Landscaping & Lawn Care in Plano
20 Jun 2016

Ken’s Quick Tip: Summer Watering Guide

The only thing hotter than our weather at this time of year are our phones!  We are getting bombarded with calls and emails about watering guidelines and sprinkler repairs.   

Long time readers of my Quick Tip series know I’m a big believer in education which is why I wanted to send you our summer watering guide. It contains all the info you need to program your sprinkler for this summer.

If you aren’t the do it yourself type or need a little extra help in programming your sprinkler I’ll take $20 off the price* of our special sprinkler tune-up.

We’ve helped many of our customers make sure they were getting the most out of their watering.  In fact, here’s a very nice testimonial that hit my inbox just the other day.

Ken, I wanted to pass along how great of an experience we’ve had with Village Green so far. I have scheduled irrigation work with you twice, last year and today. Sam has been our technician both times and he really does a phenomenal job. He is thorough, efficient and sincere. Both times, I was left with the impression that he takes ownership in his work and that transcends to ownership of our lawn’s appearance… as if he is working on his own property. I would definitely recommend Village Green to any of my neighbors. Thanks again, Shari C.

Our certified irrigation technicians, like Sam, are some of the best in the business and will make sure your lawn is getting appropriate and adequate water coverage during your tune-up.  They can program your system for summer watering (based on our summer water guide,) and they can also install water-conserving nozzles and applicators so that water usage is as efficient as possible.   Our tune-up is a great value and a good way to make sure you get the most out of your summer watering.

If you have any lawn or landscape questions give us a call at 972.495.6990 or email Ken@VillageGreen-Inc.com. I love to answer your questions and often can share the information for our Quick Tip series that helps all Village Green customers.

15 Jun 2016

Ken’s Quick Tip: Mosquito Control for North Texas

I can tell it is summertime by the amount of inquiries we’ve been getting about our mosquito control program (we call it the Village Green Mosquito Assassin Program!With our mild winter and a lot of rain this spring the conditions are perfect for mosquitoes which are plaguing many of our customers.   We’ve made a huge difference in the quality of life for our customers who are using our Mosquito Assassin Program (Our 6 visit program will help you take back your outdoor spaces by killing 90% of all mosquitoes!  We’d love to give you a quote to show you how affordable our solution is and explain why it is safe and effective.)

It is important for everyone to do their part, because mosquito control truly is a community effort.  Below are some some helpful mosquito control tips.

>  Get rid of any standing water on your property. Check your gutters, drains and flowerpots.
>  Anywhere water stands is a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Drain it!
>  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.
>  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.)
>  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.
>  If there are any green-water pools nearby, report them to the local health department.

For more information on mosquito control activity in your city visit our Village Green Resource Center where you will always find helpful links that we have compiled to benefit our customers.

If you have any lawn or landscape questions give us a call at 972.495.6990 or email Ken@VillageGreen-Inc.com. I love to answer your questions and often can share the information for our Quick Tip series that helps all Village Green customers.
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07 Jun 2016

Ken’s Quick Tip: How do you grow grass in a shady lawn?

This is the time of year when we get a lot of calls and emails from people who are frustrated that they cannot grow grass in certain parts of their lawns.  The location where they have bare dirt varies considerably, but the root cause is nearly always the same.  Too much shade.  Grass isn’t that hard to grow if you have the right conditions which amount to these three things in this order:  sun, water, and food (or fertilizer.)

I can tell you based on nearly 40 years of experience in North Texas that if you have the right conditions, grass will fill in by itself.  If you don’t, it doesn’t matter how much time, effort or money you throw at the problem, you will end up with that same bare dirt spot.

I’m all about education at Village Green so let’s start with how much sun you need in North Texas for some common grasses in our area.

•  Bermuda needs about 8 hours of sunlight to survive.
•  St. Augustine needs about 6 to establish, once established you can plant a tree and as the tree casts more shade the St. Augustine will gradually acclimate to less light (which explains why your neighbor may have thick St. Augustine under their trees and you don’t).
•  Zoysia is starting to become popular and has similar light requirements as St. Augustine.
•  Fescue doesn’t mind the shade, but it’s a cheap short-term solution because you have to replant it each year.

I want to point out a huge mistake that many make because it seems so logical and that is thinning their trees in an effort to get more sunlight into their lawn. This is great for the tree and does almost nothing for the grass underneath.  Thinning a tree is like removing an arm or two of an umbrella.  At the end of the day you still have an umbrella.  Studies have shown that there is little difference in the amount of sunlight hitting the lawn under a thinned tree versus one that has not been cut back.  Pruning can be great for a tree, but do it for the correct reasons, not to help grow grass.

So what can be done to solve your problem?  Surely something can be done to make those dirt patches look better?  My advice to our customers is acceptance.  Embrace your shady yard (this is Texas after all and that shade is a wonderful benefit on hot summer days!)  Let go of it being green with grass cover, and instead shift your mindset and look into installing plants that thrive in the shade.  There are many ground covers and shrubs that do well in little to no light.  In fact, most of the landscapes that we install are in heavy shade where a customer has accepted that they will never be able to grow grass.

If you have any lawn or landscape questions give us a call at 972.495.6990 or email Ken@VillageGreen-Inc.com. I love to answer your questions and often can share the information for our Quick Tip series that helps all Village Green customers. I’m also happy to discuss plants that do well in shade if you want to do it yourself.  For those that don’t want to invest the time and energy into landscaping their own yards, Village Green offers affordable landscaping design and installation which can transform your lawn in no time! Many of our projects include transforming shady lawns filled with dirt patches into an oasis for our customers. We’d be happy to give you a free, no obligation quote on installing a shade loving landscape.  In fact you can see more of landscape work here.  We’re currently booking summer projects so now is the time to get on our schedule.  And for those that may think summer is a bad time to install a new landscape, that is not the case.  You can learn more about that subject here.