Landscaping & Lawn Care in Plano
20 May 2020

Landscape Spotlight: Mr. H’s Shade Solution

As I said in a recent quick tip, your lawn needs three things to be healthy. Sunwater, and food (fertilizer.) Mr. H unfortunately didn’t have enough sun in his backyard because of his large trees and came to us for a solution. Mr. H is a model customer in that he had very specific requests for this project.

Mr. H gave me his list which was:

  • Low maintenance and care
  • Limited entertaining for small groups (3-5) people
  • Patio, plants, beds and plants
  • Patio surface must provide safe walking surface and not be slippery
  • Natural style that fosters serenity.  Not modern styling
  • Increase the size of the patio
  • Designed around the fact that the main viewing area would be the kitchen nook window

As you can see in my video tour and the photos, Village Green delivered on Mr. H’s new landscape. From a stunning patterned concrete patio to the beautiful yet low maintenance landscape that does double duty screening his backyard from the neighbor’s roof and windows. Mr. H now has his serene outdoor space and Village Green has another satisfied landscape customer.

If you have a yard with a lot of shade and are sick of your bare spots, I would love the opportunity to discuss your options. I have a lot of examples I can share where we have solved shady lawn problems.

Village Green installs landscapes started at $2,500 up to $100,000 + and have been helping our North Texas neighbors create beautiful outdoor spaces since 1980.

We know we could help you create your very own sanctuary and we would love to earn your business. If you’d like to discuss your project we’re happy to answer your questions. All you have to do is call us at 972-495-6990 or email Ken@VillageGreen-Inc.com.

04 May 2020

Ms. N’s Backyard Transformation

One of my favorite things about landscape projects is finding creative ways to solve our customer’s problems.

Take this project. Ms. N has a large backyard with a swimming pool which is perfect for her and her dogs enjoy. The only problem. Mud. And lots of it.

The simple solution. Artificial turf and some well-selected ground cover (which is what Village Green handled on this project.)

Remember I said this was a large backyard. I meant LARGE. This yard was so big that we had 325 flats of ground cover or nearly 6,000 four-inch pots. That obviously took a few days of hard work, but Village Green delivered and you can see the difference!

It took quite a few days but we got it all in and Ms. N and her four-legged family members are ready to enjoy her updated backyard this summer.

Village Green installs landscapes started at $2,500 up to $100,000 + and have been helping our North Texas neighbors create beautiful outdoor spaces since 1980.

We know we could help you create your very own sanctuary and we would love to earn your business. If you’d like to discuss your project we’re happy to answer your questions. All you have to do is call us at 972-495-6990 or email Ken@VillageGreen-Inc.com.

27 Apr 2020

Tour this newly installed Plano Texas landscape

Take a quick video tour of one a recent landscape Village Green completed in Plano, Texas.

We have been getting a lot of customer calls about landscape projects. With so many staying at home, it is natural to want to create an outdoor haven to enjoy year-round.

Whether you decide to DIY or want to work with a professional like Village Green, investing in upgrading your outdoor space is a good investment. We hope our video tours like this one, give you some inspiration.

Village Green installs landscapes ranging from $2,500 up to $100,000 + and have been helping our North Texas neighbors create beautiful outdoor spaces since 1980. I know we could help you create your very own sanctuary and we would love to earn your business. Give us a call at 972-495-6990 or email Ken@VillageGreen-Inc.com.

06 Apr 2020
Ken Hyatt

Quick Tip: Crane Flies, Mayflies, or Mosquito Hawks?

I’ve been getting a lot of questions this spring about these mega-mosquitoes, which are crane flies. I’ve heard them called mayflies, 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.)

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, and we are seeing a lot currently in North Texas. Rest assured, most of these crane flies will be gone soon.

If you have any questions about your lawn or landscape give us a call at 972-495-6990 or email Ken@VillageGreen-Inc.com.

01 Apr 2020

The Secret to a Great Landscape

Examples of what you don’t want to do. These landscapes don’t frame the house or have anything interesting near the entrance. There are also far too many rectangles and mushrooms in this landscape design.

Today I am going to share a secret about how to create a great landscape design. Whether you do it yourself or use Village Green, the key to a great landscape is to follow the great painter’s lead and create a frame around your home.

How do you do that? You start with the foundation planting at the bottom of your frame. You want the foundation plants to be dwarf type plants and ground cover. The reason this is important, so the plants do not obstruct the view of your home and hurt your drive-up appeal. You mustn’t cover up any interesting architectural details like columns, windows, and doors (see examples.)

Examples of what you don’t want to do. These landscapes don’t frame the house or have anything interesting near the entrance. There are also far too many rectangles and mushrooms in this landscape design.

You want your foundation planting designed to guide your eye to the entry of your home. Use a variety of shapes, forms, and textures to achieve this, and the style of the landscape will dictate your arrangement. Nearly always simple is best, and less is more. Keep the variety of plants to a minimum and mass them, so your eye is drawn toward the entry. The area around the door should have a vertical accent (3′-5’ tall) with seasonal color and more variety to draw your eye to this area.

The corner of your home should consist of larger shrubs and ornamental trees, usually 6′ or so, that make up the sides of the frame. This planting serves as a backdrop for the layering of plants that will help guide your eye to the entry. Tall plants at the corners and progressively smaller plants draw the eye to your entry.

The top of the frame generally consists of shade trees in your front yard; however, a grouping of ornamental trees along the foundation or shade trees in the back that is visible from the front can achieve the same effect.

If you have any questions about your landscape or want more information give us a call at 972-495-6990 or email Ken@VillageGreen-Inc.com.

26 Mar 2020
Ken Hyatt

A Message from Ken About COVID-19

Like everyone else, I’ve been closely following COVID-19 to determine best what I can do to help reduce the spread as a community member and small business owner. Also, many customers have contacted us concerned about the continuation of our services since spring has sprung in North Texas. It’s times like these that show us just how much we value our home as a sanctuary, and a big part of that is your lawn and landscape. Village Green is an essential business, so we will be continuing to service our customers as scheduled. Our shop and office are also open during regular hours if you have any questions or require any service.

Below are some of the extra steps we are taking during the COVID-19 crisis to do our part as an essential business that is still operating in North Texas.

Village Green COVID-19 MEASURES
Team Instructions

  • Wash hands regularly.
  • Special schedule including limited time in our Plano shop to limit personal contact.
  • Trucks are stocked with proper cleaning supplies to allow frequent cleaning of tools and equipment.
  • Team members to follow social distancing recommendations (6 feet.)
  • Office employees to clean work areas frequently and follow social distancing recommendations in the office and with team members who work in the field.
  • After work, go home and stay inside.

For our customers, there will be a few changes to our regular operating procedures but no interruption in our scheduled service.

  • There will not be a Village Green bag placed on your door after service.
  • Team members will not shake hands or any other greeting that requires personal touch.
  • Team members will not be entering customer homes.
  • Please help us by following social distance guidelines if you need to speak with one of our team members in the field.
  • We are offering landscape estimates and presentations via Zoom Meetings.

I want to reiterate that our top priority is to provide a safe environment for our team members while still offering an essential service to our community.

We are monitoring each team member and all vehicles and equipment to make sure that we are all practicing proper hygiene in these uncertain times.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call or email.

Sincerely,
Ken Hyatt
Founder and President
Village Green Lawn & Landscape

11 Mar 2020

Landscape Spotlight: Take a Video Tour of our Latest Landscape in Garland, Texas

This was a fun project that was twenty years in the marking! It all started Ken and Debbie’s daughter was in Indian Princess’ with Mr. H’s daughter. Over the years the landscape would come up and all the possibilities were discussed. Fast forward twenty years and that landscape dream is now a reality.

If you have any lawn or landscape projects in mind Village Green would love to earn your business. We install landscapes ranging from $2,500 up to $100,000 + and have been helping our North Texas neighbors create beautiful outdoor spaces since 1980. Contact us at 972-495-6990 or Ken@VillageGreen-Inc.com.

09 Mar 2020
Ken Hyatt

Ken’s Quick Tip: How to Prevent Poa Annua in your Lawn.

Poa Annua is a very common weed for us to see in North Texas in early to mid-spring. It is a grassy type of weed, with little seed heads. It comes up from seeds, which makes it an annual weed. Learn more about the causes and prevention of Poa Annua in this informative quick tip by Ken Hyatt, Founder, and President of Village Green. The best way to prevent weeds, including Poa Annua, is with an annual fertilization and weed control plan. If you are interested in hearing more about what Village Green has to offer, give us a call at 972-495-6990 or see the frequently asked questions about our program.

If you have a lawn or landscape question give us a call at call us at 972-495-6990 or Ken@VillageGreen-Inc.com.

06 Mar 2020

Fertilization & Weed Control FAQ’s

We have compiled a list of the most commonly asked questions regarding the Village Green fertilization and weed control plan.

How much does it cost?
Small Lawn = $55 to $65 plus tax per visit.
Medium Lawn = $65 to $85 plus tax per visit (medium is the average size for most customers.)
Large Lawn = $85 to $120 plus tax per visit.

How many visits and what does each visit cover?
We come 8 times in a calendar year (it equals about every month to month and a half.) See page 3 for an example plan.

Do I need to be home when you visit?
No. You do not need to be home as long as we have access to your lawn. If you request, we can send a visit reminder via automated text or email the day before which lets you know we will be out the following day.

Is this safe for my children and pets?
Yes. We’ve been treating lawns since 1980, which is a lot of lawns that have seen a lot of activity by children and pets and in all of those years we’ve not had a single incident. The reality is that once the product is dry (usually within an hour depending on the weather conditions) the lawn is fine for kids and pets to be in it. Another important fact is that after we add water to our products, the total amount of weed control products on the lawn is only a few tablespoons. If that still doesn’t convince you to consider this, Ken Hyatt, our Founder and President (who is a well-known dog lover) lets his pooches run free an hour after treatment on his own lawn.

My city has water restrictions, will I have to plan my visits around my watering day?
No. While most of our products need to be watered in, anything we use is good without water for up to two weeks.

Is our program organic?
No. If you are looking for an organic service, we recommend Soils Alive. They are a company that specializes in organic programs. An important thing to consider is that while there is such a thing as an effective organic fertilizer program, there is NO such thing as an organic weed control program in this area. All organic companies use the same products we use for weed prevention and control.

Is there a contract I have to sign?
No. We don’t believe in contracts for lawn health programs. We allow our customers to stop at any time. Another reason we don’t hold customers to a contract is that we’re confident with our expertise in this area that we’ll deliver the results you want for your lawn.

How do I pay?
We leave an invoice on your door after service and you can pay by writing a check and mailing it back to our office. For those that like to handle things electronically, we can set you up with an online account and you can pay per visit or create an auto-pay. For those that want to pre-pay for the full year, we offer a 5% discount.

Is there a pre-pay discount?
Yes. You can save 5% when you pre-pay for all your current year’s visits.

You’re more expensive than the national companies. What’s different about Village Green’s service?
There are many reasons why Village Green is a good investment for a healthy and happy lawn.

1. We have 40 years of local experience of maintaining healthy lawns through droughts, floods, triple-digit weather, and single-digit weather in North Texas. We are locally owned and operated and we have the longevity and expertise that other companies do not.

2. If you have questions, comments, concerns or praise you can call our offices and you will be able to speak with someone local who is responsive to you. If you prefer, you can email us and expect the same response. We value our customers and do everything in our power to keep them and their lawns happy.

3. All lawn services give free re-treatment visits but most companies don’t want to do them so they wait for you to call. If we know you have difficult weeds to control, or an out of the ordinary issue in your lawn, our technicians will schedule extra visits to make sure your lawn is taken care of.

4. When the technician visits, they will make notes of conditions he sees in your lawn. Those conditions will be sent to you in an after-service email. If we see a condition that is especially important for you to know about such as severe drought stress or leaking sprinkler system, they will notify our office and we will call and email you so you are aware of the issue and can decide the best course of action to resolve.

5. The technician will take several photos of your lawn during each visit. Those photos give us running documentation of your lawn and how it is responding to our visits throughout the year.

6. We are not a one-size-fits-all service. The technician will tailor what he is treating your lawn with based upon your type of grass and the condition it is in. During most of the year bermuda lawns will receive different fertilizer and weed control products than St. Augustine and zoysia lawns. If your lawn is half bermuda and half St. Augustine, we will treat each of those areas differently. This takes more time but it’s important because they are different plants and need different treatments to stay healthy.

7. In the end, the biggest difference is our philosophy. We learned a long time ago that our customers aren’t paying us to sling fertilizer and squirt weeds. They are paying us to have a nice-looking lawn and landscape that they don’t have to worry about. That’s what makes Village Green different from other companies, and if you look at our reviews, you’ll see that we deliver.

If you are interested in hearing more about what Village Green has to offer, give us a call at 972-495-6990. We’ve been helping our North Texas neighbors get a healthier lawn since 1980 and would love to earn your business.

19 Feb 2020

Ken’s Quick Tip: What’s that Grassy Weed in my Lawn?

Rescue grass is common in wintertime in North Texas. In our area, it germinates in mid to late December and is around through January and into February. The best way to get rid of rescue grass is to prevent it. At Village Green, we use a pre-emergent that works well. Like most things in life, it is all about timing, and if you don’t apply a good pre-emergent at the right time of the year, you’ll more than likely have to deal with rescue grass. When we take on a new customer’s lawn that has a rescue grass problem, we use a product that will make it go away, but the thing we always remind our new customer is that it takes a little time and patience to work. The best way to prevent weeds, including rescue grass is with an annual fertilization and weed control plan.

If you have a lawn or landscape question give us a call at call us at 972-495-6990 or Ken@VillageGreen-Inc.com.