Landscaping & Lawn Care in Plano
08 Aug 2020

Landscape Spotlight: Dylan & Katie (Re)Make An Entrance in their New Garland Home

Our latest landscape Dylan and Katie, who are proud first-time homeowners, contacted us about improving the curb appeal of their new home in Garland. The previous owner had allowed the shrubs to get large, obscuring their home and covering a good portion of their windows. The main challenge with this project was that between the crepe myrtles near the city sidewalk and all the plants leaning in their entry, the landscape felt like it was trying to keep people away instead of a more welcoming entrance.

At the entrance, we went with holly ferns and giant liriope for year-round texture, adding color by adding nandinas and dwarf Mexican petunias. We replaced the large overgrown plants that needed constant trimming with dwarf and semi-dwarf plants that won’t outgrow the space and require limited trimming.

Now that the job is complete, Dylan and Katie say they love their new look. They knew that many of the plants needed to go, but had no idea what to use when they replaced them. They appreciated our local expertise with plant recommendation and selection and added that they enjoyed working with Hannah and the rest of our landscape team. The made a point of complimenting them for their excellent job in communicating each day what they had planned and when they’d finish for that day. And probably the best indicator that they are pleased with Village Green, they told me that they’ve already recommended us to a few of their friends!

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 while handling more extensive projects that can range up to $100,000 plus. Call us at 972-495-6990 or email Ken@VillageGreen-Inc.com to learn more.

18 Jul 2020

Landscape Spotlight: Mr. & Mrs. I’s Shady Lawn Solution

Our latest landscape spotlight is the beautiful home of Mr. and Mrs. I, who live in North Dallas. Like many of our customers, Mr. and Mrs. I are blessed with a lot of shade on their lawn. The shade is great, especially during the heat of summer, but it is not so great if you want to grow grass. Another issue was that their lawn has a steep slope.

You take no grass, which means nothing to hold things down with a steep slope, and you are going to get erosion, which resulted in dirt piling up on their sidewalk after heavy rain.

Mr. and Mrs. contacted Village Green to come up with a solution to stop the mud from piling up in front of her home and something that would give their home more curb appeal.

Our design added a lot of shade-tolerant plants such as the fern-like plum yew and weed ferns. For some color, we added carex grass and variegated

I’m happy to report Mr. and Mrs. I are much more pleased with the look of their home and delighted that mud no longer piles up on their front sidewalk.

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 while handling more extensive projects that can range up to $100,000 plus. Call us at 972-495-6990 or email Ken@VillageGreen-Inc.com to learn more.

13 Jun 2020

Landscape Spotlight: Mr. N’s McKinney Make-Over

Our latest landscape project is the third project in the past decade we’ve done for Mr. N. His latest home is in charming downtown McKinney, Texas, and even though it is new, the design is classic to be in line with the neighborhood. Mr. N. wanted that feeling translated into the landscape. The goal for the landscape design was one that delivered a lot of colors yet remained simple. The original landscape was very overgrown and crowded the foundation of the home, which detracted from the street view.

Village Green pulled his beds out further away from his foundation and home to give more depth and allow for the layering of our many plant choices. We also extended the plants along the driveway, which softens the front entry drive.

As you can see in the video, and before and after photos, the project turned out great, and Mr. N. is another happy Village Green landscape customer…for the third time.

If you have a job in mind, Village Green would love the opportunity to discuss your project. Founded in 1980, Village Green is a family-owned and operated lawn and landscape company. Our landscapes start at $2,500 and go up to $100,000 + on large scale projects. Call us at 972-495-6990 or email Ken@VillageGreen-Inc.com to learn more.

30 May 2020

Landscape Spotlight: Mr. & Mrs. T’s Patio Paradise

Our latest landscape tour is the perfect one to kick off June and summer!

Mr. and Mrs. T called Village Green about some ideas and solutions for their backyard. They had finished installing a beautiful pool and that plus their arbor and stunning patterned concrete their back patio was nearly summer ready. The only problem was they needed something to look at besides concrete, their fence, and the neighbor’s roof lines.

What they needed was a landscape that would compliment their amazing work and would solve some of their issues.

In today’s video tour I walk you through their patio paradise and explain our choice of solutions in the design and with our plant selection.

I’m happy to report that Mr. and Mrs. T are delighted with their new landscape and our hard-working Village Green landscape team. They loved working with Hannah and Emmanuel and were sure to let me know how friendly and professional our team was on their project.

They now have the perfect patio paradise to entertain this summer and beyond.

Village Green installs landscapes started at $2,500 and have been helping our North Texas neighbors create beautiful outdoor spaces since 1980.

We know we could help you create your very own patio paradise and we would love to earn your business. Call us at 972-495-6990 or email Ken@VillageGreen-Inc.com to learn more.

20 May 2020

Landscape Spotlight: Mr. H’s Shade Solution

As I said in a recent quick tip, your lawn needs three things to be healthy. Sunwater, and food (fertilizer.) Mr. H unfortunately didn’t have enough sun in his backyard because of his large trees and came to us for a solution. Mr. H is a model customer in that he had very specific requests for this project.

Mr. H gave me his list which was:

  • Low maintenance and care
  • Limited entertaining for small groups (3-5) people
  • Patio, plants, beds and plants
  • Patio surface must provide safe walking surface and not be slippery
  • Natural style that fosters serenity.  Not modern styling
  • Increase the size of the patio
  • Designed around the fact that the main viewing area would be the kitchen nook window

As you can see in my video tour and the photos, Village Green delivered on Mr. H’s new landscape. From a stunning patterned concrete patio to the beautiful yet low maintenance landscape that does double duty screening his backyard from the neighbor’s roof and windows. Mr. H now has his serene outdoor space and Village Green has another satisfied landscape customer.

If you have a yard with a lot of shade and are sick of your bare spots, I would love the opportunity to discuss your options. I have a lot of examples I can share where we have solved shady lawn problems.

Village Green installs landscapes started at $2,500 up to $100,000 + and have been helping our North Texas neighbors create beautiful outdoor spaces since 1980.

We know we could help you create your very own sanctuary and we would love to earn your business. If you’d like to discuss your project we’re happy to answer your questions. All you have to do is call us at 972-495-6990 or email Ken@VillageGreen-Inc.com.

04 May 2020

Ms. N’s Backyard Transformation

One of my favorite things about landscape projects is finding creative ways to solve our customer’s problems.

Take this project. Ms. N has a large backyard with a swimming pool which is perfect for her and her dogs enjoy. The only problem. Mud. And lots of it.

The simple solution. Artificial turf and some well-selected ground cover (which is what Village Green handled on this project.)

Remember I said this was a large backyard. I meant LARGE. This yard was so big that we had 325 flats of ground cover or nearly 6,000 four-inch pots. That obviously took a few days of hard work, but Village Green delivered and you can see the difference!

It took quite a few days but we got it all in and Ms. N and her four-legged family members are ready to enjoy her updated backyard this summer.

Village Green installs landscapes started at $2,500 up to $100,000 + and have been helping our North Texas neighbors create beautiful outdoor spaces since 1980.

We know we could help you create your very own sanctuary and we would love to earn your business. If you’d like to discuss your project we’re happy to answer your questions. All you have to do is call us at 972-495-6990 or email Ken@VillageGreen-Inc.com.

27 Apr 2020

Tour this newly installed Plano Texas landscape

Take a quick video tour of one a recent landscape Village Green completed in Plano, Texas.

We have been getting a lot of customer calls about landscape projects. With so many staying at home, it is natural to want to create an outdoor haven to enjoy year-round.

Whether you decide to DIY or want to work with a professional like Village Green, investing in upgrading your outdoor space is a good investment. We hope our video tours like this one, give you some inspiration.

Village Green installs landscapes ranging from $2,500 up to $100,000 + and have been helping our North Texas neighbors create beautiful outdoor spaces since 1980. I know we could help you create your very own sanctuary and we would love to earn your business. Give us a call at 972-495-6990 or email Ken@VillageGreen-Inc.com.

01 Apr 2020

The Secret to a Great Landscape

Examples of what you don’t want to do. These landscapes don’t frame the house or have anything interesting near the entrance. There are also far too many rectangles and mushrooms in this landscape design.

Today I am going to share a secret about how to create a great landscape design. Whether you do it yourself or use Village Green, the key to a great landscape is to follow the great painter’s lead and create a frame around your home.

How do you do that? You start with the foundation planting at the bottom of your frame. You want the foundation plants to be dwarf type plants and ground cover. The reason this is important, so the plants do not obstruct the view of your home and hurt your drive-up appeal. You mustn’t cover up any interesting architectural details like columns, windows, and doors (see examples.)

Examples of what you don’t want to do. These landscapes don’t frame the house or have anything interesting near the entrance. There are also far too many rectangles and mushrooms in this landscape design.

You want your foundation planting designed to guide your eye to the entry of your home. Use a variety of shapes, forms, and textures to achieve this, and the style of the landscape will dictate your arrangement. Nearly always simple is best, and less is more. Keep the variety of plants to a minimum and mass them, so your eye is drawn toward the entry. The area around the door should have a vertical accent (3′-5’ tall) with seasonal color and more variety to draw your eye to this area.

The corner of your home should consist of larger shrubs and ornamental trees, usually 6′ or so, that make up the sides of the frame. This planting serves as a backdrop for the layering of plants that will help guide your eye to the entry. Tall plants at the corners and progressively smaller plants draw the eye to your entry.

The top of the frame generally consists of shade trees in your front yard; however, a grouping of ornamental trees along the foundation or shade trees in the back that is visible from the front can achieve the same effect.

If you have any questions about your landscape or want more information give us a call at 972-495-6990 or email Ken@VillageGreen-Inc.com.

25 Apr 2019

Ken’s Quick Tip: Make Your Bed!

“I had my plants installed 8 years ago and they are the same size today as they were when they put into our landscape?!?”

I hear that statement often when I’m out on landscape project calls. The home owner is usually looking to make some updates in their landscape but are afraid they’ll get lackluster results. They often assume the reason the plants haven’t grown as much as they would like is because the previous landscape company used plants that were not good for North Texas. The real cause of their problem often comes as a surprise, because they had no clue the previous landscape company skipped one vital part of the project. They didn’t properly prepare the bed for the new plants.

It’s definitely not the most glamorous part of the project, but prepping the soil is critical in North Texas because of our unique soil. In fact, the only other place that has soil like ours in North Texas is in Africa!

If you’ve ever tried to dig with a shovel in North Texas, you know this unique soil is a challenge! If wet, it gets gummy. If dry, it is as hard as concrete. This is why you have to prep your beds properly before you do any planting.

Consider a new plant. They’ve been raised in soft, loose potting soil. If you pull them out of their pots and stick them in a bed without any prep they’ll be in shock because their roots have a hard time making the transition from the soft loose soil to the tough North Texas soil. What ends up happening is the roots grow around inside the original potting soil and the plant becomes stunted and root-bound. This is why a plant may have been installed years ago yet be roughly the same size as when they were planted.

Some will tell you it’s a lost cause to spend too much time and energy into amending the soil in North Texas. And while it is true, our clay soil will gobble up any amendments over time and eventually revert back to its original, tough natural state, it is still a step you cannot skip if you want a successful landscape.

The reason for putting in the hard work of tilling and mixing loose, healthy compost into our soil is that it gives the new plants a mix of our clay soil and a soil similar to what it has in its pot. This will give the plants a few years to send their roots out into the looser soil and lets them acclimate or adjust to their new home in North Texas.

Keep in mind you can’t till the soil after the plants have been installed. Your only chance is to do it prior to planting. Another key factor is to make sure you use compost (believe me all compost is not created equally!) Village Green uses what I feel is the best on the market, which is a garden mix. It is a blend of compost, decomposed pine, azalea mix, loam and expanded shale which is the perfect mix for any new plant to send roots out in a new landscape!

If you need help with any lawn or landscape problem we would love to earn your business. We install landscapes ranging from $2,500 up to $100,000 +, and have been helping our North Texas neighbors create beautiful outdoor spaces since 1980. Give call us at 972-495-6990 or Ken@VillageGreen-Inc.com.

20 Mar 2019

Landscape Spotlight: Dr. & Mrs. F’s Canyon Creek Project

Like many of our landscape clients, Dr. and Mrs. F’s project started with a service call. The couple had recently purchased a home in the Canyon Creek neighborhood of Richardson and needed help with their irrigation system. After finishing that repair work, Johnny, our irrigation tech took the time to train Dr. and Mrs. F on how to properly set and program their irrigation controller for the new home. The couple was so impressed with Johnny that they asked about Village Green handling their fertilization and weed control. Fast forward a few months and the clients were not only happy with our results, they were also impressed with the level or service and attention to detail Orlando our lawn care technician gave their lawn, so they decided to hire Village Green for their landscape project.

This project had an easy start thanks to the client’s experience and knowledge (they had re-done a landscape at their previous home in Haslet). They knew the value in working with a good landscape design done by a professional architect who specializes in using plants that not only look nice but also do well in North Texas’ weather and soil.

The couple had only one request for the job in regard to what they’d keep (their holly and crepe myrtle trees in front.) And Mrs. F wanted a large boulder in her yard (more on that in a minute!) Everything else was fair game to go.

As far as their requests for their new landscape, they wanted more color and felt that their beds needed to be expanded for depth. They also wanted to make sure that their plants were drought resistant and easy to take care of. Problems that needed to be solved in our design were a muddy side yard where their grandkids entered the yard to play basketball and overall drainage problems (including water getting into the garage after a heavy rain.)

Based on all of that our final plan to provide more color and depth included using Edward Gaucher abelias (a plant with soft, white blooms) on the outside corners to give color and height. We put in dwarf Indian hawthorns along their foundation to give some spring color and to provide a green background for their smaller perennials, trailing rosemary and dwarf Mexican petunias. We used flirt nandinas to frame their front porch (these will reach about two-feet tall and provide vivid red color in winter.)

To solve the problem with that muddy patch near their gate, we installed decomposed granite and put a flagstone stepping stone in front of the gate.

The other drainage issues were solved by removing the bad black corrugated pipe (you can learn why this pipe is bad in my recent Quick Tip) and replacing it with solid PVC pipe.

We also added an extra downspout near the garage to help their gutters from getting overwhelmed during a big rain (which is what flooded the garage.)

How’d it turn-out? You can see for yourself in the pictures! As for our drainage work, I with Dr. and Mrs. F after a recent Texas gully washer to see how it performed. They told me their garage didn’t get one drop of water in it after the big rain.

And the icing on the cake, they went on to tell me how much they loved the plants that we put in and had high praise for our landscape team (Hannah, Kristian and Salvador) who were polite, friendly and most important true professionals. Mrs. F said that even when she made some late changes to the design plan, Hannah quickly came up with a solution for her concerns that satisfied her request.

What’s up next for Dr. and Mrs. F? “Death Valley” (their playful pet name for their side-yard) and a boulder (I told you we’d get back to that in a minute.) It was important that we get that area right because see it several times per day as they pull into their garage.

They had planned on putting in a second driveway in their side-yard which is a series of levels made from railroad tie retaining walls. The driveway didn’t fit their budget, so they decided to have us work on Plan B (re-landscaping the area with plants and most important, placing that boulder Mrs. F wanted in the yard for her grandkids to be able to play on and jump on!)

If you are thinking about updating your landscape, give Village Green a chance to earn your business. We’ve been transforming landscapes and solving lawn problems in North Texas since 1980. For more information or to get an estimate on your project give us a call at 972-495-6990 or email me at Ken@VillageGreen-Inc.com.