Landscaping & Lawn Care in Plano
17 Apr 2017

Ken’s Quick Tip: Spring Weed Control

Mid to Late April must be the weediest time of year for North Texas. This is caused by our weather, which can be warm and humid one day, and cool and blustery the next. Add decent rainfall in April and you have the perfect environment for the weeds you may be experiencing in your yard this year.

If you are wondering what to do (or what we went wrong with your fertilization and weed control program,) let me reassure you that what you are seeing are winter weeds. Three are extremely common in North Texas now.

1. Henbit (the weed with purple flowers)
2. Rescue grass (a tall, bright green grassy weed)
3. Poa annua (a very short grassy weed with tiny seeds)

These weeds can be controlled, but once they are sprouted they are hard to control with weed control products because it is spring and they are winter weeds. In other words, they are no longer growing in a way that allows them to absorb any weed control products thus you’ll be wasting your money trying to get rid of them in this way.

My recommendation to get rid of them is to simply cut your lawn short (but please don’t scalp it) and often.

I know that seems counter intuitive, but remember these winter weeds are past their prime, and struggling to stay alive. They are winter weeds and thrive in cooler temperatures. If you cut them you are putting further strain on them. And as we move further and further into spring in our area, as we well know, the cooler temperatures are replaced by warm and humid weather. If we string enough of these days together your winter weeds are going to go away (until next winter/spring, unless you have a good preventative plan in place.)

The next question I typically get after giving the above advice is if a person should skip lawn care now.

I know it may sound self-serving for the guy in the lawn care business to say NO, but remember, you should be working to prevent spring/summer weeds now. Not winter weeds. You prevent those in late fall, early winter.

Keep in mind that one of the best weed preventatives is a healthy growing lawn. You keep your lawn healthy and thriving and it will fill in gaps where winter weeds left (leaving little room for future weeds.)

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.

10 Apr 2017

Ken’s Quick Tip: Is it an Attack of Mega-Mosquitoes!?!?

I’ve been getting a lot of questions this spring about these mega-mosquitoes which are crane flies.  I’ve heard them called may flies, mosquito hawks, skeeter eaters, and my favorite, mosquito on steroids!

Everyone can rest easy, these aren’t some dangerously huge mosquitoes that have descended on North Texas.

These inch-long, gangly-legged insects that are sneaking into your home and bouncing off the walls and ceilings are crane flies, and despite rumors to the contrary, they are neither predators of mosquitoes nor a colossal mosquito.  And they are harmless (even though you may see reports on the internet that they can bite or sting.)

In fact, adult crane flies eat very little, if at all according to the experts.  Some of them can sponge up liquids, such as dew and honey water.  Sometimes they’ll visit flowers to take up nectar.

The reason they don’t eat a lot is because adult crane flies typically only live a few days.  Crane flies spend most of their time as larvae living underwater in streams, the edges of ponds, within wet logs, or in other damp places, and then emerge as adults for a quick mating spree before dying.

In our area, we typically see crane flies in spring, but as I’ve written in my previous quick tip, spring has come early this year.  Rest assured most of these crane flies will be gone soon (if not already.)  The not so good news though is actual mosquitoes who do and will bite will be active in our area before we know it.  And with our mild weather, I fear it will be a banner year for them.

Village Green does offer a safe yet effective Mosquito Assassin Program that will get rid of your mosquito problem.  I’d love to give you a free quote and earn your business. Give us call at 972.495.6990 or ken@villagegreen-inc.com.  We are always happy to answer your questions.

04 Apr 2017

Ken’s Quick Tip: Attack of the Grubs!

Spring has sprung and the warmer weather and blue skies always gets people out into their yards to poke around in their yards and start their spring planting. 

When they turn over their soil they often will find grubs which concerns them and causes a lot of calls and emails to come into Village Green.

They are right to be concerned about grub worms (which are the larvae of June beetles,) because they can cause all kinds of problems in North Texas lawns.

The thing is, like most things in life, timing is everything with grub worms.

If you see a lot of grubs in your lawn in early spring don’t panic.  This doesn’t mean that they are feasting on your lawn.  It also doesn’t mean they are just in your lawn (you’d be hard pressed to find a lawn in our area that doesn’t have some grub worms.) 

Grub worms only become an issue when their numbers grow to the point where they can cause widespread destruction and the timing of this in their life cycle is late summer.  It is impossible for them to grow their numbers to the point of damanging your lawn before late summer in North Texas.  So, whatever you see in spring, even if it seems like a lot to you, is not enough to cause your lawn harm.  Yet.

You need to treat for grubs in late spring or early summer to make sure they don’t become a problem in late summer.

If you want to do-it-yourself look for product using Imidacloprid.  I know that’s a tough name to remember (let alone say) but you need to make sure that is the active.  Don’t make the mistake of picking up the first bag of Ortho or Bayer with an easier name that has a picture of a grub.  Take the time to read the labels and make sure you get a product that has Imidacloprid which will create a barrier that prevents the grub worm from damaging your lawn.

It is important to remember that Imidacloprid is a great preventative against grub worms, which means it is NOT effective once they are actively feeding.  You need to treat before they become active.  

If you have any question regarding your lawn and landscape give us call at 972.495.6990 or ken@villagegreen-inc.com.  We our scheduling affordable grub prevention treatment appointments now for late spring, and would love to give you a quote on the cost for your lawn if you’d like for us to handle the job for you.