Pugh’s Earthworks recommends proper spreading of mulch for winter plant protection

Pugh's Earthworks  Fall has now officially arrived and will last from September 22nd through December 21st.  It will not be too much longer until the temperatures drop to freezing which creates concerns for certain plants.  For many plants and flowers, these frigid conditions will potentially lead to damage unless they get an extra layer of protection.  That is where mulch comes in as part of regular fall landscape maintenance services. In fact, mulching serves as one of the best blanket covers for things like strawberries, some perennials, and many other types of plants during cold conditions.  Winter mulch helps stop soil from either freezing and thawing conditions. It is the repeated freezing and thawing that can force stems, roots, and bulbs/tubers to come out of the ground. Plus, this can severely damage or kill plants.  There are different types of mulch to consider. Straw is one popular mulching material as it is plentiful and relatively inexpensive.  The benefits are that straw offers good insulation, encourages sufficient air movement, and does not smother plants or flowers. Just one bale of straw can cover 100 square feet to a depth of at least three inches.  Other types of winter mulches to consider include bark chips, hay, chopped corn stalks, pine needles, or shredded leaves. Those mulches to avoid include whole leaves, sawdust, or grass clippings because they can form a thick mat and suffocate the flowers and plants.  Wood chip mulch is ideal for the root zone areas of trees and shrubs. However, plants like hardy shrub roses do not need any winter protection like mulch. Yet, other types of rose plants may need a double layer of protection in the form of mulch and potting soil.  Leave the mulching to us. Contact us today for a monthly service plan that includes mulching for the winter of all your commercial landscape areas. We can ensure your plants, flowers, and shrubs make it through the winter while keeping a beautiful view for your customers.  Gardener applying mulch The Pugh's Earthworks management team started out small and worked their way up with limited prior experience. With hard work, dedication and the strong will to succeed, the three brothers have created a superior and well run commercial landscaping company. From the management team to the most junior landscape technician, we are committed to being the most trusted and results oriented landscaping company in the markets we serve. Every aspect of the business is taken seriously from hiring, ongoing training, equipment investment and certification/licensing.  Pugh's Earthworks does not cut corners with staffing, equipment and hiring of vendors to help the company stand out. It is this dedication and commitment to quality that keeps Pugh's Earthworks as a standout in the markets we serve.  Those competitive markets are Memphis, Nashville, Jackson TN, Little Rock and Southaven MS.  In every market we are committed to providing the highest quality landscaping services available.  Our certified professional team is committed to acting with the utmost of integrity with our business [...]

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 [...]

Benefits of Mulching

Pugh's Earthworks Mulching Provides Numerous Benefits Why is mulching important? Increased amounts of organic matter will improve soil tilth and drainage, increase soil moisture retention, reduce soil compaction, and attract earthworms. Because organic mulches decompose, they need to be replaced. Depending on the type of mulch used, replacement intervals vary from one to four years. If your business is ready for a new round of mulch please give us a call so we can get you on our schedule.

By |2018-04-07T16:05:47+00:00October 26th, 2017|Categories: Landscape Magazine, Mulch, Pugh's Earthworks|Tags: , , |0 Comments
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