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November Landscape News

Thursday, November 8th, 2018

November is a great time of the year in The South as we begin to welcome winter and we have such great displays of fall tree color and beautiful new annual fall color beds coming to life. Fescue turf lawns are beginning to look fantastic and warm-season lawns are beginning their dormancy.

“Even if something is left undone, everyone must take time to sit still and watch the leaves turn.” Elizabeth Lawrence, (1904-1985) 1st woman graduate in Landscape Architecture from NC State University. American Garden Writer and her historic home and garden located in Charlotte, NC.


Horticultural Services Teams are applying preemergent to all warm-season lawns to prevent winter and early spring weeds and most importantly poa annua and trivialis. This is a critical application and the only application to prevent poa in warm season turf.  Timing is of the essence with this treatment. Fescue lawns are receiving granular fertilizer as well as a round of selective treatments for any weeds that are present. We continue to touch up some lawns with fescue seed as needed. Deep root fall tree injections are a good idea for trees that may be suffering or trees that need some extra growth. These injections are really critical with the wet season we had this year.  This year’s season combined with the drier season we had last year caused stress to our trees in Atlanta.  These swings in weather truly stress trees out and the injections can help in a big way. Boxwoods need root injections as well this time of the year to ensure proper root growth in the clayey soils to establish stronger root systems. We have seen some fungal activity flaring up again on fescue lawns. Our Managers and Crews are on the lookout each week as we service lawns.

Seasonal Color Teams are continuing to plant new fall color beds. Tulips are a great accent bulb that can be added to the beds in December. This should be a great year for Tulips. We highly recommend you add tulips to your seasonal color beds for a huge burst in the spring.

Maintenance Teams are collecting leaves and sometimes naturalizing leaves on properties. This is the first wave this month for leaf removal and will continue in December. Leaves appear to be slow in dropping this season due to the warmer temperatures in October. We suspect a heavy drop the last week of November. Rain is very important in November as our humidity drops and plants and trees can dry out quickly from winds and low humidity. New plants, trees and flowers will benefit from additional watering. Crews are also trimming the new shoot growth and thinning some shrubs lightly as we prepare for winter. Hostas and other perennials are being cut back as their foliage browns and will continue into December.

Fall is the time BEST time to design and plant your garden.  Fall – Winter is when trees and shrubs metabolism’s slow down and focus their energy on root development.  Most all trees are available to plant at this time as well.  Watering by irrigation is not typically necessary at this time due to cooler temperatures and more rainfall.

A great addition to any garden are Daffodil bulb plantings. Daffodils are a great way to add color to the landscape and they bloom year after year and are not disturbed by deer, chipmunks or squirrels.  Please talk with your manager if you would like a Daffodil display installed anywhere in your garden. Our teams have planted millions of Daffodils over the years.  Nothing ushers in spring like a daffodil display.

Thank so much to all our valued clients who have trusted us with the development and maintenance of their exterior landscapes.

Thanks to all our valued clients who have trusted us with their business.

Warmest regards,

Peter Copses
Vice President

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.

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October Landscape Update

Tuesday, October 9th, 2018

Good day and happy Fall to everyone! It’s nice to see a break coming soon to the summer temperatures and experience some cooler weather for a change.  Hopefully, the dog days of summer are behind us and Mother Nature will be providing us with some spectacular fall color showcases throughout our service area. Many of the issues we mentioned last month are still prominent in our area due to the weather patterns. Our maintenance crews are busy wrapping up summer seasonal maintenance pruning and transitioning into fall maintenance practices.

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Aerate and Overseeding
We are now in the middle of aeration and overseeding for all customers with fescue lawns. Due to the heat the last several weeks, the germination is slower than normal so it is imperative we make sure adequate coverage to all the turf areas is consistent until we see more rain.  After the seeding process, Horticulture services crews will be coming back to the first round of fertilizer applications this fall.  Please remember the crews will not be mowing for four to five weeks until the seed matures.

Fungus – Zoysia and Fescue Lawns
Due to a large amount of rain and humidity, a host of fungus issues are popping up in the in all our turf which include brown patch, Zoysia patch, and Pythium blight. We will be sending out work orders for much-needed fungicides to prevent the spread of the fungus during the summer.

Grubs and Army Worms in Fescue Lawns this Fall
Please look over the picture of the grub and the army worm damage below which is very sporadic all over town. Lawns will need to be sprayed if we see signs in your turf.


Seasonal color
Our color designers are in the process of working on the fall color designs which we will start to install this month through fall so please contact us about a color design consultation.

 

Fall Events
If you have any fall parties or events at your home, give me a call and let me know. Let us help you by lining up any necessary services you may need right before your event so that your yard can look its best and we will have time to complete all the necessary preparations for you.

Kindest regards,
David Gibbs
President

 

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.

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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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November Newsletter

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

Summer Seasonal Color

What a strange Fall we are experiencing. Warmer temperatures and lack of rainfall have created an abnormal schedule of landscape normality in the Southeast.  We are now applying Fall pre-emergents to all warm season turf. This application will continue to the end of December. This application will prevent poa annua and trivialis as well as a other winter weeds and springs in warm season turf. Fescue turf has been aerated and overseeded and a second round of fertilizer is being applied now through December. It’s extremely important to keep the water irrigating all our turf types as well as the rest of the landscape. Our irrigation department is very busy continuing to fine tune and make repairs to irrigation systems in a time when we would normally be scheduling winterizations of systems. Annual flower installations are underway and will continue through the end of the month.  Our maintenance teams are deadheading perennials, hydrangeas, roses and cutting back hostas and other perennials. Light pruning of shrubs and azaleas shoots is common where the warm temperatures have encouraged new growth. Leaf removal is in full swing and will continue through the end of the month and stretch into next month. Leaves have been slow to drop due to the warm temperatures. We hope that all the leaves will be down soon as landscapes will need their Winter pine straw and mulch applications soon. Mulch will serve as a root protector to plants and trees to hold moisture to the roots during these dry periods as well as protect from cold temperatures on the horizon. It is of utmost importance to have a new layer of mulch and or pine straw applied to you property.

Our landscape installation teams are extremely busy this time of the year. Patio and hardscape additions tend to be very popular as well as outdoor fireplaces and fire pits. We have seen a great return of families to their backyards and with that comes nice planned out recreation areas for family fun. Our landscape architects are here to help you design your very own beautiful landscape.

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A great addition to any garden are daffodil bulb plantings. 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.  Please talk with your manager if you would like a daffodil display installed anywhere in your garden. Our teams have planted more daffodils than any other company in the US. Our daffodil display in downtown Atlanta and at Woodruff Park is growing each year and a great place to visit or drive through when they are blooming next year.

Thank you so much for allowing us the privilege to maintain your landscapes.  From our entire company we would like to thank you for your continued business and wish you and your families a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Peter Copses

Vice President

Daffodils

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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Landscape News – October 2016

Tuesday, October 11th, 2016

Landscape News

Fall

Fall is here and is truly welcomed.  This summer has provided us with 86 days above 90 degrees close to records of 90 days. The summer heat along with lack of rainfall has definitely left our fescue grass damaged, shortened the life of annuals and created dieback on shrubs and trees. Bermuda grass and Zoysia grass reaped the benefit this summer from the heat and has looked phenomenal compared to the past two years.

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 drying out.  If you have recently had Gibbs perform a new installation…please make sure you are following your watering guidelines provided.

Fescue grass aeration and over seeding started in mid-September and will be completed by mid-October. Along with the seeding the grass has been fertilized with a starter fertilizer. Fescue grass will be cut after 5 weeks of seeding date. Grass will be high until the first cut. After lawns have been cut 3-4 times we will be able to then fertilize again with a liquid fertilizer as well as treat for broadleaf weeds within the turf. This is just part of the two month process of replenishing fescue lawns in the south. Lawns will receive touch up seed as needed over the next month.

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Warm season turf – Bermuda and Zoysia will begin to shut down as we have cooler nights. You will notice the discoloration in the grass and mowing will become less frequent. Heights of these turf types will be allowed to be maintained higher in efforts to allow the turf to remain healthy as it cycles to the dormancy period.

Zoysia and Bermuda fungal patch could become active over the next two months as the turf grass begins to transition to winter dormancy. Managers will be on the lookout for these diseases.

Fall annual flower installations are starting this month. Our Flower Designers are designing beds and pots each day.  Timing is critical for installation of the pansies. If installed too early the heat can cause excessive stretching of the annuals. Crews will be pulling and removing summer annuals as they fade away. Once fall annuals are installed they will be fertilized as well as a fungicide applied and watered in thoroughly. Managers will need to set irrigation for 2-4 days a week of run time on the newly installed beds for two to three weeks.
Crews are busy finishing pruning, weeding and preparing for perennial cutbacks. Leaf season is two to three weeks away and then leaf removal will be in full swing.

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Remember that Fall through late Winter to early Spring is the best time to plant shrubs and trees. Our installation teams are very busy now and booking out each month. Our Architects are here to help you plan and design a new landscape for your home.  Please let us know if you are thinking about a project as now is prime time to install it.

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 homes. Thanks for allowing us 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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Fall Garden Tips

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016

More Fall Garden Tips

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With its cooler temperatures and dazzling color, Fall is a wonderful time of year to be outdoors. Now is a great time to perform some basic garden tasks to be one step ahead come Spring.

Keep Gutters Free of Leaves
Clogged gutters and downspouts may potentially cause water to collect around your foundation. Regular maintenance may help keep your gutters functioning properly, prevent water damage and keep your home looking nice.

Gutter Cleaning

Clean Outdoor Pots
After your seasonal potted plants have faded it’s a good idea to clean your pots before you store them for the season. For best results, scrub your pots with stiff brush and rinse.

Clean Pots

Stack Pots
Once clean, turn your terra-cotta pots upside down to prevent them filling with water, freezing or cracking.

TerraCota Pots

Bring Them Inside
Be sure to bring delicate potted plants inside and away from cold or drafty windows.

Store Your Hoses
There’s nothing worse than a leaky hose in Spring. A little hoses maintenance now goes a long way later. Remove the hose from the spigot and stretch it out thoroughly, holding one end to chase any remaining water out of the hose. Once drained store it out of the elements in a shed or covered container.

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Mulch With Leaves
Put all those beautiful Fall leaves to work in your yard. Use them to mulch your vegetable and flower beds. They help control weeds, retain moisture and enrich the soil.

Leaf Mulch

Divide Bulbs
In early fall, after the flowers have faded, divide lilies. Replant immediately.

Bulb Dividing

Protect Patio Furniture
Patio furniture is expensive. If you can’t store your furniture it’s best to cover it with a heavy-duty cover to protect it from rain and extreme temperatures.

Patio Furniture Cover

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 September 2015

Tuesday, September 8th, 2015

Fall is just around the corner and we have already felt a slight change in the weather with cooler mornings and a brief relief from the heat. Fescue lawns will be replenished with fescue seed this month beginning in September and continuing into October.  Aeration, seeding and fertilizing the Fescue lawns will take place by our Horticultural Services Division. 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 Fescue lawns will not be mowed for 4-6 weeks. The fescue will get tall as we allow the new seed to germinate and grow in before we make our first cut. Irrigation run times and days to be watered will be set by Gibbs Team Managers.  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 (99.99% weed free) 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.

Besides being grass farmers this month the crews are working on deadheading and cleaning perennial beds and plants. A great deal of perennials are being cut back to the ground leaving foliage exposed at the soil line. This is the last month for summer annuals. Hydrangeas will be deadheaded after their spent blooms have become undesirable. Knock out roses will continue to bloom through September but this is typically their last blooming cycle.  Some annuals have started to depart and will need to be removed. Fall annuals will be scheduled for October.

Turf diseases and insects will continually be monitored.  Brown patch fungus on fescue will be subsiding as we see cooler and less humid days and nights. Grub worms and Army worms have been found just recently but very isolated and extremely small populations. We could be on the cusp for a breakout of Army worms and the crews and managers are well aware and on the lookout.  Army worms can decimate a lawn in 24-72 hours.  We are armed with a very special environmentally friendly insecticide that will target the Army worms and Grubs and not affect other beneficial insects.

School is back in session and we want all of you to know that we go through great lengths 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.

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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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