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July Landscape Newsletter

Wednesday, July 13th, 2016

July 2016 Newsletter

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.

In July, we typically talk about how hot it’s been. We can definitely talk about that this year as we have had extremely high temperatures starting the first of June. The summer just started June 21st and we have already seen the early decline of a lot of warm season and cool season turf grasses. Irrigation helps for sure but the heat is just too much for some of the lawns and gardens in Atlanta. Increased irrigation along with the heat has caused insect populations to be at high levels and out about a month earlier than normal. Our managers and teams are reporting and 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 to ensure overall plant health. Irrigation will be extremely important to keep the plants and turf from further environmental stress.

The maintenance crews are being careful to pay attention to turf stress when they arrive on property. Alternating cutting the turf or cutting the turf at a higher height will help to create less stress on the turf.  Light pruning of shrubs and lots of deadheading occurring in the gardens we maintain. Perennials are being deadheaded; like Hosta, Rudbeckia, Daylilies and phlox.

July also is the month that is typical for pine straw and 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. To protect your garden and ornamental plant material a new thick layer of pine straw or mulch needs to be applied now.

Many thanks and appreciation to all of you, our customers.  We work very hard to train our employees to be the best each week for you.  We also practice safe applications and keep safety for you and our employees in the foreground every day. Thanks for your business and allowing us to serve you each week!

Gibbs is also very happy to have recently installed a new garden for WSB radio personality Belinda Skelton of Belinda Skelton’s Atlanta Living radio show.  Belinda stated after completion of her project, “Everyone in my neighborhood is stopping by to see who performed my landscape work.”  “I will only use Gibbs Landscaping and have another project scheduled.”  So grateful we had the chance to serve her.

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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August News

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

July has left us with some scorching heat and little rainfall. August looks like it borrowed July’s lesson plan and is still delivering the heat and lack of rainfall.  We have had two consecutive years of mild summer months and now back to a summer for what Atlanta is known. What can we do for our landscapes to protect them from the summer heat?

Water. Sounds obvious but water helps the grass and plants by cooling the leaves and grass blades of plants and grasses. Of course it supplies water to the roots in which are necessary for survival, but the cooling effect known as “Syringing” cooling the plants atmosphere is extremely beneficial during these super hot 90 plus degree days.

Pine straw or mulch applied around the roots of the plants will help insulate the roots of the plants and help to retain moisture to the roots.

 

Afternoon wilt of Hydrangeas and other shrubs may be seen in direct afternoon heat.  It is important to monitor the plants and make sure they are not in continue decline.  Large leaf plants will wilt faster than small leaf plants due to the leaves having more surface area.

 

The Gibbs managers and crews are watching and maintaining the flower beds, keeping an eye on Begonias that are suffering from the excessive heat.  Fungicides and fertilizers are being applied to all color beds.

Turf rounds are consisting of fertilizer for the warm season turf and broadleaf and nutsedge weeds are being controlled with a selective herbicide. Iron applications are also being applied to the fescue turf.  Pre emergents are wearing off in the fescue turf as we are just 4-5 weeks away from aerate and over seeding.

This is typically the season for Army worms and grub worms to attack our turf. We are monitoring now and will continue over the next 6 – 8 weeks.  Tent caterpillars have been spotted as well these past two weeks.  We are scouting cherry trees and oak trees where the caterpillars like to build their nests.  We are treating these chemically or if low enough, mechanically.

Thank you so much for your continued business and thank you for allowing us to maintain your landscapes.

The Gibbs Team

 

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.