Pugh’s helps customers properly Winterize Commercial Properties

Pugh's Earthworks Winterize Commercial Properties The recent winter storm that just impacted much of the US, brings to light the need to Winterize Commercial Properties. Pugh's Earthworks has well trained and certified Commercial Landscape Technicians that can help with that. We will inspect every aspect of your property in terms of protection from icy conditions. Winterizing is not just for home residents but is equally as important for business owners. Consequently, many of the same issues need to be addressed in a similar fashion. For instance, below are some of the things that need to be part of the process. Winterize Commercial Properties: Similarly, to a personal residence, the heating system of a commercial building needs to be in safe and proper working order. The Pugh's Earthworks professionals will be able to assess the functionality. In addition, we will recommend further HVAC assistance if deemed necessary. Cold air can slip through cracks in window and door seals. We can examine all areas and determine if maintenance is required to keep the cold air out. In the same vein, this can be a large energy cost savings to the business. Not all but some Commercial buildings have a fireplace. Pugh's will examine the fireplace and determine if it is working properly or might need some maintenance. Proper gutter functionality is critical to facilitate water drainage. Therefore, if gutters are clogged with leaves or other debris, the Pugh's team will clean the gutters. Water needs to project away from your building and be allowed to collect. The condition of a roof is critical to a Commercial building just as it is to a home residence. Our team will examine the condition of your roof and note any issues that appear to need immediate attention. Sprinklers, Pruning and Lighting Irrigation systems for Commercial Properties are critical especially during the hot and dry summer months. However, during the icy winter, if they are leaking, they can be destructive to the building and a danger to employees and customers. Pugh's will examine all sprinklers to be sure they are properly winterized. One of the biggest problems in frigid temperatures is ice causing power outages. Many times, it is caused by tree limbs that fall on power lines due to the heavy weight of the ice buildup. As part of the regular Pugh's Earthworks Commercial Landscape service contract, pruning is a year-round service. If we find that we need to prune addition limbs prior to ice storms, we will address that proactively. Pugh's Earthworks can also install additional outdoor lighting during wintery conditions. Additional lighting will make it safer for any employees that may work later.     Pugh's Earthworks Sprinkler Systems   Pugh’s Earthworks has been providing commercial landscaping services since 1992. We specialize is landscape and lawn maintenance for commercial customers. Currently we serve more than 300 commercial clients. Our firm is one of the largest landscape and lawn maintenance firms in Memphis. We also operate similar operations in Nashville TN, Southaven [...]

Hire Pugh’s Earthworks and ensure your valuable Trees are protected throughout the Winter

Pugh's Earthworks Winter Tree Care Winter Tree Care is an important component of any commercial landscaping year round program. Trees are a valuable asset and expensive to replace. Not only do trees provide shade during the hot temperatures of summer but they also add beauty to commercial properties. The Certified Commercial Landscape Technicians at Pugh's Earthworks are trained in all aspects of commercial landscaping which includes knowledge of tree care. It is some times common for people to get complacent when trees and grasses are dormant. The problem is that during these harsh cold temperatures, there is still a need for attention and care. Some of the steps the Pugh's Earthworks professionals will take to ensure their customers trees remain healthy are below: Winter Tree Care Deep Watering During the Winter months the tree roots are still growing deeper. They are on a continual journey search for water and nutrients to sustain the tree above the ground. However, if there is a shortage of water, the roots can become less able to continue their growth. At Pugh's Earthworks, our staff will continue to assess the soil conditions through the Winter. If it appears there is a shortage of natural moisture, they will take steps to start a deep watering program. Winter Tree Care Mulching It is common knowledge, for the most part, that mulching carries with it many healthy plant benefits. Therefore, properly applied mulch is something the Pugh's Earthworks team will focus on. Consequently, the trees of our commercial property owners will reap the benefit of retained moisture and countless nutrient. Tree Pruning Pugh's Earthworks is very talented at making commercial landscapes standout. One practice that is always top of mind is proper tree pruning. When trees are pruned during the summer growth months, there is danger in bug and fungus infestations. This is because the limbs are full of sap supporting the summer time upward growth of the tree. The best time to prune trees is during the dormant season like late Fall and Winter. There is far less chance of disease and tree damage during this time. Tree Protection Older more mature trees have developed a thick sturdy trunk. They are able to with stand harsh temperature and strong winds. However, younger trees that were recently planted are not as equipped to handle harsh condition. The professionals at Pugh's Earthworks know when a tree needs to have the extra protection provided by burlap trunk wrapping and more frequent deep watering.           Pugh's Earthworks is not only a company that prides itself with superior customer service. That is to say, service which in fact is backed by a satisfaction guarantee. They also take great pride and see value in participating as a member of numerous industry groups related to their business. One such group is The Apartment Association of Greater Memphis. Below is a information regarding who makes up this The Apartment Association of Greater Memphis was chartered in 2004. The purpose [...]

Winter is the Best Time to Prune Trees

When it comes to pruning trees to encourage new growth, there are only certain times of year when it is ideal to take on this maintenance task. And, one of these times is winter. Here's why. Dormant Pruning trees in winter when they are dormant is a common practice because it leads to more new growth in spring. IF you want to achieve that from your trees, then this is the time to prune them. Doing so supports current and future tree growth. Access In winter, the ground is harder, making it somewhat easier to do the work of pruning. Plus, because the branches are bare, it's easier to see and handle them during the pruning process. Disease Identification Any type of disease a tree may have will be easier to spot and treat during the winter time when the tree is bare. Healing Process By cutting the branches on the tree at the end of winter, the tree can then release the energy it has stored for the fall to heal these areas. Natural Tree Form In winter with the dormancy, the tree can be returned to a more natural form as the pruning helps to better shape the tree's look. Pruning Tips If you are going to prune your own trees, here are some tips we use in our commercial landscaping and maintenance business: Wait until the coldest part of winter has passed. This is because some trees have sap like maple, walnut, and birch, and will bleed that out if pruned then. While it's not harmful to the tree sap to bleed, it may be better to just wait until the coldest temperatures are done for the seasons. Start by removing dead, damaged, and diseased branches, which will help prevent insect and decay organisms from damaging the tree. Look for crossing branches to remove as this could cause further damage to the tree as they rub together. Remove any co-dominant leader branches, which are two branches that are growing near the top of the tree. By cutting off one of these, the other becomes dominant while other branches are not at risk from splitting or tearing during a windy period. If there is a dense canopy, thin this out so the tree can access more air and sunlight to reduce the risk of disease problems. Remove suckers and water sprouts because doing so can provide more food and water for the tree. Also, remove narrow crotches, which appear as a tree ages. Doing so can eliminate other tree damage. If you are not ready to tackle winter tree pruning, then contact us today so we can take care of it for you!     

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.

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