Landscaping & Lawn Care in Plano
29 Sep 2011

Lawn Care Tip: Grasses Perfect for the Sun

If you have a landscape that is in the sun for the majority of the day, lawn care specialists will tell you that not just any type of grass will do. In order to have a successful landscape, you need to have a groundcover that can withstand the constant sunlight and the heat that accompanies long periods of sunlight.

Your lawn does not have to be the typical kind of groundcover most people have. Part of having a beautiful landscape is employing creative ideas that will give your property a distinctive appearance. Interspersed with your lawn should be groundcover that will thrive in the beating sun, such as thyme, anemone and stonecrop.

Thyme is a dense groundcover that will successfully survive in sunny or partially sunny areas of your landscape. This lawn care option offers a variety of colors when it comes to foliage, from bright green and bluish to a greyer green. Unlike your typical lawn, thyme yields a beautiful pink or lavender flowering carpet. Perhaps you won’t want to step foot on this beautiful landscape canvass, but if you do, thyme holds up exceptionally well under occasional foot traffic.

Anemone is perfect for soils that are finicky and have a hard time producing healthy lawns of the typical variety, according to lawn care professionals. Blooming in the late spring, anemone produces tall and exquisite flowers that are certain to add to your sophisticated landscape. What makes anemone even more ideal is its high tolerance for dry soil.

Stonecrop also offers beautiful foliage and is also a flowering groundcover. This ideal turf mat is tolerant of hot, dry weather, but also can withstand cold, harsh winter weather. Depending on the variety, some stonecrop grows close to the ground and is not impeded by foot traffic; however other species are more delicate and would require an area not frequented by feet.

If you aren’t sure what kind of groundcover would be best suited for your landscape, call your local lawn care company and have an expert help you decide what would be best to withstand the unvarying blazing and unforgiving heat of the sun.

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24 Sep 2011

Want a Great Landscape Design? Create a Frame…


This week I asked landscape architect extraordinaire and friend of mine, David Daigle, to give a little information on how to create a great landscape design:

Your home can be just as beautiful as any artist’s painting by taking a tip from the painter – create a frame around your home. Consider the bulk of the foundation planting as the bottom of your frame. These plants should be dwarf type plants or groundcover so as not to hide the details of the home. Be careful to not cover interesting architectural details like columns, windows and doors.

The bottom of the frame, your foundation planting, should be designed to guide your eye to the entry. A variety of shapes, forms and texture can achieve this and the style of the landscape will dictate how they are arranged. In most cases simple is better and less is more. Keep the variety of plants to a minimum and mass them so your eye is drawn toward the entry. The area around the door should have a vertical accent (3’-5’ ht.) with seasonal color and more variety to draw your eye to this area.

The corner of your home should consist of larger shrubs and ornamental trees, usually 6’ or so, that make up the sides of the frame. This planting serves as a backdrop for the layering of plants that will help guide your eye to the entry. Tall plant at the corners and progressively smaller plants will drawn your eye to the entry

The top of the frame generally consists of shade trees in your front yard, however, grouping of ornamental trees along the foundation or shade trees in the back that are visible from the front can achieve the same effect.

So, follow the painter’s lead by creating a frame for your home with taller plants at the corners, smaller or dwarf plants along the foundation and full sized trees to soften the roofline you’ll have a great landscape.

If you have questions about landscape design call my office at 214-926-6009 or visit my website at www.daiglela.com

15 Sep 2011

Sun-proof groundcovers perfect for your landscaping

If your Dallas landscape is subject to long periods of unrelenting sunlight, landscaping professionals will advise you that not just any type of groundcover will endure. In order to create a successful Dallas landscape, you need to have a groundcover that can withstand the constant sunlight and heat that accompanies long periods of sunlight.

Part of having a beautiful Dallas landscape is employing inventive ideas that will give your property a distinguished appearance. Thyme, anemone and stonecrop are perfect landscaping options when your Dallas landscape is lacking proper shade.

Thyme is a dense groundcover that will successfully survive in sunny or partially sunny areas of your Dallas landscape. This option offers a variety of colors when it comes to foliage, from bright green and bluish to a greyer green and yields a beautiful pink or lavender flowering carpet. Perhaps you won’t want to step foot on this beautiful Dallas landscape canvass, but if you do, thyme holds up exceptionally well under occasional foot traffic.

Anemone is perfect for soils that are finicky. Blooming in the late spring, anemone produces tall and exquisite flowers that are certain to add to your sophisticated Dallas landscape. What makes anemone even more ideal is its high tolerance for dry soil.

Stonecrop also offers beautiful foliage and is a flowering groundcover. This ideal turf mat is capable of withstanding hot, dry weather, but also can endure cold, harsh winter weather. Depending on the variety, some stonecrop grows close to the ground and is not impeded by foot traffic; however other species are more delicate and would require an area not frequented by feet or paws.

If you aren’t sure what kind of groundcover would be best suited for your Dallas landscape, call your local landscaping company and have an expert help you decide what would be best to withstand the unvarying blazing and unforgiving heat of the sun.

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12 Sep 2011

Plano Sprinkler Repair: Help your lawn recover from drought damage

It’s hot and it’s been a long, long time since we’ve seen rain which means at Village Green we’ve been doing a lot of Plano sprinkler repairs. We have seen large areas of lawns and sometimes the entire lawn completely brown from lack of water. What should you do if your lawn has been under watered?

Imagine setting a bucket of water in your lawn If you don’t add the same amount of water each week that it has lost from sitting out in the sun eventually you won’t have much water left. If you want to refill the bucket you’re going to have to add more water each week than it is losing but not so much that the water just slops over the edge and spills everywhere.

You want to do the same thing with your sprinkler system. If you’ve been under-watering the water table in your soil has moved so low that the roots of your lawn can’t reach the water. If you add about 25% to your watering each week, you will gradually move the water table up to the level of your roots. Do this for two or three weeks and then each week you can drop 5% from your schedule. Follow this schedule and, assuming good sun and good fertilizing (using Village Green of course), you’ll be surprised at how quickly you’ll start seeing results.

Not sure how to set your controller? Go to Village Green Plano Sprinkler Repair and let us take care of it for you.

01 Sep 2011

Dallas lawn care for dog owners

Not much is more American than having a beautiful, well-kept lawn and a hyper dog running around in it while the family watches on in bliss. That’s the dream, but the reality is that dogs can wreak havoc on a lawn by wearing down the grass or causing discoloration from urine and fecal matter. Here are some lawn care tips to keep your turf protected from dog damages.

Plant a grass that is conducive to extreme wear. Some lawn care experts will suggest installing a hardscape to give your dog a place to roam, but if having a beautiful, vibrant lawn is your only option, opt for a type of grass that is known for its durability. Lawn care specialists suggest using Bermuda, a warm-season grass or Kentucky bluegrass, a cool-season grass. Both these types will have a better chance of withstanding the constant pounding of paws throughout your lawn.

Drench “dog spots.” If your dog stays out for most of the day, this might be a tougher option to follow through with, but if your dog goes out a certain number of times a day to do his business, this should be a great solution to eliminating urine spots from your lawn. Once the dog has finished urinating, follow up with a thorough spray of water from the garden hose. Don’t be afraid of overwatering; soak the area until the urine is completely diluted.

Establish a “potty area.” Training your dog to do his business in only one specific area will help you keep your lawn free from urine spots and ensure you only have one area that will be affected. When your dog goes outside, only take him to this spot and keep him there until he goes. With time, the dog will be trained to only go to that specific area, leaving the rest of your lawn untouched!

If your lawn already has extensive trampling damage or urine spots, contact your Dallas lawn care company for restorative services.

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