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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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Very Simple Wall

More Elaborate Wall

More Elaborate Wall

 

 

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.