Landscaping & Lawn Care in Plano
29 Oct 2016

Ken’s Quick Tip: Brown Patch

Each year there’s a surefire way I can tell fall has arrived in North Texas beyond shorter days and the cooler night-time temperatures.  We start getting calls about brown rings (or patches) in our customer’s lawns. 

These brown rings are called Brown Patch and is a fungus that attacks St. Augustine in the fall (and spring.)  The reason we experience so much Brown Patch during these two seasons is because our warm days and cool evenings mean your lawn never full dries and brown patch thrives on these conditions.

To understand Brown Patch you need to consider that St. Augustine is a tropical plant and our North Texas summers of blistering heat coupled with cold winter days put far more stress on it than its more natural home in places like Houston or Orlando, Florida. 

The stress of summer (in this instance) followed by our fall condition of warm days and cool nights create the perfect environment for Brown Patch. 

The truth is that for the most part Brown Patch is just unsightly for a while (it will go away after our first frost.) The risk is if we have a cold enough winter, these weakened areas might suffer freeze damage.

If you want to avoid or treat Brown Patch I recommend watering your lawn in the morning so it has the best chance to dry during the day.  You can also cut back your watering in shady areas.  Instead of 30 minutes per week, try 10 or 15 minutes in those areas (download our free fall watering guide here.)

Another thing to note if you are doing your own fertilization is that Brown Patch feeds on nitrogen.  You need to avoid high-nitrogen fertilizers in St. Augustine lawns during early spring and fall.  At Village Green we use a 5-10-31 ratio fertilizer.

Finally, if you see signs of Brown Patch you should treat the areas with Propiconazole.  This isn’t going to make the Brown Patch go away, but it will stop the spread into other areas of your lawn. 

If you have questions or need help give us a call at 972-495-6990 or email me at ken@villagegreen-inc.com.  We have been offering preventative programs for Brown Patch in North Texas for over 30 years and would love to earn your fertilization business. 

12 Oct 2016

Barry T. Landscape Project Spotlight

I’m excited about showcasing this project for Barry T because it illustrates that Village Green has the capabilities to handle a wide variety of landscape jobs.

Barry, who lives in Richardson, is a single dad who doesn’t have a lot of time to spend working on his lawn and landscape.  He also didn’t want to spend a lot of money on the update, so he had set a modest budget for this job.  Another major factor was the non-working sprinkler system that the previous owner had installed.  In the end Barry wanted Village Green to install a nice looking landscape on a modest budget that would be easy to maintain.

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The past couple of landscapes we’ve profiled are based on designs from our landscape architect, David Daigle.  Since we had a tight budget on this one, Barry asked me to come up with a design and plan for his home.  You can see my ‘fancy’ design above, and quickly understand why our larger landscape projects require David’s professional design work.  That being said, my design, although simple gets the job done in a way where you quickly understand the idea for this project.

Since Barry’s sprinkler system doesn’t work, and he doesn’t have any immediate plans to fix it, we decided on heat tolerant plants such as nandina compactas, Mexican petunias and variegated pittosporums.   These plants need water to get started, but once they are established, they are fine with occasional watering making them the very definition of low maintenance.

As you can see from the photos above, this is a very informal, natural landscape and Barry will only need to prune the plants once or twice per year.  Which is perfect for this single dad, he can stay focused on his family instead of the landscape!

I followed up with Barry the day we finished our installation to make sure he was happy with my design and our installation work.  He told me that his new landscape is the best on the block now, and was so energized and proud that he had already been to Home Depot to invest in some soaker hoses to get those plants established!

A huge thank you to Barry for allowing me to spotlight his landscape project which shows we have the capabilities to handle a wide variety of landscape jobs.  In fact, since 1980 we have specialized in creating extraordinary landscapes at all budget points for our customers. Our personalized one-on-one approach allow us to take your ideas and inspiration and transform them into a beautiful landscape that will enhance your home and happiness.  For more information and/or an estimate on your project contact us at 972-495-6990 or Ken@VillageGreen-Inc.com.