Landscaping & Lawn Care in Plano
29 Mar 2017

Ken’s Quick Tip: Is My Lawn OK?

I’ve lost count how many times that question has been asked the past few weeks by our customers.

Our weather has been extremely mild this winter.  We’ve had a few cold snaps, but for the most part we’ve had a lot warms days.  More recently we’ve had some extremely warm days (we hit 92 last week which was a new record for North Texas.)  All this warm weather makes us think our grass should be coming in lush and green by now.  But the thing is, even though our days have been warm, our nights are still cool.  It is early spring after all and the big thing to note is that grass only comes out of dormancy when our soil temperatures are above 80 degrees.

In my professional opinion, it will be a few more weeks before our grass comes completely out of dormancy.

Our bermuda lawns are filing in nicely, but I have noticed our St. Augustine lawns are much slower than usual this year.  Yes, we have had a very short winter this year (four days to be exact.)  The problem is that for a few days we bounced from the mid-eighties to the teens and then back to the mid-eighties.  That temperature yo-yo effect is tough on people, but even tougher on sensitive plants like St. Augustine.

If your lawn isn’t filling in as much as you thought by now, please be patient.  If you have plenty of sunshine, and are watering properly (download our spring water guide), and a good fertilization program in place your lawn is going to be fine.  Bermuda and St. Augustine are very aggressive plants and typically heal themselves by late spring in North Texas.

If you have any question regarding your lawn and landscape give us call at 972.495.6990 or ken@villagegreen-inc.com.  We are always happy to answer your questions.

20 Mar 2017

Ken’s Quick Tip:  Spring Watering Guide

Now is the time to update your sprinkler system to make sure you are getting adequate water coverage for your lawn and landscape in North Texas this spring.

How much watering is enough water in spring?

In the spring your soil loses about 1/2 the water it loses in the summer.  To help illustrate, imagine filling a gallon bucket with water and setting it out in your yard. When you check your bucket a week later, you’re going to find it still has water, but you’ve lost about 1/2 inch from evaporation.  That’s what happens to your lawn and landscape during the spring and if you skip watering your plants will be more susceptible to late season freeze damage as well as not have enough water for the important spring growing season.

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If you have question or need additional help from one of our certified irrigation technicians give us call at 972.495.6990 or ken@villagegreen-inc.com.  We are always happy to answer your questions.  You can download our FREE Spring Watering Guide below.

08 Mar 2017

Ken’s Quick Tip: Brown Patch

Who doesn’t love spring?!?  Warm weather, blooming flowers, bright-green leaves bursting from trees, and usually more rain in North Texas.  Unfortunately some of these conditions can also bring on brown patch (which is a nasty little fungus that thrives in warm, damp conditions.)  Brown patch is pretty easy to diagnose (you’ll have ugly brown spots in your lawn.)   Here are my Quick Tips on how to fight it in your lawn.

•  Sprinkle in the morning (to avoid water standing overnight.)
•  Avoid allowing water to puddle in the lawn.
•  Use a low nitrogen fertilizer in early spring (brown patch fungus feeds on nitrogen.)
•  Use a preventative such as PCNB before brown patch occurs.
•  If you see brown patches in your lawn, spot treat the areas to prevent them getting larger.

The good news is that brown patch shouldn’t do anything bad to your lawn long-term, it will only make it look ugly. Many people leave it untreated and then take steps to prevent it after it goes away.  And it will go away.  Enough direct sunlight and your St. Augustine will thrive and typically fill in those ugly brown spots by late spring, early summer.  

04 Mar 2017

Ken’s Quick Tip:  How to Correctly Prune a Crepe Myrtle

This is the time of the year when many of your neighbors will butcher their poor crepe myrtles in an effort to ‘prune’ them for the upcoming growing season.

I’m amazed at how many people still believe they need to chop their crepe myrtles back at this time of the year to promote extra blooms this summer.  Unfortunately this misinformation, what I refer to as crepe murder, is rampant in North Texas in mid-to-late winter.  

Treat your crepe myrtle like any other large tree and prune and trim as needed. You wouldn’t consider topping your oak treat at 20′ each year would you?  The same is true of your crepe myrtle tree.  

When people chop back their crepe myrtles all they are accomplishing is creating big, ugly knots on the trunks of their trees.  When summer comes, their reward will be a few extra blooms that droop on spindly limbs that are too weak to hold the flowers weight.

Here’s how to correctly prune your crepe myrtle:
>  Trim any limbs rubbing against each other or rubbing against your home or roof.
>  If you feel the need to trim more, try not to trim anything larger than a pencil.

If you want to see an example of great crepe myrtle pruning I recommend a visit to theDallas Arboretum.  Their crepe myrtles are amazing.

If you have any question regarding your lawn and landscape give us call at 972.495.6990 or ken@villagegreen-inc.com.  We are always happy to answer your questions.