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Landscaping Adds Value to Your Property

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

Landscaping Adds Value to Your Property

Landscaping can add tens of thousands of dollars to the value of your property. In fact, it is one of the few home improvements you can make that not only adds value immediately, but also increases in value as the years go by; while interior decor and design concepts regularly go out of style (remember avocado colored appliances?), plants grow fuller and more robust as the years go by.

Recent research by Alex X. Niemiera, a horticulturist at Virginia Tech, found that a well-landscaped home had a significant price advantage over a home with no landscaping. His research makes the distinction that there’s more to landscaping than randomly sticking some flowers and in the ground. The number-one thing that buyers are looking for in landscaping is a sophisticated design. Close behind is plant size and maturity, followed by the diversity of plant life within the landscaping design.

Mature Landscape

A well landscaped lawn can reap many benefits for a homeowner too. A beautiful front lawn can provide curb appeal, increasing the resale value of a home or building by up to 14%. And a well-executed landscape planting design’s appeal isn’t only aesthetic; it can actually cut heating and cooling bills by 20%. Maintaining your lawn and landscape can also greatly benefit your family in tangible ways, protecting them from allergens such as ragweed, and encouraging children to get outside to play rather than sitting inside in front of a computer.

The biggest landscaping mistake that homeowners make is not having a coherent plan. They decide to put a tree in, and then a few years later add some flower beds, then maybe put in some shrubs and another tree. A landscape that’s assembled piecemeal looks disorganized, and that turns buyers off. A landscape full of large, mature plants is obviously one that has been carefully tended to over the years, and that sends a signal to buyers that the interior must be as nice as the exterior.

Are you ready to increase the value of your property with landscaping?

Here are a few places to start:

Outdoor Living Spaces
People enjoy the sun and outdoors. A landscaped patio can raise the value of a home by as much as 12.4%. Anything you can do to incorporate the outdoors with the indoor comes as a buyer premium.
Water is a key feature in a backyard landscape but that does not mean a pool! A fountain, a small pond or a hot tub can do the trick. The key is to make the area a comfortable place to sit and relax.

Landscape Lighting
Show off your landscape day and night. Lighting the landscape can silhouette trees, light up the garden, keep visitors safe by lighting their path and provide security from potential burglars.

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.

Retaining Wall Utilization

Friday, March 13th, 2015

Retaining Wall In Your Garden Landscape

With Atlanta’s varying topography, we are frequently asked, how can we create and maximize usable space in the outdoor environment.  How can we add additional space for our families and friends, to get outside and really enjoy Atlanta’s great climate.

It is all too simple to just recommend adding a retaining wall.   Many contractors will look at a site, determine the property boundaries, and simply proceed to raise all corners to the same height, and bring in the soil.

While this may maximize the amount of level area, it gives no thought to the aesthetics of the space, and awkwardness of tall walls.

At Gibbs Landscape, our Landscape Architectural staff approaches the site with concepts and themes that will keep the retaining walls in scale with the planned us of the space.   Many times, two walls, verses one tall wall, will help to create a comfortable scale, and still provide a substantial increase in level space.    This approach is typically more cost efficient as well.

We feel it is important to allow the retaining walls to blend with the site vs dominating the topography.  The use of a low retaining wall, maybe 18- 24” in height, can easily serve as additional seating.

Once we have determined the optimum location for the retaining wall, it then becomes important to select a material that will complement the existing architectural details.  Stacked Stone, Brick, Natural Boulders, and Concrete Modular Block, are all great materials that will give longevity to a retaining wall.   All these materials are easily adapted to both straight more formal designs, and at the same time be used with natural more flowing curves.

Very Simple Wall

Very Simple Wall

More Elaborate Wall

More Elaborate Wall

 

 

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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2011 Consumers’ Choice Award Winner

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

Gibbs Landscape Company is very proud to announce that we have won the 2011 Consumers’ Choice Award for business excellence in the category of Landscape Contracting. We would like to first thank all of our valued clients who provide us the privilege to work on their properties. We would also like to thank the people of the city of Atlanta who voted us as “The Best” in Atlanta.

Gibbs Landscape Company has won this prestigious award for 8 straight years in a row. The Consumers’ Choice Award is the seal of approval for Atlanta consumers that they are buying the best goods and services available.

Please contact us if you are interested in seeing why Gibbs Landscape Company has again been voted the best landscape company in Atlanta. You can contact us at 770-432-7761 or visit us athttp://www.gibbslandscape.com/request-quote.

Time to Plant

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

We are currently in the prime planting season. When you plant your new trees and shrubs in the winter months you allow the new planting to focus on root development. The new plantings will establish their new roots and will begin to store nutrient reserves for next year. The water requirement for new plantings this time of year is substantially less as well. With the increased cost of water that can make a huge difference to the actual cost of a new landscape project. If you are interested in a new landscape design for your property please call us today. Gibbs will have one of our award winning landscape architects develop a beautiful landscape design for you. Call us today at 770-432-7761 for a free consultation.

2009 Consumers Choice Award Winner!

Friday, September 18th, 2009

Gibbs Landscape Company is very proud to announce that we have just been awarded the 2009 Consumers Choice Award for Business Excellence in the catagory of Landscape Contracting. We would like to thank all our valued clients who have allowed us the privilege to showcase our quality, creativity, and experience on your properties.

Gibbs Landscape has won this prestigious award for six straight years in a row. The Consumers Choice Award is the seal of approval for Atlanta consumers that they are buying the best goods and services available in tha Atlanta market.

If you are interested in any of our services please call us. it would be our pleasure to serve you.

Thanks Atlanta.

Time to Plant!

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

The Spring season is one of the best times to begin that new project you have been thinking about. New plant material installed in the spring has plenty of time to get rooted in before warmer summer weather arrives. Soil temperatures are warmer in the spring which helps the new plant root system immediately establish itself.
The first four months of the year have brought plentiful rains which have caused the state climatologist to declare the drought over in Atlanta. If you are interested in meeting with one of our award winning architects please contact us.