When it comes to each season of the year, there are things you want to do and avoid with landscaping. In following these rules of landscaping, you'll find that certain actions promote the beauty and growth of a lawn, greenery, and flowers while others don't. To help your own landscape this summer, here are some do's and don'ts, starting with your summer lawn. DO think ahead when it comes to fertilizing your lawn. Planning a specific time for it will make sure you feed it appropriately and maintain its lush look the whole year round. DO use organic lawn food that offers the best nutrients for your lawn. Read all the directions before putting it on your lawn. DON'T burn your lawn by putting down fertilizer when it is hot and dry. Be sure to add plenty of water to keep the grass moist when fertilizing. If too hot outside, it's better to wait on fertilizing your lawn. DON'T let your lawn go dormant by letting the grass die down. It takes a lot to make it come back. Or, it may not come back at all. That will mean more money and time you don't want to spend. Now, let's look at your entire summer landscape for some other tips: DO have a plan for what to plant and where. Think about what gets sun and shade as well as where water can automatically reach your plants and flowers. Then, plant accordingly. This plan will save you money and increase the chances of a beautiful look. DON'T overdo what you are planting. Keep it natural with the flowers, trees, and plants as well as accessories like pathways and fountains rather than put too much. DO try something new like a different type of flower or shrub to add new interest to your overall aesthetic. DO use drought-tolerant plants and look to add as much as possible that doesn't require as much water. DO bring in a specialist or professional for your commercial landscape so you can enjoy the look without having to do all the work. Contact us today to learn more!
At Pugh's Earthworks, we offer a number of monthly service programs that are designed to keep your commercial property looking beautiful. Here are the options: Commercial Landscaping Monthly Services Since 1992, we have offered landscape and lawn maintenance for commercial customers in Memphis as well as in Nashville, TN; Southaven, MS; Jackson, TN; and Little Rock, AK. Commercial lawn and landscaping services are offered for apartments, condominiums, shopping centers, office buildings and complexes, cemeteries, hospitals, hotels, and motels, etc. The monthly commercial landscaping service includes bed and lawn maintenance, weed control, irrigation, and pest control. It can also include landscape design when there is a need to develop a new area of commercial property or redo what was already there. Monthly Lawn Maintenance Services Sometimes, you may only need to have a lawn cared for, so we also offer a monthly service program that does just that. It includes mowing, pruning, trimming, lawn feeding, and leaf blowing. This ensures a beautiful green and lush lawn the whole year round to keep your commercial property looking its best. Monthly Pest Control Services We have expanded our monthly service offerings to include pest control for commercial and residential properties. We have the necessary certifications in compliance with state regulations to prevent, eliminate, and exclude pests from commercial properties, inside and out. These common pests include mosquitos, flies, bedbugs, rodents, roaches, spiders and ants. The pests are treated with EPA approved, environmentally-friendly products to keep individuals and animals safe during all pest control services. Snow and Ice Treatment Servies While you don't need this services the whole year round, it's good to have it during those harsh winter months. We can customize a snow and ice program that fits your commercial property needs. The multi-phase approach includes salt application before the storm hits. Once the snow and ice are on the ground, we have special trucks that are equipped with snow plows to help move the snow out of the way, including clearing parking lots around your facility. You can add this affordable snow and ice treatment service to your existing monthly program for added value and convenience. Contact us today to learn more about all of our monthly service programs.
Although you may want to plant the whole year round to keep your landscape looking beautiful, the weather is always a factor to consider that may stop you from doing so. That's because temperature extremes like severely cold or extremely hot are difficult for a new planting to handle. After all, they are just trying to take root and may be in shock with their new surroundings. Yes, plants, trees, and shrubs can undergo stress when placed in extreme conditions like excessive heat that occurs in the middle of summer. The heat can interfere with proper root development, causing the trees and shrubs to die. While you should avoid it, there are some ways to still do some planting in the middle of summer. First, do your planting in the evening and then water new plants after planting. You can also opt to do the planting on cloudy days. Then, use water bags and irrigation systems to ensure they have enough water so their roots can thrive even in the heat. The better times to plant trees and shrubs are early fall, late spring, and early summer. So, the next time to consider is early fall for your planting goals. It's a good idea to plant trees when they are dormant. Also, soak the shrub or tree in its pot before removing it to plant as this helps reduce the risk of damaging its tender roots. Provide good soil by adding a compost mixture and mulch after planting the tree or shrub. It can be challenging to plant trees and shrubs in a way that gives them a chance to grow and thrive. That's why we are here to help. Contact us today to learn more about our planting, landscaping, and garden maintenance services.
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.