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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.

Now’s the Time to Weed, Fertilize, and Improve Lawn Appearance Before Winter

Pugh's Earthworks The Best Fall and Winter Lawn Maintenance Services in Memphis 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 most highly rated commercial landscape companies in Memphis and the surrounding areas. With the fall months underway and winter in sight, this is the time to start doing preparation for your winter lawn. What you do now in the fall helps your lawn do well in the winter and be ready for spring-time growth. Over the course of the last few weeks, we've shared many tips about how to care for your fall lawn. In this post, we'll share some tips for thinking about how to care for a lawn that needs to be ready for harsh conditions like freezing temperatures, wind, rain, ice, and even snow. Mowing Tips This is the time to mow your grass approximately every 10 to 14 days until all of the leaves have fallen. The height of your lawn will be based on the type of grass you have. For example, to prepare the grass for winter for cooler climates is about 0.75 inches. Doing so helps the grass protect itself during those winter months, including reducing the risk of fungus growth that comes from contact with snow for an extended amount of time. Fertilizer Time If you haven't used fertilizer yet, this may be a good time to apply it to your lawn before the winter arrives. We suggest a good organic fertilizer that doesn't contain phosphates. Halt the Irrigation With cooler temperatures and even a storm or two brewing, this is the time to cool it on the water. In areas like Memphis, the cooler temperatures mean you can go ahead and turn that water off for now. With the chance of freezing temperatures overnight, you don't want the water from the sprinklers to freeze on the grass and shock it before winter even arrives. Composting Continues Fall is an ideal time to gather composting material to continue with that lawn maintenance need. Use those leaves that you've b been raking and them to your compost pile. The leaves not only help with creating the compost, but they also prevent the compost pile from getting too wet. Lawn Tips For Winter Finally, if it start to snow, leave the snow on the grass. In many ways, the snow can protect your lawn, serving as a type of insulation from the frigid winter air. Contact us now to learn more about fall and winter landscape care and how we can cover it all for you!  

Autumn is the Time to Fix Bare Spots in Your Lawn

Pugh's Earthworks The Best Lawn Maintenance Services in Memphis Pugh's Earthworks provides commercial landscape design and maintenance services to those in Tennessee, including Memphis, Jackson, and Nashville, as well as Little Rock, Arkansas. We provide landscape and lawn services to all ltypes of commercial properties like office buildings, hotels, hospitals, churches and cemeteries in the cities we operate. Our landscape and lawn services also assist Home Owners Associations (HOAs), Condo Owners Associations (COA’s) and individual residential homeowners throughout Memphis and Little Rock, Arkansas. We offer monthly seasonal landscape care for lawns, bedding, trees and shrubs, irrigation, and hardscape areas. During the last few weeks, we've reviewed many of the tasks required for fall lawn maintenance. Today, we are going to address how to take advantage of the autumn months to fix any bare or bald spots on your lawn. Clear the part of the lawn with bald or bare spots. The first step is to clean up the area of the lawn you want to fix. This means removing all the dead grass and ensuring you pull out all the roots for that dead grass. Use lime. Lime reduces the acidity of the soil.  This is a critical step.  Reducing the acidity of the soil is the only way to help the grass seed grow. It takes care of highly acidic soil where pet urine might have caused the bald spot to begin with. Spread the lime evenly over the bare spots. Add topsoil. Next, add at least a quarter inch of topsoil, which is rich in nutrients and has microorganisms that help the grass to grow. Apply grass seed to the bare area.  The bare spots now need grass seed. Spread the seed evenly over the topsoil. Cover it well to account for the fact that birds may try to get in there and snack on that seed. Add fertilizer and then water.  You can choose to fertilize your entire lawn, including the bare patches. Like we noted last week in terms of how to fertilize, you'll need to follow that up with a good watering to help the grass seed and fertilizer soak in. Work with a lawn care professional. And, if you feel more comfortable having a lawn care professional handle all these lawn care needs for the fall, then contact us now for a free estimate!

Why Autumn is the Right Time to Feed the Lawn

Pugh's Earthworks The Best Commercial Maintenance Services in Memphis Pugh's Earthworks provides commercial landscape design and maintenance services to those in Tennessee, including Memphis, Jackson, and Nashville, as well as Little Rock, Arkansas. Our clients include some of the premier office buildings, hotels, hospitals, churches and cemeteries in the cities we operate. In addition to the commercial customers we serve, we also provide landscape services for Home Owners Associations (HOAs), Condo Owners Associations (COA’s) and individual residential homeowners. Fall has officially arrived. All through the month of September, our blog posts have focused on fall lawn care and maintenance to prepare your commercial lawn for the upcoming winter season and to give it the best chance for spring growth. We've covered cleaning up debris, aerating the lawn, and reseeding the lawn. Now, it's time to talk about feeding your lawn during the fall months and why autumn is the ideal time to fertilize it. First, the temperatures in the fall are a welcome relief for your lawn. The cooler temperatures give your lawn the ability to get its strength back after the stressful hot temps of the summer season. Fall mornings typically create a dew that is the perfect amount of moisture for your lawn to absorb the fertilizer. Feeding the lawn gives it the nourishment to survive the winter and supports the root growth that increases the chances of a green and healthy lawn in spring. Apply fall lawn fertilizer about two to three weeks before you know the ground will freeze in your area. For the majority of places around the country this tends to be around mid-October. When you apply the fertilizer, either do it in the morning or early evening time. Be sure to mow before you fertilize because leaving behind some of the grass clippings can aid in root growth. Another tip for fertilizing your lawn in the fall is to avoid doing it just before a heavy rain. If you do, the fertilizer will all be carried away before it has a chance to do what it needs to do for your lawn. Need help with fertilizing and preparing your fall commercial lawn? Contact us today to learn more about how we can professionally maintain and create an attractive and welcoming commercial landscape for your business.

Fall is the Time to Re-seed the Lawn

Pugh's Earthworks The Best Commercial Maintenance Services in Memphis Pugh's Earthworks provides commercial landscape design and maintenance services to those in Tennessee, including Memphis, Jackson, and Nashville, as well as Little Rock, Arkansas. Our clients include some of the premier office buildings, hotels, hospitals, churches and cemeteries in the cities we operate. In addition to the commercial customers we serve, we also provide landscape services for Home Owners Associations (HOAs), Condo Owners Associations (COA’s) and individual residential homeowners. Over the last few weeks, we've been sharing our best tips for fall lawn maintenance, including cleaning up debris and undertaking soil aeration. Now, it's time to look at re-seeding your lawn. We covered those other two steps because they are essentially the first two steps that you'll need to do before you can re-seed your lawn. That's because grass seed requires direct contact with the soil in order to germinate properly. The same goes for the process of aerating the soil. You are giving the seeds somewhere in the soil where they can get in and put down roots. Once you complete those steps, the next step is to spread the seed.  Opt for a high-quality seed or seed mixture that works for your type of lawn.  For small lawns, spread the seed by hand, but use a mechanical spreader when you need to cover a much larger lawn. Remember that more is not better so don't overdo the re-seeding. You don't want too many new shoots of grass competing for that little bit of light and water. Next, you'll want to add fertilizer on your lawn. After that, you'll need to water everything to encourage seed germination. Throughout the fall, you will want to continue mowing your lawn until the grass goes dormant for the winter. You'll also need to continue cleaning up those fallen leaves and collect all debris from your lawn.   And, if you need more help with fall lawn maintenance, be sure to contact us to learn more about how we can take care of all your commercial lawn and landscape need in the fall and every season.

By | 2019-09-23T20:35:07+00:00 September 23rd, 2019|Categories: Fall Landscape Maintenance|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Why Aerate Soil During the Fall Months

Pugh's Earthworks The Best Commercial Maintenance Services in Memphis Pugh's Earthworks provides commercial landscape design and maintenance services to those in Tennessee, including Memphis, Jackson, and Nashville, as well as Little Rock, Arkansas. Our clients include some of the premier office buildings, hotels, hospitals, churches and cemeteries in the cities we operate. In addition to the commercial customers we serve, we also provide landscape services for Home Owners Associations (HOAs), Condo Owners Associations (COA’s) and individual residential homeowners. Fall is full of lawn maintenance tasks, including aerating the soil. It's another important job that helps your lawn throughout the year. Here's why. First, the soil in the fall season is still warm while the nights are cool, which makes this an ideal time of the year. Then, by aerating your soil, you can enjoy a healthier lawn with stronger roots and overall resiliency to make it through the tough winter months. Also, your lawn should be aerated if it undergoes heavy foot traffic, which can compact the soil. This is why golf courses always undertake regular aeration. Aeration of the soil is also good if it's a new lawn or if your lawn dries out frequently Focus on aerating your lawn anywhere between the end of August and November. During the fall, the grasscan heal and fill in many  of the open areas that appear during the aeration process.  This will help prepare your grass for the spring. The aeration process creates pockets so that air and water can get through to the soil plus also helps to encourage root growth in the spaces that are made. This may also be the time to overseed your lawn as well as fertilize, depending on the state and health of this part of your landscape. Before starting the aeration process, make surt the soil is moist enough. Then, use aeration tools followed by removal of the soil plugs that are created from the process. After aerating the soil you'll need to continue fertilizing, mowing, and watering throughout th fall season. Since aerating the soil can take a lot of time and effort, it's a good idea to call in landsccaping professional to take care of it for you. Contact us now to find out how we can help you during all the seasons of the year so you can focus on your business.

By | 2019-09-15T19:03:35+00:00 September 15th, 2019|Categories: Fall Landscape Maintenance|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Fall is Around the Corner So It’s Time to Start Sweeping Up Leaves and Debris

Pugh's Earthworks The Best Commercial Maintenance Services in Memphis Pugh's Earthworks provides commercial landscape design and maintenance services to those in Tennessee, including Memphis, Jackson, and Nashville, as well as Little Rock, Arkansas. Our clients include some of the premier office buildings, hotels, hospitals, churches and cemeteries in the cities we operate. In addition to the commercial customers we serve, we also provide landscape services for Home Owners Associations (HOAs), Condo Owners Associations (COA’s) and individual residential homeowners. Fall is nearly officially here. However, you may have noticed in the last couple weeks that more leaves are on your commercial lawn and landscaped areas. There may be debris from the recent storms as well. Although the leaves will continue to fall over a prolonged period, it's important to stay on top of them and other debris like small branches and other organic matter. That's because if the leaves and debris are left to pile up, the organic matter can start to mold and cause problems for the lawn, including killing the grass and creating bald patches. There are many ways to keep your commercial lawn and landscape clean. First, you can use rakes to remove the leaves and natural debris on a weekly basis. Second, you can opt to use a leaf blower, which can speed the work of clearing it from your lawn. Once you have gathered all your leaves and debris, you can use a leaf shredder and collect the debris into lawn bags for disposal. Alternatively, you may also want to save all the leaves and debris and turn it into mulch or put it in a composting container. You'll need to continue this throughout September, October, and November until winter arrives. This can be a lot of work, especially when you are trying to run a business. That's why you can leave the work to our commercial lawn and landscaping maintenance team to get it done for you. That way, your landscape looks pristine and you can focus on your business and customers! Contact us now to learn about our monthly commercial services, including snow and ice treatment for the upcoming winter months.

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