Landscaping & Lawn Care in Plano
24 May 2022

Shady Lawn Solutions

As we head into late spring and early summer, we get a lot of calls from frustrated homeowners who cannot grow grass in certain parts of their lawn. The issue is almost always the result of too much shade.

The grass isn’t that hard to grow if you have the three vital components. Sun, water, and food (fertilizer.)

So how much sunlight does your lawn need?
• Bermuda needs about 8 hours of sunlight to survive.
• St. Augustine needs about 6 to establish. Once established, you can plant a tree, and as the tree casts more shade, St. Augustine will gradually acclimate to less light (which explains why your neighbor may have thick St. • • Augustine under their trees, and you don’t).
• Zoysia has similar light requirements as St. Augustine.
• Fescue doesn’t mind the shade, but it’s a cheap short-term answer because you have to replant each year.

Inevitably when we explain the amount of sun required, a customer will ask if they can thin their trees to allow sunlight. Pruning your trees is not viable for growing grass in your bare spots. Thinning a tree is like removing an arm or two of an umbrella. You still have an umbrella. Studies have shown little difference in the amount of sunlight hitting the lawn under a thinned tree versus a pruned one.

So what is the solution? Our advice is acceptance. Embrace your shady yard (this is Texas, after all, and that shade is a wonderful benefit on hot summer days!) Shift your mindset from growing grass and instead invest in shade-loving plants. Many ground covers and shrubs do well in little to no light.

If you are looking for a shady lawn solution, give us a call. We’d love to answer any of your questions, recommend plants, and show you some of our work for other customers who had the same problem.

Our landscapes start at $5,000 and go up to $100,000 + on large scale projects. Call 972-495-6990 or email for more information.

20 Sep 2021

A Landscape Solution For Jeff’s Drainage & Shady Lawn Challenges

We first started working with Jeff in 2017 and have done everything from lawn care, sprinkler care and several landscape projects. Our latest landscape project was to help solve a significant drainage problem that was made worse by the lack of grass in a shady part of Jeff’s front yard.

Jeff had a downspout that was dumping too much water into his lawn which was combined with the bare dirt from lack of grass caused by shade created a muddy mess on his driveway.

Hannah, our landscape manager, had the perfect solution in her simple yet effective design, which she illustrated for Jeff with notes and photos so he would understand the plan. Village Green added river rock next to the drive and then attached the problem downspout to a pipe that released the water into the river rock. This solution allows the rock to break the force of the water and allow it to disperse onto the driveway without hauling dirt with it. In addition, we added shade-loving plants such as Purple Heuchera and Ice Plants to add color and texture in the area where the grass wasn’t growing because of the excessive shade. Finally, we installed a flagstone walkway to make it easy to access the side of Jeff’s home.


Jeff loves the update and the work Hannah and her landscape crew did. Not only does his front landscape look great, but it also solved his muddy mess drainage issues.

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And as always if you are looking for a company to help with your lawn or landscape, please give Village Green a chance to earn your business. Founded in 1980, we are a family-owned and operated lawn and landscape company based in Plano, Texas.

08 Sep 2021

A Shady Lawn Landscape Update for Liz and Tim

Liz and Tim are longtime Village Green customers (20 years!), and over that time, their trees have matured, creating a shady lawn that made it hard to grow healthy grass. Liz and Tom fought the change at first and tried sodding many times, but ultimately they realized it was impractical and contacted Village Green to find a shady lawn solution. Working with our landscape architect, David Daigle, we created a tremendous shade-loving landscape design to extend their front yard landscape to cover the grass-challenged areas. Previously we had installed a beautiful stone border that we didn’t want to lose, so we left it in place and installed Arizona river rock in front of it (6 tons!).


To frame the home, we used Pringle Yews, which gets about 4′ tall, and used Creme Demint Pittosporums, a small creme-colored shrub to add some contrast under their windows. Liz and Tim love their new landscape, so much so that.

Liz and Tim love their updated landscape. Liz told us she likes to stand in front of her home and take it all in! Liz also said that our Landscape Team of Hannah, Luis, and Juan were great. They accommodated anything Liz needed to be done, including placing her Moss Boulders exactly where she wanted them. Liz went on to say that Hannah did a great job of communicating during the project, letting them know who was going to be doing the tasks and when the work would happen.

In the end, the best compliment came in the form of their 5-star review on Google.

“Owner Ken Hyatt and the entire team at Village Green are fantastic! Village Green has maintained our lawn and landscaping for over 20 years, much to our satisfaction. In addition, we have had several major landscaping projects completed by Ken and his team over the years, all of which have been executed beautifully. The team just completed a major front yard re-do which has exceeded our expectations! We are incredibly pleased with Village Green and highly recommend them.”

If you are looking for a company to help with your lawn or landscape, please give Village Green a chance 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 for more information.