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April is Lawn and Garden Month

Every April, communities, businesses, and individuals across the celebrate gardening during National Garden and Lawn Month.  It brings awareness to the beauty found in nature as well as the benefits gardening provides all of us. Gardens and lawns contribute to better health, improve the aesthetics of cities and businesses, and provide an overall attractive look to everything around us to enhance moods. This celebration was started by the National Garden Bureau who worked with 23 national horticultural organizations to legislate National Garden Week. Former President Reagan signed the Proclamation on April 18, 1986. National Garden Week was first celebrated April 12 to 18, 1987. Then, in 2002, the National Gardening Association decided to extend the celebration to encompass the entire month of April. From 2003, National Garden Month has been celebrated during the month of April. Here are some ways to celebrate the month: Participate in a city or neighborhood beautification day. Visit a farmer's market or garden center. Volunteer to clean up a park or street. Work with others to develop a city garden. Add a garden or more greenery at your workplace. Include more houseplants in the office. Take a local garden tour. Find ways to be more environmentally sensitive, including using less pesticide, water, and electricity. Start an indoor herb garden. Buy locally grown food. During this month, you may also want to work with a professional commercial company like Pugh's Earthworks to manage your commercial lawn and garden or find a way to redesign it so it uses less water thanks to new drough-resistant plants. Contact us today to learn more!    

Changing Your Commercial Landscape To Fit Each Season

Every season brings different weather conditions that impact your commercial landscape. That's why it makes sense to regularly adjust your commercial landscape to fit the season. This creates a year-round beautiful and welcoming look to your commercial landscape. Here's what you can do to make sure your commercial landscape fits each season: Your first plan is to have an overall year-round commercial landscape and planning strategy that involves selecting trees and shrubs that you can prepare to replace the following season. That way, there will always be a focal point to your commercial landscape design. Since spring is the next season coming up, let's start there. After a drab, cold winter, you will want to show some color in your commercial landscape. Look for the earliest-blooming shrubs, trees, and flowers to get ready to plant. You'll most likely start enjoying various colors by mid-spring. And, to carry on your staggered planting strategy, summer should consist of trees and shrubs that are heartier and can withstand the heat and humidity of the season. From there, fall offers a lot of opportunity for colorful foliage and deep colors across shrubs and trees. When winter arrives again, most of the plants and trees will go into hibernation, so be prepared to focus on colors like white, brown, and gray for a few months with the exception of the seasonal evergreen tree. Then, there is your year-round commercial lawn care to consider. This area of your landscape should also have a strategy to keep it inviting throughout each season. With spring nearly here, it's time to sharpen those lawnmower blades and clean up all the debris. Keep an eye out for weeds and begin fertilizing. From there, each season will involve trimming, watering, and feeding until the lawn goes dormant again in winter. And, if you need expert and professional help making your commercial landscape fit with the season, then you should contact us today to learn more about our commercial landscaping design and maintenance packages.

How to Create a Beautiful Commercial Landscape For Your Business

The right commercial landscape for your business takes a solid plan and the knowledge of what defines good design. Before you start, here are some things to consider, especially around the idea of how the commercial landscape can enhance the look and image of your business, creating a welcoming element and projecting the benefits of working with you. This thoughtful planning should also take into account how you want people interacting with your property. Here are some other critical aspects of commercial design where it may be ideal to partner with an experienced commercial landscape company: Your business and landscape elements should align. If you are focused on sustainability, then your landscape will reflect that. Or, if you are fun want a playful look, then you will add fountains or other interactive features. A commercial landscape company can help shape how you align these. You want to welcome people and make it easy for them to get to you and even stay awhile. This includes landscape features like walkways, benches, tables and chairs, and low walls. Even hospitality areas with fire pits create an inviting atmosphere. This also helps direct the flow of traffic straight to your door, including paths lined with plants, trees, shrubs, flowers, and/or lights. Make the architecture where your business is located stand out more. You can add color and texture through the plants, trees, and flowers you select as well as use green walls and other features that tie the entire building and landscape together. In this day and age, conservation has become critical and an important factor when planning commercial landscape design. Look for ways to conserve water and energy through your design, including ways to create shade to reduce heating costs in your building. Think long term before planning out your commercial landscape design because how it looks when plants and trees have matured will be vastly different than when you first createe it. Also, consider the maintenance that goes into that landscape design. Both will be factors that involve time and money for your business. Contact us today so we can meet and determine how to create a beautiful, cost-effective commercial landscape design that fits your business, brand, and budget.

Why Winter is a Good Time to Plant Trees and Shrubs

A hard freeze triggers plants into dormancy for the winter. This makes it the safest time to plant and transplant things like trees and shrubs. That way, they can be settled in and ready to start growing and making leaves in the springtime. Also, plants store energy during the growing season so they can provide energy during the fall and winter seasons that help them grow roots. Plants undertake most of this root growth during the “dormant” season. That is one of the biggest reasons why it makes sense to plant trees and shrubs during the winter season. However, there are other reasons that make it an ideal time, too. Stress levels are reduced because of the lack of foliage and soft new growth. This means less water is used to keep the trees and shrubs happy. Pruning will also not need to be done. To be successful with winter tree and shrub planting, there are a few tips to follow. First, mulching is important because it will help to maintain constant soil temperatures and keeps soil moisture at a constant level. Second, use less fertilizer and use organic fertilizer so it doesn't burn the roots. It is specifically designed to promote root growth while not encouraging foliage growth. Third, if you live in a windy area, consider staking the trees to prevent undue stress on the new roots.   If the ground is frozen solid and unworkable, then you can store unplanted shrubs and trees in a sheltered spot with southern exposure. When growth starts in early spring, prune any damaged branches, and feed with a balanced organic fertilizer. Or, consider using a commercial landscape design and management company like Pugh's Earthworks who can handle all your commercial planting and management no matter what the season. Contact us now to find out how we can help you with all your landscape and planting needs.  

By | 2019-01-08T20:48:18+00:00 January 8th, 2019|Categories: Landscape Design|Tags: , |0 Comments

Our Expert Staff Can Re-Design Your Entire Landscape

Whether it's an office building, hotel, or retail location, it's important to consider how the outside of your company can reflect the inside. Plus, in doing your part for the local community, you want to ensure that you are being water-wise and offering a pleasant aesthetic to enhance how your city looks to residents and visitors. Our commercial landscaping services can help develop or re-design your entire landscape area whether it is expansive or just minimal in an urban setting. We create some of the most incredible outdoor environments you have ever seen. Hardscapes We offer a wide range of hardscape services for our commercial landscape design. These include: Walkways and sidewalks, using concrete, stone, pavers, and brick features Driveways Seating areas Retaining walls Fencing Water features Planters Bike racks Lighting Lighting is a key feature that many companies forget about it. This feature adds interest and keeps the property well-lit for security and advertising purposes during the evening and overnight hours. Also, lighting can help guide visitors in the evening hours to your front door. We offer LED bulbs, which are an efficient lighting solution for commercial properties. Also, low-voltage lighting solutions are an economical lighting solution. All types of fixture options are available to fit your architecture and landscape design. Sod, Plant, and Flower Installation From fresh grass and artificial turf to plants, flowers, and bedding, we offer a full range of commercial landscape installation services. Our commercial landscape designers create and oversee the installation and replacement of flowers, shrubs, and trees. Adding bright colors, shade, and natural ambiance provide a way to have a stunning look for your business. Drought-Tolerant, Water-Conscious Landscape Design With a greater focus on sustainability and environmental practices, it's important to consider this within your commercial landscape design. That's why we are able to come and provide recommendations on how to reduce water consumption through the use of artificial turf as well as drought-tolerant plants and landscape features, including crushed granite and other types of rock and gravel designs. Other Services Also, we offer commercial landscape maintenance services for mowing, trimming, fertilizing, and irrigating your landscape. Additionally, we have a pest control service to ensure no pests ruin that beautiful commercial landscape design. Contact us today to find out what we can do for your commercial landscape!    

By | 2018-08-12T16:12:52+00:00 August 12th, 2018|Categories: Landscape Design|Tags: , , |0 Comments

First Impressions Count: Add Attractive Landscaping to the Front of Your Business

An unattractive entrance to your business is not inviting to potential new clients. It may send the message that your business is not concerned with the details, which prospects may think will then apply to them. Instead, they would rather work with a company that takes pride in itself. That first impression counts. Here are the basics of what defines good commercial landscape design: Gain Customer’s Interest Your commercial landscape should add interest and encourage them to stay awhile. For example, consider adding things like benches, picnic tables, and water features. Direct Traffic Flow You don't want your customers or prospects to be confused about where to enter your business. You can use landscaping to direct traffic flow right to your front door. Use decorative concrete lined by plants or flowers to lead the way. Accent Architecture Make sure the landscape fits your building's style. This will highlight architectural features and blend the natural with the structure in an aesthetic way. Convey the Right Message Your business and your building have a brand so your landscape should reflect that. Is that message about sustainability, fun, professionalism, or forward thinking?  This may mean dancing water features for fun or native grasses and wildflowers for sustainability-focused buildings. Conserve Water and Energy Now, more than ever, conservation is a critical part of commercial landscape design. You also want to present yourself as a socially conscious, environmentally friendly business. The landscape can provide shade to the building. If possible, you can also consider adding a "green" roof or roof-top garden, which can lower heating and cooling costs. Think About the Future When thinking about commercial landscape design, consider how it might landscape as it matures. This is important when deciding where to place trees and shrubs, which will change scale over time. Also, think about the type of maintenance that your commercial landscape design will require, weighing the cost and time needed to keep it looking beautiful. Work with a Professional Commercial Landscape Company Chose Pugh's Earthworks to carefully sculpt your landscape. They can select the best plants and have expert designers that make good use of space, accommodating the look of your company's building and surrounding area. Contact us today!

By | 2018-08-05T20:13:14+00:00 August 5th, 2018|Categories: Landscape Design|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 [...]

Top 10 Landscape Resolutions For 2017

Landscaping Resolutions for 2017 Landscaping resolutions may not be what you think of when it comes to New Years goals. However, if kept, they will add up in long term satisfaction with your property. Landscape design and maintenance will take planning and preparation, organization, and physical effort; all of which are great qualities to shoot for in the new year. Once your goals are realized; you can enjoy time with family and friends or simply relax while you enjoy your accomplishments. Now that makes a very happy new year! Here are a few ideas to ponder to beef up your landscaping: Define my particular landscaping preferences and styles, then incorporate into a unified design. Dawson McCown of Pugh's Earthworks is our expert in design and architecture. Remove any dead, damaged or diseased plants and tree limbs that are beyond saving. Build a patio or deck. You will enjoy entertaining family and friends this spring and summer. Install a water feature or swimming pool to create a soothing atmosphere that will aid in relaxation. Incorporate low maintenance plants and sustainable foliage where desired, to decrease the amount of maintenance and upkeep involved in keeping your landscape in tip top shape. These easy growing plants will save time and money in the long run. Add an outdoor fireplace, firepit, kitchen or gazebo for a great gathering place to entertain guests. Grow some plants that will enhance my spring landscape. These include bulbs of all kinds which appear when temperatures rise in the spring. Grow some plants that will enhance my summer landscape Plants that will enhance my fall landscape include; pansies, mums, ginko trees, maple trees, burning bush and evergreens. Incorporate ideas to add pop to my winter landscape. Factor in lighting for holiday festivity. Have a little fun with it. Happy New Year!

By | 2018-04-07T16:55:01+00:00 December 30th, 2016|Categories: Landscaping, Pugh's Earthworks|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

How Important Is Curb Appeal

Ready to jazz up your curb appeal? Here is an easy 4-step plan: First, consider how the front of your business looks to passers-by. The façade of a building is the single most important factor determining its curb appeal. It’s the first impression that customers will see of your business. Attractive signage, uncluttered windows and fresh paint can go a long way in presenting your business at its best. Next, consider your signage. It should be in plain view and easy to read. It should also be made out of quality materials. Remember the old saying “you get what you pay for” and avoid cheap-looking material. Choose a sign that complements the business district that you’re located in. If you’re in a shopping center your sign should match the size, style and material of the other businesses in the center. And remember to check with your local permit office to learn if you need a sign permit. Take a look at your parking area. You’ll want ample, convenient parking on a paved lot with clear markings. Lots should be well-maintained; potholes should be fixed and faded lines should be repainted. If you’re located in an urban area with lots of asphalt and no trees, consider adding tree islands and evergreen shrubs. This can make a huge impact on your curb appeal while at the same time improving the environment. Remove grass that invariably grows in cracks next to curbs and sidewalks as well as in parking lots. Finally, keep landscaping well-maintained and well-manicured. Updating your business landscaping with simple evergreen shrubs can have a huge impact at relatively low-cost. Consider adding color to your site with knock-out roses. They’re hardy in a southern climate and are being used more frequently in privately-owned commercial projects as well as publicly-owned street medians. If you have Crape Myrtle trees on your property keep the “suckers” – all the new shoots that occur around the base of Crape Myrtle trees – trimmed away. And don’t forget to keep the public sidewalk in front of your business free from weeds, tree limbs and other debris. The Bottom Line For better or worse, your business will be judged by its appearance. Fortunately, your business’ image is within your control. Consider these tips and implement those your business needs and contact Pugh's Earthworks to help with your landscaping needs.

By | 2018-04-07T16:59:28+00:00 October 24th, 2016|Categories: Landscape Design, Landscaping, Pugh's Earthworks|Tags: , , |0 Comments
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