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Too Much Rain Can Add Stress to Your Landscape

Tuesday, June 6th, 2017

Too Much Rain Can Add Stress to Your Landscape

Spring weather this year has been anything but predictable. April brought temperatures in the mid-90s with a very little accumulation of rain. Then May arrived with much cooler temperatures along with almost daily showers. As most Georgians know, this area of the country is prone to extended periods of drought so we try never to complain about rain. But too much of anything can have a negative impact on your garden landscape and this includes rain.

Plants need water, so more is better right?
No, not exactly. Rains (or watering) that persist over an extended period, place stresses on plants in our landscapes. Although soil may seem rather solid, there are lots of spaces between the particles. These spaces hold air and water, and the roots of plants need both. Roots absorb oxygen from the air spaces in the soil. For example, when it rains or you water a plant growing in a container, all of the spaces in the soil fill with water, and the air is displaced. Gravity pulls on the water and it moves downward and away from the root system. As it does, air moves back into the soil spaces. If rain occurs frequently over an extended period, the air spaces in the soil are kept filled with water. This deprives the roots of the oxygen they need. If these conditions continue long enough, the roots stop functioning properly and may even begin to die. Basically, the plant begins to drown.  This becomes a critical time for the health of your plants, the roots are also more vulnerable to attack by fungal organisms in the soil that cause root rot. Root rot infections are highly damaging to the roots and are often fatal.

I can’t make it stop raining so what can I do to protect my plants?
When it rains frequently and excessively over a long period, there is little we can do as gardeners to deal with the situation. Our major defense against this happening is to make sure our landscape plants are planted in well-drained soils. This can be achieved by creating raised beds. Whether we are planting shrubs, bedding plants, perennials, vegetables or ground covers, the beds we prepare for them should be about 6 to 12 inches higher than the surrounding soil. Raised beds drain faster and dry out more quickly than ground-level beds. Raised beds may require more watering during dry times but planting in raised beds gives your landscape plants an added advantage.

Creating a raised bed is typically accomplished when we turn the soil and add organic matter during bed preparation. The turning of the soil and the addition of several inches of rich organic matter elevates the bed about 6 inches.

Drainage is the key.
Sometimes drainage systems may need to be installed. The best time to evaluate the movement of water off of your property is during a heavy rain, after it has rained for a while. You will be able to clearly see how the water is flowing across your property, where it is exiting and what might be done to improve its movement off of your property. A licensed and experienced Gibbs landscape architect can help you design and install drainage when needed.

My plants are in raised beds and in a properly drained soil. How do I protect my plants from fungi caused by excessive rain?
Splashing water distributes fungi that may result in blight, black spots, or other nasty plant ailments. Your best defense against those diseases is mulch. It helps prevents water splashing from soil to leaves. Mulch also helps keeps soils moist during dry times too. 

As always, Gibbs Landscape Company will continue to monitor all of these issues in our client’s garden landscapes. We offer the appropriate expertise and experience to help make your garden landscape thrive during these unpredictable weather changes. Contact us today!

 

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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5 Reasons to Add Planters to Your Garden Landscape

Monday, April 10th, 2017

Planters are a fantastic and useful addition to any garden. Not only are they affordable but they can instantly change the look of a garden area. They are also perfect for low maintenance gardens, however, there are also many other benefits to adding planters. Below are our top 5 reasons to add planters to your garden:

  1. ADD HEIGHT TO YOUR GARDEN
    Planters can add height and texture to gardens.

     

  2. FRAME AN ENTRANCE
    Pairs or groups of planters can be aesthetically pleasing. By placing planters either side of a door or entrance you can create an inviting look.
  3. PLANT WHERE NO PLANT HAS BEEN BEFORE
    When you’re in an urban location you often have to sacrifice having a garden. However, there are a variety of planters that allow you to extend your space vertically.
  4. ADD FLASHES OF COLOR
    Planters don’t just have to be natural wood or stained brown. Planters painted in bright tones can add a flash of color to your garden even on the dullest winter day!
  5. DEFINE OR ADD ADDITIONAL SCREENING TO YOUR GARDEN
    When planters are placed or built together they define and screen areas of your garden.  Seating areas can be defined with well placed rectangular planters. Groups or rows of planters can be planted with taller plants and shrubs to provide additional screening to an area of your garden.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Fall Garden Tips

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016

More Fall Garden Tips

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With its cooler temperatures and dazzling color, Fall is a wonderful time of year to be outdoors. Now is a great time to perform some basic garden tasks to be one step ahead come Spring.

Keep Gutters Free of Leaves
Clogged gutters and downspouts may potentially cause water to collect around your foundation. Regular maintenance may help keep your gutters functioning properly, prevent water damage and keep your home looking nice.

Gutter Cleaning

Clean Outdoor Pots
After your seasonal potted plants have faded it’s a good idea to clean your pots before you store them for the season. For best results, scrub your pots with stiff brush and rinse.

Clean Pots

Stack Pots
Once clean, turn your terra-cotta pots upside down to prevent them filling with water, freezing or cracking.

TerraCota Pots

Bring Them Inside
Be sure to bring delicate potted plants inside and away from cold or drafty windows.

Store Your Hoses
There’s nothing worse than a leaky hose in Spring. A little hoses maintenance now goes a long way later. Remove the hose from the spigot and stretch it out thoroughly, holding one end to chase any remaining water out of the hose. Once drained store it out of the elements in a shed or covered container.

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Mulch With Leaves
Put all those beautiful Fall leaves to work in your yard. Use them to mulch your vegetable and flower beds. They help control weeds, retain moisture and enrich the soil.

Leaf Mulch

Divide Bulbs
In early fall, after the flowers have faded, divide lilies. Replant immediately.

Bulb Dividing

Protect Patio Furniture
Patio furniture is expensive. If you can’t store your furniture it’s best to cover it with a heavy-duty cover to protect it from rain and extreme temperatures.

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5 Tips for a Dog Friendly Landscape

Tuesday, June 7th, 2016

5 Tips for a Dog Friendly Landscape

There’s nothing more enjoyable than spending quality time outdoors with your family, including your canine companion. Here are some tips to create a backyard oasis that is safe and inviting for your four-legged family members.

  • Create a hardscape that you can your canine companion can enjoy together.
    Dogs and lawn grass don’t mix well. For small areas, consider switching from a grassy expanse to hardscape. Choose materials that won’t get too hot, should be easy to walk on and ideally should not cling to fur and feet. Concrete, brick, flagstone, pebbles and smooth rocks are all good choices. Mulch (except cocoa mulch) and small bark chips are dog friendly. Stone and masonry are especially useful for landscaping with dogs, because they minimize the mess dogs make through urination (dog spots), digging and plain old wear and tear.
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  • Can’t give up your green grass?
    When you see a dog urinating on the grass, rush to the garden hose. Turn it on and bring it over to the area where your dog has just urinated. Douse the area with water, thereby flushing it and diluting the harmful elements in the dog urine.
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  • Create a shady spot for sunny days.
    Excess sun exposure could give your dog a sunburn and even heatstroke, which may lead to severe injury. Planting a large tree or dense shrubbery will give Fido a respite from the sun.
  • Switch to a turf grass that can handle some wear and tear.
    A tired dog is a good dog, whereas an unexercised or bored dog will look for trouble. Provide space where your dog can run and chase, and you will have far fewer problems. Some grasses hold up better to paw and foot traffic than others. Among the warm-season grasses, Bermuda grass is among the toughest. If you need a cool-season grass for landscaping with dogs, try Kentucky bluegrass.
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  • Get to know your canine’s patterns.
    Rather than fighting it, plan your yard around your dog’s predictability. Install stone walkways over existing dog paths. Now everyone will be happy: the dog still has its path, and you get to have a better looking yard. Stone walkways exude charm and are a desirable addition to your landscaping regardless of dog problems.

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