Ken visits Mr. and Mrs. T’s home to check on a landscape project Village Green finished two weeks ago. Like many of Village Green’s projects, this customer had trouble growing grass under their oak trees because of the shade. Village Green replaced the Bermuda to St. Augustine, and created some beds under each tree. The end result is a yard that is gorgeous, but will be very low maintenance for Mr. and Mrs. T. It’s an added bonus to watch this video to hear Ken give a Who’ Who commentary of landscape plants.
Ken Hyatt, the founder and owner of Village Green gives a quick e-Tour of a Plano, Texas landscape project. Ken likes to keep Village Green on the cutting edge, and armed with his smart phone, this e-Tour is an example of one of the many ways he educates and informs our clients in a fun and easy way.
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.
Can landscapes be installed in the summer in the Dallas area? The answer is yes, as long as your sprinkler coverage is good and you water the new plants correctly. We installed this landscape a few weeks ago. Since then we’ve had 100 plus degree weather and no rain. Not a single plant is stressed – even with Plano’s twice per week watering.
Here’s one of our latest landscape installations. Check out the before and after pictures. This is a beautiful Plano home and now you can see it.
This Robin has been checking out our landscape work ever since we started. While we work in one corner he checks out the other. My bet is he’s glad we’re done so he can enjoy his new home. Even the wildlife thinks we do natural landscapes.
Last week the North Texas Municipal Water Board voted to postpone the decision to implement stage 4 water restrictions until June 1st. What does this mean? You’ll need to check with your individual city but many of the cities, mostly in Collin County, will remain on an every two week schedule. Dallas water restrictions are less restrictive because they own most of the water rights.
We’re almost done at our Plano landscape installation. The plants, mulch and stone work is finished. Take a look…
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