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December Newsletter

Monday, December 7th, 2015

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Hope everyone has had a great year as we wind down 2015 and welcome in 2016.  December is a time to be with family and friends and to reflect on past memories. All of us at Gibbs are so appreciative of the opportunity to work with you and your families and sharing your landscapes with us.  We take extreme pride in maintaining the landscape at your homes.

This month the crews will continue to remove leaves and try to get everything clean and ready for pine straw or mulch applications. Please let us know if you have needs or desires to have the mulch or straw in before the holidays. Mulch and straw help protect plant’s roots and looks great. It is very important to be installed prior to freezing temperatures. Pansies and Violas are a bit green right now due to the lack of sunshine. We need more days of bright sunshine and we will start seeing blooms of color again. 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 high 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. Fescue seed can be added to bare spots in the lawns as we have had a great deal of seed washing due to the heavy rains. Dormant pruning will be underway soon and shrubs will be pruned through the winter months. 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 couple of notes on some plant issues that are of growing concern of ours and the entire east coast. Rose Rosette Virus on 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.

Boxwood issues are showing again and have been the last two years due to wet periods. Boxwoods in the winter will show signs of stress if exposed to full sun and windy conditions. This yellowing or orange coloring is the result of sun scald and can lead to damaged tissue which in turn weakens the overall plant. Boxwoods that are protected from the winter winds usually will not take on this effect. The overall wet soil conditions and extended periods of moisture within the Boxwoods interior stems and branches have contributed to two fungal problems. Root rot of fine root hairs and Volutella blight on stems have been prevalent these last two to three years. Well drained soil and filtered sunlight is the best start we can give for our Boxwoods.

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

Your Autumn Garden – 8 Things To Do

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

8 Things To Do In Your Autumn Garden

Preparing your garden for fall is not just about cleaning or removing plants, it is also a way to enjoy your garden longer. Getting your garden ready for fall and winter will help you have an easier time come spring. It’s also a good time to enhance the area for your spring garden and even plant some fall foliage. Getting your garden ready for the fall will give you plenty of time to rake up all those falling leaves.

  1. Clean up your garden landscape by removing debris such as dried leaves or stems off plants and shrubs. Use a rake to fluff up any mulch, which will help water reach deeper into the soil. Add mulch if it is needed. Use as much of your compost as you can by spreading it on your garden beds. You’re about to have a whole lot of fallen leaves to add to your compost for the spring, so best to make room now.
  2. Plant new plants such as mums or pansies to add color to your fall garden. This is the ideal time since spring and summer blooms have ended and you can see where there may be gaps in coverage.
  3. Take care of your plants that are in containers by moving them indoors to prepare them for fall. This is especially important before the first frost. Tropical plants do well inside but herbs will need a lot of light. Consider transplanting perennials you have in containers into your garden for spring blooming.
  4. Plant new bulbs or divide and replant perennials to prepare your garden. Autumn provides an ideal opportunity to move poorly placed plants, and divide overcrowded perennials while the soil is still warm. Dividing the perennials will encourage new growth and give you an easy, cheaper way to add more plants and flowers to your garden landscape.
  5. If your yard has a pond or water feature it’s time to cover it with a net. Decomposing leaves can turn your pond water foul and block filters on pumps. Save time and effort later on by catching leaves before they fall into your pond. Simply spread a fine meshed net across the pond and pin it down with bricks. The leaves can be added straight to the compost heap.
  6. Clean, maintain and store your gardening tools. Cover the tools or keep them sheltered from the wet weather. Sharpen dull tools to be ready for spring gardening. Give a light coat of oil to metal tools like shears and shovels to avoid rust. Get rid of any garden products that will have expired when spring comes around and make a list of the things you will need for spring gardening.
  7. Get your trees ready for fall as well by trimming dead branches before they have a chance to fall and possible crush your garden.
  8. Plan your dream garden landscape for next year, now. Are there new elements you want to incorporate into your garden landscape like a paver patio, fire pit, water feature, outdoor lighting, new flower beds or accent plants? Now is the time to create that plan to have it ready for next spring and summer. We can help you design and build your dream landscape. Now is the time to create a landscape oasis that can be enjoyed years to come.

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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