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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.

When and How Often to Feed Your Lawn

Pugh's Earthworks The Best Commercial 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. 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. Knowing when to fertilize during the late summer and early fall period can depend on a variety of factors. One of the most important factors is the type of grass you have on your lawn. It's also based on what type of weather conditions you have. experience. Fertilizing your lawn when it is not expecting it can be problems for your lawn.  Based on years of experience, here are some tips on when and how to fertilize your lawn. Why you should fertilize in the late summer or early fall By late August and early September, your lawn really needs some help recovering from the heat and minimal water. That's why nitrogen-based fertilizer can really help the grass recover and promote new grass growth before the fall. Caring for cool-season grass and warm-season grass Warm and cool-season grasses need to be fertilized differently. For warm-season grasses, your lawn needs a more robust amount supplied during the late summer months. This works for lawns with Bermuda grass or St. Augustine grass. If you have cool-season grasses, including varieties like bluegrass or fescue, you need to postpone fertilizing until late fall around October or November. At this point, use a phosphorous-based fertilizer to help get it ready for winter. Tips for fertilizing your summer and fall lawns Before fertilizing, there are steps you need to take to make sure you optimize the results. First, don't fertilize if you are still in a drought. Make sure the lawn is fully watered or the fertilizer will burn the existing lawn. Don't forget to fertilize the edges of the lawn and focus on even distribution of the fertilizer across your lawn by moving slowly across it. Finally, don't over-fertilize because the grass will grow too quickly. If you need assistance, contact us today to let a professional handle all your commercial lawn maintenance needs. We can also take care of any pest control issues you may be experiencing!  

By | 2019-09-07T01:44:03+00:00 August 25th, 2019|Categories: Feed Your Lawn|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Trim Your Limbs For Healthier Trees

Pugh's Earthworks The Best Commercial Landscape Services in Memphis Healthy trees are ones that have their limbs trimmed on a regular basis. Plus, it makes the landscape look great and ensures a higher level of safety that limbs or branches won't fall unexpectedly. As a commercial landscape company, we have deep expertise and years of experience maintaining trees. Here are some tips to follow for trimming those limbs: General Tree Trimming A general rule of thumb is to trim or prune a tree during its dormant season. Be aware of the size of the branches that you need to remove.  Only trim branches that have weak, V-shaped, and narrow angles. Be sure to keep the branches that have strong, U-shaped angles. Then, lateral branches should be between one-half and three-quarters the diameter of the stem where it attaches to the tee. Otherwise, these branches should be removed.   Tree Pruning Tips Crown thinning involves thinning out the limbs located near the crown of the tree. When you work on this area of the tree, keep the lateral branches as evenly spaced as possible. You'll also need to remove the branches that cross or run against others. Crown raising is a way to provide clearance for pedestrians. When you do this pruning process, keep the live branches on at least two-thirds of the tree’s height. Crown reduction involves removing the whole branch.   Tree Trimming Techniques Before trimming anything, identify the branch collar, which grows from the stem tissue at the bottom base of the branch. Also, look for the branch ridge, which is on the upper surface. Always cut outside the branch bark ridge and angle the cut down and away from the stem.  This technique can also be used to remove dead branches and trim back living branches.   Pugh's Earthworks is one of the largest landscape design, installation and maintenance firms in the Mid South area, including cities in Tennessee like 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. If you need assistance with tree trimming, please contact us for a free estimate.    

By | 2019-09-07T02:02:19+00:00 August 17th, 2019|Categories: Trees|Tags: , , |0 Comments

A Monthly Commercial Landscape Program Keeps Your Business Looking Great

Pugh's Earthworks The Best Commercial Landscape Services in Memphis Pugh's Earthworks is one of the most trusted brands in the commercial landscape and lawn maintenance field. We have offices in Memphis, Jackson, Nashville, Southaven and 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. We service commercial properties. Our firm offers affordable monthly service programs that include landscape and lawn maintenance services. Pugh’s Earthworks has been providing commercial lawn maintenance services since 1992. We specialize is landscape and lawn maintenance for commercial facilities. Currently, we serve more than 300 commercial clients. Our firm is one of the largest landscape and lawn maintenance firms in Memphis. Our award winning team services apartments, condominiums, shopping centers, office buildings and complexes, cemeteries, hospitals, hotels and motels and other commercial facilities. The majority of our clients have opted into a comprehensive monthly landscape and lawn maintenance program. Our programs can be tailored to meet the specific and unique needs to each property. They are affordable and ensure that the appearance of your property will always be fresh and beautiful.   There are numerous benefits to maintaining a monthly commercial landscape maintenance program: It's more time and cost-efficient. You won't have hours of labor to make it look better or spend money on continually replacing plants that weren't cared for. Your landscape looks great no matter what time of year it is. This includes your lawn that might have otherwise gone brown. You'll be able to avoid issues like weeds, insects and pests, and snow during some times of the year. Your landscape will benefit from the expertise of licensed professionals who understand how to create an appropriate landscape design and maintain it. To learn more about the value and savings that go into monthly landscape services for your commercial lawn and landscape, contact us today.  

Sculpting Your Commercial Landscape to Make That Great First Impression with Your Business

Pugh's Earthworks The Best Commercial Landscape Services in Memphis, Little Rock, Nashville, and Jackson Nothing makes a first impression than what your customers or prospects see as they drive up to your place of business. Their impression of how it appears -- from the building to the landscape -- directly translates to how they think you are as a business. Therefore, you want to make sure what they see looks great and shows you care. Pugh's Earthworks is one of the largest landscape design, installation and maintenance firms in the Mid South area, including cities in Tennessee like 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. Our commercial landscape business is focused on helping you do that. We sculpt your landscape and choose the right flowers, plants, lighting, hardscape features, seating, irrigation and water features, and more to help you make that great first impression.     Here are some of the things we do to help create this extraordinary commercial landscape for your business: During spring it’s important to make a plan and get your landscape ready to grow and shine during the warmer months. These tips can help plan out which areas of your landscape need the most concentration. Check out the existing landscape We like to get a picture of what you have, including what works and what might need help. For example, we look for debris or broken pavement so we can fix any unsafe conditions. Then, we examine what we might change and create a picture of what that would look like. Inspect your irrigation systems. We check out your existing irrigation system. For example, we might recommend that you upgrade your system to a drip irrigation system to save water. We take care of the clean-up. To make way for the new commercial landscape, we have to remove all the debris, such as leaves, branches, and twigs. Then, we can get to work on the improved commercial landscape we've got planned. Fertilize and plant. We then go to work on fertilizing and planting what we've designed and what you agree to, preparing to add all the plants, flowers, and greenery you want to feature. Add any extra features. Finally, we add in anything else that makes your commercial landscape more beautiful, such as spotlights or other lighting features, hardscape, seating, and more. Ready to make us your commercial landscape partner? Contact us today!

Heat-Tolerant Plants For the Summer

Pugh's Earthworks is one of the largest landscape design, installation and maintenance firms in the Mid South area, including cities in Tennessee like 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. Pugh's Earthworks The Best Landscape Services in Memphis, Little Rock, Nashville, and Jackson We are in the midst of excessive summer heat some of which we haven't felt in years. With such heat comes a risk to your plants and ground cover. However, there are some plants that are heat tolerant that you can consider that can make it through such an oppressive time of year. Egyptian Star Cluster Also known as Pentas, this is a tropical plant that is native to Africa, Arabia, and Madagascar so they are used to the heat. In fact, they bloom more in full sun. Lacey Blue Russian Sage Not only does it add purple to your landscape, but this heat and drought tolerant plant also has a sturdy, compact form that keeps it standing tall. It loves full sun. Penstemon This is a tubular flowering plant that thrives in full sun and loves the heat. This flowering plant is available in different colors. Reflexed Stonecrop This is a succulent plant that tolerates dry and hot conditions. It works well in a rock garden or drought-friendly commercial landscape. Teenie Genie® Compact Lantana This dense, compact, heat-loving shrub delivers a continuous display of multi-colored flowers which open as chiffon yellow and transition to fuchsia pink. The shrub thrives in full sun. Kudos Gold Dwarf Hummingbird Mint In the blazing sun, this gold-hued flowering plant offers a dazzling touch to your landscape. It tolerates heat and drought. And, as its name implies, it attracts hummingbirds. Goldsturm Black-Eyed Susan This flowering plant offers a long bloom season and loves full sun and heat. The beautiful flowers can be cut and displayed in a bouquet. Contact us today to learn how we can offer these heat-tolerant plants, flowering plants, and shrubs and others for your commercial landscape.  

By | 2019-07-27T15:40:39+00:00 July 27th, 2019|Categories: Planting Tips|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Monthly Service Programs For Commercial Landscapes and Lawns

Pugh's Earthworks is one of the largest landscape design, installation and maintenance firms in the Mid South area, including cities in Tennessee like 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. Pugh's Earthworks The Best Landscape Services in Memphis, Little Rock, Nashville, and Jackson Pugh's Earthworks offers monthly commercial landscaping and maintenance service plans so you can focus on your business and customers rather than how it looks. This provides a convenient way to offer beautiful aesthetics around your business to make it more welcoming and offer a look that reflects your brand. We offer a wide range of monthly service plans for commercial landscape services that cover things like maintenance items, such as trimming, mowing, pruning, and repairing. We can also include landscape services like flower bed planting, new plants and shrubs, fertilizing, reseeding, weed control, and turf additions and repair. Throughout the year, our commercial landscape maintenance service can be extended to pest control services to protect your beautiful commercial property.  Other services can be added, including irrigation upgrades and repairs, drought-resistant landscaping, and landscape remodeling. In the wintertime, our monthly commercial services can also include snow and ice treatment. We have licensed and certified professionals that offer the most knowledgeable, reliable service along with ongoing education focused on continually improving what we offer for monthly service commercial landscaping programs. Contact us today to get your free estimate for monthly commercial landscape and lawn services.

Avoid Planting Trees and Shrubs in the Heat of Summer

Pugh's Earthworks is one of the largest landscape design, installation and maintenance firms in the Mid South area. 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. Pugh's Earthworks The Best Landscape Services in Memphis There is no denying that summer has arrived. That heat and humidity say it all. For those of us that work out in that heat, we know how we feel: wilted and dehydrated (if we are not careful). Just that feeling alone tells you why you should avoid planting trees and shrubs in the heat of the summer. Imagine how they must feel and then on top of that trying to get acclimated to new soil and put roots down. It's not a formula for successful planting. Instead, you may want to forego any planting until the heat of the summer diminishes and wait until the fall to provide a better opportunity for the trees and shrubs to get settled in before the winter weather arrives. This is an ideal time to rethink your commercial landscape and explore more drought-resistant plants. You may also want to consider a drip system or other water-friendly measures. Our commercial landscape designers can also work with you on redesigning your landscape to offer something different. Or, we can suggest other ways to protect your landscape from the heat and light intensity of the sun. This includes inspecting your irrigation system, mulching, and re-setting your watering scheduling. Contact us today to find out how we can help you keep your lawn and landscape cool and lush all summer long!

Water Wisely During the Summer Months

Pugh's Earthworks is one of the largest landscape design, installation and maintenance firms in the Mid South area. 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. Pugh's Earthworks The Best Landscape Services in Memphis For Summer During the summer months, the hot weather and intense sunlight are tough for summer plants and lawns to take. That's why we often refresh both with extra water. However, there is still a need to water wisely during these hot months to be careful with water and get the maximum impact from your watering without wasting any of this precious resource. Here are some tips on how to water wisely to use less water as well as give your plants and lawn just the right amount:  Water weekly: Pick one day a week to water your lawn and plants, preferably a time in the morning or evening where the sun and heat won't evaporate it too quickly. You may need to adjust it should there be summer thunderstorms or if you notice a better time where the water sticks around. Water deeply: Before you overwater, it's important to understand what this means and how much deeply involves. Check the soil and see if water has permeated the top six inches of clay soil or eight to 12 inches if you have loamy soil. Make sure the water is not stagnating on the top as this could mean your soil is compacted and it may lead to plant rot. Think long, soaking rain rather than many several quick sprinkles. Water when plants are ready: Plants will tell you when they are thirsty. Leaves will wilt or droop. The leaves may also yellow, curl up, or drop off. That means they really could use some water. Water in the morning: By focusing your plant and lawn watering on this point in the day, it gives the plants and lawn a way to fill up on water they can use throughout the day. Water plants when they need it: Besides when they are thirsty, there are other times where a plant or lawn may most need water. This includes giving more water to baby seedlings and transplants to help them because their root systems are not yet developed and acclimated to the soil.  Another group of plants that need water more is those found in vegetable gardens. This includes pods that are forming on beans, fruit that is forming on summer squash or zucchini, and tomatoes that are flowering. Help conserve water in the soil: Take steps to keep the water in place for the week by adding a layer of mulch. This also maintains a steady ground temperature and keeps it from heating up. Compost also improves the soil to hold water so add organic matter like leaves, grass, garden trimmings, and vegetable peelings. Contact [...]

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