Landscaping & Lawn Care in Plano
31 Mar 2014

Tips for a Healthy Lawn Under Stage 3 Water Restrictions

Sprinkler Repair in Plano TXOn March 28th the North Texas Municipal Water District Board of Directors approved continuation of Stage 3 landscape watering of once every two weeks for the month of April. The limitation of landscape watering to once every two weeks will continue with subsequent monthly extensions considered by the Board.  You can read the full release here.  

We all know that Stage 3 restrictions are a pain in the neck.  Trying to calculate how long you can water so you don’t get a ticket from the water police is hard.  And once you figure that out there’s the little matter of programming your sprinkler system controller so it so it does what you want without getting you in hot water by running too long.  

Here are our tips to make sure you are getting the most  out of your watering efforts under Stage 3 restrictions.  

  • Determine how much you need to be watering your lawn (our downloadable water guide is an easy way to learn.)
  • Tune up your sprinkler system to make sure it is in top working order.  
  • Aerate your lawn.
  • Consider investing in a drip irrigation system.  Currently many North Texas cities don’t restrict watering with this type of system which will help you maximize your watering schedule.  You can learn more about this type of system and its many benefits here .  
  • Invest in a new controller for your sprinkler system.  A new, good quality controller will have more flexible watering schedules, allowing you to program multiple starts times and every-two-week schedules.
  • Plant a sustainable landscape (which means more drought tolerant plants such as sages and yuccas, along with few plants with more mulch or decomposed granite.)  

It appears the North Texas drought is here to stay, and any investment will pay huge dividends.  If you have questions on any of these tips, 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 your questions if you want to do it yourself.  Or if you want to save time and have us do it, we’d be happy to give you an estimate on what it would cost.

Below is information from the Village Green Resource Center, helpful links we’ve compiled to benefit our customers.  If you have more questions regarding your sprinkler and irrigation system 

Village Green Downloadable Resource Guides

Water Resources

Water Schedules

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.

30 Aug 2013

Green Talks Video Blog: Drought Stress

 

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/