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Landscape News – September 2016

Tuesday, September 6th, 2016

Landscape News – September 2016

Summer is still here and we are all hoping for fall to be here soon to relieve us from this Southern heat. As of September 2nd we have had 76 days of 90 degree plus days and just 15 away from the record of 90 set in 1980 and 2011. Turf, flowers, shrubs, trees and all of us are looking for some relief.

With the Summer heat and our past mild winter we have seen insect populations explode. Our Horticultural Services Teams has worked extremely hard this year controlling and minimizing insect damage.

Army Worms are here. The first wave of Army Worms have invaded some of our turf grasses and we are expecting a second instar in 1-2 more weeks. Reports have been circulating of crops and fields being attacked from Alabama to Georgia this week. A true indicator of the population size is all the moths that are present right now at dusk each day. Those moths are laying eggs and caterpillars pupate 2 weeks later. Army worms can decimate a lawn in 24-72 hours. Our Managers and Crews are on the lookout each day and if we see an outbreak we can treat immediately.  If you see your lawns turning brown or not looking right please call your Gibbs manager ASAP.

I want to take the opportunity now and encourage everyone to be mindful of any standing or collecting of water on their property and/or in the neighborhood. Zika virus is in the news daily and could become a real threat here in Atlanta. There are two species of mosquitos that can carry and transmit the virus. Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus. Ae. aegypti has been found in Columbus GA, luckily without the virus. These two species of mosquitos are aggressive daytime biters, but can also bite at night. Removal of bowls and buckets in the landscape is a start. Be aware of other areas, AC condensate lines create damp areas around AC units. Gutter spout areas, make sure there is positive drain flow. Large areas of English Ivy can harbor lots of dampness. Drainage and catch basins collect water, these are all mosquito breeding areas.

Fescue lawns will be replenished with fescue seed this month. We may delay a week due to hot temperatures.  Aeration, seeding and fertilizing the Fescue lawns will take place by our Horticultural Services Team and continue through October.  Irrigation systems will need to be in top working condition to provide full coverage of water to the lawns to germinate the seed. We will be lowering the Fescue lawns prior to the seeding and after seeding we will not mow for 4-6 weeks. The lawn will get tall but will be necessary to allow for the new seed to germinate. Please bear with us. Irrigation run times and days to be watered will be set by Gibbs to ensure proper germination.  The goal is to keep the turf evenly moist and that typically requires daily watering of the turf for the first 2-3 weeks. Our grass seed as always is a three seed fescue blend, blue tag certified and delivered straight from the turf field plots in Oregon. Growing grass from seed is a delicate and necessary task and will be our only chance to replenish the lawns with new seed over this 1-2 month window.

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Besides being grass farmers this month the crews are working on deadheading and cleaning perennial beds and plants. This is the last month for summer annuals. Our summer annuals have endured a hot summer and some of the annuals like Begonias and Salvias are “tired” out. Expect Begonias and other annuals to start to shut down early due to the duration of the heat we have had.  Fall annuals will be scheduled for October. Hydrangeas will be deadheaded after their blooms have become undesirable. Knock out roses will continue to bloom through September but this is typically their last blooming cycle.

School is back in session and we want all of you to know that we go through great links to ensure that our drivers are safe on the roads and at your properties. We submit driving tests to all of our drivers, road and written tests and complete point inspections of our trucks and equipment daily.

As always, thank you so much for allowing us the privilege to serve you.

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 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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Landscape Newsletter August 2016

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

Landscape Newsletter August 2016

The heat is on! This summer has been especially warm and thinking back our 90 degree heat started in late May. We have now had 48 plus days of heat above 90 degrees and will possibly surpass 2011 and 1980 with 90 plus days of 90 degree days.

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We are experiencing large amounts of unusual heat related plant stresses. There are Arborvitae experiencing foliage burn where they are positioned in full sun. Some Japanese Maples are experiencing leaf scorch on leaf margin tips. The heat definitely puts the plants in stress so maintaining a healthy environment for the plants is very important as the plants continue to endure the summer heat.

Water. Sounds obvious, water helps the grass and plants by cooling the leaves and grass blades of plants and grasses. Of course it supplies water to the roots in which are necessary for survival, but the cooling effect known as “Syringing” cooling the plant’s micro climate is extremely beneficial during these super hot 90 plus degree days. It’s not necessarily that the plants need the water but water turned on during the hottest part of the day can certainly cool the plants down and reduce plant stress.

Pine straw or mulch applied around the roots of the plants will help insulate the roots of the plants and help to retain moisture to the roots. Mulching plants is critical to keep plants healthy. Please make sure you have a good layer of new mulch or straw on your property.

Afternoon wilt of Hydrangeas and other shrubs may be seen in direct afternoon heat. It is important to monitor the plants and make sure they are not in continue decline. Large leaf plants will wilt faster than small leaf plants due to the leaves having more surface area and in turn lose more water through their leaves.

The Gibbs managers and crews are watching and maintaining the flower beds, keeping an eye on Begonias that are suffering from the excessive heat. Fungicides are being applied to all color beds. Annuals are running through their life cycle a bit quicker due to the sunny hot days faster than normal. We are doing everything we can to prolong their existence until we change out to fall annuals in October. Please bear with us as flower beds are suffering from Mother Nature’s harsh summer.

Turf rounds are in full swing for the warm season and cool season turf and broadleaf and nutsedge weeds are being controlled with a selective herbicide. Iron applications are also being applied to the fescue turf. Pre-emergents are wearing off in the fescue turf as we are just 4-5 weeks away from aerate and over seeding. As pre-emergents wear off as necessary, there is chamber bitter, dove weed and dallisgrass beginning to invade. These are also be controlled by a selective herbicide.

This is typically the season for Army worms and Grub worms to attack our turf. We are monitoring now and will continue over the next 6 – 8 weeks. We have just heard reports of Army worms in Alabama so we will continue to comb through the lawns. If you do see birds feeding on the lawn, please let your manager know immediately as this could be a sign that we have Army worms.

School is back in session and we have met with all our teams to remind them of school safety zones and bus stops throughout the neighborhoods.

Thank you so much for the privilege to maintain your landscapes. We truly appreciate each and every one of our clients.

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 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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July Landscape Newsletter

Wednesday, July 13th, 2016

July 2016 Newsletter

Hope that all of you had a great Independence Day with your families and friends. It was a great time to celebrate our patriotism for Our Great Country and for the men and women that have helped create such a Great Nation for all of us.

In July, we typically talk about how hot it’s been. We can definitely talk about that this year as we have had extremely high temperatures starting the first of June. The summer just started June 21st and we have already seen the early decline of a lot of warm season and cool season turf grasses. Irrigation helps for sure but the heat is just too much for some of the lawns and gardens in Atlanta. Increased irrigation along with the heat has caused insect populations to be at high levels and out about a month earlier than normal. Our managers and teams are reporting and treating azaleas for lace bugs and spider mites on laurels and other shrubs and small trees. Our tank mixes for shrubs always include fertilizer and fungicides each time we target for insects to ensure overall plant health. Irrigation will be extremely important to keep the plants and turf from further environmental stress.

The maintenance crews are being careful to pay attention to turf stress when they arrive on property. Alternating cutting the turf or cutting the turf at a higher height will help to create less stress on the turf.  Light pruning of shrubs and lots of deadheading occurring in the gardens we maintain. Perennials are being deadheaded; like Hosta, Rudbeckia, Daylilies and phlox.

July also is the month that is typical for pine straw and mulch applications.  Pine straw has usually degraded by June or July and the garden is ready for a new application.  Pine straw and mulch serve the garden well for many reasons: aesthetics, soil moisture control, insulation for the roots, weed control, and erosion. To protect your garden and ornamental plant material a new thick layer of pine straw or mulch needs to be applied now.

Many thanks and appreciation to all of you, our customers.  We work very hard to train our employees to be the best each week for you.  We also practice safe applications and keep safety for you and our employees in the foreground every day. Thanks for your business and allowing us to serve you each week!

Gibbs is also very happy to have recently installed a new garden for WSB radio personality Belinda Skelton of Belinda Skelton’s Atlanta Living radio show.  Belinda stated after completion of her project, “Everyone in my neighborhood is stopping by to see who performed my landscape work.”  “I will only use Gibbs Landscaping and have another project scheduled.”  So grateful we had the chance to serve her.

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 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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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

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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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August News

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

July has left us with some scorching heat and little rainfall. August looks like it borrowed July’s lesson plan and is still delivering the heat and lack of rainfall.  We have had two consecutive years of mild summer months and now back to a summer for what Atlanta is known. What can we do for our landscapes to protect them from the summer heat?

Water. Sounds obvious but water helps the grass and plants by cooling the leaves and grass blades of plants and grasses. Of course it supplies water to the roots in which are necessary for survival, but the cooling effect known as “Syringing” cooling the plants atmosphere is extremely beneficial during these super hot 90 plus degree days.

Pine straw or mulch applied around the roots of the plants will help insulate the roots of the plants and help to retain moisture to the roots.

 

Afternoon wilt of Hydrangeas and other shrubs may be seen in direct afternoon heat.  It is important to monitor the plants and make sure they are not in continue decline.  Large leaf plants will wilt faster than small leaf plants due to the leaves having more surface area.

 

The Gibbs managers and crews are watching and maintaining the flower beds, keeping an eye on Begonias that are suffering from the excessive heat.  Fungicides and fertilizers are being applied to all color beds.

Turf rounds are consisting of fertilizer for the warm season turf and broadleaf and nutsedge weeds are being controlled with a selective herbicide. Iron applications are also being applied to the fescue turf.  Pre emergents are wearing off in the fescue turf as we are just 4-5 weeks away from aerate and over seeding.

This is typically the season for Army worms and grub worms to attack our turf. We are monitoring now and will continue over the next 6 – 8 weeks.  Tent caterpillars have been spotted as well these past two weeks.  We are scouting cherry trees and oak trees where the caterpillars like to build their nests.  We are treating these chemically or if low enough, mechanically.

Thank you so much for your continued business and thank you for allowing us to maintain your landscapes.

The Gibbs Team

 

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.