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July Newsletter

Tuesday, July 18th, 2017

July Newsletter

Hope that all of you had a great Independence Day with your families and friends.

Since Summer just began, it has been nice with lower than normal temperatures so far along with an abundance of rain showers soaking our landscapes and filling our water reservoirs. Fungal activity has been heavy on the warm season turf and lighter on the cool season turf. We have noticed that the extended water saturation of cool season turf has not caused brown patch to be as explosive this year as it has been in years past. As rain tampers off, the dry heat will cause the brown patch to become extremely active and damaging. Our managers will continue to offer our fungicide programs to combat the this through September. Our horticultural spray teams are currently treating Azaleas and other shrubs for lace bugs and spider mites. Our tank mixes for shrubs always include fertilizer, insecticides, and fungicides each time we target for insects to ensure overall plant health.

Turf applications are under way for both cool and warm season turf. All warm season turf is receiving another liquid fertilizer application and cool season turf a spot treatment for nutsedge along with treatment of any broadleaf weeds coupled with liquid iron.

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 are occurring in the gardens.  Perennials are being deadheaded; like Hosta, Rudbeckia, Daylilies and flowering shrubs.

Seasonal color maintenance is underway on our newly installed color beds. Flower maintenance is critical at this time along with fungicides and fertilizer. Our teams are deadheading and treating the flowers each and every visit.

July is the time for pine straw or 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. Be on the lookout for pine straw notifications and we are scheduling fast to ensure a speedy application.   This is something we HIGHLY recommend each and every client does.

Our landscape architectural team has been very busy designing and installing some incredible landscapes all over the greater Atlanta area.  Please contact us if you have any projects like a firepit, retaining wall or other outdoor living space idea you’re dreaming of. We are booking for fall now.

outdoor living fireplace

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 the safety of you and our employees in the foreground every day. Thanks for the privilege of allowing us 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 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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May Landscape News

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

May Landscape Newsletter

Summer plantings of annuals are underway and will continue through the rest of the month. Our flower installation teams have been working hard since April 9th tiling, sculpting, planting and fertilizing flower beds. Irrigation teams are in full swing repairing and adjusting irrigation systems to make sure we have optimal irrigation systems watering flowers, turf, and shrubs as we head into the summer months.

Our managers are on alert monitoring for insects, diseases, and weeds on your properties. We have seen some early activity from white flies on Gardenias and Scale insects on hollies and Camelias. There are early weeds emerging about a month early for Nutsedge and Fireweed. Both of these weeds cannot be controlled with pre-emergents. These weeds are being sprayed and/or hand pulled as we see them.

Turf treatments are underway for all of our warm season turf. This round we are applying now is a liquid application that consists of slow release microbial activated fertilizer, pre–emergent, post emergent and micronutrients with iron. Along with the turf treatments, targeted shrubs will be treated with liquid fertilizer, general insecticide, and fungicide.

Maintenance crews are controlling weeds each visit along with weekly mowings.  Pruning is a big part of our visits each week and important in order to keep shrubs and hedges looking great as they are actively growing right now. Azaleas and other spring flowering shrubs are being pruned now and will continue into June.  Rhododendrons are completing their bloom cycles a little early this year and Hydrangeas are just starting to show small blooms now. Anna Belle, Oakleaf, and Macros are starting and Limelights and Pee Gees will come later. Autumn Ferns are looking great this year and compliment Hostas in the garden very nicely. Shade gardens are coming alive with Vinca minor, Hostas, Ferns, Variegated Solomon Seal, Lenton Roses, Bishop’s Weed and native Phlox. These are all companion plants and grow well in our climate.

Our Landscape Architects are extremely busy designing and implementing designs into the landscape. Plantings of trees, shrubs, perennials, and building of some beautiful hardscape areas are just some of the projects that are underway.  We have seen quite an increase in the desire of paver patios and stone walls to increase outdoor living spaces. Outdoor living spaces and recreational gardening is very popular and our Architects bring vast knowledge and creativity to each design project.

Thank you again for letting us serve you each week at your homes for all your landscaping needs. All of us at Gibbs Landscape Company are focused on bringing you the best value and service in the industry. We lead our teams each week with landscape training and safety awareness training. Thanks and have a great summer.

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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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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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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July News

Monday, July 13th, 2015

We all had a great time off on Friday July 3rd and 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.

The last 3-4 weeks have brought us some extreme heat and then quite a bit of rain.  We welcome the rain but accompanied with the heat and humidity; fungal activity has once again broke out in our Fescue lawns and some shrubs.  Our Horticultural Services Teams are mixing large tanks of high grade fungicides mixed with iron daily and ready to treat your lawns to fight brown patch fungus. Horticultural Services are also 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. Populations of Japanese Beetles have been small so far this year and we may not see much damage.

The maintenance crews are extremely busy on the lawns, cutting and edging each week as this is prime mowing season for warm season turf grass. As well as mowing, light pruning of shrubs and lots of deadheading occurring in the gardens.  Perennials are being deadheaded; like Hosta, Rudbeckia, Daylilies and flowering shrubs.

July also is the month that is typical for Pine Straw or 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.