Pugh’s Earthworks Prepares Commercial Properties for the Fall Season

Pugh's Earthworks Pugh's Earthworks is a premier Commercial Landscaping company in the Mid-South. Our markets include Memphis, Nashville, Jackson TN, Little Rock and Southaven MS. With Summer winding down and Fall starting later in September, now is the time to address Fall Commercial Landscaping Service. The hot summer has taken its toll on commercial landscaping, including lawns, flowers, shrubs and trees. In order to help these valuable assets, sustain the harsh winter, hiring the experts at Pugh's Earthworks is a smart move. There are many steps we will take to prepare for the winter. Each one is a critical element to protect you commercial landscaping investment. Below are some of the items our team will focus on. Aeration - This process is something that not everyone thinks about, but the process is so beneficial. Over the long hot summer months, typically the temperatures and the dry conditions have caused your soil to compact and harden. When this happens the roots of the grass and shrubs find it difficult to grow and thrive. The Pugh's team using special equipment will break up the soil and allow moisture and nutrients to flow freely so that the plants can once again establish strong root systems. Plant - Fall planting is an important part of preparation for the season. For example, the hot summer may have killed certain spots in the lawn or shrubs in the flower beds. Unless you want bare spots in your commercial property lawn, it is a necessary to reseed of sod these areas before the really cold weather sets in. Same is true for dead shrubs in the flower beds. The Pugh's team will cut back Perennials like peonies, iris foliage, Hosta foliage, and daylilies. Other types of perennials should not be cut back and our team while know which those are. We will also plant new perennial bulbs and shrubs. Fall is a great time because the soil is still warm, but the air is cooler. This creates a better environment to stimulate growth. Of course, we will encourage that you continue to water all new and existing plants and grass throughout the fall season. Mowing and Fertilizing - Fall is a great time to fertilize. The Pugh's Earthworks team has the experience to know the specific chemical balance to apply and the tools to do it properly. This is important because the lawn is hungry for nutrients as during the hottest days of summer, no fertilizer may have been applied. In addition, when our team mows, we will adjust our commercial grade lawn mowers to a lower height. This is necessary as keeping the grass too high can cause it to mat during winter and consequently die. Clean up - Now that the temperatures are starting to drop, so will the leaves from the trees. It is important throughout the Fall to keep dead leaves and other fallen debris off of the lawn. Clearly this debris can add to trapped moisture which often causes fungal diseases that [...]

Pugh’s Earthworks Commercial Landscaping Water Conservation

Pugh's Earthworks has Big Company Strength and Small Company Values! Recently, I took a drive from Oklahoma to Georgia for a combination Business and Pleasure two week trip. As I drove, the hills, trees, lakes and rivers seemed to get more plentiful and beautiful. Culimanting by the time I got to Chattanoga TN, I was in a different world. Going through Littlerock AR, Memphis and Jackson TN, I paused for proud reflection on Pugh's Earthworks and the part they play in Commercial Landscaping Water Conservation. Then I thought about our fellow Americans out West where water supply reservoirs are at a cricitically low level and rationing is in place. Pugh's Earthworks is one of the Mid South’ s leading commercial landscape installation and maintenance companies. From its beginning, the company has continued its commitment to quality, integrity and superior service. The company provides the highest quality landscaping services and commercial grounds management for various commercial properties. Mark Pugh started the lawn business in 1992 in a $500 truck with his phone number on it. Just 21 years later Pugh’s Earthworks has developed markets including Jackson, Memphis and Nashville TN. Plus Littlerock AR and Southaven MS. Not only does Pugh's Earthworks focus on creating and maintaining amazing Commercial Property Landscapes for all customers, they also have a love for the environment. With this in mind, all chemical treatments for pesticides and fertizilzers are applied in compliance with industry safety standards. In addition, as landscapes are designed, things like soil errosion and water conservation are always top of mind. Pugh's is a member of the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP). Below is an article written by a member of that organization regarding water conservation efforts in CA. Earlier this year, the State Water Resources Control Board voted unanimously to implement a statewide ban on the watering of nonfunctional turf in the commercial, industrial and institutional sectors in California that runs for one year. The board also put regulations in place requiring local agencies to implement water use restrictions as water supplies may be up to 20 percent lower due to extreme drought. In a webinar hosted on June 6 by the California Landscape Contractors Association, the Irrigation Association, NALP and Maureen Erbeznik & Associates, Warren Gorowitz with Hunter Industries, Peter Estournes with Gardenworks Inc. and Maureen Erbeznik discussed the nature of the restrictions and the options available to landscape professionals. Erbeznik explains that nonfunctional turf refers to areas that are solely ornamental. If the turf is used for recreational purposes or community events, then it is considered functional. Exemptions to the ban include spaces that use non-potable water for irrigation or areas with trees. The ban does not apply to residential yards. Stay on Top of Local Regulations Local retail water agencies can expand regulations at their discretion to places like multi-family housing, golf courses, cemeteries and subsurface irrigation. With more than 400 water agencies in the state, the fluidity of restrictions and regulations will vary on each area’s water situation. [...]

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 [...]

Pugh’s Earthworks is positioned and experienced to handle changing environmental conditions

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. Our Quality Assurance Guarantee Pugh’s Earthworks offers an excellent quality assurance program. We are licensed and insured and stand behind all of the work that we perform with our quality assurance guarantee. Quality is everyone’s responsibility. Quality is conformance to the customer’s requirements. We believe every job can be improved. Every idea is treated with the utmost respect. We realize that improvement must be an on-the-job process. QUALITY POLICY It is the goal of Pugh’s Earthworks to provide our customers, both internal and external, with services, which meet or exceed their expectations. We recognize that one of the most important assets we possess, enabling us to achieve this goal, is our professional staff. We strongly encourage all of our people to take the pride of ownership in all the work they do. To this end we commit ourselves to strive in all we do for total customer satisfaction. TOTAL CUSTOMER SATISFACTION Management guarantees that ongoing support of these goals is our highest priority. We must never lose sight that customer satisfaction is a direct measure of our performance. Working together as a team, making use of all our talents and expertise, we will accomplish our objective. Pugh's Earthworks is positioned and experienced to handle changing environmental conditions! Climate and Landscaping With all of the attention on climate change, I started to wonder what potential such a threat would have on the multi billion dollar landscaping industry. Whether or not you subscribe to the theory of Global Warming, it is an issue that is front and center. Doing some research I ran across a publication by the American Society of Landscape Architects. This group was founded in 1899 and is comprised of over 15,000 US  landscape architects that are experts in their field.  They describe their mission as "Landscape architects lead the planning, design, and stewardship of healthy, equitable, safe, and resilient environments. The Society’s mission is to advance landscape architecture through advocacy, communication, education, and fellowship". Weather conditions by all accounts seem to have changed. [...]

Protect Your Irrigation System From Freezing This Winter

With winter just around the corner and temperatures already starting to drop, it's important to consider how this change in the weather can impact your irrigation system. What can easily happen is that your irrigation system freezes. This can cause pipes to burst and create a lot of problems. To prevent this from happening, there are some steps you can take to prepare your irrigation system and commercial landscape for the freezing weather: 1. Insulate The first step is to shut off the water supply to the irrigation system. The main shut-off valve for your irrigation system needs to be protected against freezing by wrapping it in insulation. The best way to insulate this shut-off valve is with foam insulation tape and a plastic bag. If you don't have one of these valves, this is the time to consider having one.  Also, insulate any above-ground irrigation pipes you may have has part of your system. You can use self-sticking foam-insulating tape or foam insulating tubes for these above-ground pipes. 2. Go with Manual If you have an automatic irrigation system, this when you need to turn off the timer and handle it manually. Most controllers have what's called a "rain-mode" that shuts off the signals to the valves. Everything else will work. The only change is the valves will not activate. 3. Drain the Pipes The next step is to drain the pipes that are part of the irrigation system. Any water that remains in the pipes during winter can freeze and expand until it breaks the pipes.  There are several ways to drain pipes. You can use a manual drain valve, an automatic drain valve, or the compressed air blow-out method. When it comes to draining your pipes, the best option is to turn to a local irrigation specialist due to the risks involved. We do offer sprinkler winterization services during this time of the year. 4. Protect Valves and Backflow Preventers Finally, you will need to return to some insulation work, including insulating the backflow preventers and valves if they are located above ground. Insulation tape also works well for this task. Just be careful to not block the air vents and drain outlets on the backflow preventers. If it all sounds like a lot of work, then consider letting us handle all of this winterization process for you. Contact us now to learn more about all of our winterization services, including snow and ice treatment.

By |2018-11-20T00:54:13+00:00November 20th, 2018|Categories: Irrigation|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Our Drainage Experts Keep Your Landscape Flowing Properly

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.

By |2018-04-07T16:41:18+00:00January 23rd, 2017|Categories: Landscape Drainage, Landscaping, Pugh's Earthworks|Tags: , , |0 Comments
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