Landscaping & Lawn Care in Plano
19 Jun 2020

Who are the best lawn care service companies in North Dallas?

Looking for a reputable lawn care and landscape company in North Dallas? Below is a list of some of the best in North Dallas.

Lawntech
Founded in 1985, Lawntech is still around today because of their old school customer service. They are a very conscientious company that doesn’t overload their applicators with work. That way their lawn technicians are able to take the time needed in each year. They also have invested over the years in good equipment and offer solid lawn programs.

Cititurf
Cititurf is a busy lawn care company that does a lot of volume. They have extremely knowledgeable managers who are able to offer great support which allows them to have great lawn technicians (to handle their volume.) In addition they keep up with the latest products to make sure they are getting the best results for their customers. They also have good, up-to-date equipment and offer good lawn programs for their customers.

Image Lawn and Landscape
Founded in 1995, Image Lawn and Landscape is a full-service lawn and landscape company handling both residential, commercial and homeowner association customers. Like the others on this list, they have stayed up-to-date with technology and equipment and offer professionalism and a good value.

When hiring a new lawn service company it is important to ask the right questions to compare services. Here are five signs that a lawn care company is a good choice.

1. Compare Standard Lawn Treatments.
Compare treatment programs from lawn company to company. Do they provide both grass care and ornamental tree and shrub care? Are lawn care treatments tailored to specific types of grass? For example, what makes your neighbor’s grass thrive won’t necessarily be what your grass needs. Look for statements about how treatments benefit lawns, trees and shrubs. You don’t want a one size fits all mentality.

2. Go Beyond Yard Maintenance.
The needs of your yard can change from season to season, year to year. Just like you wouldn’t go to a dentist who only does cleanings, you want to hire a lawn care company that can provide additional services when you need them.

At a minimum these should include diagnosis and treatment of diseases and pests, and service calls between regular lawn treatments if you notice a problem.

3. Know Who is Treating Your Lawn
When it comes to lawn care technician training, the more the better. This goes for not just knowing how to apply grass treatments properly and safely. They should also be able (and willing) to answer questions you have about your treatments, your yard’s basic needs and how you can meet them, and alert you to anything you need to keep an eye on.

When it comes to the techs themselves, the fewer the better – at least in terms of who treats your property. You’re better served by having the same dedicated technician or tech team visit after visit. That way they get to really know your yard and can stay on top of any problem areas.

4. Look for Preventative Lawn Care Service
What tips and information do they give to lawn service customers? Depending on where you live, there are certain pests, lawn diseases and other problems that can crop up with lawns, trees and shrubs. When you know what to watch for, you’re able to contact your lawn care company for a service call so the problem can be diagnosed and treated before damage is done.

5. Check Customer Reviews.
Check out the experiences of other customers. Consumer services like Angie’s List and Google for your region are great sources of information on lawn company performance and customer satisfaction. By doing your homework you can narrow the field of companies. The next step is to talk with the lawn care services that made your short list. That’s your opportunity to ask questions and get answers you didn’t find on their websites. While the specifics of quality lawn care vary from region to region, ask these questions to guide you in making the right choice.

08 Jun 2020

Summer Watering Guide

Now is the time to program your sprinkler controller for summer watering to make sure your lawn and landscape are getting adequate water coverage.

How much should you water in the summer?

The starting point for our watering plan is summer because that is the season your soil loses the most water. During summer we recommend watering roughly an hour per week per zone in full sun. We also recommend watering in 10-minute bursts, so your lawn has time to absorb the water. If you water more than that, you run the risk of the water running down your street or alley because of our infamous clay soil in North Texas.

This means in summer we recommend that you water in ten minutes bursts two days per week at 2 am, 4 am, and 6 am.

The reason we recommend watering at these times is that it is cooler, which means less evaporation. There is also less wind that can blow your water onto your driveway, sidewalk or street. If you water as recommended, you will have more water that ends up in your lawn, which is both environmentally and financially smart.

Some of the newer controllers have what is called a seasonal adjust section. Those are really easy to use with this system. If you have shady areas in your lawn, you typically need to water about half the recommended time you would in a sunny area.

Important Note for Rotary Head Sprinklers and Drip Systems.

Rotary Head Sprinklers (they slowly turn and send out long streams of water.) We recommend running them twice as long because it takes them longer to put out the same amount of water.

Drip Zones (drip systems work by maintaining a level of moisture in the soil.) They can be tricky because they put out water at different rates, and the water going into the ground can vary based on how the drip hoses are installed. We recommend that they run daily or close to it (roughly 10 minutes per day in the summer.) It is important to pay attention to your beds to make sure they are getting the proper amount of water.

Download Summer Watering Guide

If you need help with programming your sprinkler or have any other issues give us a call at 972-495-6990 or Ken@VillageGreen-Inc.com. We offer affordable sprinkler repair by our certified irrigation technicians. You can also watch this quick video where Ken shows you how to properly program your sprinkler controller.

06 Mar 2020

Fertilization & Weed Control FAQ’s

We have compiled a list of the most commonly asked questions regarding the Village Green fertilization and weed control plan.

How much does it cost?
Small Lawn = $55 to $65 plus tax per visit.
Medium Lawn = $65 to $85 plus tax per visit (medium is the average size for most customers.)
Large Lawn = $85 to $120 plus tax per visit.

How many visits and what does each visit cover?
We come 8 times in a calendar year (it equals about every month to month and a half.) See page 3 for an example plan.

Do I need to be home when you visit?
No. You do not need to be home as long as we have access to your lawn. If you request, we can send a visit reminder via automated text or email the day before which lets you know we will be out the following day.

Is this safe for my children and pets?
Yes. We’ve been treating lawns since 1980, which is a lot of lawns that have seen a lot of activity by children and pets and in all of those years we’ve not had a single incident. The reality is that once the product is dry (usually within an hour depending on the weather conditions) the lawn is fine for kids and pets to be in it. Another important fact is that after we add water to our products, the total amount of weed control products on the lawn is only a few tablespoons. If that still doesn’t convince you to consider this, Ken Hyatt, our Founder and President (who is a well-known dog lover) lets his pooches run free an hour after treatment on his own lawn.

My city has water restrictions, will I have to plan my visits around my watering day?
No. While most of our products need to be watered in, anything we use is good without water for up to two weeks.

Is our program organic?
No. If you are looking for an organic service, we recommend Soils Alive. They are a company that specializes in organic programs. An important thing to consider is that while there is such a thing as an effective organic fertilizer program, there is NO such thing as an organic weed control program in this area. All organic companies use the same products we use for weed prevention and control.

Is there a contract I have to sign?
No. We don’t believe in contracts for lawn health programs. We allow our customers to stop at any time. Another reason we don’t hold customers to a contract is that we’re confident with our expertise in this area that we’ll deliver the results you want for your lawn.

How do I pay?
We leave an invoice on your door after service and you can pay by writing a check and mailing it back to our office. For those that like to handle things electronically, we can set you up with an online account and you can pay per visit or create an auto-pay. For those that want to pre-pay for the full year, we offer a 5% discount.

Is there a pre-pay discount?
Yes. You can save 5% when you pre-pay for all your current year’s visits.

You’re more expensive than the national companies. What’s different about Village Green’s service?
There are many reasons why Village Green is a good investment for a healthy and happy lawn.

1. We have 40 years of local experience of maintaining healthy lawns through droughts, floods, triple-digit weather, and single-digit weather in North Texas. We are locally owned and operated and we have the longevity and expertise that other companies do not.

2. If you have questions, comments, concerns or praise you can call our offices and you will be able to speak with someone local who is responsive to you. If you prefer, you can email us and expect the same response. We value our customers and do everything in our power to keep them and their lawns happy.

3. All lawn services give free re-treatment visits but most companies don’t want to do them so they wait for you to call. If we know you have difficult weeds to control, or an out of the ordinary issue in your lawn, our technicians will schedule extra visits to make sure your lawn is taken care of.

4. When the technician visits, they will make notes of conditions he sees in your lawn. Those conditions will be sent to you in an after-service email. If we see a condition that is especially important for you to know about such as severe drought stress or leaking sprinkler system, they will notify our office and we will call and email you so you are aware of the issue and can decide the best course of action to resolve.

5. The technician will take several photos of your lawn during each visit. Those photos give us running documentation of your lawn and how it is responding to our visits throughout the year.

6. We are not a one-size-fits-all service. The technician will tailor what he is treating your lawn with based upon your type of grass and the condition it is in. During most of the year bermuda lawns will receive different fertilizer and weed control products than St. Augustine and zoysia lawns. If your lawn is half bermuda and half St. Augustine, we will treat each of those areas differently. This takes more time but it’s important because they are different plants and need different treatments to stay healthy.

7. In the end, the biggest difference is our philosophy. We learned a long time ago that our customers aren’t paying us to sling fertilizer and squirt weeds. They are paying us to have a nice-looking lawn and landscape that they don’t have to worry about. That’s what makes Village Green different from other companies, and if you look at our reviews, you’ll see that we deliver.

If you are interested in hearing more about what Village Green has to offer, give us a call at 972-495-6990. We’ve been helping our North Texas neighbors get a healthier lawn since 1980 and would love to earn your business.

05 Feb 2014

Aeration: The Secret to Health Lawn

A few weeks ago I wrote about how I’ve changed my opinion on lawn aeration in my blog post, Aeration 101.  Since then many of our customers have been wanting to learn more about aeration.  Going so far as to ask how it actually works, which is why I shot a quick video of Sam (another valued Village Green Team Member) aerating a customer’s lawn.  As you can see from the video, aeration is a pretty simple process.  We use a lawn machine that looks like a cross between a lawn mower and mini-tank that literally punches thousands of holes into your lawn.   After seeing Sam in action I think most of our customers will get how it works, but the bigger question is why should you consider aerating your lawn?

The answer is pretty simple.  You need to aerate your lawn annually (it is best to do it in the winter or early spring) because you live in North Texas. 

Our infamous clay soils are made up of tiny particles that compact over time, getting tighter and tighter.  Eventually your soil will become so compacted that it has a hard time taking in water, oxygen, and fertilizer.  The more traffic on your lawn, whether people or pets increases the problem which is why golf courses aerate their greens and fairways a several times per year.

As a homeowner, you don’t need to go that far, but it is a wise investment to aerate your lawn once a year.  The benefits are pretty simple.  Once you poke thousands of holes in your lawn, you are creating little cups that will collect water, oxygen and fertilizer.  These components to a healthy lawn will be able to penetrate deep into your soil down to the root system of your grass, which will lead to a healthier lawn.  

Possibly the most important benefit of aeration, considering we live in North Texas where many of our cities are under Stage 3 Water Restrictions, is that aeration increases your water retention and will lower your water bill.  

In the end aeration just makes good sense.  Financially and environmentally, and better yet, the end result will be a much healthier and more beautiful lawn when you combine aeration with your ongoing lawn maintenance program.   

If you have any 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 lawn aeration questions.

11 Apr 2013

Village Green Talks Video Blog: Weeds!

 

Ken has what we’d call a love hate relationship with weeds. As you’ll see In today’s first ever Green Talks Video Blog (our first, of what we hope are many), Ken knows a LOT about weeds and their control. Here he walks through a customer’s lawn detailing how their weed control program is working. One more thing to note. We apologize for the wind noise in some of this clip. It is very hard to escape the blustery April winds when we are out and about in the field.

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.

15 Jan 2013

The Only Good Weed is One That Never Grew

What are we doing in January and February to make lawns look great in the spring?  We’re applying a weed preventative to block the weeds before they even start.   

We can’t prevent all weeds from growing but we can prevent a lot of them.  There are basically two types of weeds, the kind that sprout from seeds and those that come back from their roots every year.  Applying a late winter pre-emergent will create a barrier in the soil, blocking most weed seeds from growing which means we only have to spot treat the weeds coming back from their roots.   These treatments while the lawn is dormant cut spring weeds down dramatically – saving time and, more importantly, herbicides.

As usual, St. Augustine is the exception to this because it is very sensitive to chemicals.  Blanket treating a St. Augustine lawn with a weed killer will always stunt its growth so we have to be very gentle with it.  While we do apply a winter pre-emergent to St. Augustine, we apply it at about half the recommended rate.   Our goal with St. Augustine is to make it so happy and healthy with watering and correct fertilizer the rest of the year that during the winter it is too thick for weeds to touch the soil – Mother Nature’s weed control.

The lesson here isn’t “The only good weed is a dead one.”  The real lesson is “The only good weed is one that never grew.”

At Village Green we live by the motto “It’s Easy Being Green”  so if you have outdoor questions, don’t hesitate to contact us or, even better, contact us for a free lawn quote.