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Lawns Need to Be Watered Regularly in the Summer

In the heat of summer, your lawn is a lot like you. There is dehydration if not provided with enough water to stay cool and hydrated. In fact, a lack of water can be detrimental to all living things. The answer is to water frequently but don't overdo it. Here are our top lawn maintenance tips for watering your summer lawn: You don't have to water your lawn every day in the summer. I know it seems like you should but don't be tempted. It can lead to overwatering. Know your soil properties because water reacts differently to sandy soil versus to clay-based soil. Once you know what soil you are using, you can create a lawn watering system that addresses that type of soil in an effective way. Check how the water is penetrating your soil in different places because it will not be uniform throughout your lawn. After watering, dig holes to see how far down the water is gone. The ideal penetration is six to eight inches beneath the surface of the soil. Keep an eye on your sprinkler system to make sure everything is working and reaching across your entire lawn. You may need to adjust or repair the sprinklers throughout the summer season. Typically, a lawn needs at least one inch of water each week but more in the summer when the heat really impacts it. Try watering the day before you know you are going to mow the lawn. This will help prevent the tips of the grass turning brown because it will have the water to recover more quickly from being cut. Additionally, if you stick to the plan of watering deeply and less frequently, your lawn will develop drought-tolerant roots that help it survive and thrive even in hot weather. By watering earlier in the day before 10 a.m., you can also reduce the chance of the water evaporating before it really penetrates the soil. Plus, doing so reduces the risk of fungal growth. We're here to help, too. If you seek professional lawn care services, we can deliver consistent, knowledgeable lawn care maintenance for your property. Contact us today!

By | 2018-06-13T23:53:32+00:00 June 16th, 2018|Categories: Lawn Care|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Change the Fertilizer Mix During the Heat of Summer

The summer heat brings a lot of stress to a lawn. The lawn can become parched and damaged from the summer sun and the extreme heat. Although it's easy to understand when a lawn loses its luster in winter months, most of us don't want the sun to shine down on a brown lawn in the summer months.  That's when it's time to think about fertilizing as part of our summer lawn maintenance. Don’t Over Fertilize You need to be careful about fertilizing in the summer. Applying too much during the heat of summer can actually harm your lawn. You will end up burning your existing lawn. Plus, If your lawn is looking straggly in midsummer, resist the urge to fertilize. And, it can lead to a significant amount of tender growth that will struggle in the heat and actually not make it. Why Fertilize in the Summer? When you fertilize conservatively in the summer, you'll be able to achieve some benefits for your lawn. For example, the right amount of fertilizer protects and strengthens a lawn against insects, heat stress, drought, and foot traffic. Use Organic Fertilizer When using fertilizer during hot summer months, opt for organic fertilizers. They are naturally slow-release. This means that they are less likely to burn your lawn compared to chemical fertilizers. Weed and Feed Fertilizer Since weeds are harder to kill in the summer because of their strong root system you can still cautiously apply a weed and feed fertilizer throughout the summer months of June, July, and August.  Look for those that contain nitrogen,  phosphorus, and potassium because this helps to promote a healthy lawn. Recycling Grass and Fertilizing Another option is to recycle your grass clippings as you mow your lawn. you can leave the grass clippings on the lawn to decompose. These clippings will recycle nutrients that will then serve as fertilizer during the summer months. This can actually reduce your use of chemicals on your lawn, which then reduces the risk of overfertilizing while providing a green lawn even during those heat waves. Contact Us Contact us today to find out how we can help with your summer lawn to keep it green and healthy even during the heat of summer.

By | 2018-06-08T20:23:00+00:00 June 8th, 2018|Categories: Fertilize|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Heat Can Significantly Impact Your Lawn

Heat doesn't just wear on us; it also has an adverse impact on nature, including plants, flowers, and lawns. However, you can still enjoy a healthy lawn even in the midst of extreme summer heat. Don't Mow Your Lawn Too Short It's a common mistake to mow a lawn too short. When this happens and it's hot, your lawn suffers and turns brown. This is because the lawn is restricted on how much energy it can produce for growth. However, if you don't trim it too short, then the grass can develop stronger roots. And, it's those stronger roots that support plants that can tolerate the stress that heat puts on it during the summer months. Use the One-Third Rule To determine the correct height to cut your grass, apply the “one-third” rule. This rule says never remove more than one-third of the grass height at one time. This keeps the lawn cooler because it removes less plant tissue. For example, if you normally cut your lawn at 2.5 inches, increase it to 3 inches during the hot summer months. Don't Over Water A big mistake so many make is to think the heat means grass needs more water. However, all that does is create another problem. The soil then tends to be constantly wet. This causes the grass roots to be deprived of oxygen. This can make them more susceptible to disease because diseases tend to thrive in wet conditions. Therefore, the drier the grass and soil, the less risk for a disease. Although you want to ensure hydration, you don't need to water daily to get that. Keep Mower Blades Sharp When grass is cut with a sharp mower blade, it will heal faster. Then, it's less susceptible to stress and disease that comes during the hot season. Also, the sharper mower blades will prevent a brown appearance. Use a Mulching Mower Rather than bagging up the lawn clippings, return them to the lawn by using a mulching mower. Clippings act as a slow-release fertilizer for the plant. Focus on Year-Round Lawn Health Whether there is heat or not, it's important to maintain your lawn's health the whole year round. Then, when it is hot, your lawn will already be prepared for the temperature change.  That way, grass will tolerate the heat more easily. Focus on season-long care, which includes fertilization, watering, mowing, and pest control. Contact us if you would like more help in creating a healthy, year-round lawn.

By | 2018-06-03T17:11:38+00:00 June 3rd, 2018|Categories: Lawn Care|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Weed Control: Put Down Pre-Emergent in the Spring

Weeds seem to appear everywhere, especially after winter and spring rains. They get in the way of your lawn and garden plants and flowers getting the nutrition and water they need. That's why they must go. Spring is a good time to get those weeds under control as part of your lawn maintenance. There are many ways you can do this, but applying a pre-emergent herbicide is one of the most effective weed control strategies. Here's why: For our commercial lawn and garden services here in Memphis, we use high-quality pre-emergent herbicides to control broadleaf weeds and crabgrass that start to infringe on turf, landscaping, agricultural lands, golf courses and other areas.  Pre-emergent herbicides weed killers are perfect for spring and fall application. Pre-emergent herbicides are typically applied in the early growing season, which is the springtime. This helps prevent the weed seeds from germinating and becoming full-grown weeds. The pre-emergent herbicide weed control forms a barrier around a weed seed. This makes it nearly impossible for the wee seed to sprout so then it's less likely to grow. Pre-emergent herbicides can be applied a few different ways. You can utilize a granular spreader or a pressurized handheld sprayer. Liquid herbicides are often concentrated solutions that have to be mixed with water first. Granular herbicides can be spread and require irrigation to help the granule release the pre-emergent chemical.    To help make the pre-emergent work effectively, it's important to aerate the lawn and surrounding area first. Then, apply the weed control substance. This helps the pre-emergent get the seeds to do its work. Watering the pre-emergent also helps it to get into that topsoil layer where the weed seeds tend to germinate. Follow the instructions provided on each pre-emergent weed control solution you select. For all of our commercial clients, we take care of this part of lawn care and maintenance for you to ensure you have the healthiest lawn and garden possible. Contact us today to learn more.

Time to Change Out Those Flower Beds

Flower beds provide a beautiful and eye-catching feature to any commercial or residential garden. With a burst of color, these beautiful floral displays can provide enjoyment the entire year round. However, flowers tend to provide that beauty on a seasonal basis. That means that, at certain points in the year, it's time to change those flowers out for others that are in-season. At this time of year, it means going with flowers that flourish in hotter temperatures. Here's how to re-do a flower bed. The first step is to clean out the existing flower bed.  Remove old perennials, weeds, and any debris. Think of it as a clean slate so you can start again with seasonal blooms. This may be a good time to change the shape of your flower bed. Rather than going with that traditional rectangular look, why not add some curves to it by drawing out new lines with the soil? Now, it's time to add new soil to your flower bed. Dig up rocks, roots, and any debris before putting a layer of garden-specific soil. It should be about six inches deep. You can also add compost and leaf mold. This will boost soil nutrition. Let your flower bed settle for 30 to 60 days before planting. Work with your local garden center on the ideal flowers for this time of year. Once you have an idea of what works, then you can select the colors and varieties to use that will fit your space and garden style. This is where you can be creative. As you plant the flowers in the bed, be sure to add enough water to make puddles under each flower. Add a thin layer of mulch. This will help prevent weeds and allow the soil to retain moisture even during the hot summer ahead. Of course, if you don't have the time to re-do your commercial flower beds, consider turning to professionals like Pugh's Earthworks. Contact us today!

By | 2018-05-30T11:53:27+00:00 May 17th, 2018|Categories: Landscape Design, Landscaping, Lawn Care|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Focusing On Insect Control in the Spring Pays Year-Round Benefits

Now that spring has arrived and your garden, trees, shrubs, and lawns are starting to grow again, all this activity will be sure to attract insects. While some are there to help, other insects don't do your garden or lawn any good. That's when you know it's time or insect control strategies. Plus, what you do now in the springtime can help control insects the whole year round. To get started, it's important to know that there are three general strategies you can use for garden insect control. These include physical controls, live controls, and packaged controls. Although each insect control strategy is good, you need one that fits your type of garden and insect issues.  This is where it can help to have a professional assist you with your garden and lawn maintenance as they are adept at understanding the best inset control strategy to implement. First, physical pest control manually removes insects. For example, this can involve cutting the larvae of cottonwood borers out of trees or shrubs. Or, soil covers can be placed around your plants' roots. This strategy for insect control can prevent maggots from reaching these roots and destroying the plants. Second, live pest control uses the power of nature to eliminate insects. This involves introducing certain insects that feed on the insects that are destroying your plants. For example ladybugs and praying mantises take care of aphids. Third, you can control insects by using chemicals or packaged pest control products. Focus on non-toxic products before opting for the stronger chemicals. You can also opt for some other alternatives for pest control to help keep insects away from your gardens and lawns the whole year round. These include electronic pest control techniques, including the use of ultrasonic frequencies. Also, you may want to consider organic pest control products that use citric acid or garlic to kill insects. Sesame oil, thyme oil, and clove oil are integral to other types of organic alternatives for relief from pest infestations without damaging your garden. Contact us today if you would like to get professional help in learning how to control insects in spring as well as all year.

Applying Fertilizer in the Spring Can Strengthen Roots and Promote Growth

Spring is the time to fertilize your lawn and plants because this is when growing season starts again. The fertilizer has the nutrition that all green things need to really start growing. Here's why Healthy lawns must have adequate water. This promotes cell enlargement and aids in evaporative cooling. Lawns and plants also require sunlight and carbon dioxide for energy production as well as oxygen for respiration. Lawn growth also involves getting nutrients from the soil that are absorbed by roots. Sometimes, the soil does not have these nutrients so that's where fertilizer comes in to help out. In fact, one research article noted that there must be at least 18 elements for proper plant growth. And, if any are missing, it could limit plant or lawn growth. This includes nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. By applying fertilizer to the soil, the soil becomes more fertile. The result is that the plants and lawn that the soil feeds becomes healthier, resisting damage from insects and fungus. You'll be able to tell if your plants, trees, and lawns aren't getting the right nutrition. That's because their leaves will be yellow or light green. They may even have dead spots on them. There will be fewer leaves. And, the ones that are there will be smaller than normal. There will also be poor plant structure and root growth. Look for fertilizers that incorporate organic enzymes and amino acids. These help plants and lawns deal with any seasonal stresses from heat or frosts as well as transplanting. Since more insects and diseases also turn up at this time, these ingredients in the fertilizer will help strengthen the roots and offer protection. Look for fertilizers for certain types of plants, shrubs, and lawns. It helps to use a customized fertilizer for the area you want to feed. If you are not sure, contact us and we'll be glad to help with lawn fertilizing and yard fertilizing.

By | 2018-05-03T01:02:14+00:00 May 2nd, 2018|Categories: Feed Your Lawn|Tags: , |0 Comments

It’s Not Too Late to Plant Shrubs in the Spring

Pugh's Earthworks Spring Is A Great Time To Plant While spring is already in full swing, we know that here in Memphis and nearby the spring season has been a little delayed this year. We are now looking forward to warmer weather and enjoying the rest of spring. That's why it's not too late to consider what you may want to plant during this spring season. Shrubs and flowering shrubs are great ideas for your yard. No matter what size yard you have, shrubs are a great way to add depth, texture, and color to a garden. Location, Location, Location When you plan on planting shrubs, it's important to consider where you are going to put them. Consider any zoning or Homeowners Association rules as well as be aware of property lines. While you may love the shrubs you are planting, your neighbors may not. And, the last thing you want is to have to pull it out after all that hard work. Then, there are sunlight and shade requirements to think about. Also, check to see how big the shrubs may get to ensure you've picked a location that will accommodate how big the shrub will get. How to Plant Shrubs When you take the time to plant a shrub properly, it will grow faster. Plus, it may even enjoy a longer life. The mild temperatures in spring are the right time to give the shrub the chance to take root and grow. The soil is the right temperature to help the shrub. Shrubs are typically purchased in containers. The shrub has been growing in the container for some time, which also gives it a better chance of survival. There are numerous sizes of containers and shrubs that allow you to pick the size that is appropriate for your planting area. To plant a shrub, first, dig a hole that is twice as wide as the root ball. Make sure to loosen the soil around the hole so the roots can start to penetrate it and make a home for themselves. Remove the shrub carefully from the container and put it in the hole as soon as possible. The bare roots are vulnerable to light and air so they need to get back into the dirt as soon as possible. Lightly push the soil down around the shrub to get rid of any air pockets. You can also add water to settle the soil. This also helps the root ball to start receiving the water it needs to stay healthy. Add mulch around the shrub to start giving it nutrition. Shrub Maintenance Even after planting it in the spring, there is still much to do to maintain your shrubs. You'll need to keep an eye on your shrubs over the course of the first year to make sure they are getting enough moisture as the weather heats up. Signs of moisture distress include wilting leaves or hard soil. Continue adding water and mulch around the newly planted shrub. You won't need [...]

Spring is the Time to Seed Lawns

Pugh's Earthworks Didn't Seed In The Fall? You Can Still Overseed In The Spring Reseeding your lawn helps keep it growing and thriving. It goes through cycles of growth just like flowers and plants. However, you will need to know the best times of the year to seed your lawn in order to maximize its growth potential and get the best results from your lawn maintenance. Here, in Memphis, there are two seasons that are typically ideal for seeding lawns. That's fall and spring. These seasons are ideal because they have the milder temperatures that give the grass seeds an opportunity to grow and get a healthy start versus winter, which is too cold, and summer, which gets very hot. Spring Lawn Seeding Since it's spring, start thinking about how to see your lawn so you can enjoy a beautiful and lush green carpet for the next few months. The soil should be between 55 and 60 degrees Fahrenheit. Before placing the lawn seeds, take out any weeds and root systems that may inhibit seed growth by taking away precious water and nutrients from the lawn seeds. Plus, if you leave the weeds in and try to kill them later with weed killer, it will damage the new growth from the lawn seeds. You will also want to loosen the soil, remove dead grass and debris, and then add a layer of topsoil and fertilizer. Spot Seeding to Fill Lawn Holes This is also the time to consider filling in those holes that may have appeared on your lawn. Like with regular lawn seeding, it's important to first remove the dead grass and loosen up the soil. Then, you can spread the grass seed. Use a rake to spread it out and mix the lawn seeds into the loosened soil.  From there, you will need to add mulch and straw. Or, you can use a seed starter mat or blanket. This will hold the seeds and loose soil in place. Maybe you have just bought or rented a house that has a lawn that could use a little love. If half the lawn still has grass and isn't full of weeds, you can repair it by seeding it rather than starting over. For these types of major lawn fixes, you will need to mow it very low and then add an herbicide. Leave it for up to two weeks and then seed it as though it was a new lawn. Our Lawn Maintenance Services Here in Memphis, we offer lawn maintenance services that include seeding lawns. Contact us to find out how we can restore your lawn or stimulate growth for a green, healthy lawn.

By | 2018-04-25T03:06:57+00:00 April 22nd, 2018|Categories: Lawn Care|Tags: , , |0 Comments
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