Landscaping & Lawn Care in Plano
27 Apr 2021

Our Favorite Plants For Landscape Projects

The worried calls we received about freeze damage from the February storm have turned to questions about replacement plant recommendations.

In these videos, Ken recommend what we feel are some of the best plants that we use for our landscape projects.

Keep in mind that there is currently a nationwide shortage of plants. Plants are literally being rationed! The joke around our shop is that plants are harder to find this spring than toilet paper was a year ago!

All kidding aside, the shortage is the result of the growers losing a lot of plants because of the February freeze and increased demand for replacement plants for many North Texans. The demand has quadrupled!

If you are looking for plants recommendations for your lawn or landscape be sure and watch all the videos in this series.

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11 Apr 2021

What’s Going On With Palm Trees, Live Oaks and Loropetalum Purple Fringe Flower?

As hard as it is to believe, it has been nearly two months since our February deep freeze that caused significant disruptions in North Texas as well as widespread damage to some plants and trees.

We continue to get many calls, emails, and comments on our YouTube Channel with people looking for advice and expertise.

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02 Apr 2021

Do You Call Them Crane Flies, Mayflies, or Mosquito Hawks?

After our crazy February weather, you might fear that the giant mosquitoes descending on North Texas are some weird anomaly caused by our record-breaking cold winter. The good news is they are not, and you can rest easy that these mega-mosquitoes are crane flies that are entirely normal at this time of year.

You may have heard them called mayflies, mosquito hawks, skeeter eaters, and my favorite, mosquito on steroids! But regardless of what you call them, these inch-long, gangly-legged insects that will sneak into your home and bouncing off the walls and ceilings are, in fact, crane flies. They are also entirely harmless, even though many internet sites say they can bite or sting.

The interesting thing about adult crane flies is how little they eat, if at all, according to the experts. Some will sponge up liquids, such as dew and honey water. And others will visit flowers to take up nectar. But the reason they don’t eat much is that adult crane flies don’t have time. They 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.

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

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.

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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 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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