Landscaping & Lawn Care in Plano
12 Dec 2021
Ken Hyatt

2022 Winter Watering Guide

In winter, even though your lawn and plants are dormant, your soil still needs consistent watering to keep it healthy. One of the biggest mistakes you can make with your lawn’s overall health is to turn your sprinkler system off during our winter months.

We recommend that you water one ten-minute burst one day per week during the winter.

Also, keep in mind that many of the newer sprinkler controllers have a seasonal adjustment which is easy to use with our watering guidelines.

Important Note for Rotary Head Sprinklers and Drip Systems:
If you have rotary head sprinklers (they slowly turn and send out long streams of water), we recommend running twice as long as you would regular sprinklers since it takes them longer to put out the same amount of water. Drip Zones (drip systems work by maintaining a level of moisture in the soil.) We recommend that they run daily or close to it (roughly 1 to 2 minutes per day in the winter.) Since various drip lines water slightly differently, it is important to pay attention to your beds to ensure they get the appropriate amount of water.

Download Winter Watering Guide.

01 Dec 2021

The Dwarf Yaupon Holly Makes Our Best Plants for North Texas Landscapes

We get many questions from customers on what our favorite plants to use in North Texas are. So many Ken has recorded a “Best Plants Series.”

Today we wanted to showcase the Dwarf Yaupon Holly.
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If you are looking for a company to help with your lawn or landscape, please give Village Green a chance to earn your business. Founded in 1980, we are a family-owned and operated lawn and landscape company based in Plano, Texas. Call 972-495-6990 or email Ken@VillageGreen-Inc.com for more information.

11 Nov 2021

The #1 Thing To Do To Prevent Winter & Springs Weeds

As we head into late fall and winter Village Green will transition to a fall pre-emergent to reduce fall and winter weeds in our Fertilization & Weed Control Program lawns.
For this preventative to work, it is vital that you properly water your lawn within two weeks of the application.
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Download our Fall Watering Guide
Pre-emergent herbicides are designed to control germinating weeds seeds. As the name implies, pre-emergent is targeted towards weeds that have not yet emerged from the soil. It is not intended to control existing weeds or weed seeds. The weed will only be killed when it begins to sprout and hits the herbicide barrier. It is possible for seeds to remain dormant and not be harmed by the pre-emergent herbicide application. This is why weed control is a constant process. There will always be seeds under the surface, and a portion will germinate each season. Annual applications must be made to reduce large infestations significantly.
At Village Green, we typically spray a liquid pre-emergent, which comes out in big droplets. When you water within two weeks of our application, it will spread the pre-emergent out and down into your soil, activating it and creating that barrier we are looking for to prevent those weeds.
 
If you need help controlling weeds in your lawn, Village Green would love to earn your business. Founded in 1980, we are a family-owned and operated lawn and landscape company—Call 972-495-6990 for more information.

08 Nov 2021

The Red Yucca Makes Our Best Plants for North Texas List

We get many questions from customers on what our favorite plants to use in North Texas are. So many Ken has recorded a “Best Plants Series.”

Today we wanted to showcase the Red Yucca.
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If you have family or friends who would benefit from this video, please share it with them. If you enjoy these updates and don’t want to miss them in the future, subscribe to our YouTube channel.

If you are looking for a company to help with your lawn or landscape, please give Village Green a chance to earn your business. Founded in 1980, we are a family-owned and operated lawn and landscape company based in Plano, Texas. Call 972-495-6990 or email Ken@VillageGreen-Inc.com for more information.

25 Oct 2021

Landscape Spotlight: Jeff in West Plano

Jeff is another customer that discovered Village Green via Google. Like many in North Texas, Jeff had lost some plants in February during our epic deep freeze. Jeff didn’t want to start his landscape from scratch and redo his entire front, so he tasked us with replacing the lost plants with new ones that would work well with the plants he liked and had survived the freeze.

Jeff had lost some dwarf pittosporum and Indian hawthorns, which we replaced with a combination of kaleidoscope abelia and giant liriope. We went with these plants because they will add more color and texture to his landscape.

Another requirement for Jeff was updating his landscape with plants that wouldn’t ultimately cover his windows and obstruct his view. To accomplish this, we selected flirt nandina, a small, feathery plant that will turn red in the winter, plus some yellow carex grass to add a different texture element.

In front of the right-hand wall, Jeff wanted a plant that would screen the wall without getting too tall, so we went with compact nandina, which will get tall enough to screen the wall without covering it completely.

In the end, Jeff was very pleased with our landscape work and said Hannah and her landscape team had done everything they could to make sure he was happy, including offering several different varieties of plants.

A big thank you to Jeff for choosing Village Green for his updated landscape and allowing us to showcase our work on his project. If you enjoy these updates and don’t want to miss them in the future, subscribe to our YouTube channel.

If you are looking for a company to help with your lawn or landscape, please give Village Green a chance to earn your business. Founded in 1980, we are a family-owned and operated lawn and landscape company based in Plano, Texas. Call 972-495-6990 or email Ken@VillageGreen-Inc.com for more information.

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14 Oct 2021

The Leopard Plant Makes A Great Choice for North Texas Landscapes

We get many questions from customers on what our favorite plants to use in North Texas are. So many Ken has recorded a “Best Plants Series.”

Today we wanted to show you one of our favorite plants to use, the Leopard Plant. The plant in this video is green, but you’ll often find variations with leopard-like spots. The Leopard Plant has an attractive, alien-like leaf. For the most part, Leopard Plant is an evergreen plant. If we have long-term below-freezing weather (like we did in February 2021), they can suffer freeze burn, but they will bounce back. If you want a visually striking plant that does well in the shade, you should consider the Leopard Plant.

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If you have family or friends who would benefit from this video, please share it with them. If you enjoy these updates and don’t want to miss them in the future, subscribe to our YouTube channel.

And as always if you are looking for a company to help with your lawn or landscape, please give Village Green a chance to earn your business. Founded in 1980, we are a family-owned and operated lawn and landscape company based in Plano, Texas.

04 Oct 2021

A Refreshing Update for Jan and John’s West Plano Landscape

Like many of our customers, Jan and John found Village Green on a Google search. When we had our first meeting, it was evident that Jan and John were well-informed homeowners who knew their landscape. Like many customers, they loved certain parts of their landscape (in their case, they loved the left side with the holly ferns and taxus) but wanted to improve other areas that needed to be updated and or repaired from our February deep freeze.

Smartly they didn’t want to start from scratch and asked us to take what they had that worked and improve upon the rest.

There’s a fine art to updating an existing landscape. The trick being to make sure the new elements complement versus overpower the established landscape. Editing is also essential, and less is more when adding plants into an existing design, so it doesn’t become cluttered and busy.

In landscape design, it is essential to have repeated patterns to draw the eye. Since they already had liriope on the left, we added giant liriope to the areas we updated. The left also had spreading plum yews, so we used upright pringle yews to frame their entry and give more continuity to the landscape. In addition to that, we added pale yellow carex grass and dianthus for a dash of color.

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Jan and John have a beautiful, natural landscape that will be low maintenance for them in the future. All of the plants we used did fine this past February during our 100-year freeze and will do equally well in our blazing summer months.

In the end, Jan and John were pleased with our landscape work and praised Hannah and her team. In their own words: “Hannah and her crew did a very nice job and also a great job explaining it all to us.”

A big thank you to Jan and John for choosing Village Green for their updated landscape and allowing us to showcase our work on their project.

If you enjoy these updates and don’t want to miss them in the future, subscribe to our YouTube channel.

If you are looking for a company to help with your lawn or landscape, please give Village Green a chance to earn your business. Founded in 1980, we are a family-owned and operated lawn and landscape company based in Plano, Texas.

Call 972-495-6990 or email Ken@VillageGreen-Inc.com for more information.

27 Sep 2021

The Carissa Holly Made Our Best Plants List

We get many questions from customers on what our favorite plants to use in North Texas are. So many Ken has recorded a “Best Plants Series.”

Today we wanted to show you one of our favorite plants to use, the Carissa Holly. They are an excellent landscape choice because all you have to do is install them and leave them alone. You don’t need to trim the Carissa Holly. Trimming with hedge clippers can make the leaves turn brown. The one thing you need to be careful about is over-watering. It works well in the sun or shade and doesn’t have insect or disease issues. If you need an excellent medium-sized plant, you will be hard-pressed to find a better plant choice than the Carissa Holly.

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If you enjoy these updates and don’t want to miss them in the future, subscribe to our YouTube channel.

And as always if you are looking for a company to help with your lawn or landscape, please give Village Green a chance to earn your business. Founded in 1980, we are a family-owned and operated lawn and landscape company based in Plano, Texas.

20 Sep 2021

A Landscape Solution For Jeff’s Drainage & Shady Lawn Challenges

We first started working with Jeff in 2017 and have done everything from lawn care, sprinkler care and several landscape projects. Our latest landscape project was to help solve a significant drainage problem that was made worse by the lack of grass in a shady part of Jeff’s front yard.

Jeff had a downspout that was dumping too much water into his lawn which was combined with the bare dirt from lack of grass caused by shade created a muddy mess on his driveway.

Hannah, our landscape manager, had the perfect solution in her simple yet effective design, which she illustrated for Jeff with notes and photos so he would understand the plan. Village Green added river rock next to the drive and then attached the problem downspout to a pipe that released the water into the river rock. This solution allows the rock to break the force of the water and allow it to disperse onto the driveway without hauling dirt with it. In addition, we added shade-loving plants such as Purple Heuchera and Ice Plants to add color and texture in the area where the grass wasn’t growing because of the excessive shade. Finally, we installed a flagstone walkway to make it easy to access the side of Jeff’s home.

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Jeff loves the update and the work Hannah and her landscape crew did. Not only does his front landscape look great, but it also solved his muddy mess drainage issues.

If you enjoy these updates and don’t want to miss them in the future, subscribe to our YouTube channel.

And as always if you are looking for a company to help with your lawn or landscape, please give Village Green a chance to earn your business. Founded in 1980, we are a family-owned and operated lawn and landscape company based in Plano, Texas.

10 Sep 2021

Here’s Our Fall Lawn Watering Guide

The first day of fall 2021 is September 22 so now is the time to get your sprinkler ready for fall watering.

In fall, your soil loses about ½ the water it loses in the summer, so the simplest solution is to water one day per week versus the two you water in the summer. Download our fall watering guide.

We recommend that you water in ten-minute bursts one day per week at 2 a.m, 4 a.m., and 6 a.m. during the fall.

The reason we recommend watering at these times is that it is cooler, which means less evaporation. There is also less wind that can blow the water onto your driveway, sidewalk, patio, or street. Also, keep in mind that many of the newer sprinkler controllers have a seasonal adjustment which is easy to use with our watering guidelines. Finally, if your lawn has a lot of shade, you can cut your watering to about a fourth of what we recommend and be fine.

Important Note for Rotary Head Sprinklers and Drip Systems:
If you have rotary head sprinklers (they slowly turn and send out long streams of water), we recommend running twice as long as you would regular sprinklers since it takes them longer to put out the same amount of water. Drip Zones (drip systems work by maintaining a level of moisture in the soil.) We recommend that they run daily or close to it (roughly 10 minutes per day in the fall.) Since various drip lines water slightly differently, it is important to pay attention to your beds to ensure they get the appropriate amount of water.

As always, if you have any questions or need help with your sprinkler system, give us a call. Proper watering is vital for a healthy lawn and we are always happy to help. You can also find a how-to video on programming your controller on our website or YouTube channel.