Landscaping & Lawn Care in Plano
05 Jan 2013

January 5th, 2013 – Taking down Christmas Lights at Dallas Baptist University

Today we’re taking down lights at Dallas Baptist University.  We’re removing several thousand Christmas lights of various sizes and shapes, bagging them, marking them and putting them in trash cans.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My wife Debbie has been a trooper helping out this week but after several days of taking down lights I suspect she’s wondering if she should have waited another year before retiring from teaching.

17 Dec 2012

Christmas Lights at our Home Church – Richardson’s Arapaho UMC

The Hyatt family spent several weekends at our home church of Arapaho United Methodist in Richardson installing mini-lights on trees, stake lighting around beds and red Xmas light crosses with rope lighting framing them.   Ken’s daughter, Shelby, got a nice silhouette of her Uncle Daryl.   The second photo is of the two of them working on the rope lighting (yes, Shelby is texting but she worked more than she texted.)  I’d say the finished product was worth the weekends.

14 Nov 2012

Installing Christmas Lights in Dallas

Today we’re installing Christmas lights at a home in Dallas.  Daryl is working on installing garland around the door and Hugo is attaching mini-lights to the windows.  What’s neat about our window lighting is we attach them to the glass using clips which allow you to see the lights from the inside as well as the outside so every time you look out of your window your view is framed with lights.

05 Nov 2012

Installing Christmas Lights at Dallas Baptist University – November 5th, 2012

Installing Christmas lights today on the Dallas Baptist University rooftops is a family affair for owner Ken…

Shelby, Ken’s daughter, is earning college money today. She’s attaching lights to the roof edge.

 

 

 

 

 

Ken’s wife, Debbie, and her brother Daryl are planning their next move.

 

 

 

 

 

 Shelby and Uncle Daryl working fixing broken connections.

 

 

 

 

 

Daughter Shelby reluctantly posing for a photo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ken’s wife, Debbie is not just helping with installing lights, she’s working on her fear of heights.

 

 

 

 

 

End of the day.  Time for a quick family photo with Ken, wife Debbie and daughter, Shelby.  If you squint, in the background you can see Cowboy Stadium across the lake.  This is the best view on the campus.

 

02 Nov 2012

Fall North Dallas Landscape Check List

Here is your fall landscape to-do list…

Apply Pre-Emergent – In bermuda lawns you’ll want to apply a pre-emergent to your lawn to prevent the winter weed seeds from germinating.  Check your local nursery for a pre-emergent with an active ingredient of Simazine or Pendimethalin.  St. Augustine doesn’t like herbicides – pre-emergents tend to stunt its growth.  Instead use a low nitrogen fertilizer (we use 5-10-31) and spot treat weeds as they show.

Install Trees and Shrubs – Fall is the best season to install trees and shrubs, followed by winter.  Believe it or not, spring is the third best season to install a landscape.  Just like people, the closer plants get to a Dallas summer the unhappier they get which makes fall the best season for planting.   Installing trees and shrubs in the fall or winter allows them to set their roots, so by the time summer rolls around they’re better prepared.  Want so design ideas?  Go to our gallery and review our landscape architect’s plans.  You’ll find lots of great ideas and plants suggestions there.

Mulch Landscape Beds – You’ll want 3″ or so of mulch in your beds.  This provides insulation for the plants during our cold weather and blocks most of the weed seeds from germinating.  A good mulch, as it decomposes throughout the year, will also give organic material to the roots of your plants.  Be sure to use shredded hardwood mulch.  Other, cheaper mulch is frequently made from old, shredded pallets and doesn’t break down nearly as well.

Fertilize Trees and Shrubs – As trees and shrubs go dormant over the winter they move nutrients into their root system to store.  When you add a balanced fertilizer such as 14-14-14 in the fall, the tree moves the fertilizer into the roots, giving the tree a great boost in the spring.

Install Fall Flowers – Your summer annuals may look nice now but they won’t survive the first couple of frosts.  It’s time to change to pansies, kale or cabbage.  Follow this link for more information on fall color.

Set Fall Watering Schedule – Did you know your sprinkler system is your first line of defense against winter weeds?  Watering spreads your pre-emergent, creating a barrier just below the surface of the soil to prevent weed seeds from germinating.  Watering in the fall roughly 30 minutes per week (twice that for rotors) also reduces chance of winter damage.  Why do I talk about watering so much?  Most of the issues I see in lawns and landscape either start or are made worse by poor watering methods.  Follow this link for in-depth fall watering tips. 

 

25 Nov 2011

How to hide Christmas light cords

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How do we keep extension cords from being noticed in high visibility areas? We are installing Christmas lights at this west Plano home and Ramon has used a few feet of clear speaker wire tucked into the seam of the concrete patio. At a distance it is invisible.

19 Nov 2011

Attaching Christmas Lights Using Extension Ladders

Juan is installing Christmas lights at the top of a very tall Plano home today.  The safe way to work on a ladder on this kind of a ladder is to have someone at the foot leaning backwards underneath.  Notice Yanes is pulling the ladder by leaning underneath it instead of holding the ladder by pushing it from the front.  That makes it much easier for him to hold the ladder for a long time plus, by pulling, he is putting all of his weight on the ladder.

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