Landscaping & Lawn Care in Plano
31 Mar 2021

This is What We’re Doing in Your Lawn in Spring

A little over a month out from our record-breaking February freeze, most of our lawns are in what we call a tweener stage. There is a little green here and there in some lawns, but most are not out of dormancy yet. Probably only 20% to 30% in our area. That will change over the next few weeks, and we should start seeing the majority of our lawns green up nicely.

Our fertilization and weed control plan is not a one-size-fits-all program, so our application is customized specifically for your lawn. That means we pay attention to the conditions and do what will be best for the long-term health of your lawn.

Bermuda lawns will get treated with a good nitrogen fertilizer, pushing the grass to green up quicker.

St. Augustine lawns get the opposite treatment. A tropical plant, St. Augustine, is typically stressed after our winter months, so we apply a 5-10-31 ratio fertilizer which pushes root growth over top growth. If we pushed top growth to green up the lawn faster, we would be doing the lawn more harm than good in the long run. Root health is vital during these treatments and will pay off in a lush lawn later this year.

We are also putting out a pre-emergent on most of our lawns to help prevent spring and summer weeds. If the lawn is stressed, we will forgo the pre-emergent and apply a root stimulating fertilizer that will help the plant green up a little bit now but is really about long-term root health, which will produce a fuller, greener lawn later on this year.

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If you aren’t a current fertilizer customer, we would love to earn your business. Founded in 1980, we are a family-owned and operated lawn and landscape company. To learn more about our fertilization and weed control packages, call 972-495-6990, email Ken@VillageGreen-Inc.com or visit our website for all the details.

27 Mar 2021

Landscape Tour: A Richardson Reservation Home Re-Imagines Front Lawn

Steve and Cathy are a couple I’ve known for many years (our now-adult daughters were in Arapaho United Methodist Church Youth Group together.) When it came time to re-imagine their front landscape at their home in Richardson’s Reservation Neighborhood, they gave me a call to see what Village Green could do.

Steve and Cathy had a list of things they wanted to address in the re-landscape. First and foremost was the lack of grass in their front yard. As is the case with many Richardson homes, mature trees didn’t allow enough sunlight for the grass to thrive as it once did. Our solution was a combination of groundcover coupled with a nice sitting area they could enjoy. Another major issue was an area in their lawn that would form a pool after heavy rain from the water coming off of their roof.

Our first step was having our stonemason, Andres, lay a beautiful circular flagstone patio with a pathway made from large stones. After this was complete, we worked with a gutter company to install an extra downspout connected to pipes that drained out to the curb, which stopped the water from the roof from flooding their front lawn.

Other features of the project were Edward Gaucher abelias added on the corners to frame the home with red, flirt nandinas in front of their windows to add some color and feathery texture for our landscape plantings.

We used Colorado euonymus as a ground cover, and in front of their long porch, we used cast iron plant.

This project’s final piece was their sprinkler system, which they thought would need to be replaced. After inspecting the system and chatting with Steve, I convinced him that their existing system would be fine. With a little TLC and a day’s work by Village Green, we were able to fix a wiring issue and replaced most of the sprinkler heads to get their irrigation system working efficiently.

I’m happy to report that Steve and Cathy love the look of their new front landscape. Steve had nothing but nice things to say about Hannah and our entire landscape team, complimenting their work and flexibility to make changes as needed.

The best compliment, though, is Steve and Cathy’s plan to have Village Green help them re-work their backyard in the future. Thank you, Steve and Cathy, for letting us share your story about all that Village Green could do to transform your front landscape.

If you have a project in mind Village Green would love to earn your business. Founded in 1980, we are a family-owned and operated lawn and landscape company specializing in worry-free landscapes that start at $2,500. To learn more give us a call at 972-495-6990.
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23 Mar 2021

Our Annual Plea To STOP Crepe Myrtle Murder

Mid-winter and early spring is the time of the year when many of your neighbors believe they should dramatically prune their crepe myrtles, so they will have extra blooms come summer. They may call it pruning. At Village Green, we call crepe murder.

The thing to remember about crepe myrtles is that they are a tree. And like any other large tree on your property, you only prune them as needed. You would never think to chop off of the top of your oak tree at 20′ each year. The same is true of your crepe myrtle. The only thing you are doing is creating an ugly tree that will end up with spindly branches that have a hard time supporting the weight of its summer blooms.

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If you want to see an example of proper crepe myrtle pruning, check out the Dallas Arboretum. Their crepe myrtles are so well maintained that they used to host a tour for the blind because of the beautifully sculpted feel of their crepe myrtles untrimmed trunks.

If you have any questions or need additional help with your lawn or landscape give us a call at 972-495-6990.

20 Mar 2021

This Is How Much You Should Water This Spring

In spring, your lawn and plants are coming out of dormancy from the winter and your soil needs regular watering. One of the biggest mistakes you can make with your lawn health is to not water properly for the season.

In spring, we recommend you water in ten-minute
bursts one day per week at 2 am, 4 am and 6 am.

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 your water onto your driveway, sidewalk, patio or street. Also, keep in mind that many of the newer sprinkler controllers have a seasonal adjustment (set to 50% during spring) which is easy to use with your 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.

Download our FREE Spring Watering Guide
Feel free to share our free watering guide with your family and friends.

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 in the spring they run three days per week for 10 minutes. Since different drip lines water slightly differently, it is important to pay attention to your beds to make sure they are getting the proper amount of water. If you have 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 find a how-to video on programming your system and other helpful lawn and landscape related info in our Video Library.

If you have any questions or need additional help give us a call at 972-495-6990.

18 Mar 2021

What Is Wrong With My St. Augustine Lawn?

Over the past couple of days, the number of calls and emails we are getting about St. Augustine has dramatically increased.

Many homeowners are wondering if the epic North Texas February freeze killed their St. Augustine grass (or at least big chunks of their lawn.)

If you are wondering what is going on in your yard, you will want to watch this update on what we see in the Dallas area in our St. Augustine lawns.

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If you are looking for more lawn and landscape related information regarding our February winter storms be sure and check out our [640],shadow=true,start=,stop= on our YouTube channel or watch our videos below.

If you need additional help with your lawn or landscape, give us a call at 972-495-6990.

15 Mar 2021

Important February Freeze Update

We have received many calls and emails from people asking if their plants will survive our February deep freeze. But by far, the number one question is what is wrong with our Live Oak Trees, and will they survive.

Sadly many plants will not survive our record-breaking cold weather, but the good news is we see signs that many will survive.

If you are curious about your Live Oaks or any plants you’ll want to watch my North Texas February Freeze Update videos below. Please feel free to share our videos with family and friends who may find this information helpful. If you need additional help with your lawn or landscape, give us a call at 972-495-6990.

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12 Mar 2021

How To Know If Your Plants Survived The Winter Storm

We’re getting many calls and emails from customers trying to determine if their plants survived our epic February 2021 winter storm in North Texas.

Sadly many plants will not survive our record-breaking cold weather, but the good news is we see signs that many will survive.

Curious if your plants will survive or not? Watch this quick video where I show you how to perform a simple test to see if we feel a plant will come back.

If you need additional help with your lawn or landscape 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 or email me Ken@VillageGreen-Inc.com for more information.

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04 Mar 2021

Village Green Neighborly Landscape Guarantee

As we start looking at how our landscapes weathered the snow and frigid temperatures we had in February, I know we have many customers worried about their new landscapes.

What is our guarantee after all this extreme winter weather?

It’s the same as it always has been. Village Green will do the right thing for you. We’ve been in business since 1980 because we are less concerned about what the warranty says and more concerned that you are pleased with your landscape and believe you have been treated fairly. If you have had plants die from the recent cold weather, give us a call at 972-495-6990 or email me at Ken@VillageGreen-Inc.com.

We promise to treat you right. That’s our warranty.

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01 Mar 2021

Important Adjustments to Lawn Fertilization Plans Based on Winter Weather

What a roller coaster we’ve seen the past few weeks with our weather and temperatures! At our household, we were lucky, only a few pipe breaks, but we always kept our electricity and water. I know many of you were not as fortunate. In addition to this weather being hard on people, it is especially hard on plants, and I think our lawns. So what will Village Green be doing?

In the below video, Ken walks you through the adjustments we will be making with our lawn care program, including some adjustments based on your lawn and this recent weather.

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At Village Green, we pride ourselves on NOT being a one size fits all lawn care company. Being locally owned and operated, we take pride in delivering quality results. This means we tailor our lawn care plan to your specific lawn based on the situation we are seeing.

Thank you for trusting Village Green with the care of your lawn. If you have any questions or need help give us a call at 972-495-6990.