Landscaping & Lawn Care in Plano
19 Feb 2014

Secrets to a Healthy Lawn: Sun

The secret to a healthy lawn in North Texas is comprised of three things:  water, food, and sun.  Today I want to focus on the last one, sun which, depending on how much your lawn gets in a typical day, can be a blessing or a curse.

Trees.  Nearly everyone loves and wants them on their lot.  A big, beautiful, well established tree can not only add beauty to your property, they can also provide shade which in turn keeps your home cooler and will save you on your energy bill.  What is good for your wallet however, isn’t good for your lawn and landscape, and too much shade is often the culprit for an unsightly dirt patch in a lawn.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard someone tell me they think all they need to do is install a pallet of sod and their lawn will be fine.  What actually happens is the sod looks great for a few months, but over time begins to fade and, six months later, their unsightly dirt patch is back.  

The bottom line is that bermuda needs eight hours of sunlight on average and St. Augustine and zosia need about six.  

If your lawn isn’t getting that much sun then you need a solid plan b which is why roughly two-thirds of the landscape projects Village Green installs are for customers with heavy shade in their yard.  

The funny thing is that once these customers accept that these areas will never be able to support a lush green lawn, they soon realize that these areas can be the prettiest and most welcoming places of their lawn.  

A shady area can be a great place for a bench on a flagstone patio, maybe with a water fountain nearby to enjoy during a beautiful day.   And for large areas, ground cover, such as lirope or asian jasmine can be added and then be broken up with shrubs of different sizes and textures such as variegated pittosporum or plum yew.  If water restrictions are a concern, you can use river rock and mulch areas to break up large areas while reducing the watering requirements.

If you’re searching for ideas on how to fix an unsightly brown patch in your lawn, or just looking for some landscaping ideas, I invite you to visit our landscape portfolio.  The page contains a tour of landscapes from our recent projects designed by our on-staff landscape architect, David Daigle.  You can also watch a couple of my landscape eTours which showcase some customers with a lot of shade on their property and our landscape solutions for those yards.  Click here to watch the Dallas 2012 Landscape eTour.  Click here to watch the Dallas 2013 Landscape eTour.  

If you have any questions regarding your lawn and landscape please don’t hesitate to contact us at 972-495-6990, email me at ken@villagegreen-inc.com or fill out our contact form.  We’d be happy to answer any of your questions.   

21 Jan 2014

Lawn Aeration 101

USA Today Water Cost Map
Does your lawn really need to be aerated?  

That’s a question we are asked a lot at Village Green, and to be honest, our answer has changed over the past few years for reasons that may surprise many people.

Believe it or not we, a company that does aeration professionally, actually told our customers that while aeration was helpful, it would not radically improve their lawn.  It was a service we performed for those customers who wanted to do everything in their power to make sure they had the most beautiful and healthy lawn on the block.

Today though, with rising water costs and restrictions by many of the cities in North Texas, we tell our customers they should seriously consider aeration for their lawn.  Take a look at the USA Today map and you’ll quickly see where the cost of water has doubled in the past twelve years (or read the entire story yourself here.)  Aeration will help your lawn because it allows your soil to hold more water.  Holding more water means you have to water less.  This is not only environmentally smart, it is fiscally smart as it will save you money on your water bill.

In North Texas, our clay soil is composed of very tiny particles.  These particles, as time passes, compact, and make it hard for water, fertilizer, and oxygen to get into your soil.  There simply isn’t room as the clay (made up of those tiny particles) gets tighter and tighter.  When we aerate your lawn, we poke a hole (actually a LOT of holes) in the ground and pull out a plug which creates space.  Each of these holes act like a tiny cup of water in your lawn, allowing easy entry for water, fertilizer, and oxygen.  This in turn, reduces the amount of water your lawn will need, saving you a lot of money in the long run, not to mention improving the overall health of your soil. 

If you have you more questions regarding aeration, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 972-495-6990, email me at 
ken@villagegreen-inc.com or fill out our contact form.  We’d be happy to answer any of your questions.

23 Dec 2013

Happy Holidays from Village Green

This holiday season gives us so many reasons to give thanks and count our blessings.
 
I want to thank you, our fantastic customers, for your continued support. We would not be where we are today without your commitment and loyalty these past 33 years.  In addition I want to say a special thanks to all of our staff for their hard work and loyalty during this past year.
 
I wish you all a wonderful Holiday Season and a prosperous New Year.  
 
We will be closed (except for emergency Christmas light calls) late through January 2nd so that we may enjoy the holidays with family!  
 
As 2014 approaches, our 34th year in business, we look forward to a new year with renewed energy and great optimism. We renew our commitment to our extraordinary customers and look forward to providing exceptional service. 

All the best, 
Ken Hyatt, Founder and President

11 Dec 2013

Christmas Light After Winter Storm Cleon

Holiday-lights-on-iceOver the past few days we have received a large number of calls from customers who are having trouble with their Christmas lights.  Village Green is in the Christmas light business at this time of the year, so our customers (both business and commercial) are calling to tell us that large sections of their lights are not working.  The culprit is Cleon (the recent winter storm that dumped all the ice in our area.)  The issue is that Christmas lights have slight nicks or weak spots that allow moisture to seep into them.  Your roof lights will usually be ok, but on trees and shrubs water from the melting ice will wick in from the limbs and can trip the GFI (Ground Fault Interrupter.)  This is also true of any Christmas lights on the ground (like staked lights.)  In fact, any long soaking rain can seep into the wire and trip the GFI outlet.  Keep in mind that GFIs can be located in strange places.  It’s not unusual for a bathroom outlet to trip and turn off the holiday lights plugged in on the front porch.  If you are having issues look for GFIs on all outlets near water (think kitchens or bathroom and out in the garage.) Some newer homes will have the GFI built into the breaker switch in the breaker panel.  Once you find the GFI, press the button until it clicks and your holiday lights are once again shining brightly.  If that doesn’t resolve the problem, we tell our customers to wait a few hours (to allow the lights to dry out) and try the GFI again.  

23 Nov 2013

What Do You Do With Leaves?!?

20131121_082451Fall is here and so are the leaves!  One of the questions we get during this time of year is what should our customers do with all their leaves?  If they are in your beds we recommend you leave them alone.  They eventually break down into the soil, providing great organic material for the roots of your plants.  Your lawn however, is a different matter.  Having a thick blanket of leaves can cause a few problems.  One is that a thick layer of leaves can promote fungus.  Another is that the leaves form an insulation barrier for your grass, which is great, until the inevitable gust of wind blows, leaving your lawn exposed to sudden cold.  The inability to acclimate when this occurs is especially hard on St. Augustine and zoysiagrass.  So, the original questions, what should you do with all those leaves?  If at all possible mulch them.  Most mulching mowers can mulch them finely enough after a couple of passes to dispatch the leaves back into your lawn.  If, after after a couple of passes, you’re still left with a ton of leaves, or you don’t have a mulching mower, your best option is to go old school and grab the rake and trash bags.

21 Nov 2013

Cold Weather Plant Care

Cold WeatherAn artic cold front pushing into our area later tonight promises to bring much colder temperatures and the possibility of sleet to parts of North Texas.  Fortunately for us in the Metroplex, the temperature should remain above freezing.  While these temps may be uncomfortable to us humans (and our pets,) they should not be a problem for most plants.  

What harms the majority of plants is extremely cold and DRY weather that is well below freezing.  When temperatures are predicted to plummet, the best protection you can provide for your plants is to water your landscape.  If the soil is wet, even if the temperatures plunge into the single digits (which, can happen in North Texas), the soil temperature won’t drop below 32 degrees which protects the roots of your plants.

While your plants will survive the cold if you’ve watered, we recommend covering your blooming plants, such as pansies, or your more sensitive plants.  An old sheet or cloth towel is what we recommend to our customers.  Never cover your plants with a plastic sheet or tarp.  The plastic works like a magnifying glass, and will scald the plants underneath.

21 Nov 2013

Meet the Team: Shelby Hyatt

Founded in 1980 by Ken Hyatt, Village Green is a family owned business that specializes in lawn care, landscaping, fertilization and weed control, sprinkler repair, and mosquito control. During the Holiday Season we also professionally install lights for both business and residential customers.  

Ken has always felt that the people behind Village Green are as important as the company itself.  With that in mind he asked the team to answer a few questions in order for our customers to get to know more about the Village Green employees who serve them. 




Shelby HyattQ&A WITH SHELBY HYATT, Doer of Whatever is Needed Done as Daughter of the Owner


Please describe what you do at Village Green.  

I do a lot of in and out jobs between doing bills and putting up Xmas lights at Dallas Baptist University.

How long have you worked at Village Green?  
Since I was born! [Which isn’t exactly true, but when you are the owner’s daughter you start helping with the family business at an early age!)

What would people be surprised to learn about you?  
I volunteered at the Dallas Zoo and got to feed and pet a rhino.
What some of your favorite things?  
My favorite past time is camping and hiking. 

 
Where did you grow up?  
Texas.
 
What is your favorite TV show?  
My favorite TV show is between Once Upon a Time, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Fringe.
 
Fill in the blanks.  I can’t live without laptoppets, and family
  
If you could have a dinner party and invite any four people, dead or alive, the guest list would be?  
Teddy Roosevelt, J.J. Abrams, Joss Whedon, and Walt Disney.
  
If you were a superhero would you be?  
Black Widow
08 Nov 2013

Dallas Baptist University Christmas Light Installation

It’s time for installing lights at Dallas Baptist University. The regular crew installs lights on trees but it’s become a tradition that the Hyatt family installs lights on the roofs. Shelby spent last Sunday helping her Dad. http://www.villagegreen-inc.com/christmas-light-installation-dallas-plano/ 

19 Oct 2013

Meet the Team: Haley Pitts

Founded in 1980 by Ken Hyatt, Village Green is a family owned business that specializes in lawn care, landscaping, fertilization and weed control, sprinkler repair, and mosquito control. During the Holiday Season we also professionally install lights for both business and residential customers.  

Ken has always felt that the people behind Village Green are as important as the company itself.  With that in mind he asked the team to answer a few questions in order for our customers to get to know more about the Village Green employees who serve them. 


haleypitts
Q&A WITH HALEY PITTS, SERVICE ASSISTANT


Please describe what you do at Village Green.  

I am a service assistant at Village Green Lawn and Landscaping based in Garland, TX. I do a variety of odd jobs behind the scenes to make things run smoother.

How long have you worked at Village Green?  
Two years.

 

What would people be surprised to learn about you?  
That I love to watch ESPN Sportscenter and do so on a regular basis. I am also a champion ping pong player and won a double’s tournament last year.
 
What some of your favorite things?  
My favorite meal is cheeseburgers and fries. I love chocolate. And I like hanging out with little kids.
 
Where did you grow up?  
Plano, Texas.
 
What is your favorite TV show?  
Castle and Bones.
 
Fill in the blanks.  I can’t live without faith, friends, and family
 
If you could have a dinner party and invite any four people, dead or alive, the guest list would be?  
Jesus, Martin Luther King Jr, Apostle Paul, and John Wesley.
 
If you were a superhero would you be?  
Iron Man
30 Aug 2013

Green Talks Video Blog: Drought Stress

 

Ken Hyatt, President and Founder of Village Green shows how you can tell if your lawn is showing the classic signs of drought stress.  During late summer many yards in our area experience drought stress, which is usually sprinkler related.  For more information on tuning up your sprinkler system visit:  https://www.villagegreen-inc.com/sprinkler-repair-dallas-plano-allen-frisco/  For information on watering, including the Village Green Watering Guide:  https://www.villagegreen-inc.com/resource-center/

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