surface runoff and slows evaporation from the soil.

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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A Few Ways to Celebrate Earth Day

Thursday, April 21st, 2016

Earth Day is here again. These are a few ways you can help protect your planet Earth and enjoy it too!

Use Alternate Transportation

As any Atlanta driver will tell you our city’s traffic stinks. With the high rate of traffic congestion, it would seem cars are the only option for getting around town. When was the last time you left your car at home and walked or rode a bike, especially when your destination was only a short distance away? Walking, bicycling, public transportation, carpooling and ride sharing are all ways to green your transportation every day. Checkout  the Georgia Department of Transportation website that offers free commute option services to individuals and workplaces.

Conserve Water

There are simple ways to conserve water around your home, indoors and out. It’s not about making drastic changes in your daily routine but many small changes that add up to a lot of gallons. If you choose a short shower over a bath you’ll save nearly 60 gallons of water. Run only full loads in your dishwasher and washing machine. Also, don’t put off making little repairs around the house, such as fixing a leaky faucet or toilet. That leaky toilet could be wasting about 200 gallons of water a day.

Recycle E-Waste

The EPA and other agencies suggest that electronic waste (aka e-waste) is the fastest growing waste stream in the world. Chances are, you’ve got an outdated electronic appliance gathering dust somewhere in your house right now, and your neighbors probably do too. This Earth Day, help make sure those gadgets end up properly recycled instead of taking up space or leaching toxins in a landfill. Use this EPA tool to locate a responsible e-waste recycler in your area, and let your neighbors know that you’ll be happy to take their stuff in with yours.

Plant A Tree.

Simple. Effective. Easy.

Go Solar

You don’t need to install a huge solar on your roof to help take a little pressure off the grid. Smaller solar harvesting devices are popping up all over, from pocket-sized phone chargers to portable multi-panel kits. Think about how many times you charge your phone or laptop. Switching just one or two devices to solar power can save you some serious money.

Get Outside

If you’re going to try to save Earth, you might as well enjoy it. Find one of Georgia’s many fantastic state parks and go for a hike, take a nature walk with your kids, mountain bike, plan a picnic, or a game of kickball with your buddies. Remember how great it feels to have the wind in your hair and the sun on your face!

 

 

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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.