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April Newsletter

Thursday, April 13th, 2017

April Newsletter

Spring is here and landscapes all over Atlanta are showing off their spring blooming plant material.  We experienced another mild winter in 2017 and the heavy rainfall that occurred in the first week of April has helped replenish our soil moisture.  We are very excited the spring season is here and are doing everything we can to ensure your properties are looking great.

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 the 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 blight 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 a top priority each week to ensure overall healthy plant material.

Installation of new outdoor entertaining areas combined with new turf, trees, and shrubs are the best way to create additional value to your properties.  Outdoor spaces such as fireplaces, fire pits outdoor patios are all the rage right now.  Contact us if you would like to be put in contact with one our 5 award winning 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.

Thank you so much for allowing us the privilege to service you and your properties.

Peter James 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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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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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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February Landscape Newsletter

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

February Landscape News

Another mild Winter so far this year and the groundhogs predicted an early spring for us in the South. Mild temperatures to moderate temperature swings each week puts a real strain on shrubs, turf and trees. We have seen temperatures change within 24 hours from 72 degrees to 30 degrees. These swings can be confusing for insects, plant life, animals and us humans. Our crews are changing things up due to the weather to make sure your landscape always receives the proper care and attention when the weather is not so cooperative. We are being proactive and selective on all our applications to the turf, insects, shrubs to keep your landscape healthy.

Flower beds are being treated for aphids, as they love the tender soft leaves of annual flowers. Shrubs are being treated with dormant oils to also combat aphids and smother out any insect eggs. Dormant oils are a 100% effective organic treatment that we use throughout the winter through the early spring on shrubs to ensure we are as eco-friendly as possible. Bed pre-emergent and slow release fertilizer are being applied to all shrub beds. Turf treatments for fescue consist of fertilizer, broadleaf control as well as pre-emergents and will be repeated in 1-2 months. Warm season turf applications are receiving pre-emergent and post-emergent applications through this month.

Maintenance teams are busy finishing necessary cut backs of liriope, Roses, Ornamental grasses, and some light Crape Myrtle pruning.  Managers and crews are now scouting and preparing for thinning and rejuvenation pruning of shrubs throughout the garden. Thinning of plant material is important for the overall health of plants by improving air circulation and creating new growth points within the shrub.

Our irrigation technicians are performing evaluations of our irrigation systems. Repairs will are vital as we enter spring and summer to ensure your ornamental plant material is receiving optimal water coverage.

We have exciting news this year involving irrigation controllers. For the first time in the Atlanta market, we can now offer WiFi and/or AT&T Rainbird Sim Card controller systems. These controllers can now be powered with your smart phone through a Rainbird app and our managers can have access as well. This will eliminate the need for us to gain garage access to adjust your irrigation controllers.  There are countless possibilities with these new controllers.  You can be alerted of breaks, you can auto shut off, and they have cloud base weather reporting to your clock. This all adds up to water saving technology that will reduce water consumption and save you MONEY.  Please ask your manager if you are interested in this super technology.

Now is the time to get your new landscape projects started.  If you are interested in improving your landscape please call us so we can schedule one of our award winning Landscape Architects to meet with you.

Peter James 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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January 2017 Landscape News

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

January 2017 Newsletter

Happy New Year from everyone at Gibbs Landscape Company.  January has been a month of extreme temperature fluctuations.  Atlanta had temps in the teens and temps in the 70’s.  There were also periods of good rainfall.  When this happens your landscapes sometimes become confused and you may see flowing trees and shrubs begin to look like they will bloom.  Many types of perennials will try and come out of the ground as well. We expect that some of these plants may have less blooms in the spring and summer this year due to this. It’s all a part of nature so do not worry when you see these types of things in your winter landscape.

Our maintenance crews have been carrying extra bags of fescue seed with them last month and this month to touch up bare areas in our fescue turf.

This month we will be applying pre-emergent to all bed areas and shrubs to combat weeds and additionally a slow release fertilizer. All shrubs will be sprayed with dormant oil to prevent and smother any eggs or insects that are harboring on the plants leaves or branches. This application will be repeated over the next two months. Using dormant oils is a green approach vs using traditional chemicals. Ornamental grasses and liriope will be cut back this month and finished prior to installing pine straw or mulch.  Upon pine straw or mulch applications we will be redefining all bed lines. Pruning this month will consist of crape myrtles, burning bush and other non-winter flowering plants. Tree canopy thinning and small branch elevations can be done now.  Heavy cutbacks of hollies and other shrubs typically occur towards the end of the month and carry on through mid April.

Please make sure you apply a thick layer of mulch or pine straw to your landscapes as soon as possible.  This will really help insulate plant material from the cold and then from the heat they will begin experiencing in the spring.

Remember….the winter is one of the best times to have new landscapes installed.  New material planted this time of year focuses on establishing their root systems.  They do not have to worry about leaf support as deciduous trees and shrubs do not have leaves at this time and evergreen tree and shrub metabolisms are very slow this time of year.  You also do not have to worry about watering your new installations.

Thanks to all our valued clients for trusting us with your business.  We truly appreciate it.

Peter James 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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December Landscape News

Friday, December 16th, 2016

December Landscape News

Hope everyone has had a great year as we welcome in 2017.  December is a time to be with family and friends and to reflect on all the blessing we each have.  On behalf of everyone at Gibbs Landscape Company, we are so appreciative of the privilege provide landscape services for your properties.  We would also like to thank Atlanta voters for again voting for Gibbs Landscape Company as the 2016 Consumers’ Choice Award Winner.  Without our loyal clients we would not have been able to win this prestigious award of being the BEST in our category of landscape services.

This month the crews will continue to remove leaves and try to get everything clean and ready for pine straw or mulch applications. Pine straw and mulch are vital to your landscape plantings health.  Please make sure a fresh application of pine straw or mulch is applied to your property once leaves are finished falling and cleaned up.  We will be providing you with proposals for this service.  Mulch and pine straw help protect plant’s roots from cold and will enhance the look of your landscape. Pansies and Violas were off to a slow start with the warm weather but temps are now more desirable.  We will be installing tulips and daffodils this month.  Daffodils are a great bulb that will re bloom each year and are deer and squirrel resistant.  Our fescue turf will receive another round of nitrogen in January while warm season turf are going dormant.  We are finishing up a great pre emergent round on the warm season turf this month.   Dormant season pruning will begin soon.  We will be thinning and making corrective interior cuts and in some cases performing a heavier dormant prune where needed.  Heavier pruning will be discussed prior to commencement.

A note on some plant issues that are of growing concern of ours and the entire east coast.  Rose Rosette Virus on Knock Out Roses is being found in more and more landscapes.  There is no cure or real prevention of the virus.  We will alert you if we find Rose Rosette in your landscape and we can make a joint decision on rectification.

Our Landscape Architects are always here to meet with you and discuss that landscape renovation you have been dreaming of.  Let us help you make it a reality!  Remember…winter is the best time to plant in Atlanta.  The plants will focus on root establishment in the winter and you do not need to water them which saves you money.

All of us at Gibbs Landscape Company Wish You Happy Holidays and a Very Happy New Year!

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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Landscape News – October 2016

Tuesday, October 11th, 2016

Landscape News

Fall

Fall is here and is truly welcomed.  This summer has provided us with 86 days above 90 degrees close to records of 90 days. The summer heat along with lack of rainfall has definitely left our fescue grass damaged, shortened the life of annuals and created dieback on shrubs and trees. Bermuda grass and Zoysia grass reaped the benefit this summer from the heat and has looked phenomenal compared to the past two years.

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 drying out.  If you have recently had Gibbs perform a new installation…please make sure you are following your watering guidelines provided.

Fescue grass aeration and over seeding started in mid-September and will be completed by mid-October. Along with the seeding the grass has been fertilized with a starter fertilizer. Fescue grass will be cut after 5 weeks of seeding date. Grass will be high until the first cut. After lawns have been cut 3-4 times we will be able to then fertilize again with a liquid fertilizer as well as treat for broadleaf weeds within the turf. This is just part of the two month process of replenishing fescue lawns in the south. Lawns will receive touch up seed as needed over the next month.

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Warm season turf – Bermuda and Zoysia will begin to shut down as we have cooler nights. You will notice the discoloration in the grass and mowing will become less frequent. Heights of these turf types will be allowed to be maintained higher in efforts to allow the turf to remain healthy as it cycles to the dormancy period.

Zoysia and Bermuda fungal patch could become active over the next two months as the turf grass begins to transition to winter dormancy. Managers will be on the lookout for these diseases.

Fall annual flower installations are starting this month. Our Flower Designers are designing beds and pots each day.  Timing is critical for installation of the pansies. If installed too early the heat can cause excessive stretching of the annuals. Crews will be pulling and removing summer annuals as they fade away. Once fall annuals are installed they will be fertilized as well as a fungicide applied and watered in thoroughly. Managers will need to set irrigation for 2-4 days a week of run time on the newly installed beds for two to three weeks.
Crews are busy finishing pruning, weeding and preparing for perennial cutbacks. Leaf season is two to three weeks away and then leaf removal will be in full swing.

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Remember that Fall through late Winter to early Spring is the best time to plant shrubs and trees. Our installation teams are very busy now and booking out each month. Our Architects are here to help you plan and design a new landscape for your home.  Please let us know if you are thinking about a project as now is prime time to install it.

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 homes. Thanks for allowing us to serve you!

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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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.

TerraCota Pots

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.

Bulb Dividing

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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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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Before & After

Tuesday, July 26th, 2016

Before & After

These before and after photos show a backyard that was uninviting and completely unused by our client. We were able to design in a patio with a seat wall that provides aesthetics and extra seating when entertaining. The surrounding areas were also landscaped with plant material that inspires throughout the seasons.

Landscape Before & After

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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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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