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

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.