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3 Tips to Help Your Landscape Survive in HOT Weather

Monday, June 27th, 2016

3 Tips to Help Your Landscape Survive in HOT Weather

Things are really starting to heat up in the Atlanta area. The rising and constant temperatures can put extreme stress on even the most well established plants.

Here are a few quick tips to help your landscape survive the heat.

  • Mulch or pine straw around all trees and shrubs to provide maximum insulation to plant root systems from heat.
    Apply mulch or straw at 2 to 3 inches thick.
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  • Water thoroughly in the early morning hours.  Have watering finish before day break.  This will allow no waste of your water from evaporation.
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  • Plant material that shows stress by wilting may need some additional watering to bounce back.  Hand watering can really help in this situation.
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    Additional Tips to help any annual survive the summer heat:

    • Deadhead. Pinch off spent blooms regularly so your plant can conserve its energy, especially during hot temperatures.
    • Container plants and new transplants need plenty of water. Be sure your plants drain well between watering.

    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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Annuals That Love the Heat

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

Heat Makes these Annuals Shine

As temperatures begin to rise some annuals fade during the heat of the day and then there are some that thrive in Atlanta’s summer heat.

Here are a few of our designer’s favorite heat-loving performers:

Lantana: Lantana has tiny yellow, orange, red, lavender or white flowers that mound on top of dark green foliage. Butterflies love them, and do well with little water. They bloom from spring until frost.

lantana

Cosmos: Cosmos are available in a wide variety of colors, and they re-seed easily. These plants make outstanding cut flowers, and all cosmos attract butterflies.
cosmos

Petunia: Available in a variety of colors, petunias are one of the most popular flowers, often grown as annuals. They are tender perennials in Zones 9 to 11. A thorough watering once a week should be sufficient. The spreading types and those in containers require more frequent watering though.
petunia

Verbena: Owners of long lasting blooms that perform during the hottest days of summer heat, verbenas thrive in your garden’s sunnier spots. While the verbena flower is drought resistant, the blooms are improved with regular watering of an inch or so each week.
Verbena

Dahlberg Daisy: A subtle plant that creates a low mound with bright green ferny foliage and little golden yellow daisies that cover the plant for a long period of bloom. Moderate drought tolerance.
Dahlberg Daisy

Geranium: Geranium is a diverse group, boasting over 422 species,  containing types that grow in a range of conditions, from full sun to shade. Available is broad spectrum of flower colors including pink, blue, white, and purple. They dislike having wet leaves and flowers so it is best to use a soaker hose or water early in the day to allow leaves and flowers to dry before nightfall.

Geranium

Vinca: A sunny-spot, superstar with flowers that bloom all summer long. Heat loving as well as disease and bug resistant make vinca a garden no-brainer. Available is lots of bright colors too!

Vinca

Tips to help any annual survive the summer heat:

  • Mulch around your plants. Mulch helps retain moisture and helps keep the soil around your plant cooler.
  • Deadhead. Pinch off spent blooms regularly so your plant can conserve its energy, especially during hot temperatures.
  • Container plants and new transplants need plenty of water. Be sure your plants drain well between watering.

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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Newsletter – June 2016

Monday, June 13th, 2016

June 2016 Newsletter

Happy June as we welcome summer’s arrival on June 21st!
Summer Seasonal Color

Turf is on all of our radar as Brown Patch in Fescue will become devastating to fescue lawns without the use of fungicides. Fungicide applications are a must in order to keep the turf from dying these next 3-5 months. Our Managers can offer you the proper fungicide program and automatic timing for these rounds.
Bermuda and Zoysias will receive their granular fertilizer round with slow release Nitrogen to continually feed over the next 4-6 weeks and then followed with another round of fertilizer. Fescue will be treated with liquid iron and micro nutrients through the summer months. Weeds in turf will be targeted and our Crews and Managers will alert our Hort Services crews to treat with selective herbicides.

Azaleas are being pruned and will be completed soon. Crews will be deadheading roses as they finish flowering. All spring flowering shrubs will be pruned after flowering. Pruning will consist of thinning and shaping the shrubs. Perennials are starting to flower and will be deadheaded weekly as needed. Daylilies, Cone Flower, Rudbeckia and Bee Balm have started blooming and are great attractors of pollinating insects and Hummingbirds.

Hydrangeas are in full bloom. Oakleaf Hydrangeas have started as well as macrophylla and Annabelles. Limelight Hydrangeas will start later this month.
Shrubs will be fertilized and treated with fungicides and a general insecticide this month. Insects on the lookout for are Lacebug on Azaleas and Spider Mites. With the mild winter these two insects are showing large populations this year.

Crews will be getting the landscape ready for mulching. Mulching is important to do in June – July to freshen the beds and help retain moisture and keep the roots insulated from the heat of the summer. We can’t stress how important this is to the health of your garden.

Irrigation monitoring is very important and we want to be in full communication so that we are doing our best to not waste water. If you see something unusual at your Residence please feel free to bring it to the attention of the crew or manager.

June is National Safety Month and I can assure all of you that our HR department has our managers and crews focused.
We have already run across Copperheads in the landscape and want to make everyone aware. You may have seen where a Canton landscaper was bitten last year. Copperheads are not out to get humans or dogs and cats but when startled or surprised they can strike. The more activity in your landscape the lesser chances of Copperheads. Copperheads do have a natural enemy and that is the King Snake. King Snakes would be beneficial in the landscape as they fight Copperheads away for territory in nature.

Boxwood Blight has been identified in Fulton County last month. Boxwood Blight is a plant nursery born blight that comes in on the container grown plants of mainly Buxus suffruticosa. These infected Boxwoods once planted in the landscape could cause the disease to spread to other species of Boxwoods that are in the garden. We are very aware and alert to identify this problem quickly. In efforts to preserve the Boxwood we are no longer planting Buxus suffruticosa and are limiting the use of American Boxwoods.

Enjoy your Summer, we have your residence covered on the outside and if you need extra help while you may be away vacationing let our Managers know and we will be happy to help.
Thanks so much for the business you have trusted us with.

Peter 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.

June Newsletter

Monday, June 8th, 2015

Happy June! Continual rains and clouds these past two weeks look like we could be setting up for a similar Summer to last year. We will continually monitor the turf, shrubs and flowers for fungal out breaks. We have seen the gamut of fungus turf problems already this year.

Azaleas are being pruned and will be completed by the end of the month.  Crews will be deadheading roses as they finish flowering. All spring flowering shrubs will be pruned after flowering. Pruning will consist of thinning and shaping the shrubs.  Perennials are starting to flower and will be deadheaded weekly as needed. Daylilies, Cone Flower, Rudbeckia and Bee Balm have started blooming and are great attractors of pollinating insects and Hummingbirds.

Be on the lookout for the Hydrangeas to start flowering.  Oakleaf Hydrangeas have started as well as some macrophylla and Annabelles.  Limelight Hydrangeas will start later this month.

Shrubs will be fertilized and treated with fungicides and a general insecticide this month.  Insects of concern are the Sawfly larvae that have targeted Roses for the first time in years as well as spider mites, scale insects and Azalea lace bug.

Bermuda and Zoysias will receive their granular fertilizer round with slow release Nitrogen to continually feed over the next 4-6 weeks and then followed with another round of fertilizer.  Fescue will be treated with liquid iron and micro nutrients through the summer months.  Weeds in turf will be targeted and our Crews and Managers will alert our Hort Services crews to treat with selective herbicides.  Common turf weeds to be on the lookout for is Nutsedge and Fire weed.

Crews will be getting the landscape ready for mulching. Mulching is important to do in June – July to freshen the beds and help retain moisture and keep the roots insulated from the heat of the summer.

Irrigation monitoring is very important and we want to be in full communication so that we are doing our best to not waste water. If you see something unusual at your Residence please feel free to bring it to the attention of the crew or manager.

June is National Safety Month and I can assure all of you that our HR department has our managers and crews focused.

Enjoy your Summer, we have your residence covered on the outside and if you need extra help while you may be away vacationing let our Managers know and we will be happy to help.

April showers bring May flowers and much more!

Monday, May 4th, 2015

We have had a lovely spring with lots of rain and beautiful flowering displays from our Dogwoods, Redbuds, Azaleas and Rhododendrons. Perennials and Hydrangeas will be showing their flowers next. With all this rain we have seen an enormous explosion of fungal activity in our lawns and on our plants. Warm season turf (Bermuda and Zoysia) are definitely having issues with Spring dead spot fungus – the worse we have ever seen.

These circles in the lawn cause the grass blades to thin and brown out but not killing the roots. The turf will recover by June and will recover faster when fungicides are applied.

Shrub fungal problems consist of Cercospora leaf blight and the beginning of Volutella blight on the Boxwoods. Both types of fungus are not curable but can be suppressed by using fungicides. Cercospora has been found on Ligustrum, Rhododendron and Cryptomerias; the fungus causes brown to grey lesions on the leaves of the plants. Volutella is the yellow streaking that occurs in the Boxwoods from too much rainfall. Boxwoods have had a rough two years from all the rain and there are multiple fungal problems that plaque this beloved southern plant. We are diligently out there monitoring these issues every day.

Spring/Summer Seasonal annuals are being installed and our teams are doing a fabulous job! The color designs look terrific and the teams installing are doing a fantastic job ensuring that the plants are healthy and the designs are implemented as planned.

Turf applications of fertilizer and pre-emergents are being wrapped up on Fescue, Bermuda and Zoysias. Brown patch fungus in fescue will start this month and can be treated on contact or as a preventative. The fungal applications are a must in order to keep the Fescue green throughout the next 4-5 months.

Shrub pruning consists of pruning the shrubs that just completed their flowering cycle. Azaleas, Quince and Spireas are being pruned and Rhododenrons are being deadheaded. Daffodil foliage will be cutback this month as the leaves begin to brown out. The crews are monitoring the roses for aphids and deadheading as the flowers fade. Perennials are being fertilized and beds are being groomed and defined to prepare for summer mulch applications.

We at Gibbs want to say that it is a pleasure to work at all of your lovely homes throughout Atlanta. It is an absolute privilege for us and our teams to work with all of you and to allow us to continue to beautify your landscapes in and around your homes.