Landscaping & Lawn Care in Plano
26 Feb 2017

Landscape Spotlight: Made in the Shade

Village Green has been in business since 1980, and one of my favorite parts about that longevity is the ability to have long term relationships with many of our customers.  A great example is Mr. and Mrs. M. in Plano.

In 2007 we worked on their landscape by focusing on planting around their foundation and adding some plants around the base of their oak trees (which were big back then.)  They love their St. Augustine lawn, but those oak trees provide a lot of shade, and the fact is that causes bald spots in the best of lawns.  The couple have done all they could do to keep their grass thriving, but the reality is those oak trees are much larger today and they were fighting a losing battle.  After replacing the grass a few times, they finally realized it was time to throw in the towel and call Village Green for an update.

David, our landscape architect, redesigned his original drawing for their home, extending their front beds to cover the bare areas caused by the shade.  They love their original stone border so we had Andres, our mason, move it out, re-using their original stone and adding more that matched as needed.  Mrs. M. likes boulders so we brought in a few more and placed them where she wanted them.  We added flirt nandina, a colorful dwarf nandina, along with care grass – all of which will do much better in the shade than their St. Augustine.

The end result – Mr. and Mrs. M. love their updated landscape and Village Green was able to build upon a solid landscape design we did over a decade ago. If that isn’t a text book win-win I don’t know what is!
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Since 1980, Village Green has specialized in creating extraordinary landscapes 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.  If you’d like for us to help update your landscape or solve a problem in your yard, give us a call at 972-495-6990.  You can also email me at  There is no obligation for us to discuss a project and we’re always happy to give an estimate on your projects.  We would love to earn you landscape business.

20 Feb 2017

Ken’s Quick Tip: Signs Your Sprinkler System Needs Repair

I don’t want to jinx us with only four weeks left until the first day of spring, but this winter has been one of our warmest in recent years.  It’s been so warm in fact that many of our customers are calling us and asking if they should be following our winter watering schedule.

The answer is yes.  It may not seem like it, but it is still winter, and you won’t need to update your sprinkler system for another month.

I do recommend paying attention to your sprinkler system in these last weeks of winter, that way if you spot a problem, you can have it resolved before the important spring watering season beings.

Here are some signs you may have a sprinkler problem.

Loss of pressure. If a certain zone or head isn’t watering with as much pressure as it should, this typically indicates a malfunction with your system that needs some attention.

Uneven watering.  Keep an eye out for pools of water in areas of your lawn, or worse, a drenched sidewalk, driveway, or street.  The same is true of dry sections in your lawn after watering.  These are signs that your lawn is not being consistently watered, and more than likely you have some sprinkler heads that need some adjusting.

Irregular water flow. If one of your heads is sputtering or dribbling in a way that is anything less than a steady stream, you may have a cracked head or clogged valve you need to repair.

Your lawn has changed.  If you’ve had any changes in your lawn, whether it be new a new landscape, flower bed, or hardscape, chances are you need to tweak your system to best water your lawn.Your water bill is high!  If your water bill seems higher than normal for this time of year, and you’ve not increased water consumption elsewhere, you could have a leak.  Best to fix it during later winter before your water consumption increases this spring and summer.

All the above are issues are easy to spot if you pay attention for a week or so and note anything out of the ordinary.  If you do have issues, most of these are relatively easy to fix with supplies from your local hardware store.

If you have any questions or need additional help give us a call at 972.495.6990 or email me at

13 Feb 2017

Ken’s Quick Tip: Lawn Aeration

If you are wondering why lawn aeration is so important, look no further than our infamous North Texas clay soil.  It is made up tiny particles that compact over time.  The longer you go without aerating your lawn the more they compact.  This is bad for your lawn because it makes it hard to take in water, oxygen, and fertilizer (major components if you want a healthy lawn.)

If you have a lot of traffic on your lawn, whether it be people or pets, the problem increases which is why golf courses aerate their greens and fairways several times a year.

As a homeowner, you don’t need to go that far, but it is a wise investment to aerate your lawn annually.  We typically perform this service in the late winter, early spring for our customers.

Whether you want to do it yourself or hire Village Green boils down to the amount of time you want to invest punching thousands of smalls holes in your turf.  Either way, the investment in lawn aeration makes sense.  Financially and environmentally, and better yet, the end result will be a much healthier and more beautiful lawn when you combine aeration with your ongoing lawn maintenance program.