Landscaping & Lawn Care in Plano
12 Jun 2021

The Most Common Problem We See in Bermuda Lawns

I wanted to talk to you today about the most common problem we see with bermudagrass lawns (Underwatering.)

Keep in mind that we’ve had a lot of rain this spring which means the problem stems from being underwatered last summer (and probably many summers before that since it takes a lot to damage bermudagrass lawns.)

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The most common area where we see bermudagrass struggle is in parkways (like today’s video.) Parkways are especially troublesome because they don’t make a sprinkler head covering their rectangular shape (spray heads are circular, so they don’t cover parkways that well.) The example in the video goes beyond sprinkler coverage. This patch of lawn is a classic example of underwatered bermudagrass struggling because of a lack of proper watering.

That is why it is crucial now to make sure your sprinkler system is ready for summer watering. If it is not, your lawn will become stressed when our temperatures start hitting the nineties, and our conditions become drier. If you want to do it yourself, you can find tips on checking your system here. Or give us a call at 972-495-6990 and let one of our certified sprinkler technicians come out for a system check and to help you program your controller for proper summer watering.

10 Jun 2021

Summer Watering Guide for North Texas Lawns

Summer is the season your soil loses the most water, and why we recommend watering roughly an hour per week per zone in full sun.

We recommend that you water in ten-minute bursts two days per week at 2 a.m, 4 a.m., and 6 a.m. during the summer.

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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 summer.) Since various drip lines water slightly differently, it is important to pay attention to your beds to make sure they get the appropriate amount of water.

You can find a how-to video on programming your controller 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.

06 Jun 2021

Late Spring Lawn Update for North Texas

We wanted to give you a late spring update for North Texas. The big news is that we’ve had a lot of rain (in the past two weeks we’ve had ten days of rain!) That means most lawns are bright green and filling in. Any areas with freeze damage are starting to look much better. We have seen a few fungal issues in St. Augustine and Zoysia lawns, but for the most part, things are looking good.

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Our guess is in the next few weeks, we will be wishing we had more of this rain and moderate temperatures, but the reality is summer is coming, and we will start drying out and having hotter weather before we know it.

That is why it is essential now to make sure your sprinkler system is ready for summer watering. If it is not, your lawn will become stressed when our temperatures start hitting the nineties, and our conditions become drier. If you want to do it yourself, check out our tips for checking your sprinkler system (you’ll find them below.) Or better yet, give us a call at 972-495-6990 and let one of our certified sprinkler technicians come out for a system check and to help you program your controller for proper summer watering.

The other thing we’re focused on now is spot treating for summer weeds like crabgrass and nutsedge and putting out treatments for chinch bugs, grubs, and fire ants. We typically don’t see any grub or chinch bug issues in late spring, but now is the time to do preventative measures for both (especially chinch bugs which thrive in our hot, dry months.)

If you have any lawn or landscape-related questions or need help, give us a call at 972-495-6990 We would love to earn your business.

03 Jun 2021

Best Plants Series – Little Gem Magnolia Tree

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

Today we wanted to show you one of our favorite trees to plant around swimming pools and along fence lines as a screen. The Little Gem Magnolia is great for this because it doesn’t get too tall or wide, but does the trick when you need something to screen between your lawn and a neighbor. Another nice feature is the blooms it produces.

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If you have a landscape 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 landscapes that start at $2,500. Call us at 972-495-6990 or email us at Ken@VillageGreen-Inc.com to learn more.