Landscaping & Lawn Maintenance Should Be Considered Essential Services Pugh's Earthworks Customers & Others This May Concern: NALP is the national trade organization representing the $82 billion landscape industry in the United States. Member companies specialize in lawn care, landscape maintenance, tree care, irrigation, and water management. Landscape professionals work daily throughout the Nation servicing homes and businesses to maintain their landscapes, sustain the environment, and take pride in our communities by enhancing and maintaining healthy green spaces. As a Nation, we are all struggling to combat the rapid transmission of the coronavirus “COVID19,”and we understand and acknowledge that in some instances, drastic steps are being taken, including shutting down businesses deemed non-essential. We are communicating with you today to assure you that landscape services are essential services and must continue during any emergency declaration or quarantine scenario. Landscapers are partners during this critical time in assisting in the protection of public health and public safety. Without the landscape industry conducting these valuable services, we will undoubtedly see increased instances where people may be harmed or become sick from other illnesses compounding our already stretched medical resources. Recently, Counties in and around the greater San Francisco metropolitan area enacted a temporary “lockdown.” We anticipate other municipalities and states to take similar precautionary steps. The “lockdown” issued by these counties exempt “essential services,” pertinent for the landscape industry is the below portion of the exemption: ix. Plumbers, electricians, exterminators, and other service providers who provide services that are necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences, Essential Activities, and Essential Businesses For the foregoing reasons, landscape services should be deemed “essential.” Landscapers are protectors of public health performing essential treatments to lawns and green spaces to reduce the transmission of dangerous and deadly diseases through pests like mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas. Landscapers protect property and maintain greenspaces that could otherwise jeopardize public safety. Unkept fields and green spaces increase the chance of injuries. Crime rates are increased in areas where green spaces are not maintained. Tree removal is also a critical function of our industry to avoid damaging homes and their families. Landscapers play a critical role in boosting morale and mental health during a difficult time for our Nation. Without landscape services fields, parks, businesses, and homes will become overgrown and unkept, which can have dramatic psychological effects on the mental and well being of our communities. Spring is a critical time of year for our industry due to the abundance of growth in the spring that requires prompt maintenance and care. Any halt or delay in landscape services during this time of year only magnifies potential safety problems and become much more difficult to maintain later in the year. Lastly, our industry is taking aggressive steps within our organizations to stop the transmission of COVID-19. Because our industry functions outside this greatly reduces the chances to come into contact with other individuals. Within the industry, strong policies are being put in place to maintain social distancing with both clients and within our teams that are working in the field. We are all in this together, and the Landscape industry stands with our public officials to stop the rapid transmission of [...]
When you have a homeowners association, part of the monthly dues goes toward ensuring that the common areas and sometimes even front yards are cared for by a professional landscaping and lawn company. To ensure you get the best value for all the residents that maintain their community to the highest standards, there are some key things to look for when searching for the right commercial landscape and lawn maintenance company for your HOA or COA. Know What's Included Don't just go with the lowest bid you receive because that may not tell you the whole picture of what you will actually be charged or what type of quality work they will do. It's important to have a transparent maintenance company that tells you exactly what they will do for your HOA or COA each month with a cost breakdown for maintenance, repairs, and upgrades to things like the automatic sprinkler system. Get References Find out how HOAs feel about what this landscape does for them each month in terms of water management, aesthetics, value, and overall service. If possible, go view those properties to see what their work looks like in terms of lawn and landscape maintenance. Ask those clients what they like about the landscape company and why as well as if there is anything that they don't like about them. Hire a Landscaping Company with Experience Look for a landscape maintenance company with proven experience. They've been in business for several years and can show a portfolio of work. They are more likely to have the experience to maintain your landscape better than an inexperienced company. Make sure they also have the licensing, insurance, and industry memberships that also speak to their experience. Gauge Communication Levels One of the biggest complaints HOAs and COAs have is the lack of communication with their service providers. Look for one that responds promptly to questions and concerns. You can also gauge this by checking with their other customers as well as meeting with them directly to see how they interact with you. Verify Certifications, Licenses, and Insurance Be sure to verify all paperwork to check that all certifications, licenses, and insurance is up to date and correct. This is also a sign of whether a company is honest and prompt about what they do. We'd love to work with you and show you how our years of experience taking care of HOA AND COA properties makes us the right choice for you. Contact us now to learn more!
Pugh's Earthworks Serving The Greater Nashville, TN Area Nashville has some of the most beautiful properties in this region. New construction in the area is at an all time high. Homes, apartments and condo values are soaring. According to Pro Tech Valuation Services, from 2010 to 2015, the Nashville metro area’s population grew by 9.2 percent. As a result, this influx of new families has led to a rapid increase in home prices. From a price-per-square foot of living space perspective, home prices are 50 percent above pre-crash highs. Pugh's Earthworks is ramped up and ready to take on commercial properties of all kinds in the Nashville area. Drew Douglas, the Nashville area manager, is happy to take a look at your property and provide you with an estimate for weekly property maintenance. He has years of experience in all aspects of the landscaping industry.
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.
Welcome a few new faces to our Memphis team! Alicia Thompson is our new customer service representative. If you give us a call you will likely get her on the phone first. She is great and we are lucky to have her. Russell Holloway is also new to us and he will be working as an account manager. He's out and about all day and you very well may see him on your property. Last but not least, Josh Long has been with us as a spray technician but recently was moved to the position of account managers. Be sure to welcome these new faces (and voices) when you see them! Pugh's Earthworks has offices in Memphis, Nashville, Little Rock, Jackson MS and Jackson TN. We have openings for field technicians in all of our offices. Fill out and submit this form if you are interested in a career with us.
Container gardens make a lovely addition around 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. 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 maintains these container gardens on some of our properties where there is enough water and shade to keep them beautiful all summer long.
Springtime in Memphis, Nashville, Little Rock, Jackson MS and Jackson TN are all ready to get annual color installations. Color (bedding plants) are warm accents that make commercial properties more inviting and have the curb appeal businesses are looking for. The end of April in southern climates is the perfect time for adding bedding plants to landscape beds. Flowers add color and texture and richness to landscaped areas. Late spring is also time to apply fertilizer to turf for maximum growth all summer long. Strong and healthy turf requires the proper blend of nutrients. At Pugh's Earthworks, we take great pride in keeping our properties green all summer long.
Technology was the theme of the 2017 Spring Conference and season kick off. Our annual spring conference was an exciting time and much was learned. We all learned a lot about some hi-tech new software we are using that will make our company much more efficient. Technology, planning and effort equal time management and efficiency. A great BIG THANK YOU goes out to all of our sponsors that helped make our trip happen. SiteOne, Kubota, Dixie Rents, BWI, Kalb Equipment, Glass Doctor, Bank 3, Isuzu, Jones Green Houses, Neely Coble Company, and Alternative Energy Products. Photos below include group shots from our Little Rock offices, Memphis office, Nashville office, and our Jackson MS office.
Topping trees is almost always wrong and harmful, but when it comes to doing this to the lovely crape myrtle, it's referred to as 'Crape Murder'. This practice is done by home owners and some landscapers alike, most likely due to misinformation and seeing their peers doing this practice as well. A lot of pruning efforts are culture based and not based on the science of horticulture. While the name implies that the tree will die from this act, it's a very resilient species. What this practice actually does is to keep the tree from reaching it's beautiful potential. When pruned properly, the Crape Myrtle has a vase shape that accentuates it's beautiful blooms and satiny bark. It's one of the South's most versatile landscaping trees. The most common reason for pruning these hearty trees is that they have gotten too tall for their space. In that instance, it's better to replace the trees with plants that fit the space better and transplant the crape myrtle to a better area where they can grow and shine. To properly prune these 'lilacs of the south' follow these simple steps: Remove the suckers from the bottom of the tree. Remove broken, crossed or diseased limbs. If two limbs are crossed, remove the weaker of the two. Prune just the tips of the branches to remove the old blooms. When blooms are removed another blooming may occur. Thin out the small, twiggy growth to allow air to circulate in the canopy of the tree. If a previous landscaper has committed this crime, there are measures that can be taken to return the tree to it's beautiful potential. It will take years but can be done by cutting the tree back within one to two inches of the ground. When new shoots emerge, select 3 to 5 of the strongest branches on each trunk and remove the others. After 3 - 5 years of growth the tree will be back to it's lovely shape with branches full of blooms. Whether in Memphis, Nashville, Little Rock or Jackson the crape myrtle is a staple of landscape design.
Water is the most powerful force on earth. It's damaging powers can wreak havoc on your property. Drainage work for commercial properties is one of our specialties at Pugh's Earthworks. Our goal is to keep your properties safe, beautiful and operating efficiently. If you have a problem area that needs help with rain water flow, we are here for you. Contact us and we will send our drainage expert out to take a look. As spring nears, rainfall will increase. Now is the time to address any potential drainage problems.