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October Landscape Update

Tuesday, October 9th, 2018

Good day and happy Fall to everyone! It’s nice to see a break coming soon to the summer temperatures and experience some cooler weather for a change.  Hopefully, the dog days of summer are behind us and Mother Nature will be providing us with some spectacular fall color showcases throughout our service area. Many of the issues we mentioned last month are still prominent in our area due to the weather patterns. Our maintenance crews are busy wrapping up summer seasonal maintenance pruning and transitioning into fall maintenance practices.

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Aerate and Overseeding
We are now in the middle of aeration and overseeding for all customers with fescue lawns. Due to the heat the last several weeks, the germination is slower than normal so it is imperative we make sure adequate coverage to all the turf areas is consistent until we see more rain.  After the seeding process, Horticulture services crews will be coming back to the first round of fertilizer applications this fall.  Please remember the crews will not be mowing for four to five weeks until the seed matures.

Fungus – Zoysia and Fescue Lawns
Due to a large amount of rain and humidity, a host of fungus issues are popping up in the in all our turf which include brown patch, Zoysia patch, and Pythium blight. We will be sending out work orders for much-needed fungicides to prevent the spread of the fungus during the summer.

Grubs and Army Worms in Fescue Lawns this Fall
Please look over the picture of the grub and the army worm damage below which is very sporadic all over town. Lawns will need to be sprayed if we see signs in your turf.


Seasonal color
Our color designers are in the process of working on the fall color designs which we will start to install this month through fall so please contact us about a color design consultation.

 

Fall Events
If you have any fall parties or events at your home, give me a call and let me know. Let us help you by lining up any necessary services you may need right before your event so that your yard can look its best and we will have time to complete all the necessary preparations for you.

Kindest regards,
David Gibbs
President

 

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Landscape News – October 2016

Tuesday, October 11th, 2016

Landscape News

Fall

Fall is here and is truly welcomed.  This summer has provided us with 86 days above 90 degrees close to records of 90 days. The summer heat along with lack of rainfall has definitely left our fescue grass damaged, shortened the life of annuals and created dieback on shrubs and trees. Bermuda grass and Zoysia grass reaped the benefit this summer from the heat and has looked phenomenal compared to the past two years.

With the cooler weather there has been a sharp drop in humidity and our managers and crews are watching the irrigation and watering to make sure new plant installations are not drying out.  If you have recently had Gibbs perform a new installation…please make sure you are following your watering guidelines provided.

Fescue grass aeration and over seeding started in mid-September and will be completed by mid-October. Along with the seeding the grass has been fertilized with a starter fertilizer. Fescue grass will be cut after 5 weeks of seeding date. Grass will be high until the first cut. After lawns have been cut 3-4 times we will be able to then fertilize again with a liquid fertilizer as well as treat for broadleaf weeds within the turf. This is just part of the two month process of replenishing fescue lawns in the south. Lawns will receive touch up seed as needed over the next month.

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Warm season turf – Bermuda and Zoysia will begin to shut down as we have cooler nights. You will notice the discoloration in the grass and mowing will become less frequent. Heights of these turf types will be allowed to be maintained higher in efforts to allow the turf to remain healthy as it cycles to the dormancy period.

Zoysia and Bermuda fungal patch could become active over the next two months as the turf grass begins to transition to winter dormancy. Managers will be on the lookout for these diseases.

Fall annual flower installations are starting this month. Our Flower Designers are designing beds and pots each day.  Timing is critical for installation of the pansies. If installed too early the heat can cause excessive stretching of the annuals. Crews will be pulling and removing summer annuals as they fade away. Once fall annuals are installed they will be fertilized as well as a fungicide applied and watered in thoroughly. Managers will need to set irrigation for 2-4 days a week of run time on the newly installed beds for two to three weeks.
Crews are busy finishing pruning, weeding and preparing for perennial cutbacks. Leaf season is two to three weeks away and then leaf removal will be in full swing.

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Remember that Fall through late Winter to early Spring is the best time to plant shrubs and trees. Our installation teams are very busy now and booking out each month. Our Architects are here to help you plan and design a new landscape for your home.  Please let us know if you are thinking about a project as now is prime time to install it.

Thank you so much for your continued business. We at Gibbs Landscape will always strive do to the best each day for you and your homes. Thanks for allowing us to serve you!

Peter Copses
Vice President

 

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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.
  • Dog in green

  • 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.
    Dog in landscape
  • 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.
  • Dogs Playing

  • 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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    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.