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February Newsletter 2019

Thursday, February 21st, 2019

February Newsletter 2019

Our winter this year has been extremely mild. Temperatures on average have been warmer than usual 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.

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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. 

If you are interested in a new design/build installation project call now before the spring rush comes.  We can design and build virtually any landscape you can think of.

As always, thanks for trusting Gibbs Landscape Company with your business.

Peter J. Copses
Vice President
Gibbs Landscape Company


As winners of over 300 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.


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