Landscaping & Lawn Care in Plano
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.

10 Jun 2021

Summer Watering Guide for North Texas Lawns

Summer is the season your soil loses the most water, and why we recommend watering roughly an hour per week per zone in full sun.

We recommend that you water in ten-minute bursts two days per week at 2 a.m, 4 a.m., and 6 a.m. during the summer.

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

You can find a how-to video on programming your controller 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.

06 Jun 2021

Late Spring Lawn Update for North Texas

We wanted to give you a late spring update for North Texas. The big news is that we’ve had a lot of rain (in the past two weeks we’ve had ten days of rain!) That means most lawns are bright green and filling in. Any areas with freeze damage are starting to look much better. We have seen a few fungal issues in St. Augustine and Zoysia lawns, but for the most part, things are looking good.

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Our guess is in the next few weeks, we will be wishing we had more of this rain and moderate temperatures, but the reality is summer is coming, and we will start drying out and having hotter weather before we know it.

That is why it is essential 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, check out our tips for checking your sprinkler system (you’ll find them below.) Or better yet, 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.

The other thing we’re focused on now is spot treating for summer weeds like crabgrass and nutsedge and putting out treatments for chinch bugs, grubs, and fire ants. We typically don’t see any grub or chinch bug issues in late spring, but now is the time to do preventative measures for both (especially chinch bugs which thrive in our hot, dry months.)

If you have any lawn or landscape-related questions or need help, give us a call at 972-495-6990 We would love to earn your business.

03 Jun 2021

Best Plants Series – Little Gem Magnolia Tree

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

Today we wanted to show you one of our favorite trees to plant around swimming pools and along fence lines as a screen. The Little Gem Magnolia is great for this because it doesn’t get too tall or wide, but does the trick when you need something to screen between your lawn and a neighbor. Another nice feature is the blooms it produces.

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If you have family or friends who would benefit from this video, please share it with them. If you enjoy these updates and don’t want to miss them in the future, subscribe to our YouTube channel. You can also join our email list to receive important updates and other helpful information about all things lawn-related in North Texas.

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 us at Ken@VillageGreen-Inc.com to learn more.

31 May 2021

Important Tips on How to Properly Set Plants in a Landscape

In this video, Hannah shows a few of our tips and tricks for placing plants in our landscape projects. If you are considering doing some landscaping this summer you won’t want to miss this video.

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If you don’t want to do it yourself and have a project in mind give us a call. We would love to earn you business.

If you have family or friends who would benefit from these videos, please share with them. If you enjoy these updates and don’t want to miss them in the future, subscribe to our YouTube channel.

24 May 2021

How to Prevent Brown Patch in your St. Augustine Lawn

Late spring is the time of the year in North Texas when our temperatures are getting warmer, and we get a lot of rain. These conditions can cause Brown Patch in St. Augustine lawns.

How do we go about fighting this nasty little fungus that thrives on warm, damp conditions?

Prevention is the best bet in spring (in fall, we can treat it with a fungicide.) The good news is that Brown Patch generally only makes your lawn look bad. It won’t kill it. Many people leave Brown Patch untreated, taking steps to prevent it after it goes away.

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If you want to prevent Brown Patch in your St. Augustine lawn, we recommend the following tips.

• Sprinkle in the morning (to avoid water standing overnight.)
• Avoid allowing water to puddle in the lawn.
• Use a low nitrogen fertilizer in early spring (brown patch fungus feeds on nitrogen.)
• Use a preventative such as PCNB before brown Patch occurs.
• If you see brown patches in your lawn, spot treat the areas to prevent them from getting larger.
• And the best tip? Hire Village Green to handle your fertilization and weed control.

Our Signature Fertilization & Weed Control + Insect Protection Plan allows Village Green to be in your yard every month to month and a half. And we’re not just spreading fertilizer on these visits. We are inspecting your lawn and looking for potential problems that we will fix or notify you of to decide how to handle them best.

That’s what Village Green does. And why we’ve been in business since 1980. We give you the lawn of your dreams without worry or work so you can concentrate on more important things.

If you have family or friends who would benefit from this video, please share it with them. If you enjoy these updates and don’t want to miss them in the future, subscribe to our YouTube channel. You can also join our email list to receive important updates and other helpful information about all things lawn-related in North Texas. Subscribe here.

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 for more information.

17 May 2021

St. Augustine Lawn Update for North Texas

The fallout from the North Texas February winter storm is still affecting many in North Texas.

It is especially true for those who have St. Augustine lawns. It is no big surprise that some St. Augustine lawns are showing signs of freeze damage. After all, St. Augustine is a tropical plant and does not do well when temperatures bottom out to zero!

Be sure and watch our St. Augustine video update below on what we are are seeing in the field.

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13 May 2021

Loropetalum (a.k.a. Purple Fringe Flower) Update for North Texas

In early April, we received so many calls from people worried about their fringe flowers (also known as Loropetalum.) These popular plants took a real hit from the February freeze. I did a video specifically on Loropetalum (watch it here https://youtu.be/CpzRgOBtxFg​).

I’m happy to share some good news from all that freezing weather we had in February in this video update. Not so fast on Lororpetalum (also known as Chinese Fringe Flower), we see signs of life for some of them in North Texas.

Be sure and watch the video to learn tips on what you can do to help your Loropetalum come back.

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If you have family or friends who would benefit from these videos, please share with them. If you enjoy these updates and don’t want to miss them in the future, subscribe to our YouTube 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. You can learn more about our affordable plans here.

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.