The beauty of fall is that it is the perfect time for a little extra pampering. The leaves are changing, the air is cooling down and you are starting to think about Fall Commercial Landscaping Preparation. It is also a great time of year to go through your landscaping and make sure it is in good shape before the cold weather hits. While many homeowners hold off on this task until after Thanksgiving when they have family over for Christmas, there are several reasons why you should consider doing some gardening right now – or at least preparing yourself for this work in the future:
Pugh’s Earthworks is a full-service commercial landscaping company that provides lawn care, snow removal and more. We have been in business since 1992 and have served many towns throughout the Mid-South Region.
Pugh’s Earthworks provides the following services:
- Lawn Care Services – We can take care of all your lawn maintenance needs including mowing, edging and trimming as well as fertilizing or aerating your lawn if needed.
- Commercial Snow Removal Services – We offer snow removal for businesses ranging from small offices to large warehouses at competitive prices!
- Landscaping Design & Installation – Our team of experienced professionals will create an outdoor space you will love to spend time in all year round!
- We can create a beautiful landscape design that will fit your budget and needs. We offer many different types of installation including mulching, sod laying, stonework and more!
Starting Fall Commercial Landscape Preparation
- Do you need to prune trees? If so, when and how?
- How should you fertilize your lawn and shrubs?
- What type of weed killer should you use on your lawns and shrubs in the fall?
- When should preemergence herbicides be applied for control of crabgrass, foxtails and other weeds that germinate in spring (as opposed to summer)?
- Are there any insects that need spraying now that would not have been around earlier in the season (e.g., spider mites)?
- Are there any pests (e.g., aphids, leafhoppers) that need spraying now that would not have been around earlier in the season? What is the best time to apply insecticides for control of ants and other insects? How should you control scale insects on trees and shrubs?
- How should you control the weeds that grow in between cracks in sidewalks and driveways? What is the best time to apply fungicides for control of powdery mildew on ornamental plants? How should you apply pesticides?
Preparing Trees for Fall
- Prune dead or dying branches.
- Remove any leaves and debris from the ground beneath your trees, as these can cause erosion issues when it rains.
- Water trees well before the cold weather arrives, so that they have time to absorb as much water as possible before winter sets in and makes watering more difficult or even impossible for some time (depending on where you live).
- Watering trees in the fall will help them to absorb as much water as possible before winter sets in. This may be particularly important if you live in an area that gets cold, dry winters.
- In addition to watering trees well in advance of the winter, you should also mulch them. Mulch will help insulate your trees and protect their roots from cold temperatures, which can cause them damage or death.
Early Fall Commercial Lawn Preparation
To get your lawn ready for the cooler months, it is important to make sure that it is in good condition.
- The first step is mowing the grass. You should start this process in early fall so that you don’t have long, overgrown grass clippings left lying around on your property when winter comes around and they can become a hazard for pedestrians and vehicles alike.
- Secondly, weed and feed applications are another great way to ensure that your lawn looks its best all year round. These fertilizers help promote healthy growth while also deterring pests such as weeds or insects from wreaking havoc on your landscape!
- Finally–and most importantly–you’ll want to make sure that you’re watering regularly during these hot summer months so that nothing gets burned out before winter rolls around again next year!
Early Fall Commercial Flower Bed Preparation
Early fall is the best time to prepare your commercial flower beds for winter. Here are some tips for getting started:
- Test the soil temperature with a soil thermometer, then dig up and divide perennials that have finished blooming. These include daylilies, Hosta, foxglove and million bells (Lunaria). Divide them into smaller clumps so they will fill in gaps quickly next year.
- Transplant annuals that have finished flowering such as impatiens and coleus into containers or pots so they can be overwintered indoors on shelves above freezing temperatures until next spring when you can replant them back into their permanent location in the garden (if applicable).
- Remove dead foliage from perennials such as daylily leaves by cutting off at ground level with pruning shears; do not pull them off because it will disturb new growth underneath which could damage the plant’s roots if left alone too long without water or sunlight reaching it.
- If you do not have a compost pile, start one now by burying torn up leaves and lawn clippings in the garden. This will break down in the soil over time and add nutrients for next year’s plants.
Late Summer and Early Fall Sprinkler
The Pugh’s Earthworks technicians will address following steps that are essential to properly prepare your landscape for the coming winter season:
- Sprinkler head height and placement. Your sprinkler heads should be set to a height that is above the expected snowfall, but not so high that it causes damage to lawn or plant life. Check with local authorities or your state’s Department of Natural Resources for advice on how much snow you can expect in your area.
- Sprinkler head rotation. Rotate sprinklers so they do not overlap with each other and water only one section of lawn at a time; this prevents overwatering and helps prevent runoff from creating puddles on sidewalks or driveways where ice could form later in the season (which could lead to slips).
- Water pressure/temperature monitoring devices like flow restrictors are recommended for use during fall irrigation because they reduce water usage by about 30%.
- De-icer/anti-freeze. Using de-icing agents like calcium chloride or magnesium chloride will help prevent the formation of ice on sidewalks and driveways.
Early Fall Pest Control
As fall approaches, pests become more active. They are looking for food and shelter before the winter months set in. If you see pests around your property, take action immediately!
- To remove them hire the professionals at Pugh’s Earthworks! You can try to trap them using sticky traps or poisons, but both of these methods are only effective if used correctly–so be careful!
- Seal up cracks and crevices in buildings where rodents might be nesting (or hiding from predators). Also seal any holes that lead outside of buildings so that birds don’t fly in through them when weather gets colder later on this year. This will prevent infestations from happening early next spring season when we start seeing signs again.
- If you have a gopher problem, try to plug up their holes with steel wool or concrete. Gophers love to dig and can cause serious damage to your property if left unchecked.
We hope this article has helped you understand the importance of fall commercial landscape preparation. Now that you know what to do, it’s time to get started! If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact the Commercial Landscaping Experts at Pugh’s Earthworks!
Pugh’s Earthworks Serving The Greater Little Rock Arkansas Area
Pugh’s Earthworks offers commercial and residential landscape design, installation and maintenance. We are one of the leading commercial landscape firms in the city of Little Rock, Arkansas. Our Little Rock facility is located at 8950 Commerce Cove, North Little Rock, AR 72113. You can call us at (501) 562-0275. We originally opened for business in 1992. Since that time, we have worked to demonstrate our commitment to quality, integrity and superior service.
Pugh’s Earthworks specializes in commercial grounds management for office buildings, apartments, condominiums and HOA’s common areas. We handle numerous commercial clients in the Memphis area, including some notable hotels, hospitals, churches, colleges and HOA managed properties. We are a large firm and can handle projects of any size. Even though our firm has grown quickly over the past 25 years, we have always worked to maintain the same great values we had, when we were just a small, up and coming landscape company.
Pugh’s Earthworks We operate 5 landscape centers, in 3 states. Our headquarters is in Memphis, Tennessee. We also operate landscape offices in Nashville, Jackson TN, Southaven MS and Little Rock AR. Our firm provides monthly grounds maintenance services for commercial clients. If you are seeking assistance with Landscaping or Lawn Maintenance services, please give us a call or send us a message via the contact form below. We do offer FREE Estimates. Headquarters Phone: (866) 207-4734