Tips to Protect Your Irrigation System From Winter Freezes

Pugh's Earthworks Tennessee's Commercial Landscape Services For HOAs and COAs Pugh's Earthworks provides commercial landscape design and maintenance services throughout Tennessee, including Memphis, Jackson, and Nashville plus we service commercial lawns and landscaping in Little Rock, Arkansas. Our monthly seasonal landscape care for residential commercial properties includes professional lawn care, including irrigation and sprinklers, fertilizing, reseeding, aeration, and pest control.  We also offer snow and ice removal services during the winter months. During the winter months, we often receive emergency calls for broken irrigation systems.  This is because the pipes in the irrigation system have frozen and then burst. To stop this from happening, we have many tips for winterizing your irrigation system against the risk of freezes. Drain sprinklers that are on a slope. It's important to ensure that all sprinkler pipes on a slope are completely drained. Use an air compressor to push out any remaining water. Insulate the irrigation pipes. Shut off the water supply for your irrigation system. Then, make sure it is wrapped with foam insulation tape and a plastic bag, which can keep the pipes from feeing. Any above-ground pipes must be insulated. Have a main shutoff valve. If you don't have one of these valves, get one installed. Should any pipes blow and you have water shooting up everywhere, this valve can shut that down. Hire a winterization professional. Lawn sprinkler winterization can be simple or it can be very complex. There are many reasons why you might want to hire a professional instead.  It's important to have a comprehensive working knowledge of your specific irrigation system to winterize it correctly. Doing the blow-out process to the irrigation lines can cause damage ig you don't know what to do. You'll also need a powerful air compressor to properly blow the lines. Contact us today. Our team of professionals can help you protect your irrigation system this winter as well as provide other winter services like snow and ice clearing. We're here to get you and your residential or commercial landscape through the harshest months of the year as well as assist throughout the other seasons, ensuring the most beautiful yard and landscaping possible. Contact us now!

Landscape Tips to Keep HOAs and COAs Clean During the Winter Months

Pugh's Earthworks Tennessee's Commercial Landscape Services For HOAs and COAs Pugh's Earthworks provides commercial landscape design and maintenance services throughout Tennessee, including Memphis, Jackson, and Nashville plus we service commercial lawns and landscaping in Little Rock, Arkansas. Our monthly seasonal landscape care for commercial properties includes professional lawn care, including irrigation and sprinklers, fertilizing, reseeding, aeration, and pest control. This includes shopping centers, schools, retailers, industrial centers, business parks, and more. One of our main client segments is HOAs and COAs where we care for the common areas as well as some of the front yard areas in certain communities. With our extensive experience, we have many tips for maintaining HOA/COA landscapes throughout alll seasons, including winter, which, in Tennessee, can mean snow and ice. Winter Planting and Maintenance Let's start with any plans for planting during the winter. You don't have to do much when it comes to winter landscaping around your HOA. Just having a few evergreens and shrubs with berries can add interest and color. Also, trees with colorful and textured bark may provide a unique look. It's also good to continually remove any fallen leaves, branches, or other debris. Doing so will provide an attractive look for your community. Plus, it will also reduce rodents and other critters that you may not want to have lurking around your community. Snow and Ice Removal You want to make sure that common area paths and sidewalks remain clear for residents as well as have a plan for salting roads to minimize the risk of ice and black ice. Hardscapes and Amenities Maintenance Part of caring for the HOA/COA landscape involves keeping benches, arbors, playground equipment, and other amenities free of snow and ice as well as maintain them up to a usable standard. A fresh coat of paint or stain can add brightness on a dreary winter day. Walkway lighting also can cheer up areas and help residents by lighting the way for them. Seasonal Landscape Maintenance Services Contact us to learn more about how we can care for your HOA/COA.

Lawn Care For Cemeteries

Pugh's Earthworks Tennessee's Commercial Landscape Services Cemeteries Pugh's Earthworks provides commercial landscape design and maintenance services throughout Tennessee, including Memphis, Jackson, and Nashville plus we service commercial lawns and landscaping in Little Rock, Arkansas. Our monthly seasonal landscape care for commercial properties includes professional lawn care, including irrigation and sprinklers, fertilizing, reseeding, aeration, and pest control. This includes shopping centers, schools, retailers, industrial centers, business parks, and more. Cemeteries are one of the commercial landscape maintenances segments we specialize in. A lot of care and expertise goes into tending to a cemetery landscape while also being mindful and respectful of the grounds and visitor. There is also a lot of ground and types of landscaping to cover at cemeteries. This includes lawns, aeration, fertilizing, mowing, weeding, and mulching. Other landscaping activities include pest control, tree planting and removal, and planting and irrigation. In some cases, we also take care of specialty landscaping unique to cemeteries. These services may include headstone cleaning, pathway and parking maintenance, fencing and railing repair, benches and monuments, water features, and lighting.  During winter seasons, we also do snow and ice removal. Taking care of all these areas of a cemetery takes considerable time. But, it's important to provide a pleasant experience for visitors, including ensuring that they visitors feel comfortable to spend a while visiting loved ones and returning often. We'd like to put our expertise and knowledge to work to help maintain the lawns and landscape in your cemetery. Contact us for a free estimate!

Keep Leaves Off Lawns, Sidewalks, and Parking Areas

Pugh's Earthworks Tennessee's Commercial and Residential Landscape Company Pugh's Earthworks provides commercial landscape design and maintenance services throughout Tennessee, including Memphis, Jackson, and Nashville plus we service residential and commercial lawns in Little Rock, Arkansas. Our monthly seasonal landscape care for lawns includes professional lawn care, including irrigation and sprinklers, fertilizing, reseeding, aeration, and pest control. Along with our professional landscape design and maintenance services, we also provide a wealth of expert advice on how to care for your residential and commercial landscapes. One of the things we often tell our clients is why it's so important to keep leaves off of lawns, flower beds, and sidewalks as well as clear this debris from parking areas. Leaves can accumulate quickly as they trees shed them for the fall and winter seasons. The effect is a pile of leaves. While they are unsightly, they also can cause problems. On lawns, the leaves can clog the grass so that the lawn can no longer breathe and get the oxygen it needs to survive. The same goes for flower beds. The leaves also create wet, dark conditions that breed disease as well as attract insects and other inhabitants that cause you other problems like rodent infestation. When it comes to your sidewalks and parking areas around commercial properties, the leaves may hide dangers that can lead to accidents, including people tripping or sliding from ice or debris they can't see. The accumulated leaves can lead to similar problems for vehicles. Overall, when leaves pile up, it also makes it look like the business is not concerned about their properties. This may also impact on what visitors conclude about the business. The mess may be so bad that it even discourages customers from coming to your business. We understand just how challenging it can be to run a business and keep up with this type of maintenance. That's why we are here to help! Contact us now to find out about our monthly commercial landscape maintenance services or our monthly residential landscape services.

Add Pugh’s Earthworks’ Snow and Ice Treatment to Your Monthly Landscape Program

Pugh's Earthworks Commercial and Residential Snow and Ice Treatment Services For Tennessee Pugh's Earthworks provides commercial landscape design and maintenance services throughout Tennessee, including Memphis, Jackson, and Nashville plus we service residential and commercial lawns in Little Rock, Arkansas. Our monthly seasonal landscape care for lawns includes professional lawn care, including irrigation and sprinklers, fertilizing, reseeding, aeration, and pest control. Our additional services focus on addressing specific seasonal landscape issues. In winter, the seasonal issues involve snow and ice. We often experience sidewalks and walk ways that are covered in snow or that have iced over. The last thing we want is to have someone fall on the way to our business because of these inclement conditions or feel like they can't get to our front door. And, for those with residences, we want to help those who can't take care of these winter issues. Our snow and ice treatment plans include a range of treatments. These include a salt application prior to an impending storm. This strategy can help prevent the snow and ice from sticking to the roads. Once the snow and ice hits, then we switch to snow plows that can help move snow. While we can't clear all the snow, our services  enable more people to use your parking lots and the area surrounding your facility. Our goal is to make this snow and ice treatment program as affordable as possible. We offer it as an add-on service to your existing monthly landscape and lawn maintenance program you have with us, which allows us to keep the price low for all customers. The snow and ice treatment program is available to residential clients as well as commercial clients throughout Tennessee, Mississippi, and Arkansas. This includes HOAs and COAs as well as shopping centers and institutional facilities. Contact us now so you can be prepared when winter strikes!

Refresh Planting Beds with Mulch to Protect During the Winter Freeze

Pugh's Earthworks Commercial Landscape Maintenance Services For Tennessee Pugh's Earthworks provides commercial landscape design and maintenance services throughout Tennessee, including Memphis, Jackson, and Nashville plus we service residential and commercial lawns in Little Rock, Arkansas. Our monthly seasonal landscape care for lawns includes professional lawn care, including irrigation and sprinklers, fertilizing, reseeding, aeration, and more. Lawn care can include additional services for your landscape, pest control, and ice and snow removal needs. Along with your lawn, you may have other aspects of your commercial landscape or residential yard the needs care before winter sets in, including your planting beds or flower beds. There are many reasons why now is the time to mulch these beds or have someone like us to the work for you. Garden mulch helps with weed suppression, conserves moisture, and adds organic matter that decomposes into plant-friendly fertilizer. Most importantly, mulch protects plant roots from heavy freezes and temperature extremes. The mulch does this by keeping a consistent soil temperature that keeps the roots of those bedding plants and flowers comfortable during those harsh winter months. Think of mulch as an insulating blanket. The best mulches for winter include coarse-textured materials like straw or hay, pine or evergreen boughs, and other fibrous organic mulch materials. Shredded leaves and compost also provide good winter cover for perennials and bulbs. Also, pine needles help ornamental beds and shrubs while straw works well for vegetable beds and strawberry beds. Mulches that contain shredded leaves and compost also provide food for earthworms, microbes, and other beneficial creatures that live in the soil and that also help plants get through the winter. Apply the mulch until after the first hard or killing frost.  Otherwise, mulching too early may cause stress and weaken the plant. When applying mulch, leave a one- to two-inch mulch-free zone around plants and put mulch three to four inches away from the base of shrubs. You should apply a two- to four-inch layer when using fine-textured mulch and three- to six-inches thick for coarser-textured mulch. Contact us today to learn more about our winter care landscape services.

Reduce Lawn Watering When Cooler Weather Arrives

Pugh's Earthworks Commercial Landscape Maintenance Services For Tennessee Pugh's Earthworks provides commercial landscape design and maintenance services throughout Tennessee, including Memphis, Jackson, and Nashville plus we service residential and commercial lawns in Little Rock, Arkansas. Our monthly seasonal landscape care for lawns is done by a team of highly trained and service-focused professionals who love what they do. During all seasons of the year, our landscape professionals focus on expert lawn care, including irrigation and sprinklers, fertilizing, reseeding, aeration, and more. Lawn care can include additional services for your landscape, pest control, and ice and snow removal needs. During all parts of the year, water plays an important role in keeping your lawn looking green and lush. That means even when colder weather sets in. Even when grass goes dormant, the roots still require water in order to remain hydrated during the cold months. Otherwise, roots can dry up and even die. The grass might look fine above ground, but the lack of water could have weakened it enough to die when  the warmer weather returns or it gets hit by disease. Also, watering your lawn just before low temperatures hit can help protect it from frost damage. The water strengthens the grass, enabling it to fight any potential damage caused by cold weather. Also, water releases heat more slowly than plant tissues, which then helps the grass blades hold onto heat longer. What does change about watering your lawn is the amount of water you should use for your lawn during those cooler months. Already, here in Memphis, we are experiencing some pretty chilly weather conditions. That means our landscape teams are making changes to automatic sprinkler systems and irrigation controls. This is the time to move from twice a week watering to a schedule where you water just once a week. And, with rainy weather on the way, there may be times where Nature does the job for your sprinklers so you'll need to switch them off. Do you need help with your lawn during the winter? Give us a call and we'll be happy to provide you with a free lawn maintenance quote.

Why It’s Important to Stay Off the Lawn During the Winter Months

Pugh's Earthworks Commercial Landscape Maintenance Services For Tennessee Pugh's Earthworks provides commercial landscape design and maintenance services throughout Tennessee, including Memphis, Jackson, and Nashville plus we service residential and commercial lawns in Little Rock, Arkansas. Our monthly seasonal landscape care for lawns is done by a team of highly trained and service-focused professionals who love what they do. Lawn care can include additional services for your landscape, pest control, and ice and snow removal needs. With fall racing toward the winter season and the weather making it known what's on the way -- frigid temperatures, ice, and snow - it's time to think more about how to take care of your lawn during the winter. Even now during the second half of fall, frost starts to appear in the mornings, especially when w'eve had a cold, clear night. You may start to see how moisture on grass and plants starts to freeze. A light frost over the course of several nights can lead to damage for your lawn. For example, Bermuda grass can start to have a brown, patchy appearance and die pretty quickly if warmer temperatures do not return. St. Augustine grass has a brown, yellow or even purple hue where frost has damaged grass blades. While you can fix this when spring arrives, there are other things you can do in the meantime to prevent further damage. During a frost, each of those grass blades is essentially frozen. Therefore, when you walk on it, the blades will break from the weight of your foot steps. This does more damage than the frost alone because the weight causes more cellular damage to the grass blades. When a lawn is frosted, the grass blades are literally frozen. Any activity on the lawn while it is frosty, like walking on it or mowing it, will "break" the grass blade and damage the lawn. It will recover eventually, but it may not fully bounce back until the following spring. This may make it even harder for your lawn to recover, so it's best to stay off of it. Another tip is to do deep watering of your lawn at night because it allows the moisture to evaporate slowly overnight. This evaporation then creates friction and heat around each of the grass blades. When the night air temperature drops below freezing, your grass still has a slightly higher temperature from the evaporative heat processes. As a result, the lawn turf doesn't hit the freezing temperature that causes the water molecule expansion that leads to the frost damage. Another tip from golf course management is to use a sprinkler to melt the frost before walking on the lawn. Contact us now to learn more about how we can care for your winter lawn!

Partner with Pugh’s Earthworks to Keep Your Lawn Pristine and Manicured

Pugh's Earthworks Commercial Landscape Maintenance Services For Tennessee Pugh's Earthworks provides commercial landscape design and maintenance services throughout Tennessee, including Memphis, Jackson, and Nashville plus we service lawns in Little Rock, Arkansas. Our monthly seasonal landscape care for lawns, bedding, trees and shrubs, irrigation, and hardscape areas is available for both commercial and residential customers for monthly services. Our commercial and residential landscape company also assists with pest control as well as winter snow clearing and ice treatment. No matter what time of year, it can be challenging to keep your commercial lawn or residential lawn looking pristine, lush, and manicured. That's because a lot of work goes into taking care of your lawn. As you can see from the past few weeks of blog posts, just fall lawn care spans fertilizing, mowing, reseeding, and aerating. Then, you've got to stay on top of pests and address any brown spots and weather changes. Whether you run a business or work for another company, today's lives have become hectic, making it challenging to stay on top of all types of home or business maintenance. That's when it makes sense to seek help from a professional landscape and lawn service. That way, you can enjoy a beautiful landscape that welcomes customers to your business or shows off your home to your neighbors. We offer a wide array of services for our commercial and residential clients so you can focus on your business and life. Beyond jut working with individual companies, we also partner with larger organizations to handle areas like HOAs. Our clients also include apartment buildings, hotels and motels, commercial buildings, business and industrial parks, cemeteries, schools, office complexes, and retail centers. Our professional services provide a comprehensive way to enjoy the best landscape and lawns without having to do the work yourself. Let us take care of everything while you focus on your business and customers!  

Fall is a Good Time to Relocate Perennials

Pugh's Earthworks Commercial Landscape Maintenance Services For Tennessee Pugh's Earthworks provides commercial landscape design and maintenance services throughout Tennessee, including Memphis, Jackson, and Nashville plus we service lawns in Little Rock, Arkansas. Our monthly seasonal landscape care for lawns, bedding, trees and shrubs, irrigation, and hardscape areas is available for both commercial and residential customers who are looking for professional, value-oriented, and adept landscape services. We're proud to be one of the best commercial landscape companies in Memphis and continue to seek ways to improve our service offering, knowledge, and experience to help customers maintain a beautiful landscape while reducing water usage. Each season of the year brings different landscape needs. The past few weeks, we've shared how to take care of your lawn in the fall as well as prepare it for the upcoming winter season. Now, it's time to turn our attention to other areas of your landscape like perennials. During this time of the year, it's a good time to relocate perennials. Here's why along with tips on how to relocate those perennials. Make sure you transplant fall-blooming perennials at least six weeks before a hard frost. Signs that it's time to divide your perennials include it's too large for its present space or it's crowding other plants. Fewer flowers or straggly-looking leaves also tell you it's time for relocating these perennials. The day before you plan to relocate the perennials, water them well and cut back any tall portions.  Then, for clumping perennials like asters, chrysanthemums, and day lilies, you'll need to dig them up completely before dividing them up. Spreading perennials like phlox and bee balm look more like individual plants so you can dig up the ones you want to move and choose to leave some where they are. There are also woody perennials like rosemary and lavender. These have one main stem so you will need to sever the plant to relocate part of it. Taproot perennials like Oriental poppies also have one main root that you will have to dig up so you can remove the portions you want to relocate. Be sure to be ready to move these perennials immediately to their new spot. Otherwise, be sure to leave them in shade and give them water until you are ready to replant. When you replant, dig a hole for the perennials that is wider than the root ball. Include organic matter and fertilize run the hole to help feed the perennials. After putting the perennials in the hole, fill it with soil and add more fertilizer. Lastly, water them and add mulch to help insulate the roots. These newly divided perennials won't look good until the next season. They need to get accustomed to their new home and take root before they can stand up and bloom once more. As you can see, relocating perennials can be a lot of work. Call us if you would like to get professional help in taking care of your commercial or residential landscape.

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