Landscaping & Lawn Care in Plano
31 May 2013

The North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) begins Stage 3 on June 1, 2013

The North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) released a statement about Stage 3 water restrictions that go in effect on Saturday, June 1, 2013 for all Village Green customers.  

Restrictions on outdoor watering go into effect Saturday
for customers of the North Texas Muncipal Water District
Stage 3 drought plan limits landscape watering to once per week, if necessary.  Other restrictions apply.

irrigation1-e1298595437543The North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) begins Stage 3 on June 1, 2013.   Under Stage 2 of the NTMWD Water Conservation and Drought Contingency and Water Emergency Response Plan, residential and business customers will be limited to landscape watering with sprinkler or irrigation systems once every seven days, if necessary.  Other restrictions apply.  Check with your city for specific details.

A drier than normal winter and spring resulted in below normal reservoir levels for two key NTMWD water supplies.  Despite recent rains, Lavon Lake is still over 7 feet below the normal conservation level and Lake Jim Chapman is over 8 feet low normal elevation.


“We’ve been fortune to receive several inches of rain over the past few weeks but that was not enough to reverse the declining reservoir levels we are facing in North Texas,”  said Jim Parks executive director Sprinkler Repair in Richardson TXof the North Texas Municipal Water District.  “The experts predict another dry summer, so every gallon we save now will help extend our water supplies.  The ongoing drought and the loss of the Lake Texoma supply is why we need to implement Stage 3 of the Plan, “Parks added.

The goal of Stage 3 is a 10% reduction in water use and increased awareness in ongoing water conservation efforts.

You can read, download, or print the rest of their release by clicking here.

If you need specific details regarding your city visit the Village Green Resource Center.  You’ll find helpful links to all the cities of our customers as well as the Village Green Watering Guide.  

If you need more help give us a call at 972-495-6990, email us at ken@villagegreen-inc.com or fill out our contact form. A sprinkler system inspection will guarantee appropriate and adequate water coverage for your lawn. Our certified irrigation technicians can also install water-conserving nozzles and applicators so that water usage is as efficient as possible. For more information visit our Sprinkler Repair page.

26 May 2013

Fight the Bite: Five Tips for Mosquito Season

Fight the BiteWe need the rain, not the mosquitoes.  Welcome to spring in North Texas.  Mosquitoes are unfortunately a fact of life.  Even worse, The Center for Disease Control says that the West Nile Virus, which the mosquitoes can carry, is now endemic to our area.

Fighting mosquitoes is really a community effort.  We all must do our part and today’s tip offers up 5 steps to help you fight the bite. 

  1. Get rid of any standing water on your property. Check your gutters, drains and firepots.  Anywhere water stands is a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Drain it!
  2. Use insect repellent when you are going to be outside (especially true from dusk until dawn when mosquitoes are most active.)  Repellents that include DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus are the most effective.
  3. Wear light, long sleeve shirts and pants when you are going to be outside for an extended amount of time (especially from dusk until dawn.)  Mosquitoes are drawn to heat and carbon dioxide (which is why it is important to wear lighter clothing so your heat signature isn’t too great.) 
  4. Use air conditioning or make sure there are screens on all doors and windows (and they are in good repair) to keep mosquitoes from entering the home.
  5. If there are any green-water pools nearby, report them to the local health department.

     

    It is important for everyone to do their part in our fight against the bite. However, mosquitoes can fly three or four miles, so sometimes simply dumping water pots and waiting for the city to spray isn’t enough. 

If you need extra help fighting the bite give Village Green a call.  Our Mosquito Assassin Program is safe, yet effective.  It kills up to 90% of your mosquitoes and keeps killing them for a month after we leave (which is great if your neighbor isn’t doing their part.)  It only takes a five-visit program to keep them gone all season long. 

Mosquito Resources
Below is a list of helpful websites.

West Nile Virus

 

17 May 2013

Mr. & Mrs. T’s Landscape eTour

Ken visits Mr. and Mrs. T’s home to check on a landscape project Village Green finished two weeks ago.  Like many of Village Green’s projects, this customer had trouble growing grass under their oak trees because of the shade.  Village Green replaced the Bermuda to St. Augustine, and created some beds under each tree.  The end result is a yard that is gorgeous, but will be very low maintenance for Mr. and Mrs. T.  It’s an added bonus to watch this video to hear Ken give a Who’ Who commentary of landscape plants.

13 May 2013

Village Green Mosquito Assassin Program

Cooking on the grill, playing with the kids or dogs in the backyard, sitting on the porch enjoying a quiet cup  of coffee? The problem is mosquitoes are just waiting  for you and your family and they’re not just painful, they can be dangerous.  Our Mosquito Assassin Program is…

• Safe around people, pets and plants. 
• Kills up to 90% of your mosquitoes.
• Keeps killing them for months after we leave.
• Only 5 visits can keep them gone all season long.
• We have our own on staff Entomologist.

Is it safe? This is the question we are asked most. How can it be safe to my family, pets and plants if it is so effective at killing mosquitoes. The product we use is a pyrethroid, which is based on chrysanthemum blooms. This is the same product that is used in most flea and tick products for your pets. In fact, we bet many of our customers have stronger chemicals under their sink for cleaning.

How does it work? Pyrethroid works by entering the shell of insects. Since people and pets have skin instead of an exoskeleton, the chemical is not able to absorb in the same way making it completely safe around people and pets. We (and our on staff Entomologist, Dr. Ray Thompson) believe the risk caused by mosquitoes to be much greater than the risk from the pyrethroid. 

Will it harm beneficial insects? My plants? No. The main reason is that bees and butterflies do not spend time on the plant’s leaves only the blooms. The program also will not harm any plants in your yard since the chemical we use is plant based. 

Why is the Mosquito Assassin Program so effective? Adult mosquitoes don’t like to be active during the heat of the day. They prefer to hide in shady areas, such as trees, shrubs, tall ground cover and underneath decks. We do our treatments during the day, which means we find most of the mosquitoes while they are hiding. Our technicians often see clouds of mosquitoes billowing out of shady areas when the blower hits it (see video above.) Nearly all of those mosquitoes will be dead within an hour or so. There will be a residue left over in those areas which means any new mosquitoes that fly in to hang out will be dead in an hour or so too.

Do you want to take back your backyard from mosquitoes? Contact us today. Mosquito season has begun with several cities in our area already spraying to combat the dreaded West Nile Virus.  If you would like to get a head start on treating mosquitoes at your home, give Village Green a call.  Through May 31, 2013 we’re offering 50% Off our first visit on our Mosquito Assassin Program

07 May 2013

QuickTip: Spring Watering Schedule

irrigation1In the spring your lawn requires around a half an inch of water per week on average.  That equals roughly 30 minutes for most sprinkler systems.  The problem we have in our area is our infamous clay soil can only absorb about 10 minutes worth of water.  After that it will run off which is not good for your water bill or our local water supply. 

Our QuickTip?  Don’t water all 30 minutes at once.  Instead program your sprinkler’s controller to water one day per week with a start time of 2am, 4am, and 6am, having each zone run for 10 minutes.

If you have rotors (the type of sprinkler that turns slowly while spraying a long thin stream) you need to water twice as long (at least 20 minutes per zone at 2am, 4am, and 6am.)  Depending on the rotor speed and stream, you may need to water even longer to give your lawn what it needs.

Do you need help optimizing your sprinkler?  The Village Green sprinkler gurus can tune up your system and have you ready for summer in no time.  Contact us today (972-495-6990 or email) and we’ll take $25 off the first hour of sprinkler work (normally $15 per hour plus materials) through May 31, 2013.