Landscaping & Lawn Care in Plano
22 Mar 2016

Village Green Earns Esteemed 2015 Angie’s List Super Service Award

Angie's List Super Service Award
Angie’s List Super Service Award

Village Green has earned the service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, for the fifth time in as many years, reflecting an exemplary year of service provided to members of the consumer review service in 2015.

Village Green won the 2015 Super Service Award for the following categories:  Landscaping, Lawn & Yard Work, and Lawn Irrigation (Sprinkler Repair.)

In our Founder & President, Ken Hyatt’s own words:  “Only about 5% of the lawn and landscape companies in North Texas have performed consistently enough to earn Angie’s List Super Service Award.  The fact that we did it in three categories makes me very proud of our team.”

Angie’s List Super Service Award 2015 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade, and review period grade; the company must be in good standing with Angie’s List, have a fully complete profile, pass a background check and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.

Service company ratings are updated daily on Angie’s List. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in areas ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality.

11 Mar 2014

Village Green Featured on Angie’s List Experts Podcast

I have to admit that I was shocked when I got the call from the Angie’s List Experts podcast asking me to be the guest expert on their popular series.  If you aren’t familiar, the Angie’s List Experts podcast brings highly-rated service providers from Angie’s List together to answer questions and provide home owners with the best tips and advice for their next home improvement project.
 
My interview was for Episode 008, where I talked about spring lawn and landscaping tips for a beautiful yard.  Personally I think I sound funny, but my friends and family tell me that’s how I actually sound!  You can judge for yourself by listening to the episode on the Angie’s List website by clicking here.  Or listen to it on iTunes by clicking here. Regardless of how I sound, there is a lot of great information from my 30+ years of lawn and landscaping in this 15 minute podcast.
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If you have any questions regarding your lawn or landscape, please don’t hesitate to contact me at 972-495-6990 or ken@villagegreen-inc.com.  I’d be happy to answer any of your questions.  If you do listen to the podcast I’d love to hear what you think.

Thanks,

Ken Hyatt, Founder and President of Village Green

 

04 Jul 2013

Grubs are coming…is your lawn ready?


grubGrub worms, which are the larvae of June beetles, can wreak havoc to North Texas lawns as we move into late summer.  
They destroy your lawn by feeding on grass roots, leaving a carpet of grass that will stay green for a short time after the damage is already done, but will soon die (or get sucked up in the lawnmower the next time your grass is cut which happens more than most people realize.)  The good news is that NOW is the time to treat for grub worms and today’s blog entry will give you all the information you need to win the battle.

Grub worms have a three year life cycle.  In our area the beetle lay its eggs in late spring to early summer, with the grub emerging in a few weeks.  They start feeding pretty much instantly, as we’ve said, on the root system of your grass.  The problem is you often can’t see the damage until it already done because the carpet of grass that no longer has a good root system will stay green a short time after the roots are gone.  Another problem with grubs is that armadillos love to eat them, and if you have them around, they’ll start digging up your lawn to feed on the grubs causing even more damage.

That is why you need Imidacloprid.  We know that’s a tough name to remember (let alone say) but you need to make sure that is the active ingredient if you are treating for grubs.  Don’t pick up the first bag of Ortho or Bayer with an easier name that has a picture of grub.  Read the labels and make sure you get a product that has Imidacloprid which will create a barrier that prevents the grub worm from damaging your lawn.

Grubs_in_Lawns1568It is important to remember that Imidacloprid is a great preventative against grub worms, which means it is NOT effective once they are actively feeding, so the time to apply is NOW.  If you are going to do it yourself you should apply a preventative treatment within the next couple of weeks.  If you are busy and don’t want to mess with it yourself contact Village Green today for a FREE estimate on treating your lawn.

People often ask us what they should do when they see grubs in their lawn in spring?  Does it mean they are feasting on my lawn early?  The answer is no.  You’d be hard pressed to find a lawn in our area that doesn’t have some grub worms.  They only become an issue with their numbers grow to the point where they can cause widespread destruction in late summer (it is impossible for them to grow their numbers to the point of damaging your lawn in anytime but late summer in our area.)

19 Jun 2013

Summer Water Schedule


Sprinkler Repair in Richardson TXAs the temperature gets closer and closer to the century mark, I get more and more questions about how to keep your lawn and landscape looking good in this Texas heat.  Not to mention during Stage 3 water restrictions. 

First, you need to water for about sixty minutes in the summer. That can vary based on a few variables (has it rained? Do you have a lot of shade?) But sixty minutes is a good basic guideline for our area.

The challenge though is this, the infamous clay soil in our area can only absorb about ten minutes of watering.  Anything beyond that is going to run off which is bad for your water bill and our environment.

Which is why Village Green usually recommends you schedule two mornings per week in three ten minute bursts (run your system with three starts times, 2am, 4am and 6am on each of the days.)  That will give you a total of sixty minutes.  

I said usually because since June 1st, many of us are under Stage 3 water restrictions which only allows us to water once per week.  

irrigation1If this is your predicament, then you need to quite literally change to Plan B, and water of 2am, 4am, and 6am.  Then add (Program B on most sprinkler controllers) water times of  6pm, 8pm and 10pm.   Most plants, including your lawn, will be fine on this once per week summer watering schedule. 

Customers with a larger property may not be able to achieve all of the desired minutes in the one day you are allowed under Stage 3 water restrictions.  If that is the case contact the city to see if it you can get a waiver.  Most cities will grant waivers for residents with large properties.  

One final point, if your sprinkler system has rotary heads (that turn out slowly and send out long streams of water) you will need to water those zones twice as long.  The reason being they are covering twice the area with the same number of gallons and need to run twice as long to put out an inch of water (which amounts to about two hours per zone in the summer.)

Visit the Village Green Resource Center for helpful links for your city watering guidelines as well as the downloadable Village Green Watering Guide.  If you need more help programming your sprinkler, or making sure your system is in top condition give us a call at 972-495-6990, email me at ken@villagegreen-inc.com or fill out our contact form. We offer affordable sprinkler system inspections and tune-ups that will guarantee appropriate and adequate water coverage for your lawn. Our certified irrigation technicians can also install water-conserving nozzles and applicators so that water usage is as efficient as possible. 

29 Apr 2013

St. Augustine & Bermuda Lawns: One-Size-Does-Not-Fit-All

4.14tipEven though it is easier, in the long run it is imperative that you not employ a one-size-fits-all approach to your lawn fertilization in the spring.  Bermuda and St. Augustine need the opposite treatment during this time of the year.  What is good for Bermuda, could hurt St. Augustine, and what is good for St. Augustine can be ineffective for Bermuda.  Why?  Keep on reading to learn more than you ever wanted to know about Bermuda and St. Augustine and what you should be doing to create a healthy and lush lawn.

Bermuda grass loves a high-nitrogen, slow-release fertilizer to feed its sudden flush of growth during this time of year (Village Green uses 25-0-0.)  You need to apply a good pre-emergent for spring and summer weeds and if you see broad leaf weeds, treat them as much as you like because Bermuda is tough and can handle any treatment you give it.

St. Augustine is the exact opposite.  Brown patch, a fungus that attacks St. Augustine in moderate spring weather, loves nitrogen.  In fact you might not even realize you have brown patch, but if you apply high nitrogen fertilizer, it will explode across your lawn, living up to its name, resulting in big ugly brown patches across your lawn that you’ll live with until summer. 

Service-LawnThat is why we apply a low-nitrogen, high potassium fertilizer to our St. Augustine lawns (Village Green uses 5-10-31.)  This produces great root growth, helping St. Augustine recover from any winter damage, without encouraging brown patch.

You also need to keep in mind that St. Augustine is much more sensitive to weed control products than Bermuda.  In fact, each time you treat St. Augustine for weeds, you damage it.  This is why it is an extremely bad idea to apply weed-n-feed (fertilizer combined with a broad-leaf weed killer) to St. Augustine.  Sure, you’ll have fewer weeds, but you’ll also have less St. Augustine.  At Village Green we skip the pre-emergent we use on Bermuda this time of year, and lightly spot treat any broad leaf weeds we see in our St. Augustine lawns.

Here’s the big question though.  What do you do if your lawn has both St. Augustine and Bermuda? 

What Village Green does is treat part of your lawn with one type of fertilizer and treat the other part with the other fertilizer. 

It is lot more work than the one-size-fits-all approach, but in the end, our customers have a better lawn, and appreciate our attention to detail, which is why they hire us in the first place.

Have more questions about fertilization and weed control?  Give us a call at 972-495-6990, email, or visit our webpage on total lawn care.

25 Apr 2013

QuickTip: Why isn’t my lawn growing faster this spring?

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Considering Village Green has been around sine 1980, I hope you believe me when I say this spring has been one of the most unusual that I can recall!  In fact this crazy weather has not only caused the Texas Rangers to set a record for lowest day temperature ever for a game at the Ballpark, they have also played four games at home this season where the temperature was 50 degrees or less. 

The Rangers aren’t the only ones affected by this crazy cool spring.  Your lawn is too.  Weeds love the cool weather as much as your turf does not.  Both St. Augustine and Bermuda are warm season grasses.  They need soil temperatures to be above 80 degrees to come out of dormancy.  In fact, your lawn thinks it is March instead of April because of the cool spring and is only now starting to grow. 

That isn’t true of your weeds though, is it?  They are thriving because they love cool weather.  This makes it especially hard to get rid of them this spring, which is typically a time when they are starting to be stressed by warmer weather and go away.

So what is our tip?  Don’t panic and carry on.  Even though you may feel like nothing is working, that you are wasting your time with the watering, fertilization and weed control…you are not!  You must be patient.

It may be in the low 40s now, but remember this is North Texas, it could be in the 90s by next week!  And as soon as it warms up your lawn is going to kick into gear from all your efforts, turning green and lush, and all those cool weather weeds will be dead.

16 Apr 2013

Tuesday Tip

LawnVillage Green’s Tuesday Tip: We’re often asked, can a lawn be so far gone that you need to start over?  The short answer is usually not.  The lawn in this photo suffered what appears to be freeze and chinch bug damage.  Back in February, when we got the call from the customer, this lawn was covered in broad-leaf weeds.  It was so bad you had to look hard to find any good grass.  Now in April, you can see the lawn has some bald spots, but it has very few weeds.  As our days get warmer, these bald places will quickly fill in from the edges.  If you look closely at the photo you’ll see runners are already starting.  What’s our secret?  Our good fertilizer program and instructing our customer on the proper watering schedule for their lawn.  

11 Apr 2013

Village Green Talks Video Blog: Weeds!

 

Ken has what we’d call a love hate relationship with weeds. As you’ll see In today’s first ever Green Talks Video Blog (our first, of what we hope are many), Ken knows a LOT about weeds and their control. Here he walks through a customer’s lawn detailing how their weed control program is working. One more thing to note. We apologize for the wind noise in some of this clip. It is very hard to escape the blustery April winds when we are out and about in the field.