Landscaping & Lawn Care in Plano
10 Sep 2021

Here’s Our Fall Lawn Watering Guide

The first day of fall 2021 is September 22 so now is the time to get your sprinkler ready for fall watering.

In fall, your soil loses about ½ the water it loses in the summer, so the simplest solution is to water one day per week versus the two you water in the summer. Download our fall watering guide.

We recommend that you water in ten-minute bursts one day per week at 2 a.m, 4 a.m., and 6 a.m. during the fall.

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

As always, if you have any 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 also find a how-to video on programming your controller on our website or YouTube channel.

08 Sep 2021

A Shady Lawn Landscape Update for Liz and Tim

Liz and Tim are longtime Village Green customers (20 years!), and over that time, their trees have matured, creating a shady lawn that made it hard to grow healthy grass. Liz and Tom fought the change at first and tried sodding many times, but ultimately they realized it was impractical and contacted Village Green to find a shady lawn solution. Working with our landscape architect, David Daigle, we created a tremendous shade-loving landscape design to extend their front yard landscape to cover the grass-challenged areas. Previously we had installed a beautiful stone border that we didn’t want to lose, so we left it in place and installed Arizona river rock in front of it (6 tons!).

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To frame the home, we used Pringle Yews, which gets about 4′ tall, and used Creme Demint Pittosporums, a small creme-colored shrub to add some contrast under their windows. Liz and Tim love their new landscape, so much so that.

Liz and Tim love their updated landscape. Liz told us she likes to stand in front of her home and take it all in! Liz also said that our Landscape Team of Hannah, Luis, and Juan were great. They accommodated anything Liz needed to be done, including placing her Moss Boulders exactly where she wanted them. Liz went on to say that Hannah did a great job of communicating during the project, letting them know who was going to be doing the tasks and when the work would happen.

In the end, the best compliment came in the form of their 5-star review on Google.

“Owner Ken Hyatt and the entire team at Village Green are fantastic! Village Green has maintained our lawn and landscaping for over 20 years, much to our satisfaction. In addition, we have had several major landscaping projects completed by Ken and his team over the years, all of which have been executed beautifully. The team just completed a major front yard re-do which has exceeded our expectations! We are incredibly pleased with Village Green and highly recommend them.”

If you are looking for a company to help with your lawn or landscape, please give Village Green a chance 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 emailKen@VillageGreen-Inc.com for more information.

06 Sep 2021

Best Plants Series – Dwarf Mexican Petunia

We get many questions from customers on what our favorite plants to use in North Texas are. So many Ken has recorded a “Best Plants Series.” Today we wanted to show you one of our favorite plants to use, the Dwarf Mexican Petunia. It is another favorite because it is what we like to call a flame-proof plant. The hotter and dryer it gets, the happier it becomes. It will eventually grow to be about a foot or so tall and will fill in. The one thing you have to watch out for is it spreading more than wanted (the non-dwarf variety of this plant is very aggressive and like bamboo.) If you need a dwarf plant to put in the foreground of a landscape with some nice color, you should consider the Dwarf Mexican Petunia.

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30 Aug 2021

Giving Back: Swim Across America

My wife Debbie will be participating in Swim Across America again this year. Swim Across America is a great group that funds cancer research, clinical trials and patient programs by hosting charity swims. Debbie normally participates by swimming in the event but recently had a minor surgery and was unable to participate the day of the swim so she participated virtually by kayaking earlier this year. If you’d like to learn more or donate to her team you can visit the Swim Across America site.

24 Aug 2021

Amyworms Have Invaded North Texas

Armyworms have invaded North Texas. We have been getting a lot of calls from concerned customers wondering if their lawns are dead. In today’s update, I’ll show you a yard that has sustained armyworm damage.

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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.

If you are looking for help with your lawn or landscape, please give Village Green a chance 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.

21 Aug 2021

What To Do If You Have Leaf Cutter Caterpillars

We recently featured the Canna Lily as one of our picks for our Best Plants Series.

The Cana Lily is a great choice for a customer who is looking for tropical looking plant for their landscape. They come in a variety of colors (both their blooms and leaves.) They also work well in certain spaces (where you need a tall vertical plant.)

But one of the downsides of the Canna Lily is you can get leaf cutter caterpillars which can make the leaves look ugly. In this video I’ll show you the damage leaf cutters can cause and how to get rid of them.

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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 some of our recent videos below.

If you are looking for help with your lawn or landscape, please give Village Green a chance to earn your business. Founded in 1980, we are a family-owned and operated lawn and landscape company. Call 972-495-6990 or email Ken@VillageGreen-Inc.com for more information.

20 Aug 2021

Landscape Spotlight: April’s Plano Patio Project

April contacted Village Green for help creating an upgraded low-maintenance landscape for her Plano patio home. April’s backyard is tiny by anyone’s standard. And many people believe that means it would be too small to justify a landscape. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Patio homes benefit from an incredible landscape because every square inch is typically seen and on display.

As you can see from the photos, we delivered on an incredible looking landscape that maximizes the space we had available while delivering on her request for low maintenance by our plant selections, including dwarf plants like giant liriope, carex grass, and heuchera. These plants will stay under one foot but add great color. We combined those dwarf plants with semi-dwarf plants, obsession nandinas, and kaleidoscope abelia. They get two or three feet tall. Next, we added river rock around the base of her magnolia tree to add an important dash of texture and cover up the tree’s exposed roots.

April was thrilled with her new landscape’s final results and so happy with Hannah and her landscape team that she took the time to sing our praises on Google. As a locally owned and operated family business, nothing helps us more than when a customer is kind enough to share their great experience working with Village Green.

Thank you, April, for your business and for allowing us to share your landscape.

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 me Ken@VillageGreen-Inc.com for more information.

16 Aug 2021

The ‘Understory’ Tree That is One Of Our All-Time-Favorites

We get many questions from customers on what our favorite plants to use in North Texas are. So many that we created our “Best Plants Series” to showcase our list.

Today we wanted to show you the Japanese Maple. It has to be one of my all-time favorite trees. Japanese Maples are what we call an understory tree. That means they like to be underneath another tree.

Ideally, you’d like them to be in the shade so their leaves don’t get crinkly during the heat of our North Texas summer.

They can do ok in the sun, but keep in as much shade as you can if at all possible. They can grow to be quite tall, but they are slow growers. Their bright red leaves make this a spectacularly graceful tree.

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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.)

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 for more information.

11 Aug 2021

Landscape Spotlight: Tour Matt’s New Project in Allen

This project was our second for Matt, who needed some help with the front landscape at his home in Allen. As you can see in the before photos, the house had an older landscape with a severe slope at the entry. The property also had established trees which gave a lot of shade, resulting in a lack of grass that caused drainage issues at the entrance. In addition to those issues, the existing landscape was older and had a tired and worn appearance with plants that required more maintenance than Matt wanted. Since this was our second time working with Matt, he had a good idea of what he wanted, and we quickly worked up our plan, which would include a stunning stone wall to solve the slope and drainage issues and plants that would be low maintenance while giving a lot of color throughout the year. You can learn much more about our plant selections and other details on this project in today’s video.

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I’m happy to report that Matt was very pleased with the final results and Hannah and her Landscape Team. Matt had nothing but great things to say about working with Village Green a second time, from our communication to workmanship, making me super proud of our hard-working Landscape Crew.

Thank you, Matt, for being such a great Village Green customer and allowing us to showcase our work with your landscape project.

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 me Ken@VillageGreen-Inc.com for more information.

09 Aug 2021

Best Plants Series – Canna Lilly

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

Today we wanted to show you one of our favorite plants to use, the Canna Lily. If a customer is looking for a tropical look in their landscape, our go-to plant is the Canna Lily. They come in different colors (both the blooms and leaves.) One of the downsides of the Canna Lily is you can get leaf cutters which can make the leaves look ugly. That is quite common, and there’s not a lot you can do about it. They are a perennial that will go dormant in the winter and need to be cut back. They will also spread if you don’t contain them. Even with those couple of downsides, if you want a colorful tropical plant, especially in a landscape around a pool, it’s hard to beat the Canna Lily.

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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 some of our recent videos below.