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Landscape Newsletter

Friday, February 16th, 2018

February Landscape Newsletter

February has been a busy month for us.  Our seasonal color design team has been preparing spring designs for our clients, our Landscape Architecture division has been designing and installing all sorts of wonderful gardens around Atlanta. We are excited to have received the 2017 Consumers Choice Award for the best landscape company in Atlanta and for being named Best of Kudzu for 2017 as well.  Thanks to all our wonderful clients for allowing us the privilege to work on your properties.

Peter Copses Consumers' Choice Award

Peter Copses, our Vice President, accepting 2017 CCA Award from Jeff Chernoff.

Hopefully, this month will bring us more stable weather and a return to typical Atlanta winter, if we can remember what a “normal” Atlanta winter is like. Atlanta metro has always been a tough spot for weather predicting due to our location in the state. The USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map has us as 8a – 7b meaning that we can have lows from 5-15 degrees F each winter.  Zone 8a allows us to plant very many diversified plant species and just above us in North Georgia and The Great Smoky Mountains Park we have the most diverse collection of plant species than anywhere in the world. Having such a favorable and wide range of temperatures allows us to plant the most diverse collections of plants and turf than most cities. With this diversity comes danger as some turf and plants become susceptible to cold damage to these temperature swings that we encounter. Our managers and staff are visually inspecting plants and turf each day and will let you know if we are in danger of cold weather plant injury.

Seasonal Color Flowers

Annual flower beds are being deadheaded and fertilized to perk them back up from the extended low temperatures we experienced back in January. Sunlight and consistent temperatures will help also. Be patient with these color beds as the snow events and other weather has effected them.

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Our Horticultural Services Department is visiting properties applying slow release fertilizer and pre-emergent weed control to shrub beds. We are spraying dormant oil on the shrubs to smother insect eggs to reduce harmful insect populations this spring. Fescue turf is receiving liquid fertilizer, pre-emergent, post-emergent and iron and micronutrients. This application will be repeated March thru April. Warm season turf either Bermuda or Zoysia are being treated with pre-emergent and post-emergent weed control now thru March.

Weekly maintenance teams are very busy cutting back liriope, Knockout Roses, Ornamental Grasses and light shaping of Crape Myrtles. Our managers are now scouting and preparing crews to begin thinning and rejuvenation pruning of some shrub species. This process targets shrubs that need thinning due to thick growth throughout the plant. Thinning and rejuvenation plant material is important for the overall health of the plant by improving air circulation and creating new growth points within the plant.

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Pine straw and mulch is extremely important to have applied to all beds and base of trees. Mulch and straw act as an insulation barrier to keep roots from freezing. The mulch also helps to control moisture and keeps that moisture available for the plant roots and keeps weeds from competing with the plant roots. Mulch and straw look great and makes the plants and lawn stand out in the winter. This application is also very important because we trench all bedlines this one time of the year to redefine all turf and beds.

Our Landscape Architecture teams are booking up quickly.  If you have a project or idea that you would like to see implemented please reach out to us now.  We have 6 Landscape Architects on staff that will be thrilled to design your home or office. Outdoor recreation spaces continue to be the trend this year in residential and commercial settings. Spring is coming and it’s a great time to be talking to us about building that home vegetable garden. There is nothing like growing your own!

HOA Seasonal Landscape Services

Irrigation systems are currently winterized but on warmer days our irrigation techs are testing and evaluating the systems to be proactive for spring startups. Our teams will be evaluating and then re winterizing now through March. We encourage you to allow us to make the repairs now to assure you have a 100% operational system when you need it this spring.

WiFi Controllers are a must!!! Please ask our managers how we can get these installed for you. The power of you and/or us controlling your irrigation from anywhere in the world through a tablet or smartphone is Powerful!!! Not only you have the power the controller does too. The controller uses your zip code weather and updates every hour and will actually not run if there is rainfall predicted. Our managers can communicate through the app to you and update on settings changes, clock off or on, etc… This is the best tool for your house when it comes to saving water and money. Another awesome feature it eliminates us from having to have access to garages or other private spaces.

Thanks so much for allowing us to continue to serve you and your landscape needs!

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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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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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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April Newsletter

Friday, April 8th, 2016

April Newsletter 2016

Happy Spring to all of you and your gardens that are coming alive from the mild winter that we had this year. This Spring is starting out as one of our busiest ever. When Spring/Summer is followed by a mild Winter we are all in store for a rapid regrowth and development and all sorts of surprises good and bad. The good news is that the Gibbs’ Managers and Teams are well educated and prepared for what this Spring will bring.

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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 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 blights 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 top priority each week to ensure overall healthy plant material.

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Installation of new outdoor entertaining areas combined with new turf, trees and shrubs are the best way to create additional value to your properties. Hot trends now are outdoor entertainment, cooking and lawn game areas for family and friends. Contact your manager and they can put you in contact with our 5 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. Our flower installers are trained and ready for the next wave of flower installations.
Thank you so much for allowing us the privilege to service you and your properties.

Peter James Copses
Vice President

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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.

 

March Newsletter

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016

March 2016

Spring has appeared to arrive a bit early as seen this past weekend. Mountain biking this weekend along the Chattahoochee trails Trillium and Native Buckeyes are sprouting from the forest floor. You may notice in your gardens that Peonies and Clematis vines are up 4-6 inches. Spring looks like it is here but Atlanta’s last frost day on average is April 15th. I am sure we may have some more hard freezes coming in the next 30-45 days. Please search around or talk to us about covering and protecting plant growth. Bed sheets, burlap and frost cloth all work well to protect plants from freezing temperatures.

Daffodils are amazing this year and as always we think they are a great addition to any garden. The daffodils started blooming the last week of February and will continue to bloom all month long. The tulips that were planted in November and December should be on full display in the next 3-4 weeks. Pansy and viola beds have finally had some good consistent sunlight and are looking better and better each day. Weather has played a large role in their inconsistent look this year.

Daffodils

Insects and disease activity is just around the corner. Our dormant oil applications are in full swing and our slow release fertilizer with pre-emergent have gone down in all beds. For ultimate protection on Boxwoods and other difficult plant species we recommend a deep root soil injection. This is performed by inserting a wand into the critical root zone of the plant’s or tree’s roots and triggering the solution of 4-6 month insecticide, fungicide, fertilizer and micro nutrients to be translocated throughout the entire plant from the root system. This application ultimately protects the plant for 4-6 months. This is a super application for Boxwoods to ward off Boxwood leaf miner and prevention of Aphids on Crape Myrtles.

Turf treatments are underway and all turf either warm season or cool season are receiving pre emergent and slow release fertilizer.  All rounds are liquid applications and will continue through April. We are on the lookout for Yellow Patch fungus in Fescue and can treat as needed with a fungicide.  Warm season turf will start to green slowly and with the turf coming out of dormancy we must be mindful that the turf is in a weak state and very vulnerable to fungus. Spring and fall are both tough times for warm season grasses, especially Zoysias. We will be monitoring the turf for Rhizoctonia fungus and will recommend a preventative fungicide if you lawn has had the fungus patch in the past. Later this month and into the first of April we will be lowering or scalping the warm season turf to remove any old grass layers and encourage the turf to grow in full and evenly.

This is a great time to be installing shrubs and trees to your garden. Temperatures are ideal and plants and trees are still in their dormant phase. Installing now gets the plants off to a great start.

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Our Irrigation techs are out evaluating systems and getting them ready for use.  Irrigation technology is at its height and this year we will be offering irrigation technology that you will be able to operate you clock from your smart phone.  Irrigation clocks will now be able to be inserted with a sim card and operate off satellite weather stations unique to your zip code. Monitoring your system from your smart phone or our manager’s phone saves us all time and most importantly WATER!

Thank you so much for your continued business and allowing us to maintain your gardens every week. It is our pleasure to manage your landscape during this busy time of the year.

Peter J. Copses

Vice President

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