Landscaping & Lawn Care in Plano
14 Feb 2016

Quick Tip: What is so great about eight…

Why Is the Village Green Fertilization Program Based on 8 Visits?  I get this question a lot, pretty much anytime I enroll a new customer into our fertilization program.  Why 8 visits and more to the point, does a lawn really need 8 visits in a year?

Truthfully, no.  Lawns don’t need to be treated 8 times per year.  in fact, it was just a few years ago that we were offering a 6 visit program (we visited homes roughly every two and half months.)  What I came to realize is that you don’t want just a fertilization company.  What you want is a company who takes care of your lawn.  If you had the time or expertise to watch your lawn, you wouldn’t have called us in the first place and would be doing the work yourself.

That is why we now visit 8 times a year.  If we’re waiting to come out every two and half months a lot of bad things can happen between our visits.

A few examples would be:
•  What starts as a few weeds can turn into a crop of weeds in that amount of time. 
•  Grubs (or chinch bugs) can devour your lawn. 
•  A broken sprinkler head (which can cause severe damage left.) 
   And the list goes on.

That is why Village Green believes that an 8 visit program is best.  This program allows us to be in your yard every month to month and a half.  And not just to spread fertilizer.  That’s just part of the job.  More importantly on each visit we inspect your lawn and either work to fix any issues we see or notify you of problems (so you can make a decision on how best to handle.)

That’s what Village Green does.  And why we’ve been in business since 1980.  We give you the lawn of your dreams without the worry or work so you can concentrate on more important things.

So what happens during those 8 visits?
Visit 1:  In late winter we apply a liquid which controls existing weeds and prevents many winter weeds from ever starting to grow.
Visit 2:  In early spring we apply a liquid fertilizer mixed with a pre and post emergent which gives a good jump start for the spring growth for Bermuda lawns.  This also controls existing weeds plus prevents many spring and summer weeds. St. Augustine lawn customers receive a low-nitrogen granular fertilizer and spot treatment on weeds as needed.
Visits 3, 4, 5 and 6: Performed spring through summer we apply slow release granular fertilizer with spot treatments on weeds as needed.
Visit 7: In the fall we apply a a slow release granular fertilizer mixed with a fall weed preventative for our Bermuda lawn customers. St. Augustine lawn customers get a low-nitrogen granular fertilizer and spot treatment on weeds as needed.
Visit 8: In late fall or early winter we apply a liquid which controls existing weeds and prevents many winter weeds from ever starting to grow.

After we’re done the technician will email a report on what he’s seen. 

Our 8 visit program keeps most of our customers 100% satisfied.  Rest assured though, if you have other problems during the course of the year we are always available to help.  All you have to do is call 972.495.6995 or email Ken@VillageGreen-Inc.com.  If you aren’t currently enrolled in our fertilization program you can get a free quote here.

16 Jan 2016

What Does a Rain and Freeze Sensor Do and Do I Really Need One?

The short answer is yes.  You need one.  Think of the times you’ve seen someone’s sprinklers running during a downpour or sidewalks turned to a sheet of ice (even though we haven’t had any precipitation in days.)  Every sprinkler system should have a functioning rain and freeze sensor in my professional option. 

The reasons why are pretty straightforward. 

The rain sensor is literally a no-brainer!  You no longer have to keep up with local rainfall and remember to turn your sprinkler off during a rain.  Even more important you don’t have to remember to turn it back on afterwards. 

The freeze sensor is much more important.  Because most cities in our area require them, but most important is the liability factor for you as a home owner.   

It is your responsibility as a home owner to keep your property safe.  The last thing you want to happen is for your sprinklers to run during freezing temps, only to have one of your neighbors take a nasty fall on the sidewalk in front of your home while walking their dog.  Having a functioning freeze sensor means you have gone a long way towards keeping you and your neighbors safe.

If you have a newer sprinkler controller, the wireless rain and freeze sensors are fairly easy to install.  The toughest part is finding a spot on your home that you can reach with your ladder that doesn’t have trees overhanging it (they block the rain).

If climbing a ladder isn’t your thing, or your sprinkler system is older and you’re not sure what to do, give us a call at 972-495-6990 or email me at ken@villagegreen-inc.com.  Our certified sprinkler technicians can install a sensor as well as do affordable sprinkler system inspections and tune-ups that will guarantee appropriate and adequate water coverage for your lawn.  

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