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Pugh’s Earthworks recommends the use of compost for commercial property nutrition and for the environment

Pugh's Earthworks The certified technicians at Pugh's Earthworks have learned, through their many hours of studies, that compost renders numerous benefits. For one it helps the environment tremendously. It retains a very large amount of water. This water retention prevents or reduces soil erosion by controlling runoff.  When water flows downstream it carries with it many pollutants. Things like heavy metals, nitrogen, phosphorus, oil and grease, fuels, herbicides, and pesticides. All these chemicals are found in such things as fertilizer, gasoline for power tools etc. Compost is a natural fertilizer. The decomposition process of organic matter that includes some of that food waste you throw away. It is that compost and what it is made of that helps nourish the soil and feeds those plants or that lawn. Compost can be made on a small scale like what people do with the organic aspects of their trash. It is typically made in a large container. Or, it can be created on a much larger scale. Besides food, compost can also include grass clippings, leaves, hay, seashells, tree bark and twigs, animal manure, and straw. The compost mixture typically consists of two parts of dry material like leaves to one part wet or green material, such as grass clippings. The mixture is then left to decompose. Air movement is important, but the decomposing compost must also remain evenly moist. What makes compost so good for the lawn and other landscape is the microorganisms. Millions of microbes deliver the necessary nutrients to the soil to help stimulate plant growth. With all the nutrients, the grass becomes healthier. Just think of it as vitamins for the grass. To apply compost to a lawn, it needs to be spread with shovels to create a layer across the lawn that is about 1/4" thick. After a rake can be used to ensure the compost is evenly spread. It is good to apply the compost just after seeding and aerating. Because microorganisms are continually reproducing and dying, you can never add too much compost to the lawn. Once organic matter starts to build up in the soil, you can apply compost much less.  Also, you won't need to fertilize and water the lawn while weed, insect, and disease will also decrease. This illustrates another benefit of using compost for the lawn. To get professional assistance with composting, contact the certified technicians at Pugh's Earthworks contact us now to find out how we can help you maintain a lush commercial lawn while doing marvelous things to protect our precious environment. Spreading Compost for Plants Pugh’s Earthworks Credentials/Affiliations/Degrees, Certifications The Pugh’s Earthworks team has all the proper credentials, degrees and certifications necessary to deliver top quality landscape and lawn maintenance design, installation and maintenance services. Our team is experienced, highly skilled. They all operate with a customer first attitude. Our firm is one of the largest landscape and lawn maintenance companies in Tennessee. We have all the right equipment to handle commercial landscape and lawn maintenance projects. Our [...]

Pugh’s Earthworks Apartment properties are beautifully and professionally maintained

Pugh's Earthworks Big Company Strength and Small Company Values!   Pugh’s Earthworks was originally started by Mark Pugh. Our firm has been in business since 1992. Over the past 25 years, we have grown rapidly. In all that time and throughout all that growth, we have remained true to our motto, Big Company Strength, Small Company Values! Regardless of the size of the client we are working for, our staff will deliver the best possible service, while treating each client with the utmost of respect. In a word, “We Love Our Customers” and “We Appreciate The Opportunity To Serve.” We are now one of the Mid South’ s leading commercial landscape installation and maintenance companies. Pugh’s Earthworks provides the highest quality landscaping services available. We are Memphis landscape maintenance experts. Our team is committed to acting with the utmost of integrity with our business operations and for clients and the communities we serve. Every job we do is backed by our 100% customer satisfaction guarantee. Pugh's Earthworks Apartment properties are beautifully and professionally maintained! Apartment Landscaping When people are looking for an apartment home, few will stop and visit a complex where the grass is overgrown or dying, standing water is visible and there is a lack of care for shrubs and trees. Conversely if the complex has freshly cut green lawns and beautifully landscaped shrubbery, people are more likely to stop and tour their potential new home. The certified and professional landscapers at Pugh's Earthworks are experts in Apartment complex landscape design and ongoing maintenance. Our properties are well designed and well maintained. There are many elements to Apartment property landscape design and maintenance. Below are some of the major components to a beautiful complex that will attract new and keep existing residents. Safe Walkways - Apartment residents enjoy taking walks with their family. If the sidewalks and pathways are not safe to walk on then the pleasure of being outdoors does not exist. Pugh's Earthworks incorporates safe and attractive walking trails into landscape design. Green Grass - No one wants to look out of the window and see a brown dying lawn or one that is riddled with weeds. Good landscaping maintenance like that performed by Pugh's Earthworks yields a harvest of a beautiful lawn. Properly designed sprinklers that apply appropriate water to the lawn while not creating unnecessary standing water is crucial. In addition, the right amounts of fertilizer and weed prevention treatments applied at the correct times of the season will keep the lawn lush and green. Parking Lot - Residents want a well designed and safe parking lot. In addition, the curb appeal of the parking lot in terms of plants and grass that surround it can be aesthetically pleasing as well as maintained to keep visibility high for safety reasons. Also, well designed drainage will keep the parking lot from having unsightly and dangerous standing water. Lighting - People want to feel safe at night. Well designed lighting as part of the overall landscaping is [...]

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.

Changing Flower Beds For the Summer

Now is the time to change out commercial flower beds around your business for flowers that thrive in hotter temperatures and more intense sunlight. Here's how flower beds should be changed out as part of your commercial landscape maintenance program. Let's start with some flower suggestions. These include delphinium, roses, peony, daylilies, asters, anemones, and iris. Then, choose flowers for their color and fragrance to provide visual interest. Pick flowers from different part of the season that can handle early, mid, and late summer weather. Next, don't just start planting with the new flowers. Instead, you need to prepare the flower bed by removing old perennials and then using weed killer to remove any other type of bed growth. Add new soil and compost to provide nutrients for the flower seeds or flowers that you plan on putting in the flower beds for summer. This is also a good time to change the shape of the flower beds. You don't have to use the traditional straight-line flower beds. Instead, consider curved beds for a unique look. When doing this you can plant the flowers in groups of three or more rather than the straight line found in a vegetable garden style bed. We can help you create beautiful summer flower beds that provide color and a fresh look all season long. Contact us now to find out how we can take care of your commercial landscaping needs.   Arrange your garden with an eye to plant color, shape and size as well as time of bloom to give your garden movement and provide new views every time you see it. Arrange plants, shortest to tallest, from front to back or perimeter to center in your bed. When arranging groups, consider the views of your flowerbed from the house and sidewalk as well as the view from up close to it. Use dramatic plants like hostas to brighten shady places; add dramatic punctuation with oriental lilies and commission annuals such as snapdragons to bridge periods when few perennials bloom. Whether your flowerbed is a high-maintenance rose garden or a jumbled cottage plot, it should reflect your personality. You may want shades of one color or a balanced palette of several. Your native garden’s monarda and purple coneflowers attract hummingbirds and butterflies; a moon garden’s white flowers attract nocturnal moths. Declare your concern for the environment by xeriscaping or designing a rain garden, techniques that use native plants to reduce the need for added nutrients and water. Whether a collection of heirloom blooms or the latest hybrid gems, your flowerbed speaks volumes about the gardener who keeps it.

Fall is a Great Time to Mulch Flower Beds

During the fall, this is the time to give flower beds some much-needed attention. This is the time to mulch flower beds and replant with fall and winter tolerant flowers. Here are some tips on what to do: The first step is to remove all plant debris from the planting bed where you have flowers. This debris can be used as compost material. If you don't compost, then dispose of the plant debris. Remember to also remove any weeds from the plant and flower beds. Next, the soil needs to be prepared for rototilling. If you are leavint leaves as garden mulch, then be sure to shred them first. You can do this by usng a lawn mower to cut them into smaller pieces. One option is to then use what is known as living mulch. This is using live plants in place of conventional mulch. However, leaf mulch doesn't look very aesthetically pleasing when you want to have tidy flower beds.  However, it can be less work. Yet, leaf mulch is free versus investing in regular mulch. There's also the choice between organic and inorganic. Organic mulch has shredded wood products. However, you can also use pine needles or grass clipping for mulch as well. Pine needles can acidify soil as they decompose while leaf compost adds nutrients. Then, grass clippings can burn plants as it decomposes and cause nitrogen deficiency in plants. Organic mulches breakdown over time. As they do, this type of mulch releases nutrients and enriches the soil. Normally, you have to apply organic mulches every year to maintain flower beds. Inorganic mulch has stone products and recycled rubber products. This type of mulch can reduce problems with insects around the flower beds. The inorganic mulch can radiate heat from the sun, which may scorch the lower parts of plants. Either use plants that are adapted to this or put organic mulch around the base of the plant and use inorganic mulch in the areas of the flower beds where there are no plants. One downfall with inorganic mulches is that they are more costly initially. However, they also don't need to be replenished every year. Contact us today to find out how we can take care of your fall mulching needs for your flower beds!

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