Landscaping & Lawn Care in Plano
24 Dec 2013

Holiday Party

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We’ve posted photos from the Village Green Holiday Party held on December 21, 2013.  You can see the entire set
here.  It was a fun and festive way for the Village Green family to end 2013.  We will be closed until January 2nd (except for Xmas light emergencies) so our staff can enjoy the holidays with their family and friends.  
23 Dec 2013

Happy Holidays from Village Green

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This holiday season gives us so many reasons to give thanks and count our blessings.
 
I want to thank you, our fantastic customers, for your continued support. We would not be where we are today without your commitment and loyalty these past 33 years.  In addition I want to say a special thanks to all of our staff for their hard work and loyalty during this past year.
 
I wish you all a wonderful Holiday Season and a prosperous New Year.  
 
We will be closed (except for emergency Christmas light calls) late through January 2nd so that we may enjoy the holidays with family!  
 
As 2014 approaches, our 34th year in business, we look forward to a new year with renewed energy and great optimism. We renew our commitment to our extraordinary customers and look forward to providing exceptional service. 

All the best, 
Ken Hyatt, Founder and President

11 Dec 2013

Christmas Light After Winter Storm Cleon

Holiday-lights-on-iceOver the past few days we have received a large number of calls from customers who are having trouble with their Christmas lights.  Village Green is in the Christmas light business at this time of the year, so our customers (both business and commercial) are calling to tell us that large sections of their lights are not working.  The culprit is Cleon (the recent winter storm that dumped all the ice in our area.)  The issue is that Christmas lights have slight nicks or weak spots that allow moisture to seep into them.  Your roof lights will usually be ok, but on trees and shrubs water from the melting ice will wick in from the limbs and can trip the GFI (Ground Fault Interrupter.)  This is also true of any Christmas lights on the ground (like staked lights.)  In fact, any long soaking rain can seep into the wire and trip the GFI outlet.  Keep in mind that GFIs can be located in strange places.  It’s not unusual for a bathroom outlet to trip and turn off the holiday lights plugged in on the front porch.  If you are having issues look for GFIs on all outlets near water (think kitchens or bathroom and out in the garage.) Some newer homes will have the GFI built into the breaker switch in the breaker panel.  Once you find the GFI, press the button until it clicks and your holiday lights are once again shining brightly.  If that doesn’t resolve the problem, we tell our customers to wait a few hours (to allow the lights to dry out) and try the GFI again.  

04 Dec 2013

Winter Weather Lawn & Landscape Care

coldweatherIt looks like we’ll finally have our first real blast of winter.  Starting Thursday night we have predicted lows of 20 degrees possibly with ice followed by 12 degrees predicted for Monday.  Here are some helpful steps for protecting your lawn and landscape…
 
If your city will allow it (you can find helpful links to check water restrictions here), water your lawn and landscape before the cold weather arrives.  Watering traps heat in the ground which will sustain nearly all Dallas area plants through a cold snap.  
 
If you can’t water, most of your plants should be fine since it appears we’ll have enough precipitation to help prevent damage.  You should cover sensitive plants with a cloth sheet (old sheets make a great cover.)  Don’t use plastic.  Again the idea is to trap heat against the ground so plastic doesn’t help, in fact when the sun comes out it can make things worse by scorching the plant leaves.  If you have pansies, they don’t have to be covered to survive, but covering will prevent their blooms from being damaged.  

Finally, all cities in our area require a freeze sensor on sprinkler systems.  If you aren’t sure about yours, the simple solution to preventing dangerous icing is to turn off your system.

 If you need more help, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 972-495-6990, email me at ken@villagegreen-inc.com or fill out our contact form.  We’d be happy to answer any of your questions about cold weather lawn and landscape care.
23 Nov 2013

What Do You Do With Leaves?!?

20131121_082451Fall is here and so are the leaves!  One of the questions we get during this time of year is what should our customers do with all their leaves?  If they are in your beds we recommend you leave them alone.  They eventually break down into the soil, providing great organic material for the roots of your plants.  Your lawn however, is a different matter.  Having a thick blanket of leaves can cause a few problems.  One is that a thick layer of leaves can promote fungus.  Another is that the leaves form an insulation barrier for your grass, which is great, until the inevitable gust of wind blows, leaving your lawn exposed to sudden cold.  The inability to acclimate when this occurs is especially hard on St. Augustine and zoysiagrass.  So, the original questions, what should you do with all those leaves?  If at all possible mulch them.  Most mulching mowers can mulch them finely enough after a couple of passes to dispatch the leaves back into your lawn.  If, after after a couple of passes, you’re still left with a ton of leaves, or you don’t have a mulching mower, your best option is to go old school and grab the rake and trash bags.

21 Nov 2013

Cold Weather Plant Care

Cold WeatherAn artic cold front pushing into our area later tonight promises to bring much colder temperatures and the possibility of sleet to parts of North Texas.  Fortunately for us in the Metroplex, the temperature should remain above freezing.  While these temps may be uncomfortable to us humans (and our pets,) they should not be a problem for most plants.  

What harms the majority of plants is extremely cold and DRY weather that is well below freezing.  When temperatures are predicted to plummet, the best protection you can provide for your plants is to water your landscape.  If the soil is wet, even if the temperatures plunge into the single digits (which, can happen in North Texas), the soil temperature won’t drop below 32 degrees which protects the roots of your plants.

While your plants will survive the cold if you’ve watered, we recommend covering your blooming plants, such as pansies, or your more sensitive plants.  An old sheet or cloth towel is what we recommend to our customers.  Never cover your plants with a plastic sheet or tarp.  The plastic works like a magnifying glass, and will scald the plants underneath.

21 Nov 2013

Meet the Team: Shelby Hyatt

Founded in 1980 by Ken Hyatt, Village Green is a family owned business that specializes in lawn care, landscaping, fertilization and weed control, sprinkler repair, and mosquito control. During the Holiday Season we also professionally install lights for both business and residential customers.  

Ken has always felt that the people behind Village Green are as important as the company itself.  With that in mind he asked the team to answer a few questions in order for our customers to get to know more about the Village Green employees who serve them. 




Shelby HyattQ&A WITH SHELBY HYATT, Doer of Whatever is Needed Done as Daughter of the Owner


Please describe what you do at Village Green.  

I do a lot of in and out jobs between doing bills and putting up Xmas lights at Dallas Baptist University.

How long have you worked at Village Green?  
Since I was born! [Which isn’t exactly true, but when you are the owner’s daughter you start helping with the family business at an early age!)

What would people be surprised to learn about you?  
I volunteered at the Dallas Zoo and got to feed and pet a rhino.
What some of your favorite things?  
My favorite past time is camping and hiking. 

 
Where did you grow up?  
Texas.
 
What is your favorite TV show?  
My favorite TV show is between Once Upon a Time, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Fringe.
 
Fill in the blanks.  I can’t live without laptoppets, and family
  
If you could have a dinner party and invite any four people, dead or alive, the guest list would be?  
Teddy Roosevelt, J.J. Abrams, Joss Whedon, and Walt Disney.
  
If you were a superhero would you be?  
Black Widow
08 Nov 2013

Dallas Baptist University Christmas Light Installation

It’s time for installing lights at Dallas Baptist University. The regular crew installs lights on trees but it’s become a tradition that the Hyatt family installs lights on the roofs. Shelby spent last Sunday helping her Dad. http://www.villagegreen-inc.com/christmas-light-installation-dallas-plano/ 

19 Oct 2013

Meet the Team: Haley Pitts

Founded in 1980 by Ken Hyatt, Village Green is a family owned business that specializes in lawn care, landscaping, fertilization and weed control, sprinkler repair, and mosquito control. During the Holiday Season we also professionally install lights for both business and residential customers.  

Ken has always felt that the people behind Village Green are as important as the company itself.  With that in mind he asked the team to answer a few questions in order for our customers to get to know more about the Village Green employees who serve them. 


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Q&A WITH HALEY PITTS, SERVICE ASSISTANT


Please describe what you do at Village Green.  

I am a service assistant at Village Green Lawn and Landscaping based in Garland, TX. I do a variety of odd jobs behind the scenes to make things run smoother.

How long have you worked at Village Green?  
Two years.

 

What would people be surprised to learn about you?  
That I love to watch ESPN Sportscenter and do so on a regular basis. I am also a champion ping pong player and won a double’s tournament last year.
 
What some of your favorite things?  
My favorite meal is cheeseburgers and fries. I love chocolate. And I like hanging out with little kids.
 
Where did you grow up?  
Plano, Texas.
 
What is your favorite TV show?  
Castle and Bones.
 
Fill in the blanks.  I can’t live without faith, friends, and family
 
If you could have a dinner party and invite any four people, dead or alive, the guest list would be?  
Jesus, Martin Luther King Jr, Apostle Paul, and John Wesley.
 
If you were a superhero would you be?  
Iron Man
14 Oct 2013

Fall Water Schedule

irrigation1Fall is a time of change in North Texas.  Not only in our weather (hooray for cooler temps!) but also in how we water our lawn.  It is also a time of change for the North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) who recently announced their Stage 3 seasonal watering plan for many of our customers.  The new plan, effective November 1, 2013 through March 31, 2014, limits landscape watering to once every two weeks with sprinklers or irrigation systems at each service address.  
 
Imagine a bucket full of water left in the middle of your sunny lawn in the fall.  If you checked it in a week’s time you would discover that 1/2 inch of water was gone (in the summer that bucket would have lost about 1 inch of water.)  To replace that 1/2 inch of water loss you need to water for 30 minutes a week in the fall.

Sounds easy enough until you consider our infamous clay soil can only absorb so much water at once.  If you watered for 30 minutes straight, most of that water would end up running off your lawn which is a waste of your money and our water.  

Normally our solution is to program your sprinkler system to have three starts times one morning per week of 10 minutes each which total 30 minutes.  This is for our customers with spray head sprinklers. If you have a system with rotary heads (the kind that send out a long stream of water and turn slowly) you need to double that time (roughly 60 minutes a week.)  
 
The challenge this season is that the above solution only works for our customers in Dallas, Farmer’s Branch and any other cities not effected by the NTMWD.  For everyone else it is a bit more complicated.  
 
Your lawn, like those not affected by the new NTMWD plan, still needs 30 minutes of water a week.  Since you can only water once every two weeks under these new restrictions, you have to water for 60 minutes (120 if you have rotary head sprinklers) when you water.  Our recommendation is to program your system to have 3 starts times in the morning of 10 minutes each which total 30 minutes, and 3 start times at night of 10 minutes each which total 30 minutes.  This will get you to your 60 minutes. Those of you who followed our summer schedule will notice this is the same schedule, it’s cut in half by watering every two weeks instead of weekly summer schedule.   We don’t usually like to recommend that our customers water at night, but under these new restrictions it really is the only option.
 
If you have a newer sprinkler system check your user’s manual to see if it has an every other week program  The instructions can seem a bit harder than they really are so if you need any help please don’t hesitate to call us at 972-495-6990 and we’ll do our beset to walk you through the programming.  
 
If your system is older and doesn’t have an every other week program, our suggestion is to simply turn your system on every other week.  That is the only answer short of replacing your sprinkler controller with a newer model (the cost between $300 to $500 based on the size of your lawn.)

Be sure and visit the Village Green Resource Center for helpful links to your city watering guidelines as well as our downloadable Village Green Watering Guide.  If you need more help please don’t hesitate to contact us at 972-495-6990, email me at ken@villagegreen-inc.com or fill out our contact form.  We’d be happy to help walk you through the process to make sure your sprinkler is ready for the fall.  For those who want more advanced help, we offer affordable sprinkler system inspections, tune-ups, and sprinkler control replacement that will guarantee appropriate and adequate water coverage for your lawn.