Spring is in the air, and our thoughts turn to outdoor entertaining. Hardscaping–the fantastic non-organic elements of your outdoor spaces–is trending big time. It’s a piece that more landscaping companies are adding to their repertoires with stunning results. Combining harmonious hardscapes and landscapes for fabulous outdoor living is one of our favorite trends of the decade. There are lots of hardscaping options for every budget. One question we hear is whether pavers or poured concrete are … [Read more...]
When Should I Fertilize My Lawn and Trees?
We can feel spring coming in Loudoun County. The days are getting longer. We wake up to birds singing and wind down the day with spring peepers. Green leaves are sprouting from fall bulbs. It’s a beautiful time of year in Northern Virginia. We’re starting to dream of lush green lawns and leafy landscapes soon to come. That means it’s time to enrich our lawn and landscapes with fertilizer treatments for many of us. When Should I Fertilize My Lawn? Early spring is an excellent time to fertilize … [Read more...]
What Can I Do For My Lawn In Cold Weather?
One of the best things about February and early March: you can feel the days getting longer. It’s no longer pitch black when you return home at 5 p.m., and that’s something to celebrate. Even though the groundhog saw his shadow, we are thinking spring. Winter is the perfect time to get moving on clean-up and prep work. What should we do for our lawns when the weather is still cold? How can we hit the ground running for spring? Winter Lawn Care: Take It Easy Late winter is a time of temperature … [Read more...]
What Happens to Grass in the Winter?
It’s been a weird winter in Virginia so far. We started warm and wet and then turned frigid and snowy in the new year. But many of us are already thinking spring and have one big question: what the heck should I do with my lawn this winter? In a nutshell, winter is the time to care for and protect your lawn. It helps to know a little bit about what’s going on with those beautiful blades while we’re spending more time inside. Does My Grass Still Grow In Winter Your grass usually takes a growth … [Read more...]
Is It Too Late To Plant My Landscape?
When we think about landscaping in winter, we often think about planning. Not planting. Winter is an excellent time to dream, design, and think big for spring. But there’s also a surprising amount of planting that can happen during the winter months, especially in regions like ours where winters tend to be relatively mild. The good news is, even as the holidays approach, it’s not too late to plant. In fact, cold weather helps some plants and trees become stronger and healthier. However, winter … [Read more...]
Do I Really Need To Remove Leaves From My Yard?
Ahh, fall. It’s one of the most beautiful times of year in Loudoun County and Northern Virginia. What’s the best approach to managing autumn leaves? Should you remove them or let them be? Here’s a quick guide to leaf removal and a few additional tips for fall and winter yard cleanup. Should I Remove Leaves From My Lawn? Clearing leaves is an essential part of fall lawn care. If you let leaves pile up, they can block all-important fall sunlight from nourishing your lawn. Leaves can also trap … [Read more...]
Choosing A Landscaper: Why Professionalism Matters
When you have a plumbing or electrical problem, chances are you’re going to seek references and look for the best professionals to take care of it. When you think about lawn and landscape maintenance, the same concept applies. Your landscape is part of your home and represents a significant investment. It’s also one of the first things people notice when they visit. Experienced and qualified landscapers are trained professionals. When you work with a company that values professionalism, it means … [Read more...]
Tips For Cleaning and Repairing My Hardscape
It’s still patio season! We’ve had a blast at summer gatherings-- with fireflies glowing and cicadas humming. Now it’s time to enjoy fire pits and other hardscaping features that make patio life even more enjoyable. But how do you keep the non-living elements of your landscape looking their best? Even when you take excellent care of your hardscapes, weather, wear and tear, weeds and insects can take a toll. But don’t stress. Your outdoor spaces are meant to be enjoyed. Use them, have fun with … [Read more...]
What Should I Ask My Landscaper About Fall Landscaping?
Summer is winding down, and little by little, the leaves are letting go of their branches. All the growing and blooming, mowing, and weeding will soon slow and stop. But that doesn’t mean it’s time to turn away from your landscape. In fact, fall is one of the most productive and rewarding times to focus on landscape design. You can plan, prepare, prune and plant and work with your landscaper to help your plants survive the winter and make a glowing reappearance next spring. Another plus: your … [Read more...]
Aeration and Overseeding: What Are The Benefits?
With plenty of rain this summer, most of us are still in full-on mowing mode in July. But Dryer late-summer weather will be here before we know it. Hotter temps can lead to end-of-summer brown spots and bare patches in our lawns. After the booming growth period of midsummer, late summer/early fall is a perfect time to focus on enriching our properties through aeration and overseeding. These tried-and-true techniques help us keep our lawns healthy and beautiful and lay the groundwork for a robust … [Read more...]