Landscaping & Lawn Care in Plano
18 Jul 2022

Learn More About Our Landscape Communication Process

In today’s video Hannah, our Landscape Manager, explains one of the things that sets Village Green apart from other companies. It is one of our core values as a company in our ongoing quest to grow plants, people, and relationships. Effective and clear communication is key to developing relationships, which is vital in the landscape installation process.

If you are thinking about a landscape project, we would love the chance to earn your business with a complimentary landscape consultation.

Our Landscape Services Include:
Landscape Planning & Design
Plant & Tree Recommendation & Selection
Patios & Walkways
Fireplaces, Fire Pits, and Outdoor Kitchens
Landscaping Installation
Worry-Free Guarantee – Including a Plant Warranty.

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.

25 May 2022

Tour Our Landscape Upgrade for our Downtown Plano Shop

Our shop and offices are a few blocks south of the Historic Downtown Plano Arts District, so we needed to have a landscape that exemplified what we do at Village Green and added beauty to our busy and thriving neighborhood.

Last fall, we installed this landscape, which isn’t the optimal time to photograph a new landscape (most of the perennial plants are not up and looking good yet.) But as you’ll see in our photos and video, you’ll start seeing a big difference after a few months!

All credit for this landscape goes to Hannah, who did 100% of the design. She did an excellent job using larger plants to frame our building and was efficient with her use of existing plants we could relocate within the landscape design.

As I think you’ll agree, our landscape turned out great, and the entire Village Green team is proud of it and the other shop improvements we’ve made.

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If you have a project in mind for 2022, we would love the opportunity to earn your business.

Our Landscape Services Include:
Landscape Planning & Design
Selection of Trees and Plants
Plant & Tree Recommendation & Selection
Patios & Walkways
Fireplaces, Fire Pits, and Outdoor Kitchens
Landscaping Installation
Worry-Free Guarantee – Including a Plant Warranty.

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.

18 May 2022

Take a Tour of Robert’s West Plano Landscape

Our latest landscape project was for Robert in West Plano. Robert has worked with Village Green for five years and is a lawn health plan customer. We also helped Robert with irrigation repair, landscape, and drainage work, so he knew who to call when it was time to update his front landscape to repair winter 2021 freeze damage!

Unfortunately, Robert’s freeze damage was severe, other than the border and Japanese Maples, and we were starting from scratch.

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Since the first step to any successful landscape is the design plan, Hannah and her team went to work placing larger plants on the outside corners to frame Robert’s house. Hannah and her team did this with Edward Goucher Abelias, whose soft white blooms reach about four feet tall. To add color and texture, Hannah added a layer of dwarf plants (including holly ferns, purple heuchera, and leopard plants.)

Hannah has worked with Robert on a few projects, and Robert was impressed yet again by Hannah and her landscape team. Robert shared that he was impressed that Hannah rolled up her sleeves and did so much of the work herself and did an excellent job explaining what we were doing each step of the way, and was willing to do anything to make things right.

A few weeks after the installation, we followed up with Robert to make sure he was happy and that things were going well with the new landscape. Robert told us everything was great and asked what fertilizer we used since his plants were thriving and had grown faster than expected. Village Green does use fertilizer, but the real secret to our success is that we take the time to prepare the soil properly before installation. Many landscape companies skip this vital part of the process to cut costs and offer a lower price. The thing to remember is that landscapes are like most things in life. You get what you pay for.

If you have a project in mind for 2022, we would love the opportunity to earn your business.

11 May 2022

Take a Tour of Stacy’s Frisco Landscape

Today we’re featuring one of our latest landscape projects for Stacy in Frisco. This home is stunning, but unfortunately, Stacy’s established landscape suffered freeze damage and needed an update befitting the home’s exterior.

Stacy’s landscape had a lot of formally manicured shrubs that had outgrown their locations, so we blended elements of the new landscape with existing pieces she wanted to keep. To frame the home, we used variegated pittosporums, which have creme-colored leaves and reach about 5′ tall. As we worked our way across, we used more medium-sized plants such as abelias and anthony waterer spireas, which have lovely blooms. We used flirt nandina to frame the home’s entry, which is one of our favorite choices because it stays low and turns a beautiful red during our North Texas winter. We also used red yucca, which adds a contemporary feel with the bonus of having nice red blooms during the summer. We used dwarf plants such as giant liriope and perennial dianthus to add a layer in the front. To tie it all together, we installed a band of river rock. Stacy loved working with our Landscape Team of Hannah, Juan, and Manny. She said they were a pleasure to work with and that Village Green made the entire process easy. Stacy added that she especially loved the communication throughout the whole process and that our team would do a thorough clean-up at the end of each workday.
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I want to thank Stacy for trusting us with her project and letting us take a video tour of her landscape.

If you are thinking of a landscape project or update give us a no-obligation call to discuss your project. Our landscapes start at $2,500 and go up to $100,000 + on large scale projects.

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.

21 Jun 2021

Best Plants Series Featuring Stella de Oro Daylily

Today we wanted to put the spotlight on one of our favorite plants to use, the Stella de Oro Daylily.

We love using it in our landscape projects because it does fine in full sun and is a reliable bloomer. It is flameproof, which makes it suitable for North Texas during our blistering summer months.

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We also like to use these in front of other plants to make a nice lower layer (they will also go dormant in our winter months.)

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.)

And as always, if you are looking for a company to help you get a healthier lawn Village Green would love 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 me Ken@VillageGreen-Inc.com for more information.

16 Jan 2021

Our Top 5 Quick & Easy Landscape Improvements

If you want to improve your lawn and landscape and don’t know where to start, consider these five quick and easy tips. We think you’ll find that dollar for dollar, they are the easiest, more cost-effective ways to improve the look of your lawn and landscape quickly.

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REPLACE RUSTED STEEL EDGING AROUND LANDSCAPE BORDER
We like to put in a stone border using the dry stack method, which is where we lightly trim the stone and put them on decomposed granite. This method will hold the stone securely in place, allowing you to easily and quickly reposition the stone if needed in the future. This quick update isn’t costly and makes an excellent addition to the old, rusted steel edging many people have in their landscape. The cost of this type of update depends on a few things, but a general price range is $2,000 to $2,400.

ADD RIVER ROCK IN UNDER THE TREE(S) IN YOUR LAWN
These areas often won’t grow grass because of an abundance of shade, and river rock with a stone border make the area look very nice. And better yet, the stone grows well in the shade! The cost of this type of update depends on a few things, but a general price range is $2,400 to $2,800.

CONNECT YOUR DOWNSPOUTS
One of the biggest problems we see with landscapes is not under-watering, it’s overwatering. Connecting your downspouts to a drainage system and running the water out through the curb is a great solution and will resolve over watering in your beds. The cost of this type of update depends on a few things, but a general price range is $2,500 to $3,000.

ADD DECOMPOSED GRANITE TO YOUR SIDE YARD
Often, grass has a hard time growing between the home and fence, and these areas are nothing but mud pits. If you added decomposed granite pea gravel and nestled in flagstone, your side yard will be more usable and drain properly. The cost of this type of update is generally $3,000 to $3,700.

ADD MULCH TO YOUR BEDS
The recommendation is always to have 2 to 3 inches of mulch in your beds. Village Green does Seasonal Bed Maintenance where we install the mulch, lightly weed, and trim any shrubs that need it. We also will add weed preventative and fertilizer. The crucial part of this, though, is adding the mulch. Two to three inches of mulch will insulate your plants’ roots from the heat and cold and hold in moisture. Having a couple of inches of mulch also will help cut down on the weeds in the bed. The cost of our Seasonal Bed Maintenance program depends on a few things, but a general price range is $1,100 to $1,300 a year.

These are the top 5 small landscape jobs we do that can significantly improve your lawn and landscape.

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 us at Ken@VillageGreen-Inc.com for more information.

21 Sep 2020

Landscape Spotlight: Sneak Peak of Phil & Karen’s New Landscape

Phil and Karen’s Dallas project is an excellent example of how we can work with homeowners over time doing the landscape in stages. The first stage of the project was in their backyard and culminated with an attractive water feature.

12 Sep 2020

Everything You Need To Know About Fall in North Texas

It is hard to believe but fall officially arrives in North Texas in less than a week.

As we wrap up the busy summer season and head into autumn Village Green starts shifting our lawn care focus away from top growth and towards root growth.

Bermuda lawns get a nitrogen fertilizer and our St. Augustine and zoysia lawns have switched to a root feeding fertilizer.

We treat St. Augustine and zoysia differently for two reasons. One is the lawns have been stressed from the summer heat and we want to help the roots become stronger as we head into fall.

The second reason is St. Augustine and zoysia are both prone to a fungus called brown patch that occurs in the moderate, usually wetter weather we have in the fall. Applying a high nitrogen fertilizer to St. Augustine and zoysia lawns is bad, because brown patch thrives on nitrogen.

Later this fall we will begin the transition to a fall pre-emergent to reduce fall and winter weeds.

Ask Ken: Our Top Fall Related Questions

As the weather cools our phones heat up. In the past week I’ve had time in the office to answer many fall related questions that I think would benefit all our customers. I hope you find the answers to these common fall questions helpful!

How much should I water in the fall?
Download our Fall Green Talk Newsletter for our fall watering guidelines.

What should I do with the leaves on my lawn and landscape?
Short answer is that leaves left on your lawn are bad (they can lead to fungal problems in your lawn.) Leaves in your beds are good (think free mulch!)

Should I plant or install a landscape in the fall in North Texas?
I know it sounds backwards, but fall and even in the winter are actually better seasons to plant landscapes in than spring. If you choose the right plants, the weather in North Texas doesn’t stay cold long enough to damage new plants, plus planting at this time of year lets the plants develop roots deep enough to be mostly established before summer which is the most stressful time of the year for plants in North Texas. Deeper and stronger roots is vital because it makes the plant much hardier in extreme heat and they require less water to thrive.

What are the best plants to get fall color into your lawn?
If you are looking to refresh your lawn we recommend these hardy, late-blooming plants. The best part about planting at this time of year is that the plants will have ideal conditions to grow strong roots over winter, so they’ll be ready to sprint into bloom next spring.

Some of our favorites are…

Pansies: If you want colorful blooms over the winter your go-to flower for sunny areas in North Texas are pansies. Pansies are hardy with the ability to weather single digit temperatures and wintry precipitation. In fact, they often bounce back and bloom after a wintry patch of weather after a few sunny days. To maximize their blooms, use a high phosphorous fertilizer (5-30-5 ratio.) Like most flowers, they prefer a loose well-drained soil so they don’t stay wet after watering. An easy way to accomplish that is to add potting soil to the bed. Pansies are like candy to rabbits, so if you have a large population in your area, it may be challenge to grow them.

Violas: They have pansy-like blooms except the blooms are tiny. You can plant these in similar conditions to pansies.

Kale and/or Cabbage: Oddly enough, if you have rabbit problems, you are safe planting kale and/or cabbage. Rabbits would rather eat your pansies versus eating your vegetables! These aren’t as colorful as pansies but they’re easy to grow. To make them look nice later in the spring, trim off the blooms.

Mums: These are wonderful fall plants. Like azaleas, they only bloom a few weeks out of the year, but when they bloom they look great, especially with pumpkins.

Cyclamen: These are beautiful but delicate flowers. I recommend planting a few of them for a nice change of color in your lawn or landscape. Don’t get carried away, as you cold lose them to harsh wintry weather.

Pumpkins: Another tip to introduce a pop or color is to get some pumpkins and/or gourds to place in your lawn and landscape. Our area has many pumpkin patches during the fall season a few well placed add a festive fall element to your yard.

If you are looking for some extra help with your lawn or landscape this fall give us a call. Founded in 1980, Village Green is a family-owned and operated lawn and landscape company celebrating 40 years in North Texas.

Call us at 972-495-6990 or email me at Ken@VillageGreen-Inc.com to learn more.