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March 2017 Newsletter

Monday, March 13th, 2017

March 2017 Newsletter

Spring will officially arrive on March 20th this year, but like last year we are already experiencing many spring-like days. After another mild winter and we can predict a year similar to last year. We believe, like last year, we could be in for a couple more good freezes. Last year we had a cold April with a few freezing days around the middle of the month. We will be monitoring new growth on shrubs as well as tender new perennial shoots as they emerge and begin elongation with the chances of another freeze.

Our horticultural services spray division are extremely busy applying pre-emergent to beds and turf. These applications help prevent stubborn spring weed populations. All shrubs are being treated with dormant oils and granular fertilizer. Dormant oils help smother insect eggs and knock down aphid populations on shrubs. All fescue turf is being fertilized this month with a slow release nitrogen source, micronutrients and iron. Crape Myrtles, Roses and Boxwoods and other difficult plant species we are recommending deep root soil injections. These injections give the plants an overall health benefit to fight off disease and insects as a preventative application. The injections can safeguard the plants 3-4 months against insects and disease. English and American Boxwoods are becoming increasingly difficult to ward off from blights and fungal diseases. The true dwarf Boxwood Buxus suffruticosa are the most susceptible and need to be on an injection program as well as a 21-30 day fungicide spray program. These extra treatments are vital to your landscapes overall success so please ask your manager if you have any questions.

Our maintenance teams are concentrating on dormant pruning this month and getting your plant material ready for spring growth. We are also pulling and spraying weeds due to recent breakout caused by the warm weather. New pine straw and mulch applications are beautiful right now and help with root moisture and suppression of weeds. Scheduling straw and mulch now is a great idea before the spring flush of new growth and the emergent of perennials. We highly recommend you keep your pine straw and or mulch fresh.

Our irrigation teams have been starting up irrigation systems and doing their scheduled evaluations. Repairs need to be made to make sure that the systems are in 100% working order. Wifi and Sim Card irrigation controllers are here! What a great addition to any home. The new controllers give you and us the ability to control your irrigation from anywhere in the world through the app. In addition, the controller can now communicate with the local weather zip code and water on its own adjustments due to the weather. The other great feature is that we can both message through the app and communicate irrigation adjustments, settings, runtimes, notes, etc…. We are very excited about these controllers and look forward to updating your controller at your homes.

Seasonal Color installation starts next month for the new rotation of Summer Annuals. Our award winning designers are working extremely hard creating beautiful designs for your properties.
Design/build installation projects are in peak production at this point. Our Landscape Architects are excited and available for appointments to help you with any of your projects. Give us a call today to help you design your new landscape plantings, turf installations, patios, pools, decks, outdoor kitchens, fireplaces and fire pits, as well as, retaining walls. Backyard outdoor spaces are all the rage right now. Create your own for your family and friends.

As always, we truly appreciate the privilege to build and maintain your landscapes.
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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