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November Landscape News

Thursday, November 8th, 2018

November is a great time of the year in The South as we begin to welcome winter and we have such great displays of fall tree color and beautiful new annual fall color beds coming to life. Fescue turf lawns are beginning to look fantastic and warm-season lawns are beginning their dormancy.

“Even if something is left undone, everyone must take time to sit still and watch the leaves turn.” Elizabeth Lawrence, (1904-1985) 1st woman graduate in Landscape Architecture from NC State University. American Garden Writer and her historic home and garden located in Charlotte, NC.


Horticultural Services Teams are applying preemergent to all warm-season lawns to prevent winter and early spring weeds and most importantly poa annua and trivialis. This is a critical application and the only application to prevent poa in warm season turf.  Timing is of the essence with this treatment. Fescue lawns are receiving granular fertilizer as well as a round of selective treatments for any weeds that are present. We continue to touch up some lawns with fescue seed as needed. Deep root fall tree injections are a good idea for trees that may be suffering or trees that need some extra growth. These injections are really critical with the wet season we had this year.  This year’s season combined with the drier season we had last year caused stress to our trees in Atlanta.  These swings in weather truly stress trees out and the injections can help in a big way. Boxwoods need root injections as well this time of the year to ensure proper root growth in the clayey soils to establish stronger root systems. We have seen some fungal activity flaring up again on fescue lawns. Our Managers and Crews are on the lookout each week as we service lawns.

Seasonal Color Teams are continuing to plant new fall color beds. Tulips are a great accent bulb that can be added to the beds in December. This should be a great year for Tulips. We highly recommend you add tulips to your seasonal color beds for a huge burst in the spring.

Maintenance Teams are collecting leaves and sometimes naturalizing leaves on properties. This is the first wave this month for leaf removal and will continue in December. Leaves appear to be slow in dropping this season due to the warmer temperatures in October. We suspect a heavy drop the last week of November. Rain is very important in November as our humidity drops and plants and trees can dry out quickly from winds and low humidity. New plants, trees and flowers will benefit from additional watering. Crews are also trimming the new shoot growth and thinning some shrubs lightly as we prepare for winter. Hostas and other perennials are being cut back as their foliage browns and will continue into December.

Fall is the time BEST time to design and plant your garden.  Fall – Winter is when trees and shrubs metabolism’s slow down and focus their energy on root development.  Most all trees are available to plant at this time as well.  Watering by irrigation is not typically necessary at this time due to cooler temperatures and more rainfall.

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 after 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 millions of Daffodils over the years.  Nothing ushers in spring like a daffodil display.

Thank so much to all our valued clients who have trusted us with the development and maintenance of their exterior landscapes.

Thanks to all our valued clients who have trusted us with their business.

Warmest regards,

Peter Copses
Vice President

As winners of over 300 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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July 2018 Newsletter

Monday, July 9th, 2018

July Landscape Newsletter

In July we typically talk about how hot it’s been.  However, this year has been different.  We are experiencing a mix of hot temps and also a lot of moderate temps along with large amounts of rainfall.  This type of weather is good and bad.  Plant material is getting plenty of water but many plants that do not like as much water such as select perennials and annuals are having fungal problems and root rot.  We are actively looking for this and treating as necessary.  Please make sure you do the proposed turf fungicides as this will keep your lawns looking great this summer.  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.

The maintenance crews are being careful to pay attention to the wet turf when they arrive on property. If we feel turf is too wet to mow we will skip mowing that week to protect the overall health of 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 or 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!

Peter Copses
Vice President

 

As winners of over 300 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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Proper Planting Techniques

Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018

Proper Planting Techniques

At Gibbs Landscape, we pride ourselves on doing every job right the first time. In this video of landscape tips,  our own Peter Copses discusses the proper way to plant a shrub.

 

As winners of over 300 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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December 2017 Landscape Newsletter

Thursday, December 14th, 2017

December 2017 Landscape Newsletter

 

Hope everyone has had a great year as we welcome in 2018.  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 2017 Consumers’ Choice Award Winner.  Without our loyal clients, we would not have been able to win this prestigious award for being the BEST in our category of landscape services.

This month we experienced a severe snowstorm.  Mother nature showed us it can snow and snow a lot in December in Atlanta.  Our 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 rebloom each year and are deer and squirrel resistant.  Our fescue turf will receive another round of nitrogen in January while the warm-season turf grass is going dormant.  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 team of Landscape Architects is 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 300 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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Backyard Transformation

Friday, October 6th, 2017

Peter Copses discusses a recently completed backyard landscape installation with a dry creek bed.

 

As winners of over 300 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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October Newsletter

Thursday, October 5th, 2017

October Newsletter

Fall has arrived! Whether its sports, cooler weather or watching the leaves turn…Fall is definitely a very popular time of the year and is welcomed by many. For us in the landscape installation and maintenance business, Fall is as busy as Spring and at times even busier. There are so many maintenance tasks at hand and the season-ending leaf drop looms around the corner.

Our Landscape Design/Build division is in full swing as we are completing and starting projects every day. If you are interested in recreating or designing a new space please contact our Landscape Architectural team. We have 6 landscape architects on staff that are ready to assist you.

Seasonal color installation starts this month! It’s time that we remove the summer annuals and replenish the beds with new soil and install our Fall annuals. Our Seasonal Color Designers are busy at work finishing Fall designs as our teams begin to start Seasonal Color Installations. If you need a design or add to your design please contact your Seasonal Color Designer or Team Manager.

Fescue aeration and overseeding are almost complete and we are eager to begin mowing the new replenished fescue turf. The waiting period to mow can be anywhere between 4-6 weeks before we can perform our first cuts. Our seed is hand selected from Oregon each year and is a blend of 3 fescue turf types that are rated for superior performance in our region. Fescue seed types are selected for color, drought tolerance, fungal resistance, and durability. Every year our seed is Blue Tag certified and guaranteed to be free of any weed seed by the Oregon State Growers Association.

Irrigation zones will be running this month quite often to keep the seed evenly moist to assure a good grow in of the new fescue seed. After the 1st to 2nd cut on the new fescue turf we will be able to ease off the irrigation. Seasonal Color Installations will require 2-3 weeks of watering and we can begin to winterize the irrigation systems in the next couple of months.

Bermuda and Zoysia turf will be losing color and going into dormancy this month. We will continue to treat for weeds and a big pre-emergent round is scheduled for next month. This is the time to treat the warm season lawns with a fungicide to prevent fungal outbreaks as the grass weakens and heads into dormancy. Our managers and teams are on the lookout and will alert you if we need to do a treatment. As the weather cools we are also paying close attention to Cryptomerias and scouting for Cercospora Needle Blight. This is a relatively new disease that we are seeing on Cryptomerias in the Spring and fall months. Fungicide sprays every 7-14 days through the cooler months can help prevent the spread of this blight.

Leaf season is close and crews are gathering leaves each week. First leaf abscission is from the large leaf trees; Tulip poplars, Red Oaks and Sycamore. Other trees will slowly drop as cooler weather sets in this month.

WiFi irrigation controllers are all the rage right now.  A client of ours was on Fall break at Disney World and had his lawn seeded while he was away. While in a line at Disney World he was able to change all the setting on his controller from his smartphone through the app and water his newly seeded lawn. If you don’t have a WiFi irrigation controller you should definitely give us a call. We can install quickly and you and your manager can control your controller anytime anywhere. There is also an in-app chat box that allows you and your manager can communicate about the irrigation anytime. Even better there is no need for the managers to access your garage.

Thank you so much for your allowing us the privilege to serve your landscape needs.

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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July Newsletter

Tuesday, July 18th, 2017

July Newsletter

Hope that all of you had a great Independence Day with your families and friends.

Since Summer just began, it has been nice with lower than normal temperatures so far along with an abundance of rain showers soaking our landscapes and filling our water reservoirs. Fungal activity has been heavy on the warm season turf and lighter on the cool season turf. We have noticed that the extended water saturation of cool season turf has not caused brown patch to be as explosive this year as it has been in years past. As rain tampers off, the dry heat will cause the brown patch to become extremely active and damaging. Our managers will continue to offer our fungicide programs to combat the this through September. Our horticultural spray teams are currently treating Azaleas and other shrubs for lace bugs and spider mites. Our tank mixes for shrubs always include fertilizer, insecticides, and fungicides each time we target for insects to ensure overall plant health.

Turf applications are under way for both cool and warm season turf. All warm season turf is receiving another liquid fertilizer application and cool season turf a spot treatment for nutsedge along with treatment of any broadleaf weeds coupled with liquid iron.

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 are occurring in the gardens.  Perennials are being deadheaded; like Hosta, Rudbeckia, Daylilies and flowering shrubs.

Seasonal color maintenance is underway on our newly installed color beds. Flower maintenance is critical at this time along with fungicides and fertilizer. Our teams are deadheading and treating the flowers each and every visit.

July is the time for pine straw or 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. Be on the lookout for pine straw notifications and we are scheduling fast to ensure a speedy application.   This is something we HIGHLY recommend each and every client does.

Our landscape architectural team has been very busy designing and installing some incredible landscapes all over the greater Atlanta area.  Please contact us if you have any projects like a firepit, retaining wall or other outdoor living space idea you’re dreaming of. We are booking for fall now.

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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 the safety of you and our employees in the foreground every day. Thanks for the privilege of 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 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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Peter Talks Commercial Landscape Installation

Friday, May 19th, 2017

 

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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May Landscape News

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

May Landscape Newsletter

Summer plantings of annuals are underway and will continue through the rest of the month. Our flower installation teams have been working hard since April 9th tiling, sculpting, planting and fertilizing flower beds. Irrigation teams are in full swing repairing and adjusting irrigation systems to make sure we have optimal irrigation systems watering flowers, turf, and shrubs as we head into the summer months.

Our managers are on alert monitoring for insects, diseases, and weeds on your properties. We have seen some early activity from white flies on Gardenias and Scale insects on hollies and Camelias. There are early weeds emerging about a month early for Nutsedge and Fireweed. Both of these weeds cannot be controlled with pre-emergents. These weeds are being sprayed and/or hand pulled as we see them.

Turf treatments are underway for all of our warm season turf. This round we are applying now is a liquid application that consists of slow release microbial activated fertilizer, pre–emergent, post emergent and micronutrients with iron. Along with the turf treatments, targeted shrubs will be treated with liquid fertilizer, general insecticide, and fungicide.

Maintenance crews are controlling weeds each visit along with weekly mowings.  Pruning is a big part of our visits each week and important in order to keep shrubs and hedges looking great as they are actively growing right now. Azaleas and other spring flowering shrubs are being pruned now and will continue into June.  Rhododendrons are completing their bloom cycles a little early this year and Hydrangeas are just starting to show small blooms now. Anna Belle, Oakleaf, and Macros are starting and Limelights and Pee Gees will come later. Autumn Ferns are looking great this year and compliment Hostas in the garden very nicely. Shade gardens are coming alive with Vinca minor, Hostas, Ferns, Variegated Solomon Seal, Lenton Roses, Bishop’s Weed and native Phlox. These are all companion plants and grow well in our climate.

Our Landscape Architects are extremely busy designing and implementing designs into the landscape. Plantings of trees, shrubs, perennials, and building of some beautiful hardscape areas are just some of the projects that are underway.  We have seen quite an increase in the desire of paver patios and stone walls to increase outdoor living spaces. Outdoor living spaces and recreational gardening is very popular and our Architects bring vast knowledge and creativity to each design project.

Thank you again for letting us serve you each week at your homes for all your landscaping needs. All of us at Gibbs Landscape Company are focused on bringing you the best value and service in the industry. We lead our teams each week with landscape training and safety awareness training. Thanks and have a great summer.

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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Boost Your Curb Appeal

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

Tips to Boost Your Curb Appeal

 

Curb appeal, it’s a great way for your property to make a fantastic first impression. As a property owner, you are always trying to find new and creative ways to spruce up your property’s curb appeal.  As an award winning landscape company we’ve been adding appeal to Atlanta’s residential and commercial curbs for decades. Here are a few of our favorite ways to dress up our client’s landscapes.

Edge the Paths

Define areas of your landscape by installing borders along the driveway and the walkways. Consider combining a variety of edging materials, to create colorful, textured, beautiful designs, guaranteed to transform the rather dull yard into an elegant, inviting space.

Dress Up the Mailbox or Signage

Make the first thing you see when you arrive home an inviting sight. With the addition of colorful plants and flowers, you set the stage to create interest and gain attention.  The mailman will appreciate the view too!

Add Flowers

Planning and planting seasonal flowers is our favorite thing to do. One of the best landscaping ideas for revamping any property is flowers. Still, you must make sure you select the right type of flowers that accentuates the mood and theme of the property, and whose maintenance is relatively simple. Don’t just confine your flowers to the beds. Think vertically by adding hanging plants or large container pots.

Hide “Dead” Spots

Plants are an effective solution for enhancing your property but sometimes there are areas that are not suitable for planting. For example, at the base of a large shade tree or heavy slope. Sure, you can plant flowers that can thrive in a shaded setting or alternatively, you could cover the dead spots with mulch to help the yard look healthy and appealing to the eye.

Find more tips on how to add value your property 

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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