Landscaping & Lawn Care in Plano
12 Jun 2021

The Most Common Problem We See in Bermuda Lawns

I wanted to talk to you today about the most common problem we see with bermudagrass lawns (Underwatering.)

Keep in mind that we’ve had a lot of rain this spring which means the problem stems from being underwatered last summer (and probably many summers before that since it takes a lot to damage bermudagrass lawns.)

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The most common area where we see bermudagrass struggle is in parkways (like today’s video.) Parkways are especially troublesome because they don’t make a sprinkler head covering their rectangular shape (spray heads are circular, so they don’t cover parkways that well.) The example in the video goes beyond sprinkler coverage. This patch of lawn is a classic example of underwatered bermudagrass struggling because of a lack of proper watering.

That is why it is crucial now to make sure your sprinkler system is ready for summer watering. If it is not, your lawn will become stressed when our temperatures start hitting the nineties, and our conditions become drier. If you want to do it yourself, you can find tips on checking your system here. Or give us a call at 972-495-6990 and let one of our certified sprinkler technicians come out for a system check and to help you program your controller for proper summer watering.

10 Jun 2021

Summer Watering Guide for North Texas Lawns

Summer is the season your soil loses the most water, and why we recommend watering roughly an hour per week per zone in full sun.

We recommend that you water in ten-minute bursts two days per week at 2 a.m, 4 a.m., and 6 a.m. during the summer.

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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 the water onto your driveway, sidewalk, patio or street. Also, keep in mind that many of the newer sprinkler controllers have a seasonal adjustment which is easy to use with our watering guidelines. Finally, if your lawn has a lot of shade, you can cut your watering to about a fourth of what we recommend and be fine.

Important Note for Rotary Head Sprinklers and Drip Systems:

If you have rotary head sprinklers (they slowly turn and send out long streams of water), we recommend running twice as long as you would regular sprinklers since 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.) We recommend that they run daily or close to it (roughly 10 minutes per day in the summer.) Since various drip lines water slightly differently, it is important to pay attention to your beds to make sure they get the appropriate amount of water.

You can find a how-to video on programming your controller and other helpful lawn and landscape related info in our Video Library.

If you have any questions or need additional help give us a call at 972-495-6990.

03 Jan 2014

Village Green Earns 2013 Angie’s List Super Service Award

Village Green has earned the service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, for the third time in as many years, reflecting an exemplary year of service provided to members of the consumer review service in 2013. 

Village Green won the 2013 Super Service Award for the following categories:  Pest Control/Exterminating (for our Mosquito Assassin Program,) Landscaping, Lawn & Yard Work, Lawn Irrigation (Sprinkler Repair,) and Lawn Treatment & Fertilization.   

In our Founder & President, Ken Hyatt’s own words:  “Earning Angie’s List Super Service Award in five categories has exceeded my expectations for Village Green.  Our previous best was four categories in 2011.  Customer service is very important to me, it is how we’ve stayed in business since 1980, and it makes me very proud of our team to see that we’re delivering on multiple levels to our valued customers as evident by this many Super Service awards from Angie’s List.”

Angie’s List Super Service Award 2013 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade, and review period grade; the company must be in good standing with Angie’s List, have a fully complete profile, pass a background check and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.

 

07 May 2013

QuickTip: Spring Watering Schedule

irrigation1In the spring your lawn requires around a half an inch of water per week on average.  That equals roughly 30 minutes for most sprinkler systems.  The problem we have in our area is our infamous clay soil can only absorb about 10 minutes worth of water.  After that it will run off which is not good for your water bill or our local water supply. 

Our QuickTip?  Don’t water all 30 minutes at once.  Instead program your sprinkler’s controller to water one day per week with a start time of 2am, 4am, and 6am, having each zone run for 10 minutes.

If you have rotors (the type of sprinkler that turns slowly while spraying a long thin stream) you need to water twice as long (at least 20 minutes per zone at 2am, 4am, and 6am.)  Depending on the rotor speed and stream, you may need to water even longer to give your lawn what it needs.

Do you need help optimizing your sprinkler?  The Village Green sprinkler gurus can tune up your system and have you ready for summer in no time.  Contact us today (972-495-6990 or email) and we’ll take $25 off the first hour of sprinkler work (normally $15 per hour plus materials) through May 31, 2013.    

15 Aug 2012

My Lawn Looks Bad Because Of Water Restrictions

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At least once per week this time of year I see a lawn that looks like this photo and when I ask why it looks so bad the answer is always “My city only lets us water two days per week”. Lawns don’t suffer from watering restrictions. They suffer from poor watering. It’s amazing to me how, when I set their controller for three 10 minute start times, two days a week, the lawn springs back to life.

17 Aug 2011

Does my Dallas lawn have to look bad during water restrictions?

Most cities in the Dallas area are implementing water restrictions this month. While everyone assumes their lawns and landscapes will suffer, for most people that’s simply not true. The number of days you water per week has very little to do with the health of your lawn. The number of minutes you are watering is far more important.

Sprinkler repair specialists say during 100 degree days your soil loses roughly an inch of water per week in full sun and it takes roughly 60 minutes for spray heads to put out an inch of water (double that for rotors). It doesn’t matter very much whether you spread that out over several days or just one as long as you get to that magic 60 minutes.

A few years ago the city of Plano instituted a one day per week water restriction. I heard more people talking about how much damage their lawn and landscape suffered that year yet my customer’s lawns had very few problems. What was the secret? We set their controllers to water three times in the morning and three times in the evening for ten minutes for a total of 60 minutes (watering more than 10 minutes at a time causes runoff). The water restrictions were honored and the lawn and landscapes looked fine. Most cities this year have gone to a two day per week watering schedule which is even easier – three start times, 10 minutes each on the two days you’re allowed to water. With smart watering you don’t need to stress over water restrictions and neither does your landscape.

As always, if you need help figuring out how to set your controller or repairing your sprinkler system, don’t hesitate to give us a call.