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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

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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.

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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.

 

October News

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015

Fall is definitely here and we are all enjoying these cooler days and nights. This month we will be tending all that beautiful fescue grass that we have aerated and over seeded in last month.  Most lawns will be receiving reduced mowing’s on the new fescue this month and then we will not be fertilizing and weed treating again till December. Warm season turf will begin to go dormant and start to discolor as the nights have been getting colder. IMG_8884

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 being over watered.

Fall flower installations are underway and our seasonal color design specialist are continuing to design seasonal color beds and pots.  In addition to designing they are also making sure their designs are being installed as planned by our wonderful seasonal color installation crews.

Fall leaf removal has just started and we plan on completion by late December if Mother Nature cooperates. We can already tell that the leaf drop is about 1 week behind compared to a normal year. Crews will be tarping leaves, mowing leaves, and removing leaves weekly on the property until they are all up.

Remember that Fall through late Winter to early Spring is the optimal time to plant new shrubs and trees. Please get with our account managers or our Landscape Architects to begin designing your next project. Our installation teams are fortunate to be very busy now and booking out each month. We now have five Landscape Architects on staff to serve your needs.

Zoysia fungal patch could become active over the next two months as the Zoysia begins to go into winter dormancy.  Warm season turf like Bermuda and Zoysia are in transition and therefor are in a weaker state than in the active growing season.  This is why we see the fungus attack the turf when the turf grass is most vulnerable. Turf fungicides are recommended usually two rounds are needed to help prevent the fungus.

Boxwood fungal issues can flare up over the next two months. Volutella blight and root rot are two problems that we can have if we get into rainy cool weather with cloudy days. Boxwoods are very susceptible to root rot due to our clay soils. We can treat with fungicides if we suspect and see any issues.

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 properties. Thanks for allowing us to serve you!

The Gibbs Landscape Team

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.

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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.

April showers bring May flowers and much more!

Monday, May 4th, 2015

We have had a lovely spring with lots of rain and beautiful flowering displays from our Dogwoods, Redbuds, Azaleas and Rhododendrons. Perennials and Hydrangeas will be showing their flowers next. With all this rain we have seen an enormous explosion of fungal activity in our lawns and on our plants. Warm season turf (Bermuda and Zoysia) are definitely having issues with Spring dead spot fungus – the worse we have ever seen.

These circles in the lawn cause the grass blades to thin and brown out but not killing the roots. The turf will recover by June and will recover faster when fungicides are applied.

Shrub fungal problems consist of Cercospora leaf blight and the beginning of Volutella blight on the Boxwoods. Both types of fungus are not curable but can be suppressed by using fungicides. Cercospora has been found on Ligustrum, Rhododendron and Cryptomerias; the fungus causes brown to grey lesions on the leaves of the plants. Volutella is the yellow streaking that occurs in the Boxwoods from too much rainfall. Boxwoods have had a rough two years from all the rain and there are multiple fungal problems that plaque this beloved southern plant. We are diligently out there monitoring these issues every day.

Spring/Summer Seasonal annuals are being installed and our teams are doing a fabulous job! The color designs look terrific and the teams installing are doing a fantastic job ensuring that the plants are healthy and the designs are implemented as planned.

Turf applications of fertilizer and pre-emergents are being wrapped up on Fescue, Bermuda and Zoysias. Brown patch fungus in fescue will start this month and can be treated on contact or as a preventative. The fungal applications are a must in order to keep the Fescue green throughout the next 4-5 months.

Shrub pruning consists of pruning the shrubs that just completed their flowering cycle. Azaleas, Quince and Spireas are being pruned and Rhododenrons are being deadheaded. Daffodil foliage will be cutback this month as the leaves begin to brown out. The crews are monitoring the roses for aphids and deadheading as the flowers fade. Perennials are being fertilized and beds are being groomed and defined to prepare for summer mulch applications.

We at Gibbs want to say that it is a pleasure to work at all of your lovely homes throughout Atlanta. It is an absolute privilege for us and our teams to work with all of you and to allow us to continue to beautify your landscapes in and around your homes.

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.