Landscaping & Lawn Care in Plano
21 Jan 2014

Winter Watering Guide

Irrigation - ServiceIf you want to protect your landscape from freeze damage, don’t turn off your sprinkler system in the winter.  Granted you don’t need to water as much as you would in the summer, but watering a small amount during winter will make sure your lawn and landscape are ready for the spring growing season and protected against freeze damage.

In the winter your soil will lose on average, 1/4″ of water per week.  To help illustrate, imagine filling a gallon bucket with water and setting it out in your yard.  When you check your bucket a week later, you’re going to find it still has water, but you’ve lost about 1/4″ from evaporation.  That’s what happens to your lawn and landscape during the winter and if you skip watering for weeks (or months) you’re going to make the roots of your plants more susceptible to freeze damage.  Another reason to water regularly is that any pre-emergent treatments that are applied to your lawn need water to spread and push them into the soil.  This process is what creates the barrier in the soil to prevent the weed seeds from sprouting in late winter and early spring.  A pre-emergent can survive a couple of weeks without water, but after that it will disappear and not be effective.

Most plants in our area like water all winter long.  Take St. Augustine as an example.  It is a tropical plant so it hates the cold.  In fact, watering your St. Augustine lawn in the winter may be more important than your summer watering since the biggest killer of it is freezing.  Unless you have chosen a very sensitive plant, I rarely see any winter damage of any plants if they have been watered correctly over the winter months.  

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 you are getting the most out of your winter watering schedule.  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.  If you contact us by February 15, 2014, you can get our early bird sprinkler tune-up special for only $59 (a savings of $45!.)

21 Jan 2014

Lawn Aeration 101

USA Today Water Cost Map
Does your lawn really need to be aerated?  

That’s a question we are asked a lot at Village Green, and to be honest, our answer has changed over the past few years for reasons that may surprise many people.

Believe it or not we, a company that does aeration professionally, actually told our customers that while aeration was helpful, it would not radically improve their lawn.  It was a service we performed for those customers who wanted to do everything in their power to make sure they had the most beautiful and healthy lawn on the block.

Today though, with rising water costs and restrictions by many of the cities in North Texas, we tell our customers they should seriously consider aeration for their lawn.  Take a look at the USA Today map and you’ll quickly see where the cost of water has doubled in the past twelve years (or read the entire story yourself here.)  Aeration will help your lawn because it allows your soil to hold more water.  Holding more water means you have to water less.  This is not only environmentally smart, it is fiscally smart as it will save you money on your water bill.

In North Texas, our clay soil is composed of very tiny particles.  These particles, as time passes, compact, and make it hard for water, fertilizer, and oxygen to get into your soil.  There simply isn’t room as the clay (made up of those tiny particles) gets tighter and tighter.  When we aerate your lawn, we poke a hole (actually a LOT of holes) in the ground and pull out a plug which creates space.  Each of these holes act like a tiny cup of water in your lawn, allowing easy entry for water, fertilizer, and oxygen.  This in turn, reduces the amount of water your lawn will need, saving you a lot of money in the long run, not to mention improving the overall health of your soil. 

If you have you more questions regarding aeration, 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.

03 Jan 2014

Village Green Earns 2013 Angie’s List Super Service Award

Village Green has earned the service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, for the third time in as many years, reflecting an exemplary year of service provided to members of the consumer review service in 2013. 

Village Green won the 2013 Super Service Award for the following categories:  Pest Control/Exterminating (for our Mosquito Assassin Program,) Landscaping, Lawn & Yard Work, Lawn Irrigation (Sprinkler Repair,) and Lawn Treatment & Fertilization.   

In our Founder & President, Ken Hyatt’s own words:  “Earning Angie’s List Super Service Award in five categories has exceeded my expectations for Village Green.  Our previous best was four categories in 2011.  Customer service is very important to me, it is how we’ve stayed in business since 1980, and it makes me very proud of our team to see that we’re delivering on multiple levels to our valued customers as evident by this many Super Service awards from Angie’s List.”

Angie’s List Super Service Award 2013 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade, and review period grade; the company must be in good standing with Angie’s List, have a fully complete profile, pass a background check and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.