Pugh’s Earthworks recommends fertilizer mix should be changed for summer months

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 recommends fertilizer mix should be changed for summer months! Lawn Fertilization Summer Lawn Care Homeowners spend an average of 40 hours each year mowing according to Audubon.org. Of course that is only the mowing part, there is also the $8.5 billion spent on lawn care products like fertilizer, weed control and lawn equipment. According to experts in the field of gardening, below are some tips for lawn care during the summer months: Fertilizing  -  Typically fertilization is only required a couple of times per year. Experts agree that fertilization in the spring and then again in midsummer yields effective results in terms of lawn appearance and overall health. Specially blended fertilizers for lawns which contain high amounts of nitrogen stimulate growth and a deep green color. Feeding the lawn twice per year often results in excessive growth which can lead to additional watering and mowing needs. The type of fertilizer used also makes a difference according to experts. Many brands offer pre-emergent herbicides mixed in with the actual nitrogen. Pre-emergents are a tremendous aid in preventing weed growth. However, it is thought by many turf growers that it is best to use pre-emergents by themselves rather than the ones mixed in with lawn food. Fertilizer Spreading - When you feed the lawn it is always best to do it when the grass is dry. This is because if the grass is wet the grains of fertilizer can stick to blades of grass instead of going down to the soil as needed. If the fertilizer sticks to the wet blades it typically will result in chemical burning that will damage the lawn. Using a fertilizer spreader is the most effective tool. It is also important to load the spreader while it is setting on he sidewalk or driveway. Invariably there will be spillage as you load the spreader. This can be swept up and placed in the spreader if on the concrete but if the spillage is on the lawn itself it will result in [...]

Pugh’s Earthworks can assist with how heat can impact your lawn

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 can assist with how heat can impact your lawn! Beautiful Estate Lawn   Handling Heat Stress on Lawns We all enjoy a lush, green, healthy lawn during the summer months. However the effects of heat and dry conditions can leave lawns struggling to survive. Heat stress occurs typically during the hottest months of summer and results frequently in severe moisture loss for your lawn. Using the services of a professional landscaping company like Pugh's Earthworks will help you ensure your lawn has a good chance of surviving the effects of summer heat. Common indicators that a lawn is under stress: Ghost prints -  A sure sign that your lawn is under stress is when you walk on it and the blades of grass do not rebound. Leaving footprints of flattened grass that are referred to as ghost prints. Discoloration - Often the effect of high temperatures and drought causes a yellowing or browning of the grass tips or the entire lawn. Deep watering may remedy this unless there is a larger issue such as insect damage. The professionals at Pugh's Earthworks are trained and experienced to deliver the proper diagnosis. Compaction -  One clever way to determine if your soil is too dry is to try pushing a screwdriver into the surface of your lawn.  A hardened dry surface will make inserting the screwdriver very difficult, Conversely, if the screwdriver is easy to push into the ground, your lawn is most likely receiving adequately amounts of water. Before calling in the professionals, there are a few things you can do in order to try and self diagnosis problems with your lawn. Below are some of those: Check to see if your lawn might have a chinch bug infestation. These are small black and white insects that you will see crawling between the blades of grass. Another pesky insect are grub worms. They will actually eat the roots of your lawn leaving it unable to survive. If you are able to tug on the sections [...]

For all landscaping needs, always seek the services of a certified company like Pugh’s Earthworks!

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. For all landscaping needs, always seek the services of a certified company like Pugh's Earthworks! Hotel Portfolio Certified Landscape Technician Education Requirements In order to become a certified landscape technician, some employers may look for individuals that are licensed or certified in horticulture.  Certification is not always required for landscape technicians. However, earning these credentials generally improve's the chances for later career advancement.  There are organizations offering certification to landscape technicians. One such organization is the Professional Land Care Network (PLN). Using the services of a certified technician typically yields greater results with respect to the beauty and the environment effectiveness of your landscape. Technicians have a broad range of expertise. They can design interior gardens, complex exterior plantings, walkways, retaining walls and bridges. In addition, certified technicians are sometimes employed in nurseries where they can use their expert knowledge to assist customers. There are varying levels of education and expertise as with most industry trades. Some colleges offer two and four year programs. In these programs students learn extensive knowledge not only regarding plants but also such things as the proper use and maintenance of landscape equipment, such as chainsaws, trimmers and tillers. Two year programs are generally awarded an Associates of Science Degree. This curriculum consists of classes in plant science, soil science, landscape design, irrigation design and installation, computer-aided drafting, pesticide and fertilizer application, plant and tree care.  Upon completion of the program, students are often placed with employers for an internship and fieldwork experience. The four year program is more advanced and contains a core of general science and horticulture classes. Some programs include classes such as plant pathology, soil science, ornamental horticulture, floriculture, greenhouse management, entomology and botany. Similar to the Associates of Science Degree, students are sometimes offered work experience and internships in the landscape and horticulture industries. The Professional Land Care Network presently offers four different variations of landscape technician certifications. Information on these programs is located at www.landcarenetwork.org. Exteriors, interiors, horticultural or lawn care are the basic areas technicians can [...]

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!

5 Summer Lawn Tips

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 Commercial Lawn Services in Memphis As summer arrives, it's time to start thinking about your plan for ensuring that lawn stays looking as lush as it has all spring. There are many things you can do to help your lawn is green and beautiful despite the summer heat and humidity. Here are five of our best summer lawn care tips: Feed your lawn with fertilizer during the early part of the summer. This gives your lawn a fighting chance to make it through heat, intense sun, and potential drought. The nutrients in the fertilizer help feed the grass blades, strengthening them to withstand what summer hits it with. Be wise with summer lawn watering. This means about one inch of water per week when it's very hot as well as deeper, yet less frequent, watering. Also, water early in the day to cut down on evaporation. Mow regularly but don't cut the grass too short. When your grass is taller, it can grow deeper roots and help shade the surrounding area while also becoming more grass tolerant. Therefore, mow it at two to three inches. Also, sharpen mower blades to cut more precisely. Consider changing your lawn to accommodate high-traffic areas. Do you have that part of the lawn where everyone seems to walk across because it's a short cut to your business? Consider installing stepping stones or another type of walkway here rather than having a lawn that shows signs of wear and tear. Know summer lawn bugs and issues so you can treat them immediately. This includes summer insect infestations from insects like chinch bugs, fire ants, fleas, and mosquitoes. Or, your lawn might experience fungal problems like powdery mildew and brown patch. There are also grubs that appear in the summer, so know how to treat these or get a lawn care professional to help you. Contact us now to learn more about how we can help with your summer commercial lawn.  

By |2019-06-24T14:53:03+00:00June 24th, 2019|Categories: Lawn Care|Tags: , , |0 Comments

The Difference Between Sod and Seed

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 Offering Commercial Lawn Maintenance What commercial property wouldn't want to show off a lush lawn to welcome their customers to their place of business? All it takes is the right lawn preparation and lawn maintenance process. But, what are the differences between sod and seed for a beautiful lawn? There are numerous benefits that sod provides for your commercial lawn. Here's why. Although the cost to lay sod can be expensive and requires a lot of manual labor, which is why so many people immediately opt for seed or reseed for their lawn care, there are more advantages if you use sod. To sod, you must remove old grass, weed the soil, and level of the planting area. Then, you'll need to roll out heavy rolls of sod and water extensively.  However, seeding your lawn can be just as expensive and take a long time to see if it worked. The seeds could float away in the water or be eaten by birds.  In the meantime, your landscape looks barren and unattractive. Plus, the grass may come in unevenly. It's like growing a beard with stubble and unequal hair growth. In contrast and despite the work and cost, sod gives you an instant lawn. It only takes it a few weeks to start growing and establish itself. Plus, it looks even and offers a beautiful appearance. Nor will it attract birds and will not wash away. The decision to seed or sod should be made carefully. It's something that a professional commercial landscape company can help you decide on, offering the pros and cons as well as cost comparisons. Just remember that sod is quick, easy to install, requires much less water, and almost instantly usable. Contact us to learn more about sod versus seed and how we can give you a beautiful commercial lawn!  

By |2019-06-17T22:33:27+00:00June 11th, 2019|Categories: Lawn Care|Tags: , , |0 Comments

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+00:00March 28th, 2019|Categories: Lawn Care|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Tips For Winter Lawn Care

We are now in the midst of winter, which means there could be snow, ice, freezing conditions, rain, wind and lots of debris that can make a mess of lawns. While it may seem easier to just let the lawn be until the end of winter, there are still things you can do to maintain your lawn in the winter time. When weather conditions allow, you can still fertilize, aerate, seed, and clear your lawn of debris. Here are some winter lawn care tips to enact today: Aerate and Fertilize This needs to be done before the first frost date. Most likely, that has already happened so you may need to skip this step in winter lawn care for the moment. If you haven't experienced a frost, then this is a good chance to give your lawn some time to breathe and relieve soil compaction. Once you've aerated, use some fertilizer that only works toward providing nutrients for root growth during those cold months. Tidy the Debris All the leaves and other debris can cut off any air that your lawn needs to breathe during those dormant winter months. That's why you'll need to remove the leaves. Also, any debris like that could become wet and harbor disease that could do damage to your lawn. Rake up as much debris as possible. You can use it for mulch or put it in your green recycling. Keep Off the Lawn When your lawn is frosted or dormant, it's best to try to avoid walking on it too much. Even strong grass can become weak if it's regularly walked on. You can avoid walking on your lawn by doing your best to keep driveways, sidewalks, and other walkways free of snow and ice by using rock salt. Prepare While You Can Do as much as you can when weather permits. Otherwise, leave the rest to Mother Nature. Commercial Lawn Care Help We can handle all of your winter commercial lawn maintenance needs. Also, don't forget that we also offer snow and ice treatment.  

By |2019-01-12T22:11:18+00:00January 12th, 2019|Categories: Lawn Care|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Fall Commercial Lawn Care Services

Now that fall has arrived and the weather is changing, it's time to take a more in-depth look at fall commercial lawn care services and what that involves. The fall commercial lawn care service includes seeding, dethatching, aerating, over-seeding, and fertilizing. Mowing This is the time to start decreasing the height of your lawnmower. You'll want to end up somewhere around an inch and a half high on your lawn height. The frequency of mowing is also determined by how fast the grass grows during this time. Take one-third of the blade or less. Also, it's better to mow in the evening so the sun is not beating down on it. Weeding By this point, the weeds should be disappearing. There may be a few stragglers left to take care of before winter sets in and they completely go away. Trees and Shrubs This is the time to also pay attention to trees and shrubs as well as the lawn, doing deep root fertilization. This provides your landscape with the essential nutrients it needs for the winter. Raking It's important to remove all leaves that have built up on your lawn. If you leave them, they will decompose and use up any soil moisture plus invite insects to your lawn. This will all cause damage, including dead spots on the lawn that will be a welcome home for weeds in the springtime. Aerating Because lawns become compacted over time, this can reduce air pockets that are necessary pathways for nutrients and water to reach grass roots. That's why aeration becomes an annual event that is usually done in the fall. It loosens up the soil, returning those air pockets to the lawn. Over Seeding Adding more seeds to your lawn can help fix dead spots and creating grass that is lush and beautiful for the upcoming spring season. Fall Fertilizing A special fall fertilizer keeps the lawn healthy during the autumn months so that it has the nutrients it needs to get through the winter. Let us help you take care of your commercial lawn throughout the fall season. Contact us now to get started on our monthly commercial lawn maintenance services.

By |2018-10-26T22:51:38+00:00October 26th, 2018|Categories: Lawn Care|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Spruce Up Commercial Lawns and Surroundings with Fall Maintenance Services

Preparing your commercial lawn and surrounding areas for winter, including flower beds, trees, and shrubs, is a critical strategy for maintaining beautiful landscapes throughout the year. And, there's a lot to get done in the fall season to prepare for that. Plants and seedlings need to be mulched while lawns need to be cleared of all the falling leaves. Plus, with winds and the start of rain, there is debris that should be removed plus trees and shrubs have to be pruned to get rid of any dead wood. This is also the time to winterize your commercial irrigation system to protect it from the cold elements. Here are some of the things you'll need to do to keep your commercial lawn and surroundings looking beautiful throughout the season and into winter: Deadhead flowering plants because this will help keep them healthy. Remove all weeds and debris in the area regularly. This may be something that has to be done more frequently until the trees have shed all their leaves. Debris that also needs to be cleared includes branches and other items that get blown around during this season. Prune plants to create a tidy landscape and sense of order to your commercial surroundings. This also keeps the plants healthy so they are ready to re-grow in the spring season. Pull all weeds that tend to make your landscape look messy and block your flowers and ornamental plants from putting on a spectacular display. Regularly check for insect damage so that no infestations get out of control. Edge and trim grass areas and mow at a height that keeps it all looking consistent. This regular mowing throughout the fall season will also help strengthen the roots and provide a way for new growth in the spring. Taking care of a commercial lawn and surroundings requires a lot of time, which you may not have. Yet, you want your office building, apartment complex, or other commercial structure to look pleasing to the eye as well as neat and tidy. After all, it reflects on your business and impacts those that visit or use these commercial areas on a daily basis. Contact us now to get started with our commercial lawn service for the fall and every season!

By |2018-10-06T21:41:08+00:00October 6th, 2018|Categories: Lawn Care|Tags: , , |0 Comments
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