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5 Reasons to Add Planters to Your Garden Landscape

Monday, April 10th, 2017

Planters are a fantastic and useful addition to any garden. Not only are they affordable but they can instantly change the look of a garden area. They are also perfect for low maintenance gardens, however, there are also many other benefits to adding planters. Below are our top 5 reasons to add planters to your garden:

  1. ADD HEIGHT TO YOUR GARDEN
    Planters can add height and texture to gardens.

     

  2. FRAME AN ENTRANCE
    Pairs or groups of planters can be aesthetically pleasing. By placing planters either side of a door or entrance you can create an inviting look.
  3. PLANT WHERE NO PLANT HAS BEEN BEFORE
    When you’re in an urban location you often have to sacrifice having a garden. However, there are a variety of planters that allow you to extend your space vertically.
  4. ADD FLASHES OF COLOR
    Planters don’t just have to be natural wood or stained brown. Planters painted in bright tones can add a flash of color to your garden even on the dullest winter day!
  5. DEFINE OR ADD ADDITIONAL SCREENING TO YOUR GARDEN
    When planters are placed or built together they define and screen areas of your garden.  Seating areas can be defined with well placed rectangular planters. Groups or rows of planters can be planted with taller plants and shrubs to provide additional screening to an area of your garden.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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7 Plants That Bring Color To Your Shade Garden

Thursday, May 5th, 2016

7 Plants That Bring Color To Your Shade Garden

Got a shady spot in your garden landscape? Our professional designers like these 7 plants to add color, texture and character to any low-light garden location.

Creeping Jenny (Lysimachia nummularia ‘Aurea’) Roundish chartreuse leaves and yellow flowers on trailing stems make this mat-forming perennial ideal for softening the edges of tall urns or hanging baskets. In the ground, it grows 4 to 8 inches tall, and spreads to 2 feet—rooting as it goes.

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Dead Nettle (Lamium maculatum) The leaves of its many varieties have a silvery sheen that nearly glows in shade. Spreading to 3 feet wide, this perennial is great in hanging baskets and as pot edging.

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Heuchera – Heucheras takes sun only in coolest climates, and grows to 28 inches tall.

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Geranium cranesbill – True geraniums—which make fluffy little mounds of foliage and small flowers in white or shades of pink or blue—thrive in the light shade of high trees.

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Hosta hybrids – Hostas come in a virtual wardrobe of shapes, textures, and colors. Depending on variety, their leaves may be heart-shaped, round, oval, or lance-shaped; glossy or dull; smooth or quilted; blue, green, or yellow.

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Impatiens – With a dizzying array of color choices these plants are perfect containers or to edge a border.

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Heucherella – Heart-shaped leaves on clumping plants 5 inches tall and 1 foot wide come in many beautiful colors. A hybrid of garden origin, it is the result of a cross between two distinct genera, Heuchera and Tiarella, and shows similarities to both parents.
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April Newsletter

Friday, April 8th, 2016

April Newsletter 2016

Happy Spring to all of you and your gardens that are coming alive from the mild winter that we had this year. This Spring is starting out as one of our busiest ever. When Spring/Summer is followed by a mild Winter we are all in store for a rapid regrowth and development and all sorts of surprises good and bad. The good news is that the Gibbs’ Managers and Teams are well educated and prepared for what this Spring will bring.

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Azaleas, Dogwoods, Redbuds, Spireas, Viburnums, Forsythia, fiddleheads on Ferns and perennials have been outstanding this year. Fescue turf is gleaming right now and is receiving another blast of liquid fertilizer this month perfectly timed with the weather. By performing all of our turf fertilization and weed control treatments in house we can control timing of product application. This delivers better results. Warm season turf is just now coming out of dormancy and is greening nicely. Let’s hope that weather doesn’t dip to below 33 degrees before the 15th of April. If so, we may see a delay of greening for another 3-4 weeks.

Granular fertilizers for shrubs will be completed this month and liquid rounds to follow through the summer months.

We are anticipating some heavier than normal disease and insect pressures this year from the mild winter that we just experienced. Managers and crews are on the lookout for Cercospora needle blights on conifers, Phomopsis blight on conifers, Volutella blight on Boxwoods and early insect population swings. We have had an early Aphid population and crews have been managing those very quickly. Tree and shrub injections are always the best preventative on susceptible plant species.

Poa annua and Poa trivialis continues to be the worst weed in fescue in the nation and has now continued its aggressive foothold in the Southeast. We are all anxiously anticipating for the scientists in the labs to help us all out with this grassy weed.

Crews are pruning on all properties right now, making thinning and corrective cuts and shaping shrubs for the continued onset of new leaf growth that the shrubs will develop over the next 6 months. Pruning is top priority each week to ensure overall healthy plant material.

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Installation of new outdoor entertaining areas combined with new turf, trees and shrubs are the best way to create additional value to your properties. Hot trends now are outdoor entertainment, cooking and lawn game areas for family and friends. Contact your manager and they can put you in contact with our 5 Landscape Architects on staff who can help you with your design/build projects.

Look forward to more blooms out there coming from new Summer Annual Flower installations. Our Seasonal Flower Designers have been busy all Winter designing new color combinations and new varieties of flowers for all your seasonal flower beds and containers. Our flower installers are trained and ready for the next wave of flower installations.
Thank you so much for allowing us the privilege to service you and your properties.

Peter James 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.

 

July News

Monday, July 13th, 2015

We all had a great time off on Friday July 3rd and hope that all of you had a Great Independence Day with your families and friends. It was a great time to celebrate our Patriotism for Our Great Country and for the men and women that have helped create such a Great Nation for all of us.

The last 3-4 weeks have brought us some extreme heat and then quite a bit of rain.  We welcome the rain but accompanied with the heat and humidity; fungal activity has once again broke out in our Fescue lawns and some shrubs.  Our Horticultural Services Teams are mixing large tanks of high grade fungicides mixed with iron daily and ready to treat your lawns to fight brown patch fungus. Horticultural Services are also treating Azaleas for Lace Bugs and Spider Mites on Laurels and other shrubs and small trees. Our tank mixes for shrubs always include fertilizer and fungicides each time we target for insects. Populations of Japanese Beetles have been small so far this year and we may not see much damage.

The maintenance crews are extremely busy on the lawns, cutting and edging each week as this is prime mowing season for warm season turf grass. As well as mowing, light pruning of shrubs and lots of deadheading occurring in the gardens.  Perennials are being deadheaded; like Hosta, Rudbeckia, Daylilies and flowering shrubs.

July also is the month that is typical for Pine Straw or Mulch applications.  Pine Straw has usually degraded by June or July and the garden is ready for a new application.  Pine Straw and mulch serve the garden well for many reasons: Aesthetics, soil moisture control, insulation for the roots, weed control, and erosion.