Landscaping & Lawn Care in Plano
12 Sep 2011

Plano Sprinkler Repair: Help your lawn recover from drought damage

It’s hot and it’s been a long, long time since we’ve seen rain which means at Village Green we’ve been doing a lot of Plano sprinkler repairs. We have seen large areas of lawns and sometimes the entire lawn completely brown from lack of water. What should you do if your lawn has been under watered?

Imagine setting a bucket of water in your lawn If you don’t add the same amount of water each week that it has lost from sitting out in the sun eventually you won’t have much water left. If you want to refill the bucket you’re going to have to add more water each week than it is losing but not so much that the water just slops over the edge and spills everywhere.

You want to do the same thing with your sprinkler system. If you’ve been under-watering the water table in your soil has moved so low that the roots of your lawn can’t reach the water. If you add about 25% to your watering each week, you will gradually move the water table up to the level of your roots. Do this for two or three weeks and then each week you can drop 5% from your schedule. Follow this schedule and, assuming good sun and good fertilizing (using Village Green of course), you’ll be surprised at how quickly you’ll start seeing results.

Not sure how to set your controller? Go to Village Green Plano Sprinkler Repair and let us take care of it for you.

01 Sep 2011

Dallas lawn care for dog owners

Not much is more American than having a beautiful, well-kept lawn and a hyper dog running around in it while the family watches on in bliss. That’s the dream, but the reality is that dogs can wreak havoc on a lawn by wearing down the grass or causing discoloration from urine and fecal matter. Here are some lawn care tips to keep your turf protected from dog damages.

Plant a grass that is conducive to extreme wear. Some lawn care experts will suggest installing a hardscape to give your dog a place to roam, but if having a beautiful, vibrant lawn is your only option, opt for a type of grass that is known for its durability. Lawn care specialists suggest using Bermuda, a warm-season grass or Kentucky bluegrass, a cool-season grass. Both these types will have a better chance of withstanding the constant pounding of paws throughout your lawn.

Drench “dog spots.” If your dog stays out for most of the day, this might be a tougher option to follow through with, but if your dog goes out a certain number of times a day to do his business, this should be a great solution to eliminating urine spots from your lawn. Once the dog has finished urinating, follow up with a thorough spray of water from the garden hose. Don’t be afraid of overwatering; soak the area until the urine is completely diluted.

Establish a “potty area.” Training your dog to do his business in only one specific area will help you keep your lawn free from urine spots and ensure you only have one area that will be affected. When your dog goes outside, only take him to this spot and keep him there until he goes. With time, the dog will be trained to only go to that specific area, leaving the rest of your lawn untouched!

If your lawn already has extensive trampling damage or urine spots, contact your Dallas lawn care company for restorative services.

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04 Aug 2011

Lawn Care Tip: Protecting your Dallas lawn from dogs

With all the running, jumping and going to the bathroom, dogs can do quite a number on your Dallas lawn. There are some products you can purchase that promise to eliminate urine spots from your Dallas lawn, but this might be more trouble than it’s worth to have to try and seek out every spot and treat it thoroughly. There is also the issue with trampled or worn grass, and unless you’re ready to dig up your existing turf and plant sturdier grass, you will need another option for protecting your turf from your pet’s paws.

Lawn care specialists recommend planting clover in the areas where your dog likes to frequent for his bathroom needs. Dogs often retreat to a certain spot time after time, so planting clover in this area will allow him the comfort of thinking he’s getting grass, but his urine will not have the same effects on the clover as it does on grass. The nitrogen and salt in urine is what causes the grass to become discolored, but clover is resistant to these chemicals and will remain green. Clover is also beneficial because it doesn’t require the same amount of upkeep and watering as regular grass.

Another Dallas lawn care tip for the wearing of your turf is installing a pooch path. As stated before, dogs are creatures of habit and tend to pick out the area around your fence as their potty spots. Lawn care professionals advise against growing grass in this area and instead suggest installing a crushed gravel path or a stone walkway. This will also work for your dog’s other paths through the yard. Instead of having trampled grass, you will have a creative and luxurious-looking pathway that will add character to your Dallas lawn and Dallas landscape.

If you don’t feel like dealing with the hassle of keeping up with your dog’s potty spots, contact your local Dallas lawn care company and ask about their services to combat the effects your pet may have on your Dallas lawn.

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02 Jul 2011

Dallas Lawn Care: Trees planted too deeply is very common – and very bad for the tree

Are you wondering why your tree has been in the ground for several years and still hasn’t grown and the leaves are turning yellow? Chances are it’s been planted too deeply. Look for the place on the tree trunk where it sweeps out from the trunk into the ground. On large, established trees this is very easy to find, trees fresh from the nursery have the same “root flare” but you usually need to look more closely at them. Look at the first photo below of a Dallas landscape installation and everything looks fine, right? A nice oak tree planted in a tree ring. If you look closely you’ll see the trunk goes straight into the ground with no sign of a flare. Take a look at the second photo of the same tree after we removed the tree ring and you’ll see the soil was piled several inches above the root flare. Piling dirt or mulch above the root flare rots the trunk off of the tree will stunt and eventually kill the tree. This is one of the most common mistakes I see in landscapes.

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23 Jun 2011

Lawn care tip: When is the best time of year to weed?

If there’s anything more annoying than weeds sprouting up throughout your Dallas lawn, it’s pulling each of those weeds. It might even seem like the old wives’ tale about pulling gray hairs applies to weeds: pull one weed and two more grow back. But if you time your weed pulling or weed control treatments right, you might just be able to see a decrease in the following season.

Lawn care specialists advise that if your Dallas lawn is comprised of 50 percent or more weeds, then it’s time for a “do-over.” But if you haven’t quite hit that limit (even if sometimes it seems that way), then you just need to strategize your weed control and come up with an effective battle plan.

For optimal weed prevention, Dallas lawn care experts recommend weeding in the spring and fall when they’re at their weakest point. During the spring, all plants are gearing up to grow, even weeds. The roots are trying to pump as much energy into the leaves as possible, which is where you need to take them out, thus eliminating much of the energy supply and ensuring they don’t have a chance to spread their seeds around.

If your weed problem rears its ugly head during the summer, Dallas lawn care technicians recommend weeding throughout the summer season, but get ready for the big battle in the fall. By treating germinated seeds, you’re able to get the weeds before they’ve even sprouted. If you were lucky enough to jump on the weeds in the spring, by fall they will be still trying to recover from the damage and will likely die off during the cold winter months when their much-needed nutrients and sunlight aren’t as prevalent.

If you’re tired of weeds in the summer, call your local Dallas lawn care company, Village Green Lawn and Landscape, before spring and fall to get a jumpstart on your weed battle!

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