It will soon be time to get into the Fall commercial landscape mind set and Pugh’s Earthworks will help

Pugh's Earthworks Summer is in the final stages and fall is near by. With every season there are processes and procedures unique to commercial landscape maintenance. Unless you are a trained and certified Landscape Technician like the professionals at Pugh's Earthworks, trying to address all of the landscaping elements of your property is a monumental task. Throughout the year, your lawn, shrubs, plants, and trees go through growth cycles. And, one of these is in the fall and involves something you do not actually see. That is root growth. Root growth is important because it is what provides a steady stream of nutrients and water to the plants, trees, and lawn. The stronger and larger those roots become, the more they can sustain the growth above ground. To focus on root growth in the fall, here is what you should do: Aerate your grass and lawn area. Because people and lawn mowers are constantly compacting the soil beneath the lawn, which makes it difficult for air, nutrients, and water to get to the roots. By aerating it, you will be able to stimulate root growth. You can use a walk-behind aerator to cover larger lawns. Fertilize your lawn during the fall to promote root growth. The fertilizer will nourish the roots. It is best to use a spreader to ensure the fertilizer is evenly spread across the lawn. Also, use special fertilizer for shrubs, trees, and flowers. Apply the fertilizer at the beginning of the fall season and just before the frost sets in. Seed areas that have bare patches. This gives your lawn a chance to build up further strength and add to its root system.  Look for grass seed that has a small amount of weed seed mixed in. Be sure to loosen the soil with a rake before laying the seeds down. You will also need to water these areas on a daily basis for a few weeks. Transplant any plants to areas that give them more room to spread their roots out underground. The fall is the perfect time to get this done where temperatures are the most conducive. Remove leaves that have fallen to the ground. These can rot and create issues for the roots by making them sick and blocking passage of water and nutrients to them. You can use a leaf blower or start raking them up into piles to dispose of.  Consider saving those leaves up and putting them in a compost bin. This will make great fertilizer later on. We are also here to help by providing all the services you will need this fall to promote root growth and create a sustainable landscape around your property. Contact us now to learn more! Fall Tree Planting Contact The Pugh’s Earthworks Jackson Tennessee Office We Offer Commercial & Residential Landscape Services Our headquarters is in Memphis, Tennessee. We operate other landscape facilities in Mississippi and Arkansas. The Jackson, Tennessee location can be reached via the contact form below, or by [...]

Pugh’s Earthworks can assist with creating and maintaining a low maintenance commercial landscape

Pugh's Earthworks Big Company Strength and Small Company Values!   Pugh’s Earthworks is 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. We are 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, Condo Owners Associations and individual residential home owners as well. Our staff has years of experience and can handle projects of any size. 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.” Pugh's Earthworks can assist with creating and maintaining a low maintenance commercial landscape! Pugh's Earthworks recommends to clients that an efficient landscape design should be approached with "room" design mentality. Below is a response to a Q&A correspondence. Q: What should a good landscape design include? A: The winter months are a good time to work on a landscape design, whether you are dealing with new property void of any plantings, or renovating an older landscape. Many people think about design as simply “plants” or “plant placement,” which is not a good approach. Rather, think about design as creating outdoor “rooms” that are functional, aesthetic, livable, and maintainable. Rooms are the space created among various landscape objects, whether plants, fences, ponds, patios, etc. Various furnishings fill these outdoor rooms and activities take place in these rooms, just as rooms function in your home. Many landscapes are organized such that there is no reason to go outside and enjoy outdoor spaces; developing functional rooms will enable you to do so. Part of a smart room design is to create a commercial landscape that is low maintenance. Properly designed these types or landscapes are efficient, environmentally healthy and safe thousands of dollars on wasted maintenance. Hiring a professional and certified landscape design firm like Pugh's Earthworks will ensure that your commercial property contains the components necessary to be low maintenance. Creating a low maintenance commercial landscape does not mean you have to sacrifice beautify and creativity. The whole idea is to have a landscape that is inviting and relaxing so [...]

Pugh’s Earthworks will make your yard attractive for summer outings

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 will make your yard attractive for summer outings! Now that travel is discouraged, people are finding ways to take short road trips, rent RVs or just simply have a vacation in their backyard. A beautifully landscaped yard can be just the perfect oasis to provide the family with a safe and enjoyable place to gather. There are several unique ideas that will turn your backyard into a fun experience: Carnival - Turn your backyard into a fun filled carnival atmosphere. You can set outdoor lawn games like bean bag toss, giant Jenga, bocce ball or badminton. Picnic- All you need are standard supplies like a large picnic blanket, over-sized cooler filled with icy-cold beverages. Then have a lunch with sandwiches, pickles, fresh fruit and chocolate chip cookies. Do it yourself project - Get your family involved in a fun project such as building a tree-house, fire pit or a hanging swing. It will bring the family together to learn a new skill and create something to be proud of. Dance Party - Create a fun dance environment with the latest music. You can string solar lights and use an outdoor Bluetooth speaker. Another fun idea would be a karaoke machine. Make camping treats - There are electric S'mores makers that are safer than open fire pits. Small children can toast their marshmallows to put on their graham cracker and chocolate delightful treat. Film Festival - Consider purchasing an inflatable projector screen and show your favorite movies like in the old fashion drive-in movie days. You may also find popcorn makers that can be used on the grill to pop delicious popcorn. The family can snuggle on the picnic blanket and watch a movie complete with treats. Camp out - Set up a family sized tent complete with sleeping bags and inflatable air mattresses. There are many ancillary camping items on the market today to make your evening pleasant. Tent ceiling fans with foam pads for mosquito repelling essential oils and solar powered lanterns [...]

Spring Means it’s Time To Plant Shrubs

Pugh's Earthworks Tennessee Commercial Landscape and Maintenance Services Pugh's Earthworks provides commercial landscape design and maintenance services throughout Tennessee, including Memphis, Jackson, and Nashville. We have five commercial landscape service operations in three states, including landscapes and service lawns and landscaping in Little Rock, Arkansas. Our monthly services include landscape design and maintenance, customized to your needs, budget, and seasonal situation. Now that winter is ending, it's time to think about planting for the spring time and adding more color and interest to your landscape. Shrubs are an ideal item to add because they add texture, depth, and scope to your landscape. They can be natural dividers, too, to create different sections to your commercial landscape or residential yard. Start with looking at the type of shrub you might want to add. There are flowering and non-flowering shrubs that work well in different growing zones. As your landscape partner, we can recommend shrubs that work well for your environment, including considering how much shade or sun that area may offer. Planting shrubs involves a specific process to make sure they can adapt and thrive where they are planted. Make the soil moist  before digging a hole for the shrub.  From there, dig a hole that is three or four times as wide as the container the shrub came in. However, the hole should be about the same size as the height of the containers. Fill the hole with water and then let it drain out before putting the shrub in the hole you dug. Put half the soil back into the hole and pat it down. Now, add the rest of the soil and compact that lightly. Add water and mulch around the top of the soil. For the first two months after planting the shrub, water it at least once a week if it hasn't rained. If this sounds like more work than you think you can do or you would prefer a professional to plant and manage your shrubs and landscape, then contact us. We would love to work with you and design and maintain your commercial or residential landscape.                                                                                                                                                                    

It’s Not Too Late to Plant Shrubs

Garden shrubs can be both ornamental and practical. Many shrubs offer scented flowers and colorful foliage. However, shrubs also provide a great way to add privacy and hide anything unsightly around your commercial property like trash cans, air conditioner units, and more. That way, you can present a much more attractive landscape. There is still time this spring to plant shrubs around your commercial property. You can choose from a variety of methods for planting shrubs varies, depending on whether the shrubs you are planting have a burlap rootball or bare roots or they are being replanted from a container. Here are some ways to plant shrubs. First, you'll need to identify the most ideal locations around your commercial property for the shrubs. Select shrubs that thrive in your climate as well as find a location that meets the shrubs' needs for sun or shade, moisture, and soil composition. When picking a location, know how big the shrub will grow to ensure there is enough space. Remember that roots spread laterally so keep that in mind for planting location. Measure the height of the roots from the ground to the “root flare,” which is the part of the shrub at the base of the trunk where roots begin to spread out. Once you’ve measured the rootball, then dig out the soil and place it on a tarp.  After digging the hole for the shrub, fill it with water. Test to see how it drains by leaving the water for 24 hours. If it has drained away, then there is good drainage for the shrub. Place the shrub in the hole. Always move these shrubs by the roots rather than grabbing them the trunk or branches. The root flare should be at or slightly above the natural ground level. If it's wrapped in burlap, cut that and any string or wire from the root ball. Next, fill the hole gradually. Don’t add fertilizer, peat moss, or mulch at this point. Make sure there are no rocks or debris around the shrub. Water the shrub and allow the water to soak into the soil for several hours after you plant. From there, you'll water it approximately once per week. If you would prefer professional assistance with planting shrubs around your commercial property, contact us now to learn more!

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