Spring Weed Prevention for Various Landscapes

Pugh's Earthworks A lush green lawn or a flowerbed brimming with vibrant colors is a sight that everyone enjoys. However, the presence of unsightly weeds can mar the beauty of any landscape. Spring is an integral time to fortify your grounds against the encroachment of weeds, and it is important for gardening enthusiasts, homeowners, and commercial property managers alike to take proactive measures. In this guide, we look at the intricacies involved in crafting a tailored Spring Weed Prevention strategy for diverse types of landscapes while offering insights into identifying spring weeds and implementing maintenance practices that ensure your space stays weed-free and inviting. Understanding Different Landscapes Landscapes vary greatly in purpose, scale, and plant composition, making a one-size-fits-all approach to weed prevention futile. Understanding the unique characteristics of different landscapes is the first step in crafting an effective weed management plan. Residential Gardens The personal aesthetic and often, the environmental conscience, come into play with residential gardens. Homeowners tend to favor approaches that align with a holistic gardening mindset, using natural or homemade remedies to curb weed growth. Commercial Properties Scrupulously maintained and often featuring elaborate designs, commercial properties require a professional touch when it comes to weed prevention. Consistency in appearance and health is essential for creating a welcoming environment that reflects the business’s brand. Industrial Centers Wide expanses typify industrial center landscapes, which are often highly susceptible to weed infestations due to the acres of available space. The focus here is on practical and efficient maintenance practices, paired with weed repellents that can withstand rigorous use. Hospitals, Hotels, Cemeteries Public areas centered around comfort or solemnity must be kept meticulously clean of weeds. In these settings, non-toxic methods are preferred to ensure the safety of visitors and the preservation of a serene atmosphere. Common Spring Weeds Weeds are not merely an aesthetic nuisance; they can leach vital nutrients from the soil, compete with desirable plants for water and sunlight, and even pose a fire hazard under the right conditions. Understanding the weeds specific to spring is key in formulating a prevention plan tailored to the season. Identification and Characteristics From the dandelion's disruptive taproot to the sprawling tentacles of crabgrass, each weed exhibits distinct growth patterns and strategies for survival. Knowing your enemy is the first rule of sustainable defense, as it allows you to select the most pertinent control measures. Preventative Measures Preventing weed growth is a multi-faceted endeavor that involves both natural and chemical approaches. The choice of method usually hinges on the immediate effectiveness required and the long-term impact on the landscape's health. Organic Weed Control Methods For those seeking to avoid or minimize the use of chemicals, organic weed control methods are invaluable. These include targeted soil treatments, mulching, and the introduction of weed-suppressive plants. Chemical Options and Considerations When used judiciously and in accordance with local regulations, chemical herbicides can be potent tools in combating aggressive weed growth. Knowing the specific needs of your plants, soil type, and the environmental impact of [...]

We Offer Superior Hotel Commercial Landscaping!

Pugh's Earthworks Hotel Commercial Landscaping is not merely about keeping up appearances. It is an elaborate choreography of design, maintenance, and sustainability that plays a pivotal role in guest experiences and the overall success of a hotel's brand. In this post, Pugh's Earthworks will delve into the art and science of hotel landscaping, exploring why it is more than just a pretty garden and how it can become a key competitive differentiator. The Importance of Landscaping for Hotels Landscaping is often the initial point of interaction a guest has with a hotel. The driveway lined with ornate trees; the entrance flanked by vibrant flowers—these are the first impressions that cement a perception of hospitality. Yet beyond aesthetical allure, landscaping is an essential component of a hotel's identity. From luxury to eco-friendly, traditional to contemporary, the landscaping aligns with and reinforces a hotel’s brand and atmosphere. Proper landscaping also compliments a hotel's building design, amplifying architectural features and directing attention to critical areas. It invites guests to explore and spend time outdoors, perhaps in a meticulously arranged garden or poolside oasis. As such, the outdoor spaces of a hotel have to be thoughtfully considered and carefully managed to ensure they continue to serve these important roles effectively. Benefits of Commercial Landscaping While we already hinted at some of the advantages of commercial landscaping for hotels, let's dissect this further. Enhancing Curb Appeal - In a competitive marketplace, curb appeal can be a make-it-or-break-it factor. The visibility and attractiveness of a hotel from the street can influence a passerby's decision to stop and check-in. A well-maintained and thoughtfully designed landscape can draw in potential guests, assuring them that their stay will be as pleasurable as the hotel's exterior promises. Creating a Welcoming Atmosphere - Hotel landscaping has the power to set the mood. Flowing, organic designs imbue a space with a sense of calm, while structured patterns can convey modernity and elegance. Each leaf, tendril, and bloom contribute to the atmosphere—building anticipation and comfort for what lies beyond the lobby. Improving Guest Experience - A memorable stay often involves more than a comfortable bed and good service. The outdoor spaces provide a change of scenery, places to relax, and sometimes, breathing space. Elaborate gardens, tranquil ponds, and inviting terraces all to become extended realms through which guests can unwind and enjoy the hotel's amenities. Designing a Hotel Landscape Crafting an exterior that harmonizes with the hotel's interior is an art. It begins with a deep understanding of the brand, its values, and the image it wishes to convey. These are all areas Pugh's Earthworks has experience with. Considering the Hotel's Brand and Theme - A luxurious hotel might opt for elaborate designs with exotic plants, while a modern boutique hotel may choose minimalist gardens with clean lines and a monochrome palette. By understanding the hotel's brand and theme, the landscaping design becomes a subtler way to communicate these attributes. Incorporating Local Flora - Translating local landscapes into hotel grounds can anchor the property within [...]

Winter Tree Planting is a Vital Service we Perform for Commercial Properties

Pugh's Earthworks A hard freeze triggers plants into dormancy for the winter. This makes it the safest time for Winter Tree Planting.  The professionals at Pugh's Earthworks Commercial Landscaping will handle all winter planting needs so that trees and shrubs can be settled in and ready to start growing and making leaves in the springtime. Also, plants store energy during the growing season so they can provide energy during the fall and winter seasons that help them grow roots. Plants undertake most of this root growth during the “dormant” season. That is one of the biggest reasons why it makes sense to plant trees and shrubs during the winter season. However, there are other reasons that make it an ideal time, too. Stress levels are reduced because of the lack of foliage and soft new growth. This means less water is used to keep the trees and shrubs happy. Pruning will also not need to be done. To be successful with winter tree and shrub planting, there are a few tips to follow. First, mulching is important because it will help to maintain constant soil temperatures and keeps soil moisture at a constant level. Second, use less fertilizer and use organic fertilizer so it doesn't burn the roots. It is specifically designed to promote root growth while not encouraging foliage growth. Third, if you live in a windy area, consider staking the trees to prevent undue stress on the new roots. If the ground is frozen solid and unworkable, then you can store unplanted shrubs and trees in a sheltered spot with southern exposure. When growth starts in early spring, prune any damaged branches, and feed with a balanced organic fertilizer. Importance of Winter Tree Planting Winter tree planting is a strategic choice that offers numerous benefits. Planting during the dormant season allows trees to establish their root systems, ensuring a strong foundation before spring arrives. Additionally, nurseries often offer a wider selection of tree species during the winter months, giving you more options to choose from. By planting in winter, you're setting your trees up for long-term success. Choosing the Right Tree Species Selecting the appropriate tree species is crucial for successful winter planting. Considerations such as hardiness, adaptability to your specific location, and the desired aesthetic impact should guide your choice. Look for tree species known for their winter hardiness, such as evergreens or deciduous trees that thrive in cold climates. Matching the right tree species to your specific location will enhance its chances of survival and growth. Preparing the Soil for Winter Planting Preparing the soil is a critical step in ensuring optimal conditions for your newly planted trees. Start by conducting a soil test to determine its nutrient levels and pH balance. Based on the test results, you can make any necessary amendments to create the ideal soil conditions for your chosen tree species. Winter soil preparation sets the stage for healthy root development and long-term tree growth. Proper Planting Techniques Mastering the art of proper tree [...]

We Efficiently Maintain Property Entrance Container Gardens

Pugh's Earthworks Property Entrance Container Gardens make a lovely addition around HOA or Commercial Property entrances and in places where a little greenery is needed to soften and decorate. Bedding plants including annuals, perennials, small shrubs and ornamental trees make excellent mixes for container gardening. A good rule of thumb is to have a tall plant in the center and draping flora around the edges. Fill in other areas with a combination of blooming and green plants keeping in mind not to over crowd the planter and drown out some of the mix. Pugh's Earthworks creates and maintains these container gardens on some of our properties. Benefits of Property Entrance Container Gardens Container gardens at a property entrance offer numerous benefits that make them a popular landscaping choice. Unlike in-ground plantings, they can be moved and changed with the seasons or property owners' preferences, providing versatility and customization options. They allow owners to add their unique style and personality to greet guests with beautiful blooms and foliage. Curb appeal is one of the most noticeable advantages of using containers by the front door or walkway. The pops of color and texture instantly increase visual interest and make a great first impression. Studies show people value curb appeal, as it implies care has been put into the property. Container plantings are an easy way to spruce up the entry without major landscaping work. Container gardens are also one of the lowest maintenance ways to add garden interest at an entrance. The enclosed soil environment helps retain moisture longer than in the ground, reducing watering needs. Containers prevent weeds and grass from taking root like in-ground beds. There is no digging or soil amendment required. The ability to move containers allows for optimal sun exposure. For those without time for high-maintenance beds and borders, entrance container gardens are an ideal solution. The versatility and customization possible with entrance container gardens make them a great choice for expressing owners' personal styles. Mixing colors, shapes and textures allows for endless design options. Containers can be changed seasonally or rearranged anytime to keep the entryway looking fresh and inviting. They provide a simple, affordable way to try out new looks before committing to permanent in-ground plantings. For those wanting to quickly update their home's entrance, container gardens are the perfect flexible and creative solution. Choosing the Right Location When placing your property entrance container garden, consider visibility and access. Choose a spot that can be easily seen from the street to create curb appeal. Near the front entrance and walkways is ideal so it is one of the first things people notice when approaching your HOA or Business Property. Sunlight exposure is another key factor for container garden placement. Most flowering plants and vegetables need at least 6 hours of direct sunlight per day. Observe how the sunlight hits different areas of your property during the day before deciding where to position your containers. South or west facing spots are best. If needed, you can [...]

Commercial HOA Landscaping is Just One of the Many Great Services We Provide!

Pugh's Earthworks A well-maintained lawn and garden are a great way to show your customers and community that you care about the quality of life in your area. Pugh's Earthworks is expert at Commercial Landscaping, and we can help! Our professional Commercial HOA Landscaping services will make sure your backyard or front yard looks its best. HOA Landscaping Benefits As a business owner, you know that the most visible part of your property is its landscaping. Whether it is an apartment complex or office park, people will judge your company by what they see outside. Landscaping can help increase visibility for your business and attract new clients through: Increased foot traffic due to attractive aesthetics (and sometimes even smells). This can lead directly to more sales or leads as people walk through the area on their way somewhere else. Improved curb appeal that makes potential customers feel more comfortable entering the building or visiting the website online--or both! Increased real estate value for your property. This can help you sell or lease it out if you decide to move on from the space and make a profit! HOA Landscaping Certification HOA Landscaping Certification is a good way to show your customers that you are a professional, and it can also help you win more business. It is a great way to prove that you know what you are doing when it comes to landscaping, which will make clients feel more confident in hiring someone like yourself. Pugh's Earthwork is a Certified Commercial Landscaping Company. If there is one thing that we have learned from our years as a commercial HOA landscaper, it is that everyone wants something different out of their lawn care service providers. Some people want an eye-catching design; others just want their grass cut on time every week without fail; still others may be looking for something more complex like seasonal color changes or maintenance services such as fertilizing and trimming hedges throughout the year (or even tree removal). Whatever their needs happen to be--and whether those needs change over time--you need not worry because there are plenty of ways for businesses like yours (and even homeowners) alike who specialize in providing lawn care services such as mowing/trimming/weeding etc... HOA Landscaping benefits include: Increased property values and reduced maintenance costs. In a recent study, homebuyers were asked what they value most in a home. The top response was "good schools" followed by "low crime rate," and then "nice landscaping." Homeowners with well-maintained lawns, in well-maintained neighborhoods, are likely to sell their houses for higher prices than those whose yards are neglected or poorly maintained. HOA Landscaping also saves homeowners money by using one company throughout the entire neighborhood instead of having each homeowner hire separate lawn companies for each house. Pugh's Earthworks HOA Lawn Maintenance Maintain the lawns on a regular basis. Mower blades should be at least 3 inches off the ground, and you should cut your grass when it is dry. Always mow in the [...]

We are a Premiere Mid-South Commercial Landscaping Company and Provide Free Estimates for Snow and Ice Removal!

Pugh's Earthworks Snow and Ice Removal is one of the most important services for commercial properties. Without it, you risk losing customers and even incurring damage to your building. Fortunately, Pugh's Earthworks is not only the premiere Mid-South Commercial Landscaping Company, but they also provide snow and ice services. Here are some things to consider when hiring a company: Commercial property snow removal Commercial property snow removal is a service that many companies provide. Unlike Pugh's Earthworks, not many landscape companies offer it. When heavy snow is present, snow removal companies use heavy machinery to remove the snow from your commercial property, including entrances, exits and parking lots. This is very important during the winter months so that you and your customers can safely arrive and leave. Commercial property ice removal You may be wondering what the best way to remove ice is. There are several techniques, one including using a scraper or snow shovel to remove any excess snow and ice from the surface of your commercial property. If you have an area with a lot of ice on it, use heat lamps or other methods of melting the ice before attempting to remove it manually. Another preferred method to treat ice is to wait and throw ice melt out until the ground starts freezing over. This can be done through professional snow/ice services such as those offered by Pugh's Earthworks. Snow removal service Snow removal services are a smart investment for commercial property owners. Snow removal companies have the equipment, experience, and manpower to get your commercial property areas cleared of snow and ice as soon as it starts. If you decide that hiring a commercial property snow removal company is right for your situation, do some research to make sure they have experience working on large areas like parks and parking lots. These types of properties typically require special equipment not found in residential settings (such as heaters). Ice Removal Service Ice removal is the process of removing ice from surfaces, such as sidewalks, parking lots, and streets. Ice can be very dangerous and cause serious accidents if not treated properly. The equipment used for ice removal varies depending on where you live (how often your area gets snow) and the size of the area to be serviced. Here are some examples of items used to remove snow: Shovels - Shovels are used for moving small to moderate amounts of snow or ice away from walkways and entrances, basically anywhere someone might walk. It is wise to keep one or two spare shovels around in case the one you are using breaks. Equipment - If you choose to hire a professional company, make sure that they have experience safely operating snow removal equipment and working in cold temperatures. Most companies have snow plowing equipment that is only used during heavy snow or when trying to service a large area. The dangers of property ice Ice, if not dealt with properly, can cause serious injury. Slippery surfaces are [...]

We Are the Mid-South Premiere Commercial Landscaping Company for HOA and COA Landscaping

Pugh's Earthworks Your neighborhood Homeowners or Condominium Owners Association is a great resource for landscaping ideas and tips. HOA and COA Commercial Landscaping is a service provided by Pugh's Earthworks and we have many satisfied clients. Below are some of our many areas of expertise that keep our HOA and COA clients' properties and front entrances looking pristine. Plantings Landscaping can be a great way to add color and texture to your property. Plantings can be used as a way to soften hardscapes, such as curbs or retaining walls. They can also serve as an excellent means of adding privacy by blocking views into your yard from neighboring properties. Lawns Lawns are a great way to add value to your home. They can also be used as part of your landscaping and outdoor living space. As the name suggests, lawns are used for growing grass on which people play games such as football or soccer. Lawns can be installed in front yards or backyards depending on how much space you have available at home. They look beautiful when they're well maintained but they need regular maintenance work done by professional landscape designers who know how best maintain them so that they look good all year round Curbs, Gutters and Steps You may not be aware, but the curb and gutter are actually important for drainage. They help to direct water away from your house and into the storm drain. Curbs can also be used as a way of separating the sidewalk from the road. This is important because it helps pedestrians avoid getting hit by cars as they walk along their route and also helps drivers see where they should be driving so that they don't accidentally hit someone on foot or bicycle that's in front of their vehicle. Gutters are generally made out of metal or plastic (though some are made out of stone) and have sloped sides so that rainwater flows down them into catch basins at either end before heading into underground pipes which carry away excess water runoff during storms or heavy rains." Retaining Walls Retaining walls are used to hold back earth from a slope. They are often used to create a level area for a patio or deck, and can be built from stone, brick, concrete and other materials. Retaining walls can be built using a variety of techniques: dry-stack (with no mortar); mortared; block-and-stucco style with stucco applied over top of blocks; or stacked stone where each layer overlaps the previous one by at least 6 inches. Drainage Systems Drainage systems are an important part of any landscaping project. Drainage systems allow water to flow away from your property, keeping it healthy, safe and dry. They also help keep the area around your home clean by preventing mud puddles from forming on the surface of your lawn or driveway. Drainage systems can be installed in several different ways depending on their size and complexity. The most basic form of drainage system consists of [...]

Cemetery Landscape Maintenance is an Important Service and Pugh’s Earthworks Has The Experience

Pugh's Earthworks Pugh's Earthworks is a premiere regional Commercial Landscaping Company. Our home office is Memphis, but we operate in Nashville, Jackson, Littlerock and Southaven as well. We offer a full complement of services including Cemetery Landscape Maintenance.  Cemetery professional landscaping is important for the families who have lost loved ones. It's also important to keep the cemetery looking beautiful and well maintained. The first step in providing this type of service is to find a reliable landscaping company like Pugh's Earthworks that has experience with cemeteries. We can help you with all of your cemetery professional landscaping needs, including planting trees, shrubs and flowers; lawn mowing; irrigation system installation; grading for new pathways or headstones; installing new concrete walkways; mulching over graves to prevent weeds from growing back (this is called "weed matting"); repairing cracks in concrete walkways; installing decorative gravel paths (also known as "bike paths"); grading for drainage control so water will not pool on top of gravesites or anywhere else within the cemetery grounds; and more! Cemetery Professional Landscaping Cemeteries are the final resting place for many people and families. It is important that they are well maintained and look beautiful. Pugh's Earthworks can help you with cemetery landscaping services in the Memphis, Nashville, Jackson, Littlerock and Southaven areas. We provide a wide range of cemetery professional landscaping services, including planting, lawn mowing, and irrigation system installation. Our team has over 30 years of experience in commercial and residential landscaping, so we know how to maintain your cemetery beautifully year-round. Pugh's Earthworks has over 30 years of experience in commercial and residential landscaping. We provide a wide range of cemetery professional landscaping services, including planting, lawn mowing, and irrigation system installation. Our team has over 30 years of experience in commercial and residential landscaping, so we know how to maintain your cemetery beautifully year-round. If your cemetery needs some TLC or if it's time for some updates on the grounds, call us today. Cemetery Pathways Cemetery pathways are an important part of the cemetery landscape. They allow visitors to easily navigate through cemeteries, as well as provide access for maintenance equipment and vehicles. Maintaining these pathways is essential for ensuring that your loved ones' final resting places are kept in good condition throughout their lifetimes, and beyond. Here are some tips on how you can maintain your cemetery pathway: Keep an eye out for weeds or overgrowth along the sides of paths. This can be caused by plants growing up from under ground level due to poor drainage, so make sure that any puddles have been cleared before they become too large (and impossible to remove). You may also want to consider installing gravel or mulch around tree roots if they tend toward growing up rather than out--this will help prevent erosion at those points where water collects most often! Make sure all signs are clearly visible, so visitors know where they're going without getting lost among headstones all day long! Hiring a professional landscaper or [...]

Choose Pugh’s Earthworks for All of Your Commercial Landscaping Needs

Pugh's Earthworks If you want to enhance the look of your business property, contact Pugh's Earthworks for our commercial landscaping services. Our experienced team of certified commercial landscaping professionals can add beauty to your property by keeping it looking great with our commercial lawn care services. Pugh's Earthworks is a family-owned and operated business that has been in the landscaping industry for over 40 years. We are certified by the Tennessee Landscape Contractors Association, licensed by the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, and have a full-time staff of certified landscaping technicians. Our years of experience allow us to provide our customers with quality workmanship at an affordable price. Commercial Landscaping Services Pugh's Earthworks is a family-owned business that has been providing commercial landscaping services to businesses, hospitals and more in Memphis, Nashville, Littlerock and Southaven since 1988. We offer a wide range of services including: commercial lawn maintenance tree removal stump grinding (stump removal) For more information about our commercial landscaping services or to schedule an appointment with one of our experts today! Certified Commercial Landscaping Professionals Our commercial landscaping services are available in Memphis, Nashville, Jackson, Littlerock and Southaven. We provide our commercial clients with a wide range of landscape design and installation services. We are available to help your business succeed! If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment with one of our certified technicians, please call us today. Our friendly staff will be happy to assist you with any questions or concerns that you may have about your property's exterior appearance. Our experienced teams of commercial landscapers can add beauty to your business property by keeping your landscape looking amazing with our commercial lawn care services. We offer a variety of services, including: Lawn mowing and trimming. Pressure cleaning and power washing Tree trimming and removal. We, at Pugh's Earthworks, provide commercial landscaping services to businesses, hospitals and more in Memphis, Nashville, Littlerock and Southaven. Our team of experts has been helping clients create beautiful outdoor environments for decades. We work with our clients to develop custom designs that fit their needs and budgets so you can enjoy the benefits of an elegant outdoor space without breaking your budget or sacrificing quality craftsmanship. Conclusion Whether you're looking for commercial landscaping services or just want to learn more about our services, contact us today. We'll be happy to answer any questions you have and schedule an appointment for service. Pugh's Earthworks Premier Mid-South Landscaping Company Pugh's Earthworks is strategic with selecting business partners to help them deliver the top-quality results to their many customers. From selecting high quality equipment to hiring conscientious and dedicated employees, the Pugh's brothers do not take short cuts. This is true of their vendor selection for online digital marketing. Comprehensive Marketing For Pugh’s Earthworks Press Release: April 7, 2018 The owners of Pugh’s Earthworks, Mark Pugh, Michael Pugh and Tim Pugh announced that they have hired Flyline Search Marketing to deliver a comprehensive Internet Marketing program for the Earthworks [...]

Pugh’s Earthworks is a Premiere Customer First Commercial Landscaping Business

Pugh's Earthworks I recently ran across an article from the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) that spoke to the importance of proper etiquette when it comes to Commercial Landscaping. Like any industry, treating customers like they are the most important is critical to any sustainable business model. Pugh's Earthworks is a premiere Commercial Landscaping Business in the Mid-South. Customers that utilize our services not only receive top quality services, but they also receive the respect and proper manners they deserve. The article was a good reminder that manner's matter. When you read the testimonials from the Pugh's Earthworks customers, it is clear our team fully embraces that fact. Below is an example: Testimonials “Act of Kindness.  So much of the time we only complain, but today I want to let you know of an extreme act of kindness expressed to me.  I was blowing the leaves off my carport and off my driveway when all of a sudden 8 young men with leave blowers came over and they blew the leaves off my entire front yard and added them to the ones they were cleaning up.  It took them less than 5 minutes, but I will remember this for the rest of my life.  We are elderly & my husband is a disabled veteran so I am sure you can tell how much this helped me.  Kudos to Pugh’s for hiring such compassionate & hard-working young men!” P. Harper Greenbrook The Pugh's Earthworks management team organizes periodic training classes for all employees. These cover the basics of safety, equipment handling and of course the proper interaction with all valuable customers. According to the NALP article, below are some of the basic principles a well-run service company like Pugh's Earthworks always follows: Commercial Landscaping Business Be Courteous This is the most basic level of etiquette all your employees should practice. Teach them to always be aware of people and train them to wave or smile at the customer or even passersby. Throttling down a blower or string trimmer as a neighbor walk by is a sign of respect. Your crews should know to behave on jobsite and refrain from horseplay or obscene language. Body language is also important. Teach your team members to make eye contact with the client when they’re speaking. This lets the customer know you are giving them your full attention. Discourage fidgeting or having a closed-off stance as this gives off the impression that you are not engaged in the conversation. Be Personal It means a lot to be known and taking the time to address your customers by their names when you are on their property helps them feel like they are not just a number in your book of business. If your crews struggle to remember all the names, provide them a cheat sheet they can look at before starting a job. Taking the time to look over the property and inform the client of any potential issues you see also shows you care about [...]

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