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

Spring is planting season. That's why container-grown shrubs do best when they are planted in the early spring. This is because the shrubs tend to still be dormant or just breaking through that period. It's important to plant as soon as the frost has left the ground. This will give the shrubs the most time to grow some new roots and settle in for the spring growing season. To plant shrubs in the spring, you don't need to dig a deep planting hole to encourage root growth. Most shrub roots spread widely, so focus on making a wider hole. Also, consider making a square hole because this gives the roots a better way to spread out. Just before planting, try watering the container-grown shrubs with a liquid feed and soak the roots of bare-root shrubs in the liquid feed as well. This can also help protect the roots from any fungus or other issues. We realize that, with commercial property, it may be challenging to find the time to plant shrubs and add these plants to your overall landscape. However, we can provide a commercial landscaping service on a monthly basis that ensures you have an attractive and welcoming landscape no matter what season of the year. And, when spring seasons arrives like it has now, our commercial landscape maintenance service includes planting trees, shrubs, and flowers as well as fertilizing, seeding, and more. We welcome the opportunity to bring your commercial landscape back to life after the harsh winter season. Contact us today to learn more!  

By | 2019-03-15T19:48:18+00:00 March 15th, 2019|Categories: Landscaping|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Apply Fertilizer in the Spring to Strengthen Roots and Promote Growth

With the official start of spring nearly upon us, it's time to think about getting your commercial landscape ready for the seasonal changes. Since each season has some specific landscaping tasks to accomplish, one of the spring tasks involves fertilizing. Here's why. Lawns need fertilizer during the early spring when the grass begins to green up. Feeding the lawn, shrubs, flowers, and other aspects of your landscape promote growth while also strengthening the roots so the temperature changes aren't an issue. There are several ways to apply lawn fertilizer during the spring season. A spreader ensures more even coverage than fertilizing by hand. Also, hand fertilizing may result in burns where the fertilizer is concentrated and pale areas that don’t get as much fertilizer as they should. Try a broadcast or rotary spreader because they are easy to use and don’t cause striping like a drop spreader. However, a drop spreader ensures that there is no chance of overthrow where fertilizer lands on streets, sidewalks, or driveways. At the same time, a drop spreader requires two trips over the lawn at right angles. Apply the fertilizer and then thoroughly water the lawn. This rinses the fertilizer off the grass blades so they won’t burn and lets the fertilizer sink into the soil to do its job. Keep people and pets off the lawn for 24 to 48 hours. There are different types of fertilizer that can be used. Slow-release doesn't have to be used as often, but these are more expensive. Fast-release offers quick results, but you have to apply it in smaller amounts and more often. Your risk of burning your lawn increases. Weed and feed is another fertilizer option. You'll need to be careful around trees, shrubs, and garden plants. You can use organic materials like compost and manure, but you will have to use a lot  Also, horse manure may contain weed seeds. Liquid fertilizers aren’t recommended because they are difficult to apply evenly and require frequent applications. Be sure to water the lawn a few days before you plan to fertilize. When you do apply the fertilizer, make sure the grass blades are completely dry to avoid burns. If you would like help with fertilizing and maintaining your commercial landscape, contact us now to find out how a monthly plan can ensure you enjoy a beautiful commercial landscape throughout the year that welcomes your visitors.

By | 2019-03-12T16:04:00+00:00 March 12th, 2019|Categories: Fertilize|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Spring is the Time For Pre-Emergent For Weed Control

The best approach to controlling weeds throughout your commercial landscaping is to stop them from even showing up. First, it's important to know about the weeds you are trying to control. There are perennial weeds that survive and reproduce even in adverse conditions like even through winter weather. Then, there are annual weeds that can’t survive underground but some emerge at times of the year when preemergent weed killers aren’t active. Next, it's good to have a weed control strategy as part of your landscape maintenance program that incorporates pre-emergent weed control. These products should be used before a plant germinates in early spring. For difficult annual weeds, you may need to do multiple applications, including at the start of the spring and then at timed intervals throughout the season. This is because pre-emergent weed killers don't destroy weeds and their seeds. What they do is stop the weeds and their seeds from growing. For the first treatment of pre-emergent, the middle of March is highly recommended just when the spring season is about to start. This tends to get the weeds that most commonly start to appear as the average soil temperatures go above 50 degrees. Major summer weeds include crabgrass or clover, so it's important to use a pre-emergent treatment to stop them. Often, it can seem time-consuming to handle all these weed control treatments at your commercial property. Plus, you might be worried about visitors coming into contact with the pre-emergent treatments for weeds. That's why you can leave the weed control work to us by contacting us now to find out how we can add weed control to our monthly commercial landscaping maintenance services.  

By | 2019-03-05T00:00:50+00:00 March 5th, 2019|Categories: Weed Control|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Commercial Landscape Services For Retail Shopping Centers

One of our commercial property specialties is retail shopping centers. We've been taking care of retail shopping center landscape for decades, including parking lots, open areas, and indoor landscaping at shopping malls. Unlike other commercial property landscapes we handle, a retail shopping center has its own unique set of challenges. This includes maintaining it despite ongoing crowds and foot traffic as well as parking lot traffic. However, if you can work with a commercial landscape service provider that gives you a well-maintained landscape, it can help your retail center tenants improve their image and the shopping experience, driving repeat business. Here's what our commercial landscaping service can do for your retail center: Maintain and refresh the green areas around all of your storefronts and entranceways; Conduct all commercial landscape work during no- to low-traffic times; Prepare for holiday and special events that involve the landscape; Develop a landscape that fits the environment, including the mix of hardscape, irrigation, and landscape that defines it, and offers solutions for less water usage; Offer monthly commercial landscape maintenance and design that aligns with your budget; and Create a retail shopping center landscape that keeps its beauty even in high-traffic conditions. Every aspect of your retail landscape gets our attention. That includes taking care of any water features and irrigation systems as well as planters, green areas and lawns, and flowerbeds.  It also means we handle mulching, trimming, mowing, reseeding, pruning and edging. We specialize in numerous landscape design elements that are commonly added to retail centers to enhance their aesthetics and draw customers in. This include planting beds, tree installation, walkways, rock features, and lighting. Even during the winter season, you can take advantage of our snow and ice. Contact us today to learn more about our monthly commercial landscaping services for retail shopping centers.    

By | 2019-02-25T16:51:00+00:00 February 25th, 2019|Categories: Shopping Center Landscape|Tags: , , |0 Comments

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.

Top Priority Winter Commercial Landscape Maintenance

We are deep into winter but have winter in our sights. Yet, there is still much to do when it comes to caring for your commercial landscape during the winter. Here are some tips to follow: Avoid walking on your lawn during winter. If it tends to freeze in your area, walking on it can lead to bare spots that will not go away when your grass returns from its seasonal dormancy. Tie up loosely branched evergreens and boxwoods that can become damaged from the weight of any snow that falls. Do not use a broom or snow shovel to get rid of snow that builds up on shrubs. If the limbs are frozen, they are fragile and can be easily damaged. Check on how your winterization efforts are doing with your irrigation system to make sure nothing is busted. Winterize all your landscaping maintenance tools. This includes emptying gas from all equipment engines and sharpening tools like pruners, spades, and shovels. Provide protection for early flowering plants, such as rhododendrons, camellias, and azaleas by covering them with burlap. Mulch planting beds to keep the roots of plants warm and protected. Remove any leaves and debris that have built up. When it gets closer to spring, start focusing on planting bed by pruning all shrubs, trees, and perennials.  Remove all dead wood and clean up the area to improve the health of all plants and flowers. Replant perennials like black-head Susans, daisies, and groundcovers.  Plant spring bulbs. Consider tree removal on any that are large and overgrown during this season. Regularly remove all snow and ice sidewalks throughout your commercial landscape to make it easier for customers to visit your business. Contact us at Pugh's Earthworks to consider our monthly commercial landscape maintenance services, including the winter season.

Revitalize Your Commercial Landscape

Your commercial landscape most likely has served you well over the years, offering a professional look. However, like everything, this might be the time to think about a makeover to revitalize that commercial landscape. There are many reasons to consider this change. First, changing the commercial landscape creates new interest for visitors and offers them a fresh, inviting place. Second, the changes in environmental concerns mean you'll need to think about water conservation and a move to drought-resistant plants. Third, like the outside of your commercial building, it could just be time for improvements due to age, wear and tear, and weather impact. In all situations, you don't want dead or broken trees and shrubs to impact others' impression of your business. Plus, any fallen limbs or ragged branches can put employees and visitors to the property at risk for injury. Now that it's a new year, it's a good time to think about getting professional commercial landscape services like Pugh's Earthworks to revitalize how the surroundings of your business look. We can come up with a plan on how to change it as well as a timeline to revamp your landscape in a way that doesn't interfere with visitors and clients coming to your business. Our services include collecting and hauling away debris, trimming back, or pruning bushes and mature trees, and planting new flowers, plants, and greenery that complement your building's architecture. We'll recommend a way to use less water and make improvements to your existing irrigation system. If you have grass, then we'll also take care of your lawn and bring it back to life if it needs more attention. This also involves weed control and other preventative measures to help ensure a beautiful commercial landscape. Contact us today to find out what we can do for your commercial landscape to make it an attractive and welcoming way to greet visitors and clients.  

Landscaping and Lawn Maintenance For Retail Shopping Centers

Retail shopping centers are designed to create an enjoyable shopping experience for visitors. With more online shopping, retail shopping centers are focused more on commercial landscaping design and maintenance to create an inviting ambiance that encourages shoppers to stay longer and enjoy the overall feeling. That means you have to more thoughtfully consider how you will design and maintain the overall look of your shopping center, including landscape features and any lawn that also makes up that retail shopping center landscape. We offer year-round landscape maintenance services to help you, as a retailer, create a lasting positive impression on your customers and continually draw them to your location. Our landscaping design and maintenance work include seasonal flower designs and perennial plantings that fit the season. Another way that we can help you is with the overall appearance of your retail shopping center walkways, parking lots, and common areas. This includes “open-air gardens” with benches and seating, fountains, and other sensory experiences. We are also sensitive to city requirements and more water-sensitive landscape designs. We also understand that retail shopping centers involve a heavy vehicle and pedestrian traffic, so we plan all of our maintenance schedules to ensure we don't impede that traffic but work during quieter periods. This also means scheduling irrigation during optimal times outside of traffic and weather conditions to conserve water while also not inconveniencing your customers. Additionally, we offer other services that may benefit your retail shopping center, such as pest control as well as snow and ice removal during those inclement months. Contact us today to learn more about how we can cost-effectively transform and maintain your commercial retail shopping center landscape and lawn areas.    

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.

Tips For Winter Lawn Care

We are now in the midst of winter, which means there could be snow, ice, freezing conditions, rain, wind and lots of debris that can make a mess of lawns. While it may seem easier to just let the lawn be until the end of winter, there are still things you can do to maintain your lawn in the winter time. When weather conditions allow, you can still fertilize, aerate, seed, and clear your lawn of debris. Here are some winter lawn care tips to enact today: Aerate and Fertilize This needs to be done before the first frost date. Most likely, that has already happened so you may need to skip this step in winter lawn care for the moment. If you haven't experienced a frost, then this is a good chance to give your lawn some time to breathe and relieve soil compaction. Once you've aerated, use some fertilizer that only works toward providing nutrients for root growth during those cold months. Tidy the Debris All the leaves and other debris can cut off any air that your lawn needs to breathe during those dormant winter months. That's why you'll need to remove the leaves. Also, any debris like that could become wet and harbor disease that could do damage to your lawn. Rake up as much debris as possible. You can use it for mulch or put it in your green recycling. Keep Off the Lawn When your lawn is frosted or dormant, it's best to try to avoid walking on it too much. Even strong grass can become weak if it's regularly walked on. You can avoid walking on your lawn by doing your best to keep driveways, sidewalks, and other walkways free of snow and ice by using rock salt. Prepare While You Can Do as much as you can when weather permits. Otherwise, leave the rest to Mother Nature. Commercial Lawn Care Help We can handle all of your winter commercial lawn maintenance needs. Also, don't forget that we also offer snow and ice treatment.  

By | 2019-01-12T22:11:18+00:00 January 12th, 2019|Categories: Lawn Care|Tags: , , |0 Comments
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