Landscaping & Lawn Care in Plano
21 Sep 2020

Landscape Spotlight: Sneak Peak of Phil & Karen’s New Landscape

Phil and Karen’s Dallas project is an excellent example of how we can work with homeowners over time doing the landscape in stages. The first stage of the project was in their backyard and culminated with an attractive water feature.

For the second stage, the couple wanted to make some significant changes to their front landscape. We removed the short walls blocking the view to their porch and replaced the porch and sidewalk with beautifully patterned concrete.

Removing the porch walls was a great decision because that not only created more space for a nice sitting area but also makes the porch feel much more welcoming.

Their existing shrubs were the variety that requires a lot of maintenance and grew into large rectangles and square shrubs that covered the beautiful brickwork of their home.

Another concern was the wing walls, which dated the home. Our solution was to save Phil and Karen the time and money to remove them by going with the taller variegated pittosporum, which will screen them.

One of the couple’s requests was to have a nice view from their front windows, so we did what we call an inside-out view, using tall enough plants to be seen through but not so tall they block their view.

Other elements of the design were the ornamental trees, which included a Japanese maple and redbud. We planted them next to the windows so you can easily see them from the windows without obstructing the view.

Phil and Karen’s front yard has a nice mix of sun and shade, so we went with leopard plants on the shady side and dwarf Mexican petunias on the sunny side and used abelias throughout because they do well both in the sun and shade.

Phil and Karen love both their front and back landscape and can’t say enough good things about Hannah and Manny and Dustin’s landscape team.

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 while handling more extensive projects that can range up to $100,000 plus. Call us at 972-495-6990 or email Ken@VillageGreen-Inc.com to learn more.

12 Sep 2020

Everything You Need To Know About Fall in North Texas

It is hard to believe but fall officially arrives in North Texas in less than a week.

As we wrap up the busy summer season and head into autumn Village Green starts shifting our lawn care focus away from top growth and towards root growth.

Bermuda lawns get a nitrogen fertilizer and our St. Augustine and zoysia lawns have switched to a root feeding fertilizer.

We treat St. Augustine and zoysia differently for two reasons. One is the lawns have been stressed from the summer heat and we want to help the roots become stronger as we head into fall.

The second reason is St. Augustine and zoysia are both prone to a fungus called brown patch that occurs in the moderate, usually wetter weather we have in the fall. Applying a high nitrogen fertilizer to St. Augustine and zoysia lawns is bad, because brown patch thrives on nitrogen.

Later this fall we will begin the transition to a fall pre-emergent to reduce fall and winter weeds.

Ask Ken: Our Top Fall Related Questions

As the weather cools our phones heat up. In the past week I’ve had time in the office to answer many fall related questions that I think would benefit all our customers. I hope you find the answers to these common fall questions helpful!

How much should I water in the fall?
Download our Fall Green Talk Newsletter for our fall watering guidelines.

What should I do with the leaves on my lawn and landscape?
Short answer is that leaves left on your lawn are bad (they can lead to fungal problems in your lawn.) Leaves in your beds are good (think free mulch!)

Should I plant or install a landscape in the fall in North Texas?
I know it sounds backwards, but fall and even in the winter are actually better seasons to plant landscapes in than spring. If you choose the right plants, the weather in North Texas doesn’t stay cold long enough to damage new plants, plus planting at this time of year lets the plants develop roots deep enough to be mostly established before summer which is the most stressful time of the year for plants in North Texas. Deeper and stronger roots is vital because it makes the plant much hardier in extreme heat and they require less water to thrive.

What are the best plants to get fall color into your lawn?
If you are looking to refresh your lawn we recommend these hardy, late-blooming plants. The best part about planting at this time of year is that the plants will have ideal conditions to grow strong roots over winter, so they’ll be ready to sprint into bloom next spring.

Some of our favorites are…

Pansies: If you want colorful blooms over the winter your go-to flower for sunny areas in North Texas are pansies. Pansies are hardy with the ability to weather single digit temperatures and wintry precipitation. In fact, they often bounce back and bloom after a wintry patch of weather after a few sunny days. To maximize their blooms, use a high phosphorous fertilizer (5-30-5 ratio.) Like most flowers, they prefer a loose well-drained soil so they don’t stay wet after watering. An easy way to accomplish that is to add potting soil to the bed. Pansies are like candy to rabbits, so if you have a large population in your area, it may be challenge to grow them.

Violas: They have pansy-like blooms except the blooms are tiny. You can plant these in similar conditions to pansies.

Kale and/or Cabbage: Oddly enough, if you have rabbit problems, you are safe planting kale and/or cabbage. Rabbits would rather eat your pansies versus eating your vegetables! These aren’t as colorful as pansies but they’re easy to grow. To make them look nice later in the spring, trim off the blooms.

Mums: These are wonderful fall plants. Like azaleas, they only bloom a few weeks out of the year, but when they bloom they look great, especially with pumpkins.

Cyclamen: These are beautiful but delicate flowers. I recommend planting a few of them for a nice change of color in your lawn or landscape. Don’t get carried away, as you cold lose them to harsh wintry weather.

Pumpkins: Another tip to introduce a pop or color is to get some pumpkins and/or gourds to place in your lawn and landscape. Our area has many pumpkin patches during the fall season a few well placed add a festive fall element to your yard.

If you are looking for some extra help with your lawn or landscape this fall give us a call. Founded in 1980, Village Green is a family-owned and operated lawn and landscape company celebrating 40 years in North Texas.

Call us at 972-495-6990 or email me at Ken@VillageGreen-Inc.com to learn more.

31 Aug 2020

Landscape Spotlight: Jason & Melissa’s McKinney Texas Home – Part 1

Jason and Melissa have been in their home a few years and decided it was the right time to make their front and back landscapes beautiful. The couple enjoys spending a lot of time in their backyard, gardening, and grilling. Part of this project included concrete work in their backyard, so while we waited for that to be done, Village Green concentrated on the front.

A challenge with the front of their property was how to tame all the concrete created by their driveway. Our solution was to soften that look by stretching the beds down the driveway and installing dwarf and semi-dwarf plants such as abelias and nandinas. The beauty of these plants is that they screen the driveway but still frame the home.

Another request from Jason was to get rid of the stackable stone border and do something about the stone wall it created on one side of their property. Our solution was to extend or push the bed, which allowed us to get rid of the wall and only need a single course of stone border. We also added river rock along the driveway to hold the soil and mulch in place.

Other touches were replacing the hedges with more natural plants that are easier for the couple to maintain and add color. Next to the entry, we added smaller perennials, giant liriope, and variegated sedge to give interest without needing to replace annuals regularly.

I’m happy to report that Jason and Melissa love our finished work and bragged about what a great job Hannah and her team did. They were especially impressed when Hannah fixed a couple of issues before they even had time to bring them up to her.

Thank you, Jason and Melissa, for allowing us to re-do your front landscape. We’re looking forward to getting started on the back in a few weeks when the project’s concrete part complete.

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 while handling more extensive projects that can range up to $100,000 plus. Call us at 972-495-6990 or email Ken@VillageGreen-Inc.com to learn more.

08 Aug 2020

Landscape Spotlight: Dylan & Katie (Re)Make An Entrance in their New Garland Home

Our latest landscape Dylan and Katie, who are proud first-time homeowners, contacted us about improving the curb appeal of their new home in Garland. The previous owner had allowed the shrubs to get large, obscuring their home and covering a good portion of their windows. The main challenge with this project was that between the crepe myrtles near the city sidewalk and all the plants leaning in their entry, the landscape felt like it was trying to keep people away instead of a more welcoming entrance.

At the entrance, we went with holly ferns and giant liriope for year-round texture, adding color by adding nandinas and dwarf Mexican petunias. We replaced the large overgrown plants that needed constant trimming with dwarf and semi-dwarf plants that won’t outgrow the space and require limited trimming.

Now that the job is complete, Dylan and Katie say they love their new look. They knew that many of the plants needed to go, but had no idea what to use when they replaced them. They appreciated our local expertise with plant recommendation and selection and added that they enjoyed working with Hannah and the rest of our landscape team. The made a point of complimenting them for their excellent job in communicating each day what they had planned and when they’d finish for that day. And probably the best indicator that they are pleased with Village Green, they told me that they’ve already recommended us to a few of their friends!

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 while handling more extensive projects that can range up to $100,000 plus. Call us at 972-495-6990 or email Ken@VillageGreen-Inc.com to learn more.

01 Aug 2020

Here’s How you Program a Rachio Smart Smart System Controller

More and more of our customers are using the Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller. In this in-depth video Ken takes you through the steps to program your Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller for North Texas. If you have a lawn or landscape problem you need help with give Village Green a call at 972-495-6990 or email us at Ken@VillageGreen-Inc.com. We have been helping our North Texas neighbors have healthier lawns since 1980.

18 Jul 2020

Landscape Spotlight: Mr. & Mrs. I’s Shady Lawn Solution

Our latest landscape spotlight is the beautiful home of Mr. and Mrs. I, who live in North Dallas. Like many of our customers, Mr. and Mrs. I are blessed with a lot of shade on their lawn. The shade is great, especially during the heat of summer, but it is not so great if you want to grow grass. Another issue was that their lawn has a steep slope.

You take no grass, which means nothing to hold things down with a steep slope, and you are going to get erosion, which resulted in dirt piling up on their sidewalk after heavy rain.

Mr. and Mrs. contacted Village Green to come up with a solution to stop the mud from piling up in front of her home and something that would give their home more curb appeal.

Our design added a lot of shade-tolerant plants such as the fern-like plum yew and weed ferns. For some color, we added carex grass and variegated

I’m happy to report Mr. and Mrs. I are much more pleased with the look of their home and delighted that mud no longer piles up on their front sidewalk.

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 while handling more extensive projects that can range up to $100,000 plus. Call us at 972-495-6990 or email Ken@VillageGreen-Inc.com to learn more.

19 Jun 2020

Who are the best lawn care service companies in North Dallas?

Looking for a reputable lawn care and landscape company in North Dallas? Below is a list of some of the best in North Dallas.

Lawntech
Founded in 1985, Lawntech is still around today because of their old school customer service. They are a very conscientious company that doesn’t overload their applicators with work. That way their lawn technicians are able to take the time needed in each year. They also have invested over the years in good equipment and offer solid lawn programs.

Cititurf
Cititurf is a busy lawn care company that does a lot of volume. They have extremely knowledgeable managers who are able to offer great support which allows them to have great lawn technicians (to handle their volume.) In addition they keep up with the latest products to make sure they are getting the best results for their customers. They also have good, up-to-date equipment and offer good lawn programs for their customers.

Image Lawn and Landscape
Founded in 1995, Image Lawn and Landscape is a full-service lawn and landscape company handling both residential, commercial and homeowner association customers. Like the others on this list, they have stayed up-to-date with technology and equipment and offer professionalism and a good value.

When hiring a new lawn service company it is important to ask the right questions to compare services. Here are five signs that a lawn care company is a good choice.

1. Compare Standard Lawn Treatments.
Compare treatment programs from lawn company to company. Do they provide both grass care and ornamental tree and shrub care? Are lawn care treatments tailored to specific types of grass? For example, what makes your neighbor’s grass thrive won’t necessarily be what your grass needs. Look for statements about how treatments benefit lawns, trees and shrubs. You don’t want a one size fits all mentality.

2. Go Beyond Yard Maintenance.
The needs of your yard can change from season to season, year to year. Just like you wouldn’t go to a dentist who only does cleanings, you want to hire a lawn care company that can provide additional services when you need them.

At a minimum these should include diagnosis and treatment of diseases and pests, and service calls between regular lawn treatments if you notice a problem.

3. Know Who is Treating Your Lawn
When it comes to lawn care technician training, the more the better. This goes for not just knowing how to apply grass treatments properly and safely. They should also be able (and willing) to answer questions you have about your treatments, your yard’s basic needs and how you can meet them, and alert you to anything you need to keep an eye on.

When it comes to the techs themselves, the fewer the better – at least in terms of who treats your property. You’re better served by having the same dedicated technician or tech team visit after visit. That way they get to really know your yard and can stay on top of any problem areas.

4. Look for Preventative Lawn Care Service
What tips and information do they give to lawn service customers? Depending on where you live, there are certain pests, lawn diseases and other problems that can crop up with lawns, trees and shrubs. When you know what to watch for, you’re able to contact your lawn care company for a service call so the problem can be diagnosed and treated before damage is done.

5. Check Customer Reviews.
Check out the experiences of other customers. Consumer services like Angie’s List and Google for your region are great sources of information on lawn company performance and customer satisfaction. By doing your homework you can narrow the field of companies. The next step is to talk with the lawn care services that made your short list. That’s your opportunity to ask questions and get answers you didn’t find on their websites. While the specifics of quality lawn care vary from region to region, ask these questions to guide you in making the right choice.

13 Jun 2020

Landscape Spotlight: Mr. N’s McKinney Make-Over

Our latest landscape project is the third project in the past decade we’ve done for Mr. N. His latest home is in charming downtown McKinney, Texas, and even though it is new, the design is classic to be in line with the neighborhood. Mr. N. wanted that feeling translated into the landscape. The goal for the landscape design was one that delivered a lot of colors yet remained simple. The original landscape was very overgrown and crowded the foundation of the home, which detracted from the street view.

Village Green pulled his beds out further away from his foundation and home to give more depth and allow for the layering of our many plant choices. We also extended the plants along the driveway, which softens the front entry drive.

As you can see in the video, and before and after photos, the project turned out great, and Mr. N. is another happy Village Green landscape customer…for the third time.

If you have a job in mind, Village Green would love the opportunity to discuss your project. Founded in 1980, Village Green is a family-owned and operated lawn and landscape company. Our landscapes start at $2,500 and go up to $100,000 + on large scale projects. Call us at 972-495-6990 or email Ken@VillageGreen-Inc.com to learn more.

08 Jun 2020

Summer Watering Guide

Now is the time to program your sprinkler controller for summer watering to make sure your lawn and landscape are getting adequate water coverage.

How much should you water in the summer?

The starting point for our watering plan is summer because that is the season your soil loses the most water. During summer we recommend watering roughly an hour per week per zone in full sun. We also recommend watering in 10-minute bursts, so your lawn has time to absorb the water. If you water more than that, you run the risk of the water running down your street or alley because of our infamous clay soil in North Texas.

This means in summer we recommend that you water in ten minutes bursts two days 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 or street. If you water as recommended, you will have more water that ends up in your lawn, which is both environmentally and financially smart.

Some of the newer controllers have what is called a seasonal adjust section. Those are really easy to use with this system. If you have shady areas in your lawn, you typically need to water about half the recommended time you would in a sunny area.

Important Note for Rotary Head Sprinklers and Drip Systems.

Rotary Head Sprinklers (they slowly turn and send out long streams of water.) We recommend running them twice as long because 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.) They can be tricky because they put out water at different rates, and the water going into the ground can vary based on how the drip hoses are installed. We recommend that they run daily or close to it (roughly 10 minutes per day in the summer.) It is important to pay attention to your beds to make sure they are getting the proper amount of water.

Download Summer Watering Guide

If you need help with programming your sprinkler or have any other issues give us a call at 972-495-6990 or Ken@VillageGreen-Inc.com. We offer affordable sprinkler repair by our certified irrigation technicians. You can also watch this quick video where Ken shows you how to properly program your sprinkler controller.

30 May 2020

Landscape Spotlight: Mr. & Mrs. T’s Patio Paradise

Our latest landscape tour is the perfect one to kick off June and summer!

Mr. and Mrs. T called Village Green about some ideas and solutions for their backyard. They had finished installing a beautiful pool and that plus their arbor and stunning patterned concrete their back patio was nearly summer ready. The only problem was they needed something to look at besides concrete, their fence, and the neighbor’s roof lines.

What they needed was a landscape that would compliment their amazing work and would solve some of their issues.

In today’s video tour I walk you through their patio paradise and explain our choice of solutions in the design and with our plant selection.

I’m happy to report that Mr. and Mrs. T are delighted with their new landscape and our hard-working Village Green landscape team. They loved working with Hannah and Emmanuel and were sure to let me know how friendly and professional our team was on their project.

They now have the perfect patio paradise to entertain this summer and beyond.

Village Green installs landscapes started at $2,500 and have been helping our North Texas neighbors create beautiful outdoor spaces since 1980.

We know we could help you create your very own patio paradise and we would love to earn your business. Call us at 972-495-6990 or email Ken@VillageGreen-Inc.com to learn more.