Landscaping & Lawn Care in Plano
12 Nov 2016

Landscape Spotlight: From Bare Dirt and Dated To Serene Sanctuary

Today’s landscape spotlight illustrates how much our work can transform a home. Michael and Melissa D’s home was the definition of a blank slate.  But their property was amazing with a lot of potential, and as soon as David (our landscape architect) and I started discussing the project I knew we had the opportunity to create Michael and Melissa their dream landscapes.

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Michael and Melissa’s landscape request was simple.  And specific.  Update our tired front yard and make the mud in our backyard disappear!
The front yard part of this project was pretty straight forward for us but the back was quite special because of the yard’s unique features.  They have a large patio that overlooks their backyard which includes a lovely koi pond and a bridge that leads further into the large backyard.  The yard, which has many large trees that provide ample shade, was pretty much nothing but bare dirt (which turned to mud when we had rain.)

Their backyard was amazing (even with all that dirt!)  Even with a koi pond with bridge, it was very large and curved around the back of the home.  One of Michael’s dreams for the space was to have pathways through the backyard that he could use to walk or sit and enjoy the abundant nature his property provided.   In the photos of the project you’ll see our design accomplished that goal.  There are paths through the backyard with a large, stone water feature dropping into the koi pond which create the perfect ambience for that leisurely stroll Michael desired.

The entire property has a lot of large trees which provide ample shade but also make one of Melissa’s goals for the front, growing grass, a challenge. She also wanted to get rid of the dated look, and tame what landscape they did have which she felt had become overgrown to the point of covering up the home’s exterior features.  She felt this made the entrance feel cramped.

As you’ll see in my photos, our design created an open look for the front of the home.  We replaced their grass with a ground cover called mondo grass and, closer to the home, fern like plants called plum yew.  On either side of the entrance are soft caress mahonia which is a medium sized plant that will frame the entrance and make it feel more inviting.

Most couples will appreciate the biggest challenge Michael and Melissa faced when I presented our design.  Which area to do first,  Michael’s dream backyard or Melissa’s front?  After a few days they called to say that they had compromised, they would be doing both at the SAME time!

Thank you Michael and Melissa for allowing me to spotlight this landscape project.  Village Green has been transforming lawns and landscapes in your neighborhood since 1980.  We specialize in creating extraordinary outdoor spaces 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 enrich your life.  If you’d like more information or an estimate on your project contact us at 972-495-6990 or

07 Nov 2016

Ken’s Quick Tip: Answers Your Fall Lawn & Landscape Questions

The past week I’ve had time in the office to answer many fall related questions that I think would benefit all our customers.  I hope you find the answers to these common fall questions helpful!

What should I do with the leaves on my lawn and landscape?  Short answer is that leaves left on your lawn are bad (they can lead to fungal problems in your lawn.)  Leaves in your beds are good (think free mulch!)  Learn more here.

Can I plant or install a landscape in the fall or winter in North Texas?  I know it sounds backwards, but fall and winter are actually better seasons to plant landscapes in than spring.  If we choose the right plants, the weather around here doesn’t stay cold long enough to damage them, plus planting at this time of year lets the plants develop roots deep enough to be mostly established before the hot North Texas summer.  This is important because it makes them much hardier to extreme heat and they will need less water.

How much should I water in the fall?  Just like you turned back your clocks this past weekend, now is the time to dial back on your watering.  If you need instructions download our free fall watering guide here.

Is it smart to change your lawn and landscape plan at this time of the year?  This one is counter intuitive to what most people think.  Typical thinking is at fall, things are no longer growing, so you take a break from your regular lawn and landscape plan and/or company (the thought being you can wait to worry about it in the spring when things will be growing again.)  This is wrong.  The reason is what you do this fall and winter will get you better results come spring and summer.  Our fall and winter visits are probably the most important lawn care visits we make because our pre-emergents prevent most of the weeds you’ve seen before they even show up.  Don’t put off a good lawn care program in the fall and the winter.  If you are considering making a change in your plan or lawn care company, do it now.  Then when next spring rolls around you’ll be way ahead of the game and can focus on making your good grass happy and healthy.

If you have questions or need help give us a call at 972-495-6990 or email me at ken@villagegreen-inc.comWe have been serving North Texas lawn and landscape needs for over 30 years and would love to earn your business.