Landscaping & Lawn Care in Plano
26 Apr 2015

Why Isn’t My Lawn as Green as my Neighbors!?!

I have been getting a lot of Ask Ken questions about dormant lawns this spring which means it is time for a Village Green Quick Tip!

Today’s Question:
What are we doing wrong!  My lawn isn’t very green yet, but all my neighbors’ lawns have greened up by now?

The challenge facing us this year is a very cool spring in North Texas.  How cool?  Think about this.  How many mornings have you had to grab a jacket or sweater when heading off to work?  It has been unseasonable cool in North Texas most of April which has put most lawns about a month behind schedule.  This means that for many lawns the soil hasn’t warmed up yet.  This is especially true for lawns that have a lot of trees and/or are on the north side of a street.

Another factor is St. Augustine.  As most know, it is a tropical plant and it doesn’t like cold weather.  Adding insult to injury, the ice and snow we had in late February caused a lot of freeze damage in St. Augustine lawns, particularly in the areas that are more exposed (not covered by trees.)  The funny thing though is that the lack of trees that caused the freeze damage in the first place, will allow the St. Augustine to bounce back quicker because those areas will get a lot of sun as we head into May.  St. Augustine is amazingly aggressive in sunny areas.  I promise you once we warm up those areas will fill in just fine.

The secrets to a healthy lawn are really pretty simple.  You need, in this order, sun, water, and food (fertilizer.)  I should probably add ‘warm’ sun to the list during a cool spring.  Fertilizer won’t fully work until Mother Nature does her part and gives us warmer weather.  We are in Texas though, and I’m certain that warmer weather will be here sooner than we will ultimately like!

One final thing to note (and one I can’t help laugh about.)  Our pre-emergent program worked extremely well this year.  And many of the calls I’m getting from customers regarding their neighbors’ lawn looking much greener is because their neighbors lawns have a lot of spring weeds.

If you need more help with your lawn please don’t hesitate to contact us at 972-495-6990 or ken@villagegreen-inc.com.  I’d be happy to answer any of your questions. For those who want more advanced help, we offer affordable fertilization and weed control packages that will keep you lawn healthy and looking great year round.  Click here to get a free estimate on what it would cost for your lawn.

22 Apr 2015

Village Green Earns Esteemed 2014 Angie’s List Super Service Award

Angie's ListVillage Green has earned the service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, for the fourth time in as many years, reflecting an exemplary year of service provided to members of the consumer review service in 2014. 

Village Green won the 2014 Super Service Award for the following categories:  Landscaping, Lawn & Yard Work, Lawn Irrigation (Sprinkler Repair,) and Lawn Treatment & Fertilization.

In our Founder & President, Ken Hyatt’s own words:  “Only about 5% of the lawn and landscape companies in North Texas have performed consistently enough to earn Angie’s List Super Service Award.  The fact that we did it in four categories makes me very proud of our team.”

Angie’s List Super Service Award 2014 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.

Service company ratings are updated daily on Angie’s List. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in areas ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality.

 

 

14 Apr 2015

Exciting Water News for North Texas!

At the end of last week the North Texas Municipal Water District announced that after almost five years under drought restrictions, the district will transition to 2014 Water Conservation Plan which allows twice per week watering, if needed.  You can read their full release here.

This is excellent news for all of us in North Texas.  I believe many of the cities in the area will likely follow the NTMWD recommendations which will make our lawns and landscape much happier this summer!

I’m not sure how long it will take for the cities to decide to make the changes, and then announce the news.  I’ll keep watching the cities websites for the change, and invite you to do the same.  You can find links to this info on the Village Green Resource Center on our website.

While you are on the Village Green Resource Center page, be sure and download our FREE Watering Guide to insure you are watering appropriately for spring.

If you have any lawn irrigation questions or need more help don’t hesitate to contact us at 972-495-6990 or ken@villagegreen-inc.com.