Landscaping & Lawn Care in Plano
29 Mar 2022

Important Tips on Transplanting Plants

In today’s video, Ken shared a couple of tips that are helpful to note when transplanting plants.

When you dig the plant up, if the soil drops off the root ball and the roots are exposed, the plant will likely not survive. If we have a good and large enough root ball, the plant typically will be fine.

The second important thing when transplanting a plant is making sure you give the plant enough water. It is nearly impossible to overwater a transplanted plant, and it is vital to water the plant by hand to make sure it is getting enough water.

Keep in mind that it is common for the leaves to drop off the transplanted plant. As long as you can see some new leaf growth, the plant should be fine.

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If you have a landscape project job in mind for 2022, we would love the opportunity to discuss your project. Our landscapes start at $2,500 and go up to $100,000 + on large scale projects. Call 972-495-6990 or email Info@VillageGreen-Inc.com for more information.

16 Mar 2022

Spring Watering Guide for North Texas

Spring officially arrives in North Texas on Sunday, March 20 which means it is time to update your sprinkler controller for spring watering.

HOW MUCH SHOULD YOU WATER THIS SPRING?
In spring, your lawn and plants are coming out of dormancy from the winter and your soil needs
consistent watering. One of the biggest mistakes you can make with your lawn’s overall health is to not water properly for the season.

We recommend that you water in 10 minute bursts one day per week at 2 am, 4 am, and 6 am during the spring. Download our watering guide (feel free to share it with family and friends!)

Also, keep in mind that many of the newer sprinkler controllers have a seasonal adjustment which is easy to use with our watering guidelines.

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 one day per week for ten-minutes. 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.

Village Green Irrigation Packages!
We have offered worry-free lawn and landscape health programs for years, and we are pleased to announce the next step in total lawn care with our Irrigation Packages. Over the years, we have found that out of all the homes we service, the homes that water properly have the best looking and healthiest lawns and landscapes. They also have the fewest problems. Proper irrigation is vital but not always easy. From seasonal adjustments of your sprinkler controller to identifying issues with your system before they develop into major projects, our irrigation packages are the perfect complement to our popular Lawn Health Programs.

If you aren’t currently enrolled in one of our Lawn Health Programs or Irrigation Packages we would love to earn you business.

10 Mar 2022

Henbit: A Sure Sign Spring is Near in North Texas

A sure sign that spring is close is the arrival of henbit in North Texas lawns. And while any sign of spring is welcome, it is a weed and our main focus during spring.

As far as weeds go, henbit is pretty, with rich green and cute purple flowers, but we still don’t like seeing it on our lawns.

So, how do you get rid of henbit? The best way is to prevent it from starting in the first place, which means using a good pre-emergent in the winter. Our pre-emergent is very good at preventing henbit, and if for some reason the pre-emergent didn’t get in your lawn in time (or you didn’t apply it this winter), you can use a broadleaf weed control to make it go away. A good rule of thumb is anything that will make dandelions go away will also take care of henbit. Another easy tip to control henbit is to cut your lawn short (but please do not scalp it.) If the henbit comes back, mow again. The thing to remember is that henbit thrives in colder weather, and as we move into spring, our temperatures will get warmer, and henbit will go away on its own.

If you aren’t currently enrolled in one of our Lawn Health Programs we would love to earn you business in 2022. You can find out more about our plans here.

27 Feb 2022

Don’t Commit Crepe ‘Murder’ this Spring

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.

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 are looking for a company to help with your lawn health 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 email Info@VillageGreen-Inc.com for more information.

14 Feb 2022

Mid-February Lawn Health Update

In this quick video, Ken gives a Winter Storm Landon update and what we are currently seeing in North Texas lawns.

As we work our way through the last weeks of winter, Ken shares what we are doing in our customer’s yards to make sure they are ready for spring which is only five weeks away.

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As always, if you have any questions or need help with your lawn or landscape, give us a call at 972-495-6990 or email Info@VillageGreen-Inc.com. We would love to earn you business.

20 Jan 2022

Ken’s Quick Tip: Your Lawn and the North Texas Drought

I wanted to stress the importance of watering properly during winter, which is more vital than ever because of pretty serious drought conditions in North Texas. Drought conditions have persisted in North Texas since October intensifying in December because of record-setting warm temperatures.

It is important to remember that your lawn continues to lose water throughout the wintertime if we are not getting consistent rainfall in North Texas.

In winter, a dry lawn is bad when we experience a dip in temperatures overnight. Those recent nights in the 20s can damage your dry lawn, which you can see quickly with plants. Most don’t realize that there’s also damage being done to the lawn with freeze damage and your yard being slow to come out of dormancy come spring.

Every year, like clockwork, we get calls in Spring with people wanting to know why their neighbor’s lawn is greening up, and their lawn is not. The reason is almost always because of underwatering of the lawn.

If you need help please download our Winter Watering Guide.

If you are looking for a company to help with your landscape and lawn health, 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 email Ken@VillageGreen-Inc.com for more information.

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11 Nov 2021

The #1 Thing To Do To Prevent Winter & Springs Weeds

As we head into late fall and winter Village Green will transition to a fall pre-emergent to reduce fall and winter weeds in our Fertilization & Weed Control Program lawns.
For this preventative to work, it is vital that you properly water your lawn within two weeks of the application.
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Download our Fall Watering Guide
Pre-emergent herbicides are designed to control germinating weeds seeds. As the name implies, pre-emergent is targeted towards weeds that have not yet emerged from the soil. It is not intended to control existing weeds or weed seeds. The weed will only be killed when it begins to sprout and hits the herbicide barrier. It is possible for seeds to remain dormant and not be harmed by the pre-emergent herbicide application. This is why weed control is a constant process. There will always be seeds under the surface, and a portion will germinate each season. Annual applications must be made to reduce large infestations significantly.
At Village Green, we typically spray a liquid pre-emergent, which comes out in big droplets. When you water within two weeks of our application, it will spread the pre-emergent out and down into your soil, activating it and creating that barrier we are looking for to prevent those weeds.
 
If you need help controlling weeds in your lawn, 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 for more information.

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.

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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