Landscaping & Lawn Care in Plano
22 Jan 2019
Ken Hyatt

Ken’s Quick Tip: The #1 problem with two-thirds of the lawns in North Texas

This is Village Green’s 39th year in the lawn and landscape business in North Texas (I’m getting old!) Seriously though, I’ve seen a lot of unhealthy lawns over the years with the same common problem. They were not watered properly. Especially during our North Texas winter. I’d go so far as to to say that two-thirds of the underperforming lawns we see have poor watering as the main culprit. That’s a lot of lawns in nearly 40 years of business!

The secret to a great lawn isn’t a great mystery. In fact, it is pretty simple. It takes three things for a lawn to thrive. Sun, water, and fertilizer (and in that order.) Of those three things the two that are easiest for you to control are water and fertilizer. But the kicker is you have to have the water for the fertilizer to work.

If you want a healthy lawn this spring and summer, you need to make sure are watering 12-months out of the year. Even during the North Texas winter. If your lawn hasn’t been thriving in the past more than likely under or poor watering is your main problem. Whether it be improper sprinkler settings, broken sprinkler heads, inadequate water coverage, or simply sprinklers that were turned off for the winter the result is under-watered lawns. It doesn’t matter how much sun or fertilizer they get, without proper year round watering the lawn isn’t going to thrive. Because that is what the water does, it helps spread that fertilizer down into the root system which makes your lawn stronger. That strength will sustain your lawn in the tough North Texas months (winter and summer) when we have extreme temps. That’s why it’s so important to be consistent with your lawn plan and to not forget that after sun (which is mostly beyond our control,) you have to give you lawn water and fertilizer.

If you don’t feel your lawn is as good as it could be give us a call and let us help solve your problem. We offer affordable sprinkler repair by certified technicians and fertilization and weed control packages. If you have the time and are the DIY type, download our free watering guide and make sure your system is set for winter watering. You can also check out our resource center which has free downloadable content (including my secrets to a healthy lawn series.)

I promise if you have the proper watering schedule and follow it up with a proper fertilizer and weed control (we offer affordable plans that will save you time and money,) your lawn will bounce back in no time and end up being the envy of your neighbors.

We’d love to have the opportunity to earn your lawn and fertilization business in 2019! Give us a call at 972-495-6990 or email me at Ken@VillageGreen-Inc.com.

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
17 May 2013

Mr. & Mrs. T’s Landscape eTour

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.

09 Apr 2013

Village Green Landscape e-Tour

Village Green Landscape e-Tour from Ken Hyatt on Vimeo.

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.

07 Aug 2012

Why do Tree Services Leave the Grindings?

Why do tree services leave a mound of debris after they grind your stump?  I asked our tree service, Advanced Tree Care, that question and what they told me is this:  The mound of grindings will naturally heat up, just like a compost pile (which it essentially is) and that heat will help kill out the stump so it won’t grow back.  Eventually the mound will collapse and you can remove the left-overs but you want to leave it there for a while.

01 Aug 2012

Landscaping in the Summer in Dallas

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.

16 Apr 2012

Dallas Area Sun Loving Summer Annuals – Portulaca

Portulaca, otherwise known as moss rose, is makes a carpet of bright
colors – yellow, red, orange and white.
They reach about 6″ in height.  These love the heat so much they are
almost desert plants.  You have to make sure they’re in full sun most
of the day because as the sun goes down the blooms close.  Again,
you’re better off under watering these a little because the foliage
will turn yellow and you’ll lose the blooms.

14 Apr 2012

Dallas Area Sun Loving Summer Annuals – Penta

Pentas are another good choice for an annual in a sunny location
in the north Dallas area.  They reach about 12″ in height and have
red, pink and purple blooms. They are very hardy and, since they’re
not quite as popular as some annuals, they stand out as a little
different from the rest.

01 Feb 2012

Stage 4 water restrictions delayed

  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.