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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.

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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 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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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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