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3 Reasons to Build A Backyard Fire Pit

Thursday, December 3rd, 2015

3 Reasons to Build A Backyard Fire Pit

Everyone loves to spend time outside with friends and family but as the temperature begins to dip no one wants to stand out in the freezing cold. Ever thought of adding a fire pit or outdoor fireplace to your landscape? Here are a few reasons why you should:

Property Values

A well-built fire pit and surrounding landscaping often increases property values considerably. If you plan on eventually selling your home, it will be worth much more if you have a developed and dedicated corner in your yard instead of a plain expanse of grass. An attractive fire pit area can add thousands to the value of your home, making it easier to sell because of the entertainment value of the area.

Extend the Season

If you like to entertain friends and family outdoors bundling up in warm clothes and sitting around a warm fire sipping cider is a nearly perfect way to enjoy a cool evening together. It will give you better use out of your impressively landscaped yard too.

Large Gatherings

If you’re partial to large family gatherings, a fire pit is the way to go. It’s tough to bring a group of people outside and place them around a barbecue grill or tiny portable fire pit. A dedicated outdoor pit is the ideal focal point for a large outdoor gathering. Toss in some logs, light the fire and hand out the marshmallows.

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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.

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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Retaining Wall Utilization

Friday, March 13th, 2015

Retaining Wall In Your Garden Landscape

With Atlanta’s varying topography, we are frequently asked, how can we create and maximize usable space in the outdoor environment.  How can we add additional space for our families and friends, to get outside and really enjoy Atlanta’s great climate.

It is all too simple to just recommend adding a retaining wall.   Many contractors will look at a site, determine the property boundaries, and simply proceed to raise all corners to the same height, and bring in the soil.

While this may maximize the amount of level area, it gives no thought to the aesthetics of the space, and awkwardness of tall walls.

At Gibbs Landscape, our Landscape Architectural staff approaches the site with concepts and themes that will keep the retaining walls in scale with the planned us of the space.   Many times, two walls, verses one tall wall, will help to create a comfortable scale, and still provide a substantial increase in level space.    This approach is typically more cost efficient as well.

We feel it is important to allow the retaining walls to blend with the site vs dominating the topography.  The use of a low retaining wall, maybe 18- 24” in height, can easily serve as additional seating.

Once we have determined the optimum location for the retaining wall, it then becomes important to select a material that will complement the existing architectural details.  Stacked Stone, Brick, Natural Boulders, and Concrete Modular Block, are all great materials that will give longevity to a retaining wall.   All these materials are easily adapted to both straight more formal designs, and at the same time be used with natural more flowing curves.

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More Elaborate Wall

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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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2014 Consumers’ Choice Award

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

We are proud to announce Gibbs Landscape Company has won the 2014 Consumers’ Choice Award for Business Excellence in the category of Landscaping. Gibbs has won this prestigious award  11 straight years in a row. We would like to thank all of our clients for the privilege of serving them. We would also like to thank everyone in Atlanta who has seen our award winning work and voted for us.

Please let us know if we can help you with your lawn care needs, new landscape architectural projects, or anything associated with your exterior landscape.


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It’s Time to Design Your Dream Outdoor Living Space

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

As residences of the Atlanta Metropolitan Region, we have a climate that allows for maximum us of the outdoor environment. Over the past 10 to 15 years, many homeowners have discovered the enjoyment that a professionally planned outdoor space can provide.

While we have always enjoyed the use of decks, patios, and seating areas, the introduction of a fire pit or fireplace, outdoor kitchen and grill area, bocce court, paver patios, and synthetic turf areas have created many additional activities to enjoy in the outdoor environment.

In the fall of the year, it has become very common for football fans to have friends over to watch the game on an outdoor screen, while enjoying the atmosphere created by the great outdoors.

The combination of elements, along with plantings, grass and year round seasonal color and containers, help to create added living space for any residence.

So while January may force us to stay curled up inside with the remote, or tablet, just remember March is just around the corner, and now is the time to get a jump on planning your project for this spring.

By designing and installing paver patio areas, fireplaces, and outdoor kitchens, a beautiful and entertainment friendly space is created.

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Fall Garden Chores

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

In Georgia during October and into November, both air and soil temperatures are cooler, making the prospect of working in the garden a welcome one. October and November is an ideal time to clean up your garden and to evaluate your successes and failures.

Armed with this information you can then decide which new plants to add to your landscape or which ones would benefit from dividing. With a bit of luck there will also be some slow gentle rains. What follows is a list of chores for October-November, according to the type of plant:

Annuals
• Pull out summer annuals that have finished blooming or are scraggly.
• Plant pansies, violas, snapdragons, dianthus and stock too. For the best results, prepare the soil by digging in or rototilling a 2 inch layer of organic matter. The soft soil (make sure it’s well drained too) will make it easier for plants to grow well. Space plants on 6 to 10 inch centers, depending on how quickly you want to have a full established planting. These colorful annuals tolerate frost and cold weather and bounce back on warmer sunny days. Fertilize after you plant and then once every four weeks with a “pansy booster” or comparable fertilizer. Planting your pansies in October and November will give them adequate time to establish a good root system before cold weather.
Bulbs
• Plant spring flowering bulbs including daffodils, tulips, hyacinths, and crocus once soil temperatures are 60F or cooler. This is usually done in November and December.

Perennials
• Cut back spring-blooming perennials now. Just tip back lantana and wait until spring to cut it back hard; the same is true for Artemesia. Wait until spring to cut back fall blooming perennials.
• Add some fall bloomers to your garden like asters, sedums and chrysanthemums.
• Remove old mulch and then add a fresh layer of mulch. Keep it away from stems and trunks. Dispose of any diseased leaves in the garbage. This will cut down on the potential of overwintering pests and diseases.
• Plant peonies or divide existing peonies. Do not plant them too deep.
• Dig a hole that is 1 ½’ wide and 1’ deep. You should be able to see the buds (eyes), barely cover them with soil. Fertilize established peonies with something like 8-8-8 or a comparable fertilizer.

Lawn
• Spread pre emergents to suppress weeds next spring including Chickweed, Poa annua and hairy bittercress.
• Aerate and over seed fescue seed before soil temperatures cool off too much which will result in uneven germination. Fertilize after you plant.

Roses
• Transplant roses.
• Tie up climbing roses that have escaped.

Edibles
• Plant strawberries in October and November. Space them 12 inches apart in a raised bed with a moist, well-drained soil. Site them in full sun or part shade. You can also plant them in containers. Look for varieties suited to the South including Apollo, Cardinal, Delite, Earliglow, Sunrise, and Surecrop.

Shrubs and Trees
• Plant shrubs and trees, both evergreen and deciduous types.
• Remove old mulch and reapply a fresh layer of mulch.
• Water new plantings on a regular basis. Once a week if there is no rainfall.
• Prune and remove dead limbs or twigs.

Fall is for Planting

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

Fall is for Planting

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One of the great things about fall in the South is the weather. The “dog days” of summer have passed and cooler temperatures make working in the garden an appealing option. Fall is also an ideal time to add plants to your garden, including trees, shrubs, perennials and spring flowering bulbs. Whether you have a small city courtyard or a large suburban lot, the possibilities are unlimited.

Start with a Plan

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If you don’t already have a landscape plan for your garden, Gibbs Landscape Company can create one tailored to suit your property and life style.

The Framework: Trees, Shrubs and Perennials

Seasonal Color

If you have taken photos throughout the growing season of plants that you like, or made notes about favorites, now is the time to add these to your garden. Remember, you are investing in a root system. When adding trees and shrubs, consider what they will look like in every season and which perennial companions will complement them.

Be sure to include a mixture of both evergreen and deciduous types. This way your garden will offer interest throughout the year.

Beyond blooms, choose varieties with interesting texture, colorful bark, brilliant berries and fragrant qualities. For screening and hedging, plants like fragrant tea olive, Osmanthus fragrans, offer bold evergreen foliage and sweetly scented flowers.

Don’t forget the Bulbs

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Once the soil temperatures are cooler (November through December) it’s time to add spring flowering bulbs. For easy to grow perennial bulbs, daffodils are a good bet. Pair them with daylilies or hellebores which will help mask daffodil foliage, after they have flowered and as it ripens next summer. Because daffodils are poisonous, deer will avoid them. (Once 1/3 of the foliage has turned yellow you can cut it back).

Smaller species bulbs like the tulip ‘Lady Jane’ or Ipheion ‘Rolf Fiedler,’ with its fragrant lavender blue flowers, are ideal for tucking into the flower border or under established shrubs and trees. Unlike the giant hybrid tulips, both of these varieties will persist in the garden, delighting you for years to come.

Instant Color with Container Gardens

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 If your garden space is limited or you just want to add a burst of color, containers are a quick and easy fix. Don’t limit yourself, combine perennials, shrubs and trees too. Evergreens and small conifers like dwarf selections of hinoki cypress, Chameacyparis obtusa are good candidates that offer year around beauty. For more color, leave room to add annuals that you can replace, depending on the season.

Don’t forget to water your new plantings on a regular basis until they become established.

 

For more ideas on how to transform your Fall garden, contact Gibbs Landscape Company and one of our award winning landscape architects would be happy to assist you.

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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Transform Your Shade Garden

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

As spring approaches and trees begin to leaf out, is your shady landscape looking lackluster? Or, maybe where once you had sun, trees have matured and now you have shade. With the right plants and a creative design, shade can be an asset and your garden an oasis, on those hot summer days we experience in Georgia. This can be accomplished by including a variety of plants with interesting textures, colorful foliage and even blooms!

Pair Foliage and Flowers

Shade Garden WalkwayWhen you select a shrub for screening or an evergreen backdrop, think about what you will pair it with. The tough yet elegant Florida Leucothoe,Agarista populifolia, is ideal for screening unsightly views and has a graceful fountain shape. By planting a small Japanese maple in front of the Leucothoe and adding a landscape boulder, you have created a lovely scene that offers interest for months. A clump of iris adds colorful flowers and a vertical accent even after it blooms. Another plant that makes a good companion for Florida Leucothoe is the oakleaf hydrangea, Hydrangea quercifolia. The white flowers open in early summer and last for weeks. The ornamental bark, dark brown to cinnamon, looks good year around. And, you don’t have to prune this hydrangea unless it gets too big for the spot you have it growing in.

Variegated Solomon's Seal and CephalotaxusSmall anise tree, Illicium parviflorum, provides bold foliage and grows in sun or shade. With a span of 8 to 10 ft. high and wide, Anise is perfect for an evergreen screen or an informal hedge. It provides the perfect backdrop for shrubs like Annabelle hydrangeas, which bloom in June with large white delicate blooms (4 to 6 inches across and up to 12 inches in diameter). This hydrangea produces flower buds on current season’s growth so each year you should get an abundance of flowers, provided you provide a moist, fertile soil and regular fertilization. For summer color that persists for months, Variegated Solomon’s Seal, Polygonatum odoratum ‘Variegatum,’ brightens even the darkest corner with its variegated foliage (leaves up to 6 inches long), soft green leaves edged in creamy white. This perennial will grow in shade or part sun. Other blooming perennials that are happy in the shade include Fringed Bleeding Heart, Dicentra ‘Luxuriant’. With its cherry-red flowers and blue-green delicate looking foliage, this is a good performer.

Right Plant, Right Place
For a foundation planting that won’t require constant pruning to keep it in check,
Japanese plum yew, Cephalotaxus harringtonia ‘Prostrata,’ offers dark green needled foliage. This shrub grows 1 and ½ to 2 feet high and 4 to 5 feet wide, ideal for in front of windows. For a contrast, add some autumn fern and you have an elegant duo that won’t threaten to obscure your view (from inside your home looking out to your landscape). For even more color, add Hellebores and early daffodils.

Go Vertical
Whether you train them to frame your front door, or cover an arbor that welcomes visitors to your garden, vines will add vertical interest. There are a number of evergreen vines that thrive in the shade including Carolina Jessamine, Gelsemium sempervirens, with glowing yellow flowers in spring and Confederate jasmine, Trachelospermum jasminoides ‘Madison,’ also blooming in spring but with white fragrant flowers.

For more ideas on how to transform your shade garden, contact Gibbs Landscape Company and one of our award winning landscape architects would be happy to assist you.

Don’t miss the world’s Largest Daffodil Display in full bloom now at Gibbs Gardens