Landscaping & Lawn Care in Plano
04 Apr 2022

Landscape Spotlight: Michelle & Craig’s Family Friendly North Plano Project

Michelle and Craig contacted us to help reimagine their large, open North Plano backyard. The couple had a good idea of what they wanted in their project. It was essential to keep as much of their large lawn as possible so their six and nine-year-old children could enjoy the space (or a pool could be installed in the future.) They also wanted to create an area in their landscape for a vegetable garden and space for Craig’s mower and tools. They also wanted to soften their fence line, create some privacy from the neighbors, and upgrade their outdoor patio space.

As you can see in the before and after photos, the design will help cover their expansive fence with plants that will mature and screen the neighbor’s homes, creating a sense of privacy in the backyard. To soften the extensive fence, we used a combination of savannah holly, needlepoint hollies, and abelias.

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Michelle and Craig also wanted more outdoor living space, so we expanded the patio area with a new stamped concrete area that looks beautiful. Surrounding it, we used compact nandinas, lambs’ ear, irises, and dwarf Mexican petunias to complement and frame the patio.

I want to thank Michelle and Craig for trusting us with their project and for taking the time to send me the following note about our team.

“I’m certain you know this already, but I believe you have some great employees in Hannah, Juan, and Manny. They’re very friendly, welcoming of any questions or concerns, and were very professional throughout the entire 3-week job. I’m not sure one could ask for better ambassadors or representatives of your business.”  Michelle and Craig

If you have a landscape project 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.

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.

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.

18 Jan 2022

Landscape Spotlight: Brandon & Lindsay’s Maintenance-Free West Plano Landscape

Like many of our customers, Brandon and Lindsay discovered Village Green via a Google search. They, like so many in North Texas, had suffered some freeze damage in February 2021. As has been the case for many, the freeze allowed them to rethink their landscape design and update things that have bugged them for years.

Brandon and Lindsay had clear goals, and they wanted to re-do their front landscape and make it as maintenance-free as possible. They also wanted to replace their old border with a masoned, stone border (they even had sample photos to share with me to illustrate what they wanted.) Then another important but less sexy ask was to fix some issues with their downspouts which were causing problems being so close to their foundation.

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As you can see in the video, we removed their dead plants and the large, overcrowded hollies and replaced them with plants requiring no trimming. It doesn’t get more maintenance-free than that! We added kaleidoscope abelias for medium-sized, evergreen colors and used obsession nandina to frame the entry with a dash of a reddish color. To give some color and layering, we used giant liriope, perennial dianthus, and purple heuchera.

Brandon and Lindsay were delighted with our stonemason, Andres, and his work with the stone border. They also loved working with Hannah and her landscape team and have been even more impressed with our overall post-project follow-up. It is one of the things that sets us apart. When we install a landscape, we stop by and check in a few weeks later to make sure everything is going well. Our goal is to let our customers enjoy their landscape worry-free and not have to worry about it (that’s our job!)

I want to thank Brandon and Lindsay for trusting us with their landscape and for taking the time to leave their nice review on Google, where they first found Village Green!

Brandon & Lindsay’s Review
“Village green was excellent to work with. During the freeze, we lost a decent amount of bushes in our front landscaping. Ken came out, had specific plants in mind to put back, and wrote up a proposal with pictures of the plants. They also built a border wall the entire length of the landscaped area. Andres and his team, which Village Green subcontracted to do the wall, did an excellent job and made it look exactly as we expected. Their work was efficient and seems to be of very high quality. Then, Hannah with Village Green exceeded our expectations by fully listening to us on what we wanted, moved plants and borders around as desired, and efficiently managed everyone to get the job done. The whole crew went above and beyond. Throughout the entire process, the whole team was very easy to talk to, and we were easily able to communicate our exact vision. They executed it perfectly. My only complaint was they couldn’t start earlier! Understandable, though, as everyone in the metroplex was trying to landscape at the same time. Ultimately, great work, and I was very pleased with the outcome.”

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 for more information.

25 Oct 2021

Landscape Spotlight: Jeff in West Plano

Jeff is another customer that discovered Village Green via Google. Like many in North Texas, Jeff had lost some plants in February during our epic deep freeze. Jeff didn’t want to start his landscape from scratch and redo his entire front, so he tasked us with replacing the lost plants with new ones that would work well with the plants he liked and had survived the freeze.

Jeff had lost some dwarf pittosporum and Indian hawthorns, which we replaced with a combination of kaleidoscope abelia and giant liriope. We went with these plants because they will add more color and texture to his landscape.

Another requirement for Jeff was updating his landscape with plants that wouldn’t ultimately cover his windows and obstruct his view. To accomplish this, we selected flirt nandina, a small, feathery plant that will turn red in the winter, plus some yellow carex grass to add a different texture element.

In front of the right-hand wall, Jeff wanted a plant that would screen the wall without getting too tall, so we went with compact nandina, which will get tall enough to screen the wall without covering it completely.

In the end, Jeff was very pleased with our landscape work and said Hannah and her landscape team had done everything they could to make sure he was happy, including offering several different varieties of plants.

A big thank you to Jeff for choosing Village Green for his updated landscape and allowing us to showcase our work on his project. If you enjoy these updates and don’t want to miss them in the future, subscribe to our YouTube channel.

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 or email Ken@VillageGreen-Inc.com for more information.

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14 Oct 2021

The Leopard Plant Makes A Great Choice for North Texas Landscapes

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

Today we wanted to show you one of our favorite plants to use, the Leopard Plant. The plant in this video is green, but you’ll often find variations with leopard-like spots. The Leopard Plant has an attractive, alien-like leaf. For the most part, Leopard Plant is an evergreen plant. If we have long-term below-freezing weather (like we did in February 2021), they can suffer freeze burn, but they will bounce back. If you want a visually striking plant that does well in the shade, you should consider the Leopard Plant.

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And as always 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.

04 Oct 2021

A Refreshing Update for Jan and John’s West Plano Landscape

Like many of our customers, Jan and John found Village Green on a Google search. When we had our first meeting, it was evident that Jan and John were well-informed homeowners who knew their landscape. Like many customers, they loved certain parts of their landscape (in their case, they loved the left side with the holly ferns and taxus) but wanted to improve other areas that needed to be updated and or repaired from our February deep freeze.

Smartly they didn’t want to start from scratch and asked us to take what they had that worked and improve upon the rest.

There’s a fine art to updating an existing landscape. The trick being to make sure the new elements complement versus overpower the established landscape. Editing is also essential, and less is more when adding plants into an existing design, so it doesn’t become cluttered and busy.

In landscape design, it is essential to have repeated patterns to draw the eye. Since they already had liriope on the left, we added giant liriope to the areas we updated. The left also had spreading plum yews, so we used upright pringle yews to frame their entry and give more continuity to the landscape. In addition to that, we added pale yellow carex grass and dianthus for a dash of color.

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Jan and John have a beautiful, natural landscape that will be low maintenance for them in the future. All of the plants we used did fine this past February during our 100-year freeze and will do equally well in our blazing summer months.

In the end, Jan and John were pleased with our landscape work and praised Hannah and her team. In their own words: “Hannah and her crew did a very nice job and also a great job explaining it all to us.”

A big thank you to Jan and John for choosing Village Green for their updated landscape and allowing us to showcase our work on their project.

If you enjoy these updates and don’t want to miss them in the future, subscribe to our YouTube channel.

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 or email Ken@VillageGreen-Inc.com for more information.

08 Sep 2021

A Shady Lawn Landscape Update for Liz and Tim

Liz and Tim are longtime Village Green customers (20 years!), and over that time, their trees have matured, creating a shady lawn that made it hard to grow healthy grass. Liz and Tom fought the change at first and tried sodding many times, but ultimately they realized it was impractical and contacted Village Green to find a shady lawn solution. Working with our landscape architect, David Daigle, we created a tremendous shade-loving landscape design to extend their front yard landscape to cover the grass-challenged areas. Previously we had installed a beautiful stone border that we didn’t want to lose, so we left it in place and installed Arizona river rock in front of it (6 tons!).

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To frame the home, we used Pringle Yews, which gets about 4′ tall, and used Creme Demint Pittosporums, a small creme-colored shrub to add some contrast under their windows. Liz and Tim love their new landscape, so much so that.

Liz and Tim love their updated landscape. Liz told us she likes to stand in front of her home and take it all in! Liz also said that our Landscape Team of Hannah, Luis, and Juan were great. They accommodated anything Liz needed to be done, including placing her Moss Boulders exactly where she wanted them. Liz went on to say that Hannah did a great job of communicating during the project, letting them know who was going to be doing the tasks and when the work would happen.

In the end, the best compliment came in the form of their 5-star review on Google.

“Owner Ken Hyatt and the entire team at Village Green are fantastic! Village Green has maintained our lawn and landscaping for over 20 years, much to our satisfaction. In addition, we have had several major landscaping projects completed by Ken and his team over the years, all of which have been executed beautifully. The team just completed a major front yard re-do which has exceeded our expectations! We are incredibly pleased with Village Green and highly recommend them.”

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 or emailKen@VillageGreen-Inc.com for more information.

21 Aug 2021

What To Do If You Have Leaf Cutter Caterpillars

We recently featured the Canna Lily as one of our picks for our Best Plants Series.

The Cana Lily is a great choice for a customer who is looking for tropical looking plant for their landscape. They come in a variety of colors (both their blooms and leaves.) They also work well in certain spaces (where you need a tall vertical plant.)

But one of the downsides of the Canna Lily is you can get leaf cutter caterpillars which can make the leaves look ugly. In this video I’ll show you the damage leaf cutters can cause and how to get rid of them.

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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 some of our recent videos below.

If you are looking for 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. Call 972-495-6990 or email Ken@VillageGreen-Inc.com for more information.

11 Aug 2021

Landscape Spotlight: Tour Matt’s New Project in Allen

This project was our second for Matt, who needed some help with the front landscape at his home in Allen. As you can see in the before photos, the house had an older landscape with a severe slope at the entry. The property also had established trees which gave a lot of shade, resulting in a lack of grass that caused drainage issues at the entrance. In addition to those issues, the existing landscape was older and had a tired and worn appearance with plants that required more maintenance than Matt wanted. Since this was our second time working with Matt, he had a good idea of what he wanted, and we quickly worked up our plan, which would include a stunning stone wall to solve the slope and drainage issues and plants that would be low maintenance while giving a lot of color throughout the year. You can learn much more about our plant selections and other details on this project in today’s video.

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I’m happy to report that Matt was very pleased with the final results and Hannah and her Landscape Team. Matt had nothing but great things to say about working with Village Green a second time, from our communication to workmanship, making me super proud of our hard-working Landscape Crew.

Thank you, Matt, for being such a great Village Green customer and allowing us to showcase our work with your landscape project.

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 me Ken@VillageGreen-Inc.com for more information.