Landscaping & Lawn Care in Plano
28 Jul 2021

Are Amyworms Invading Your North Texas Lawn?

This year has been a strange one weather-wise, so it should come as no surprise that we are getting reports of armyworms invading North Texas lawns. We had an outbreak of these in the fall of 2018. Pretty much every bermuda lawn had them. This year isn’t as bad as 2018, but we have seen them in many of our bermuda yards.

So, what caused them, and what do all these armyworms do to lawns? Armyworms love summer rains, which we’ve had plenty of this year. They cause short-term damage to lawns and landscapes by chewing the leaves off of the plants. Armyworms don’t like St. Augustine, but if they are in a bermuda lawn, they can leave it looking like a lawnmower scalped it on the lowest setting in a matter of days.

The good news is your grass isn’t dead. It’s just cut back, and it will eventually fill back in. It may look bad for some time, and the armyworms are creepy, but there’s no long-term damage.

The treatment for armyworms is to spray an insecticide such as Bifenthrin or wait for them to pass.

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If you are looking for someone to help with your lawn health, sprinkler system, or landscape project, Village Green would love to earn your business.

With over 40 years of experience in North Dallas, I know Village Green can help you achieve the lawn of your dreams at a very affordable price. And don’t just take my word for it. If you are interested, check out what others have to say in our many Google reviews.

Founded in 1980, we are a family-owned and operated lawn and landscape company based in Plano, Texas. Call 972-495-6990 or email me Ken@VillageGreen-Inc.com for more information.

24 Jul 2021

Mid-Summer Lawn Update for North Texas

Considering our February freeze, I’m not surprised that our summer has been relatively weird for North Texas. Our July has been cool and wet, so most lawns in the area are lush and green as we head into August (which is not typical.)

In today’s video I’ll share with you everything we’ve been seeing in our customer’s lawns, as well as some great takeaways about the importance of proper watering.

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There is one crucial thing I bring up toward the end of my mid-summer lawn update. It is about chinch bugs which are, in my opinion, the biggest threat to North Texas lawns. We’re heading into the time of year when we see less rain and temperatures will get hot, and lawns become dry. This is the kind of weather chinch bugs thrive in, and make no mistake, they can destroy your yard.

If you are looking for someone to help with your lawn health, sprinkler system, or landscape project, Village Green would love to earn your business.

With over 40 years of experience in North Dallas, I know Village Green can help you achieve the lawn of your dreams at a very affordable price. And don’t just take my word for it. If you are interested, check out what others have to say in our many Google reviews.

Founded in 1980, we are a family-owned and operated lawn and landscape company based in Plano, Texas. Call 972-495-6990 or email me Ken@VillageGreen-Inc.com for more information.

21 Jul 2021

Best Plants Series – Oakleaf Hydrangea

Today we wanted to show you Oakleaf Hydrangea. We love this plant and its beautiful white blooms. As the blooms start to fade, they turn a nice brown color that stands out, and in the fall, it has lovely red foliage. It is a drought-tolerant hydrangea, although you have to water it a bit more the first year but after that, not much.

We like to use it up against a home or a corner in our landscape projects. This plant is deciduous, so it is good to have something evergreen around it as it will lose its leaves. If you are looking for a beautiful shade-loving plant for your landscape, it is hard to beat the Oakleaf Hydrangea.

If you are interested in learning more about our favorite plants be sure and visit our Best Plants Series on our YouTube channel (while you are there be sure and subscribe to our channel.) You can also watch two of our recent videos below.

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And as always, if you are looking for a company to help you get a healthier lawn or starting a landscape project Village Green would love to earn your business.

With over 40 years of experience in North Dallas, I know Village Green can help you achieve the lawn of your dreams at a very affordable price. And don’t just take my word for it. If you are interested, check out what others have to say in our Google reviews.

Founded in 1980, we are a family-owned and operated lawn and landscape company based in Plano, Texas. Call 972-495-6990 or email me Ken@VillageGreen-Inc.com for more information.

19 Jul 2021

Is Nutsedge in Your Lawn Driving You Nuts?

Nutsedge is a weed we see a lot of in the summer months in North Texas. It is a dark-green leafed weed that looks a lot like grass that is sticking straight up. But nutsedge isn’t a grass even though it is usually mistaken for a grassy weed. This confuses homeowners who try and treat it with a grassy weed product that does nothing. If you look closely at or feel nutsedge, you’ll notice the leaf isn’t flat, it is triangular – that’s what makes it different from a grassy weed (they have flat-bladed leaves.) Another annoying trait of nutsedge is that it grows remarkably fast once cut (which drives homeowners nuts!)

So how do you get rid of nutsedge? The truth is there isn’t a product that kills it. And trying to pull it up by the roots is not a good idea because nutsedge has nuts attached to the roots. You can pull up the first one, but if you don’t get the second one, and in our North Texas clay soil, you rarely get the second one, you will end up splitting it, resulting in even more nutsedge.

The best tip is to go with a product that will stunt it (hopefully for the season.) You can learn more about these products in today’s video.

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If you are tired of messing with nutsedge and other weeds, be sure to check out our affordable fertilization and weed control plans on our website. We offer affordable fertilization and weed control plans and are happy to provide a no-obligation quote for us to handle your lawn.

With over 40 years of experience in North Dallas, I know Village Green can help you achieve the lawn of your dreams at a very affordable price. And don’t just take my word for it. If you are interested, check out what others have to say in our Google reviews.

And as always, if you are looking for a company to help you get a healthier lawn or starting a landscape project Village Green would love 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 me Ken@VillageGreen-Inc.com for more information.

13 Jul 2021

A Bucket Can Show You How Much To Water This Summer

How much should you be watering your lawn this summer is a question I get asked a lot.

The short answer is roughly an hour per week per zone, assuming you are using a standard sprinkler spray head (you can download our free summer watering guide here.)

Where do I get that number?

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Imagine placing a bucket full of water in the middle of your lawn in full sun. If you came back and checked that bucket after a week, you’d find that it has lost about an inch of water. A lawn is no different. Your lawn loses about an inch of water per week during the summer. I recommend an hour per work per zone because a standard spray sprinkler head takes about an hour to put out an inch of water.

When I ask people how long they are watering in the summer, I generally hear “about 30 minutes” which is not long enough. Consider that bucket in the middle of the lawn again. If we are only adding a half of an inch per week (what a standard spray sprinkler head will put out in 30 minutes) while losing an inch per week when we come back at the end of the month, the bucket will have a lot less water. It won’t be empty. But it won’t be enough to keep your lawn thriving through our hot summer months.

As summer progresses, your soil will get progressively dryer, making it difficult for the grassroots to reach down into your soil to get to the water.

If your sprinkler system has rotary heads, you want to be watering about 50% to double the time of standard spray sprinkler heads since rotary heads have to cover twice the area to deliver the same amount of water.

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And as always, if you are looking for a company to help you get a healthier lawn or starting a landscape project Village Green would love 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 me Ken@VillageGreen-Inc.com for more information.

08 Jul 2021

The Pretty Tree that is Texas Tough and Flame-Proof

Today I wanted to show you one of our favorite plants to use, the Vitex Tree. The Vitex gets a lot of interest and generates a lot of questions at this time of year because of its colorful blooms.

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We love the Vitex Tree because it is what I like to call a flame-proof plant. This tree is Texas tough and can handle the summer heat of North Texas. The Vitex Tree does get large (and wide.) It is important to make sure you place it in a space with some space to grow. Beyond that it doesn’t need much maintenance. All you need to do is prune off the suckers it will want to grow at the bottom and leave the top alone to allow it grow into a beautiful shape.

If you are interested in learning more about our favorite plants be sure and visit our Best Plants Series on our YouTube channel (while you are there be sure and subscribe to our channel.) You can also watch two of our recent videos below.

And as always, if you are looking for a company to help you get a healthier lawn or starting a landscape project Village Green would love 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 me Ken@VillageGreen-Inc.com for more information.

06 Jul 2021

How You Fight the Nastiest Weed in North Texas

Today I want to show you a weed we see a lot in the summer here in Dallas. The weed is called Dallisgrass. This nasty weed is perennial, which means it comes from a root and cannot be controlled by a pre-emergent. Your best option for a large patch of Dallisgrass is to apply Roundup and then re-sod the area.

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If you find a small patch of Dallisgrass in your lawn, your best course of action is to dig it up because Dallisgrass is a spreader. If left unattended, it will spread and eventually choke out your Bermuda and St. Augustine.

If you are not currently on our Signature Fertilization & Weed Control Plan and tired of messing with Dallisgrass and other weeds, be sure to check out our plans for more information. We offer affordable fertilization and weed control plans and are happy to provide a no-obligation quote for us to handle your lawn.

With over 40 years of experience in North Dallas, I know Village Green can help you achieve the lawn of your dreams at a very affordable price. And don’t just take my word for it. If you are interested, check out what others have to say in our Google reviews.

And as always, if you are looking for a company to help you get a healthier lawn or starting a landscape project Village Green would love 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 me Ken@VillageGreen-Inc.com for more information.

28 Jun 2021

Go for the Gold with this Shade Loving Plant

Today I wanted to show you Gold Dust Aucuba. As you can see in the video, it gets its name from the color of the leaves.

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Gold Dust Aucuba loves the shade (it can’t take the sun.) In shady spots, it flourishes and does very well in both the heat and cold.

Gold Dust Aucuba is excellent to use in dark spots in your landscape. We often use it on the outside corner of a home’s landscape or where we need a bright spot in a shady landscape.

If you are interested in learning more about our favorite plants be sure and visit our Best Plants Series on our YouTube channel (while you are there be sure and subscribe to our channel.) You can also watch two of our recent videos below.

21 Jun 2021

Best Plants Series Featuring Stella de Oro Daylily

Today we wanted to put the spotlight on one of our favorite plants to use, the Stella de Oro Daylily.

We love using it in our landscape projects because it does fine in full sun and is a reliable bloomer. It is flameproof, which makes it suitable for North Texas during our blistering summer months.

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We also like to use these in front of other plants to make a nice lower layer (they will also go dormant in our winter months.)

If you are interested in learning more about our favorite plants be sure and visit our Best Plants Series on our YouTube channel (while you are there be sure and subscribe to our channel.)

And as always, if you are looking for a company to help you get a healthier lawn Village Green would love 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 me Ken@VillageGreen-Inc.com for more information.

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.