Landscaping & Lawn Care in Plano
25 Aug 2022

How Do You Get Rid of Nutsedge in your North Texas Lawn?

Nutsedge is a weed we see a lot of in the summer months in North Texas. It is a dark-green leafed weed that looks a lot like grass that is sticking straight up. But nutsedge isn’t a grass even though it is usually mistaken for a grassy weed. If you look closely at or feel nutsedge, you’ll notice the leaf isn’t flat, and it is triangular – that’s what makes it different from a grassy weed (they have flat-bladed leaves.) Another annoying trait of nutsedge is that it grows remarkably fast once cut (which drives homeowners nuts!) Another reason nutsedge often goes unchecked is that homeowners do not understand that it is not a grassy weed and try to treat it with a grassy weed product which will not work.

So how do you get rid of nutsedge? The truth is there isn’t a product that kills it. And trying to pull it up by the roots is not a good idea because nutsedge has nuts attached to the roots. You can pull up the first one, but if you don’t get the second one, and in our North Texas clay soil, you rarely get the second one, you will end up splitting it, resulting in even more nutsedge.

The best tip is to go with a product that will stunt it (hopefully for the season.) You can learn more about these products in today’s video.

If you are tired of messing with nutsedge and other weeds, check out our affordable lawn health plans, or better yet, call 972-495-6990 or email Info@VillageGreen-Inc.com for a complimentary lawn consultation.

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09 Aug 2022

How to Care for Your Lawn in a Drought

As you would imagine with a summer as dry and hot as 2022, we are seeing a lot of drought stress in area lawns. Regardless of the reason (sprinkler system issues or underwatering,) every person’s first question is if their lawn is dead.

The short answer is no. Your lawn is not dead. It isn’t happy and may look bad, but if you follow the tips presented in today’s video, you can bring it back from drought stress.

If you have a lawn health problem or sprinkler system issues, call us at 972-495-6990 or email Info@VillageGreen-Inc.com. With 40+ years of experience in North Texas and hundreds of satisfied customers, we know we can help with your lawn and landscape needs.

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10 Jun 2022

Early Summer Lawn Update for North Texas

The recipe for a healthy lawn is pretty basic. The ingredients are sun, water, and food (fertilizer.) Where things get tricky is with our weather in North Texas. Founded in 1980, Village Green has been through many summer seasons in North Texas. And what we’ve learned over the years is it is imperative to make sure your sprinkler system is ready and in peak performance for our hot and dry summer months.

If it is not, your lawn will become stressed when our temperatures start hitting the nineties and our conditions become drier. If you want to do it yourself, check out our tips for checking your sprinkler system below. Or better yet, give us a call at 972-495-6990 and let one of our certified sprinkler technicians come out for a system check and help you program your controller for proper summer watering.

We’re also focused on spot treating for summer weeds like crabgrass and nutsedge and treatments for chinch bugs, grubs, and fire ants. We typically don’t see any grub or chinch bug issues in late spring, but now is the time to do preventative measures for both (especially chinch bugs which thrive in our hot, dry months.)

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If you aren’t currently using Village Green for your lawn’s health, we would love to earn you business. Founded in 1980, we are a family-owned and operated lawn and landscape company–Call 972-495-6990 or email Info@VillageGreen-Inc.com for more information.

24 May 2022

Shady Lawn Solutions

As we head into late spring and early summer, we get a lot of calls from frustrated homeowners who cannot grow grass in certain parts of their lawn. The issue is almost always the result of too much shade.

The grass isn’t that hard to grow if you have the three vital components. Sun, water, and food (fertilizer.)

So how much sunlight does your lawn need?
• Bermuda needs about 8 hours of sunlight to survive.
• St. Augustine needs about 6 to establish. Once established, you can plant a tree, and as the tree casts more shade, St. Augustine will gradually acclimate to less light (which explains why your neighbor may have thick St. • • Augustine under their trees, and you don’t).
• Zoysia has similar light requirements as St. Augustine.
• Fescue doesn’t mind the shade, but it’s a cheap short-term answer because you have to replant each year.

Inevitably when we explain the amount of sun required, a customer will ask if they can thin their trees to allow sunlight. Pruning your trees is not viable for growing grass in your bare spots. Thinning a tree is like removing an arm or two of an umbrella. You still have an umbrella. Studies have shown little difference in the amount of sunlight hitting the lawn under a thinned tree versus a pruned one.

So what is the solution? Our advice is acceptance. Embrace your shady yard (this is Texas, after all, and that shade is a wonderful benefit on hot summer days!) Shift your mindset from growing grass and instead invest in shade-loving plants. Many ground covers and shrubs do well in little to no light.

If you are looking for a shady lawn solution, give us a call. We’d love to answer any of your questions, recommend plants, and show you some of our work for other customers who had the same problem.

Our landscapes start at $5,000 and go up to $100,000 + on large scale projects. Call 972-495-6990 or email Info@VillageGreen-Inc.com for more information.

16 May 2022

Mid-May Lawn Update

Even though it might not seem like it, we had a pretty severe winter in our area. That, coupled with a cool spring and the quick warm-up we’ve had the past few weeks, we are seeing some lawns struggling (this is especially true of St. Augustine, a tropical plant that doesn’t like a hard winter.) In today’s video update, Ken tells you more about what we’ve seen in area lawns and what we should expect as we head toward summer (which officially begins on June 21.)

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If you aren’t currently using Village Green for your lawn’s health, we would love to earn you business. Founded in 1980, we are a family-owned and operated lawn and landscape company—Call 972-495-6990 or email Info@VillageGreen-Inc.com for more information.

18 Apr 2022

Mid-April Lawn Update for North Texas

In this quick video Ken gives an update on what we’re seeing in lawns in North Texas. If you aren’t currently using Village Green for your lawn’s health, we would love to earn you business. Founded in 1980, we are a family-owned and operated lawn and landscape company. Call 972-495-6990 or email Info@VillageGreen-Inc.com.

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31 Mar 2022

What We’re Doing In Your Lawn This Spring

During the spring months, Village Green will make lawn health visits 3 thru 5 to our customers on one of our Lawn Health Plans. These spring visits are similar to each other as we will use high nitrogen, 28-3-10, or comparable fertilizer on all healthy grasses: bermuda, St. Augustine, and zoysia. Struggling lawns will receive an individual root-feeding fertilizer 18-46-0 made from diammonium phosphate. We like to use this on St. Augustine lawns with Brown Patch or similar diseases because they do not want to feed on this type of fertilizer.

Speaking of Brown Patch, we are watching our St. Augustine lawns closely for any fungal issues in April. Brown Patch is a fungus that can attack St. Augustine lawns in the spring because of ample rain mixed with warm days and cool nights. Damp, cool conditions can lead to Brown Patch. We treat the affected areas to prevent the fungus from spreading if we see it in our St. Augustine lawns. The timing of when our lawns come out of dormancy depends on our temperatures. Warmer temperatures mean our lawns will come out of dormancy early in April. Cooler temps mean it will be late April into early May.

If you aren’t currently using Village Green for your lawn health we would love to earn you business. Contact us at 972-495-6990 or email Info@VillageGreen-Inc.com for more information.

21 Mar 2022

It’s Spring. Why Isn’t Your Lawn Greening Up Yet?

We’ve had a cool spring in North Texas, and the soil temperature hasn’t warmed up enough for our lawns to come out of dormancy. As we head into mid-March, we’re getting questions about dormant lawns. People are concerned something went wrong with their lawn’s health.

Now that it is officially spring, we should start seeing consistently warmer weather in our area, and our lawns will start greening up in North Texas. Ultimately that is up to Mother Nature, though, and sometimes it can take until mid-to-late April or even early May.

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The recipe for a healthy lawn is sun, water, and food (fertilizer.) We should add ‘warm’ sun to the list during a cool spring. We are in Texas, though, and we’re confident that warmer weather will be here sooner than we would like! And no matter how great our lawn health plan is, fertilizer won’t fully work until Mother Nature does her part and gives us consistently warmer weather to increase our soil temperatures.

If you aren’t currently using Village Green for your lawn’s health, we would love to earn you business. Founded in 1980, we are a family-owned and operated lawn and landscape company. Call 972-495-6990 or email Info@VillageGreen-Inc.com for more information.

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.

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.