Preparing your commercial lawn and surrounding areas for winter, including flower beds, trees, and shrubs, is a critical strategy for maintaining beautiful landscapes throughout the year. And, there's a lot to get done in the fall season to prepare for that. Plants and seedlings need to be mulched while lawns need to be cleared of all the falling leaves. Plus, with winds and the start of rain, there is debris that should be removed plus trees and shrubs have to be pruned to get rid of any dead wood. This is also the time to winterize your commercial irrigation system to protect it from the cold elements. Here are some of the things you'll need to do to keep your commercial lawn and surroundings looking beautiful throughout the season and into winter: Deadhead flowering plants because this will help keep them healthy. Remove all weeds and debris in the area regularly. This may be something that has to be done more frequently until the trees have shed all their leaves. Debris that also needs to be cleared includes branches and other items that get blown around during this season. Prune plants to create a tidy landscape and sense of order to your commercial surroundings. This also keeps the plants healthy so they are ready to re-grow in the spring season. Pull all weeds that tend to make your landscape look messy and block your flowers and ornamental plants from putting on a spectacular display. Regularly check for insect damage so that no infestations get out of control. Edge and trim grass areas and mow at a height that keeps it all looking consistent. This regular mowing throughout the fall season will also help strengthen the roots and provide a way for new growth in the spring. Taking care of a commercial lawn and surroundings requires a lot of time, which you may not have. Yet, you want your office building, apartment complex, or other commercial structure to look pleasing to the eye as well as neat and tidy. After all, it reflects on your business and impacts those that visit or use these commercial areas on a daily basis. Contact us now to get started with our commercial lawn service for the fall and every season!
Even though the Fall season has officially begun, your lawn will continue to need your attention, including mowing, at least until after the first hard frost. This is because the grass is actively absorbing the moisture and nutrients it needs to get through the dormant winter so it will continue to need your attention. Therefore, Fall lawn maintenance and care are critical. During this season, grass growth slows down. However, it's best to stick with your lawn mowing routine. As the season progresses, you should lower your cutting height on the lawn mower to remove one-quarter to one-third of the grass blade. Continue doing this until the lawn is about two inches tall and the grass is still actively growing. This will allow sunlight to reach the grass. Continuing to mow your lawn so that it is short over the winter season will help prevent snow mold when springtime arrives. This is just part of the process of preparing the lawn for spring. Besides continuing to mow, you'll also need to aerate the soil. This allows oxygen, water, and fertilizer to reach the grass's roots. Also, rake the leaves so that these don't block that same oxygen, water, and fertilizer from reaching those roots. Also, if left to pile up and get wet, fungal diseases could appear that eventually kill the grass. Additionally, other fall lawn chores include fertilizing your lawn and filling in bald spots on your grass with an all-in-one lawn repair mixture. Weed control is another important task in the Fall that will help your lawn remain healthy through winter and into spring. If you need assistance with mowing your lawn during the Fall season, contact us today. We can take care of mowing, fertilizing, weeding, and more.
Leaves falling on the ground are a message that fall has arrived. And, while the colors are beautiful and the piles of leaves are fun to jump on, they really do have to find somewhere else to live beside the lawn. Leaves are a common part of lawn maintenance. Why Get Rid of the Leaves? There are many reasons why you should remove the leaves from the lawn. It is much healthier for your lawn. This is because if you allow the leaves to pile up on your lawn, they block the sunlight, water, and nutrients from reaching the root system and helping feed your lawn. The lawn needs to breathe but it can't do that if it's covered in leaves. The leaves can even block new grass blades. These leaves may also invite pests and diseases in that are difficult to get rid of. This can lead to mold, brown patches, and lots of insets. Also, it improves the lawn's overall appearance. Lastly, regularly removing the leaves makes for less work than letting them all pile up over time. Removing the Leaves There are many ways to remove the leaves from your lawn. The first way is to rake them off the lawn. This approach tends to get most leaves that have to be bagged up and removed. It's very labor-intensive. The second is to use a leaf blower, which does the job quickly but is noisy. However, as long as you select a good time to do it, such as mid-day, most people have become accustomed to the sound. Alternatively, you can use a mulching mower that shreds the leaves and turns them into fertilizer. Adding a bag to this mower allows you to collect everything and put it in your compost bin if you have one. Lastly, consider assistance from a professional lawn care maintenance company like Pugh's Earthworks who can take care of leaves, mowing, and fertilizing so you can just enjoy how it looks. Contact us today to learn more.
Labor Day weekend, which is September 1st through September 3rd this year, is the unofficial end to summer and often filled with end-of-summer barbecues and fun. Whether you are hosting a customer event at your business or an employee picnic, you want to make sure your lawn and outdoor space is ready for the Labor Day celebration. Here are some tips to consdier for your lawn care and maintenance as well as any other landscaping featured around your commercial space: Lawn and landscape maintenance isn't just about aesthetics. You also need to think about safety. Look for any holes in your lawn or uneven surfaces that should be filled in so no one twists an ankle or takes a fall. Add in topsoil to fill these holes and levels the surface. If you start looking for these holes a week or so in advance, you can also add some grass seed and water to get the grass growing in those areas again. If pressed for time, you can also add in pieces of sod to level out areas of your lawn. Look for anything that might annoy guests, such as prickly branches, weeds, and pests. If there is still a few weeks, consider hiring a pest control service as well as a company that can remove all the weeds and prickly branches. Don't forget to feed and aerae yuor lawn. This feeding should be in place for every six to eight weeks. This will help keep it looking green and vibrant. Plus, it will give it strength to withstand all the shoes, chairs, tables, and tents you put on it during your Labor Day event. Maintain a structured watering and mowing process for your lawn to also give it strength Lastly, don't forget to look for any signs of doggy-do-do prior to your event. And, when the Labor Day celebration is over, you'll most likely have to give that lawn a little love. After all the food, rugs, feet, and action, you'll need to consider if the lawn needs any re-seeding or manicuring. Contact us today to get some special care for your commercial lawn and landscaping before and after your Labor Day festivities.
As the temperatures continue to soar, it's important to have a regular summer watering schedule for your lawn to ensure it can thrive and grow throughout the year. Here are some tips on how to water your lawn during the summer season: You don't need to water your lawn every day in the summer despite thinking it will help in the hot weather. What happens is that the lawn gets over-watered and starts to die. Get to know the soil properties of the area you live in. This tells you a lot about how to water your lawn in the summer and throughout the year. This is because water tends to penetrate soils differently. For example, it is more likely to penetrate sandy or loose soil than clay-based soil. The water should penetrate six to eight inches below the ground surface. Check your overall irrigation system for your lawn to identify any places where water is not regularly reaching that portion of your lawn. Any dry spots will tell you where you need to make changes to your irrigation. Think about what type of grass you have in your lawn as this will also tell you more about how to water it. For example, Tall Fescue has a deep root system. This means it has the highest drought tolerance of all cool-season turf types. Then, Kentucky Bluegrass goes dormant during a drought. Warm-season grasses, which include Zoysia, St. Augustine, Bermuda, and Centipede, tend to thrive in warm conditions. They have a deep root system and require approximately 20% less water than cool-season lawn grasses. The age of your lawn is also an important consideration for determining irrigation frequency. While all lawns need consistent moisture, you need to proceed with caution on newly-planted lawns. Don't rely on rainfall. Instead, you'll need to provide supplemental irrigation during the first year of growth to ensure it develops that deep root system. Focus your watering times on early morning or late afternoon/evening when the sun is not scorching the grass or adding to the water evaporation. As a commercial landscape and maintenance company that is focused on helping local businesses enjoy healthy, beautiful outdoor spaces, we are here to help with your lawn care needs. Contact us today and we'll keep your lawn looking lush and green throughout all seasons.
Having a lawn with deep roots helps protect it when it gets so hot during those summer months. It's those deep roots that hold the water and keep the grass cooler so that it won't die out from the excessive heat. Here are some lawn maintenance tips to promote those deep roots for your lawn. Soil Start with cultivating the topsoil. Sandy loam or well-drained loam gives roots the ability to stretch out and grow. If you have sandy soil, know that it doesn’t retain water very well. That's when you will need to add organic matter, which delivers the necessary nutrients and increases water retention. Water Keep this soil moist. Grass needs at least an inch of water weekly. However, you don't need to water every day. It's actually infrequent watering that encourages deep root growth. Water must get below the root zone to help nourish the roots so they can become deeper. An automatic sprinkler system helps ensure that your lawn receives the right amount of water at the right time. Mowing Mow frequently and keep grass at the right height for the type of grass you have. For example, grass with large crowns or clumps, which is typically Kentucky bluegrass or tall fescue, should be mowed at a much taller height. In contrast, zoysia grass should have a shorter mowing. Whatever kind of grass you have, be sure to mow no more than one-third of the blade lengths at a time. This stimulates growth and protects the roots. Fertilizer Fertilize at the end of the growing season to achieve strong root growth. Slow-release fertilizers are often touted as the best for promoting the growth of the grass roots. AgriGro biostimulants have also been proven to increase root growth. This is because these substances help plants endure environmental stress better than those that were not treated. Other Maintenance You can also encourage strong roots by giving them plenty of room to grow. This means pulling any weeds, which have root systems that like to choke the roots of the grass. Plus, it involves periodic aeration, which allows air and water to reach the roots. Use a core aerator, which will reduce soil compaction. That way, the water can penetrate all the way down to the roots Be sure to also remove what is known as thatch by using a rake to clear this dead organic material and grass clippings from the soil. From following these tips, you'll most likely improve the chances of enjoying a lush green lawn throughout the summer.
When you have a lawn, one of the regular tasks is to ensure that it is watered properly. With a hectic life, you may not always remember what day or when you should water. That's why a lawn sprinkler system was invented. If you are debating whether a lawn sprinkler system would work for you and your lawn maintenance needs, consider these benefits: First, it automates lawn care for you. This makes it convenient because all you need to do is set the programmable timer and let the sprinkler system go to work caring for your lawn. This is especially ideal when you may be out of town for a week or longer. Also, it is consistent whereas you might miss spots when you manually water the lawn. Second, you'll actually use less water this way. For example, the sprinkler system can water your lawn at night thanks to the timer settings when it's coolest. This means the water won't evaporate like it would if you water in the heat of the day. That way, water is used effectively. Plus, doing it by the time means you won't go over the limit. Third, a sprinkler system is customized to your lawn needs. You can set it based on the size, type, and shape of your lawn. Also, you can use a variety of sprinkler types, including revolving, stationary, and oscillating. You can also adjust the sprinkler system so that it reaches other items in your garden or yard like plants, trees, hedges, and flowers. Fourth, a lawn sprinkler system just looks better and is safer than dragging a garden hose across the lawn. The sprinkler heads are low to the ground and do not take away from the aesthetics of your yard. Finally, a sprinkler system can add value to your home. Future homebuyers will appreciate that this convenient, efficient lawn care system has already been installed for them. If you need assistance with installing a sprinkler system for your lawn so you can take advantage of these benefits, contact us today!
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!
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.
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.