Landscaping & Lawn Care in Plano
24 Jul 2013

El Salvador Trip – Hard Work on Day 1

A note via email from Village Green Founder and President, Ken Hyatt. who is in El Salvador helping Arapaho United Methodist Church (in conjunction with Habitat for Humanity) build a home.

Yesterday was the hardest physical work I’ve done in a long time.  Our Mission Trip team dug the foundation of the home – probably 30′ by 20, about 2′ down, using picks, shovels and hoes, hauling the dirt using wheel barrows about 50′ away to a mound that became so tall they had to lay down wooden ramps to get to the top.  

We got about two thirds of the trenches dug yesterday.  It was exhausting work but what made it fun was when we took breaks, we could play with the village children.  

IMG_5296-1There were four at our site ranging from about 9 to 13 months.  They were coloring pictures with crayons and later, made cutouts to create puppets from paper lunch bags.  After lunch Shelby (Ken’s daughter) spent a couple of hours playing with them and their mother would laugh and laugh at Shelby’s Spanish.  The children had shy smiles that were beautiful.  

Toward the end of the day the oldest asked me if we were coming back tomorrow and was delighted to hear we were.  Right before we left one of them asked Shelby to play ball with them and, of course she did.  The struck up a tiny game of baseball using a 6″ inflatable ball.  I’m not sure who had more fun, the kids, Shelby or the adults who gathered to watch.  

IMG_5278Debbie (Ken’s wife) worked at another site which was supposed to be easier but really wasn’t.  They ended up moving a big mound of dirt left over from construction of another home to another, out of the way, area.  She talked about an 8 year old neighborhood boy who stopped by after school and began helping them.  He worked rings around all of them, even complaining when Debbie tried to give him a lighter load of dirt to carry.  

We went back to the hotel exhausted, Shelby and Debbie jumped in a very cold hotel pool, went to eat, played a few rounds of Apples to Apples and went to bed and I imagine we all got the best night of sleep so far.

 

22 Jul 2013

El Salvador Trip

The Hyatt family enjoying ice cream in El Salvador.
The Hyatt family enjoying ice cream in El Salvador.

Our Founder and President, Ken Hyatt and his family are in El Salvador with Arapaho United Methodist Church July 20th through July 28th.  Part of the AUMC in El Salvador Adult Mission Trip Team, Ken and his family will help build a home in conjunction with Habitat for Humanity in El Salvador.  The team has created a special BLOG to chronicle their trip.  You can find it here.  You can also follow their adventures on the Village Green Facebook page.

 

04 Jul 2013

To fertilize, or not to fertilize, that is the question

To fertilize, or not to fertilize, that is the question (in a summer with stage 3 water restrictions!)

We’re channeling the Bard of Avon for today’s quick tip because that is the 2nd most common questions we’ve been asked this summer.  Should I bother with a fertilization & weed program when I can only water once a week because of Stage 3 water restrictions?  The #1 question is if the customer’s lawn and/or landscape can survive the water restrictions (we answered that here.)

Sprinkler Repair in Richardson TXVillage Green has been in this business for 33 years.  Not to toot our own horn, but that length of experience leads to a certain wisdom (our Founder and President, Ken Hyatt will probably disagree with us calling him wise but there is no mistake he read the writing on the wall regarding the new realty of water restriction for North Texas.)  Which is why Village Green decided to switch to a new slow release fertilizer.  This product is more expensive, but with fertilizer you get what you pay for, and this fertilizer will last roughly two weeks without watering and without burning our customers lawn (like the cheaper blends.)  If you are a Village Green fertilization & weed control customer you don’t have to worry about rescheduling your service day to align with your watering day.  Our product will be fine, again, for two weeks.  In fact any fertilizer product Village Green applies, in any season, will be fine without water for roughly two weeks.

clarkIf you are a DYI kind of person and want to make sure you stay the course with your fertilization & weed control this summer, ask for a slow release, sulfur-coated blend of fertilizer.  The coating is what allows it to release gradually over a period of a few weeks, while surviving until your next water.  

Village Green could use a cheaper fertilizer.  We’d probably get more business, short term.  But in the end, this is the kind of fertilizer we use at our own homes, on our own lawns, which is why we use them on our customers.  You don’t stay in this business 33 years unless you deliver the best service to your customers at a fair price.  If you’d like information on our fertilization & weed control program click here for a FREE estimate based on your lawn.

04 Jul 2013

Grubs are coming…is your lawn ready?


grubGrub worms, which are the larvae of June beetles, can wreak havoc to North Texas lawns as we move into late summer.  
They destroy your lawn by feeding on grass roots, leaving a carpet of grass that will stay green for a short time after the damage is already done, but will soon die (or get sucked up in the lawnmower the next time your grass is cut which happens more than most people realize.)  The good news is that NOW is the time to treat for grub worms and today’s blog entry will give you all the information you need to win the battle.

Grub worms have a three year life cycle.  In our area the beetle lay its eggs in late spring to early summer, with the grub emerging in a few weeks.  They start feeding pretty much instantly, as we’ve said, on the root system of your grass.  The problem is you often can’t see the damage until it already done because the carpet of grass that no longer has a good root system will stay green a short time after the roots are gone.  Another problem with grubs is that armadillos love to eat them, and if you have them around, they’ll start digging up your lawn to feed on the grubs causing even more damage.

That is why you need Imidacloprid.  We know that’s a tough name to remember (let alone say) but you need to make sure that is the active ingredient if you are treating for grubs.  Don’t pick up the first bag of Ortho or Bayer with an easier name that has a picture of grub.  Read the labels and make sure you get a product that has Imidacloprid which will create a barrier that prevents the grub worm from damaging your lawn.

Grubs_in_Lawns1568It is important to remember that Imidacloprid is a great preventative against grub worms, which means it is NOT effective once they are actively feeding, so the time to apply is NOW.  If you are going to do it yourself you should apply a preventative treatment within the next couple of weeks.  If you are busy and don’t want to mess with it yourself contact Village Green today for a FREE estimate on treating your lawn.

People often ask us what they should do when they see grubs in their lawn in spring?  Does it mean they are feasting on my lawn early?  The answer is no.  You’d be hard pressed to find a lawn in our area that doesn’t have some grub worms.  They only become an issue with their numbers grow to the point where they can cause widespread destruction in late summer (it is impossible for them to grow their numbers to the point of damaging your lawn in anytime but late summer in our area.)

02 Jul 2013

Village Green Family Picnic

IMG_4886Nearly 50 people enjoyed the annual Village Green family picnic on Saturday, June 29th.  It was fun to meet all the families and to experience how many people Village Green touches.  We’ve been doing Village Green since 1980, and it is more than a little humbling to realize how it all began and what an amazing extended family we have.  Thanks to all the guys and their families for coming out to our picnic.  We can’t wait until next year!  View picnic photos on our Facebook page (and like us while you’re at it!)