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April is Lawn and Garden Month

Every April, communities, businesses, and individuals across the celebrate gardening during National Garden and Lawn Month.  It brings awareness to the beauty found in nature as well as the benefits gardening provides all of us. Gardens and lawns contribute to better health, improve the aesthetics of cities and businesses, and provide an overall attractive look to everything around us to enhance moods. This celebration was started by the National Garden Bureau who worked with 23 national horticultural organizations to legislate National Garden Week. Former President Reagan signed the Proclamation on April 18, 1986. National Garden Week was first celebrated April 12 to 18, 1987. Then, in 2002, the National Gardening Association decided to extend the celebration to encompass the entire month of April. From 2003, National Garden Month has been celebrated during the month of April. Here are some ways to celebrate the month: Participate in a city or neighborhood beautification day. Visit a farmer's market or garden center. Volunteer to clean up a park or street. Work with others to develop a city garden. Add a garden or more greenery at your workplace. Include more houseplants in the office. Take a local garden tour. Find ways to be more environmentally sensitive, including using less pesticide, water, and electricity. Start an indoor herb garden. Buy locally grown food. During this month, you may also want to work with a professional commercial company like Pugh's Earthworks to manage your commercial lawn and garden or find a way to redesign it so it uses less water thanks to new drough-resistant plants. Contact us today to learn more!    

Spring is the Time to Seed Lawns

As the season of growth and renewal, it makes sense that this is the ideal time to seed your commercial lawn as part of your lawn maintenance work. The temperatures are cooler and there are frequent rain showers that encourage new blades of grass to grow before summer, heat, and drier conditions arrive. Here's what you need to do to seed a commercial lawn. First, use a rake to loosen up the first two inches of soil and remove rocks or dirt that might get in the way of grass seed growing. Then, add about an inch of topsoil to the ground as well as a starter fertilizer. Next, sprinkle the grass seed on top of the topsoil. Rake lightly after planting to help evenly distribute the grass seeds. Adding a layer of peat moss that is about a half inch thick protects the lawn seeds from birds, animals, and wind. After adding the peat moss, water the seed immediately by regularly adding water for the next one and a half to two weeks. If it's a rainy area, you don't need to add as much water but can rely on the rain to do your watering. The next step is to add fertilizer to the commercial lawn approximately six weeks after the grass seed sprouts. The type of fertilizer depends on grass variety, region, and climate. Till the first two to three inches of the soil with a tiller or a garden rake to level out high and low spots as well as to remove clumps of dirt, rocks, and branches. Mow the lawn for the first time when the new grass reaches three inches tall. Make sure that the blade on the lawnmower is sharp. Do not add any weed killer to the bare soil or until after you mow the new grass at least three or four times. Also, try to keep traffic off the new grass until it can establish itself. We'd like to help you enjoy a long-lasting and lush lawn at your business. Contact us now to learn more about our commercial lawn and landscape maintenance services.

By | 2019-03-28T16:04:44+00:00 March 28th, 2019|Categories: Lawn Care|Tags: , , |0 Comments

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.    

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