Mowing and Pruning Recommendations For Optimal Lawn and Plant Health

Pugh's Earthworks Tennessee's Landscape Maintenance Services For All Seasons Pugh's Earthworks provides commercial landscape design and maintenance services throughout Tennessee, including Memphis, Jackson, and Nashville plus we service commercial lawns and landscaping in Little Rock, Arkansas.  Our services include landscape design and maintenance for lawns and landscape areas for residential and business clients. As winter starts to slowly draw to a close and spring is in our sights, it's time to start thinking about the best approaches to mowing and pruning to achieve optimal lawn and plant health. Here are some of our tips for taking care of both: Let's start with trimming plants. The first trimming should occur just when the winter months are ending. This helps prepare plants for a healthy growing season. When it comes to pruning, this should only generally occur at the end of fall so hopefully you've already done this. However, if you have flowering shrubs, pruning should occur in the springtime after the flowers have bloomed. This will encourage thicker and fuller growth as well as more blooms during the following year. If you decide not to trim or prune, it can mean compromising the health of your plants. They will be susceptible to diseases and infestations as well as just be stunted by not having dead material removed. Now, let's look at lawn health and maintenance. First, don't cut your grass too short. A scalped lawn can make it vulnerable to diseases and weeds. infestation. Plus, the scalped turf can expose soil and lead to a poorly developed root system. Second, make sure you regularly sharpen your mower blade so you can make clean cuts to the trash when you mow. This way, you don't tear the grass, making an uneven edges that invites disease and pests into the grass blades. Keep an extra blade on hand so you can switch out blades while one is being maintenance. Next, consider leaving some grass clippings on the lawn after cutting, which is known as grasscycling. These grass clippings can provide as much as 25 percent of your lawn’s fertilizer needs. This helps provide good nutrients for a healthy lawn. Finally, don't mow in the same direction or pattern each time. This can end up compacting the soil and creating ruts that diminishes the lawn's health and attracts weeds. Contact us if you need help with mowing and pruning this season. We're here to help!

By |2020-02-04T22:15:38+00:00February 4th, 2020|Categories: Landscaping|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Mowing and Pruning Recommendations For Optimal Lawn and Plant Health

Heat-Tolerant Plants For the Summer

Pugh's Earthworks is one of the largest landscape design, installation and maintenance firms in the Mid South area, including cities in Tennessee like Memphis, Jackson, and Nashville as well as Little Rock, Arkansas. 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 Landscape Services in Memphis, Little Rock, Nashville, and Jackson We are in the midst of excessive summer heat some of which we haven't felt in years. With such heat comes a risk to your plants and ground cover. However, there are some plants that are heat tolerant that you can consider that can make it through such an oppressive time of year. Egyptian Star Cluster Also known as Pentas, this is a tropical plant that is native to Africa, Arabia, and Madagascar so they are used to the heat. In fact, they bloom more in full sun. Lacey Blue Russian Sage Not only does it add purple to your landscape, but this heat and drought tolerant plant also has a sturdy, compact form that keeps it standing tall. It loves full sun. Penstemon This is a tubular flowering plant that thrives in full sun and loves the heat. This flowering plant is available in different colors. Reflexed Stonecrop This is a succulent plant that tolerates dry and hot conditions. It works well in a rock garden or drought-friendly commercial landscape. Teenie Genie® Compact Lantana This dense, compact, heat-loving shrub delivers a continuous display of multi-colored flowers which open as chiffon yellow and transition to fuchsia pink. The shrub thrives in full sun. Kudos Gold Dwarf Hummingbird Mint In the blazing sun, this gold-hued flowering plant offers a dazzling touch to your landscape. It tolerates heat and drought. And, as its name implies, it attracts hummingbirds. Goldsturm Black-Eyed Susan This flowering plant offers a long bloom season and loves full sun and heat. The beautiful flowers can be cut and displayed in a bouquet. Contact us today to learn how we can offer these heat-tolerant plants, flowering plants, and shrubs and others for your commercial landscape.  

By |2019-07-27T15:40:39+00:00July 27th, 2019|Categories: Planting Tips|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Heat-Tolerant Plants For the Summer

How To Properly Care For Crape Myrtle’s

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.

By |2018-04-07T16:24:32+00:00February 7th, 2017|Categories: Landscaping, Pugh's Earthworks|Tags: , , |Comments Off on How To Properly Care For Crape Myrtle’s
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