Landscaping & Lawn Care in Plano
19 Mar 2014

Drip Irrigation Systems on the Rise in North Texas

Village Green Installing a Drip Irrigation System
Sam Installing a Drip Irrigation System

Say drip and water in the same sentence and most people will think of something negative, like a leaky faucet.  But when you are talking about a drip irrigation system, a drip is a great thing that can help expand your Stage 3 watering window.  We’ll talk more about that in a moment, for now let’s list the many benefits of a drip irrigation system.  

  • Saves water with less runoff and evaporation.  
  • Delivers water evenly around foundations which can help prevent foundation problems.
  • Puts the water exactly were you want it by targetting the exact area where you want the water (for example, the roots) and allows you to deliver it at the exact time you wish (using a timer.)
  • Delivers water without creating an overly moist environment that promotes fungal diseases.
  • Adapts easily to changes in landscape. Systems can be used for containers, raised beds, vegetable rows or balconies. Drip irrigation can circle a tree or shrub at the dripline.
  • Reduces erosion on slopes (remember to place the emitter upslope, above the plant.)
  • Improves water-holding capacity in clay soils.

All of that sounds great, but when you factor in that most cities exempt drip irrigation systems from their water restriction guidelines it becomes huge!  Our North Texas drought has no signs of easing up in the near future (click here to read the Dallas Morning News article.)  And those with large lawns and landscape usually have a sprinkler system that has 8 or 9 zones.  That translates to not enough minutes in the day to water all of your lawn and landscape correctly.  If you invest in a drip irrigation system for your landscape and beds, you can skip those areas on your watering day, and focus all of your minutes on your lawn.  This allows you to have a healthy lawn and landscape.  You’ll want to make sure that your city allows the exemption.  You can visit the Village Green Resource Center for helpful links for the cities we serve. 

If you have more questions regarding your sprinkler and irrigation system give us a call at 972-495-6990 or email our Founder and President, Ken Hyatt at ken@villagegreen-inc.com.  We’d be happy to answer all your questions and help you have a healthy and happy lawn during our extended North Texas drought.

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.

30 Aug 2013

Green Talks Video Blog: Drought Stress

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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/