January 2021 Newsletter

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2020 was a very difficult and strange year, to say the least.  I think we all are excited to be in 2021 with light at the end of the tunnel.  This Holiday season was a time to be with nuclear family and to reflect on all the blessings we each have.  On behalf of everyone at Gibbs Landscape Company, we are so appreciative of the privilege to provide landscape services for our clients.  We would also like to thank Atlanta voters for again voting for Gibbs Landscape Company as the 2020 Consumers’ Choice Award Winner.  Without our loyal clients, we would not have been able to win this prestigious award of being the BEST in our category of landscape services.

This month the crews will continue to remove leaves and try to get everything clean and ready for pine straw or mulch applications. Pine straw and mulch are vital to your landscape plantings’ health.  Please make sure a fresh application of pine straw or mulch is applied to your property once leaves are finished falling and cleaned up.  We will be providing you with proposals for this service.  Mulch and pine straw help protect the plant’s roots from cold and will enhance the look of your landscape. Pansies and Violas were off to a slow start with the warm weather but temps are now more desirable.  We have almost completed tulips and daffodil installations.  Daffodils are a great bulb that will rebloom each year and are deer and squirrel resistant. Consider planting some in your garden. Our fescue turf will receive another round of nitrogen in January while warm-season turf is now dormant.  We are finishing up a great pre-emergent round on the warm season turf this month.   Dormant season pruning will begin soon.  We will be thinning and making corrective interior cuts and in some cases performing a heavier dormant prune where needed.  Heavier pruning will be discussed prior to commencement. 

A note on some plant issues that are of growing concern of ours and the entire east coast.  Rose Rosette Virus on Knock Out Roses is being found in more and more landscapes.  There is no cure or real prevention of the virus.  We will alert you if we find Rose Rosette in your landscape and we can make a joint decision on rectification.  Boxwood blight is also a real concern we all are having to deal with.  We are working hard to evaluate each client’s property and make the best recommendation for this terrible problem.

Our Landscape Architects are always here to meet with you and discuss that landscape renovation you have been dreaming of.  Let us help you make it a reality!  Remember…winter is the best time to plant in Atlanta.  The plants will focus on root establishment in the winter and you do not need to water them which saves you money.  There will be plant shortages and hardscape material shortages in 2021.  If you are planning to do a landscape project in 2021 call us now to avoid this potential problem. On behalf of everyone at Gibbs Landscape Company, we want to wish you a very Happy New Year.

Peter J. Copses

Vice President

Gibbs Landscape Company

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