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  • Tonight’s All About the Safe Operation of Your Fire Pit in Fairfax

    Posted By : Grigg Design Related Categories : Hardscaping
    Veneered Block Wall, Fire pit & Patio | Fairfax VA

    Veneered Block Wall, Fire pit & Patio | Fairfax VA

    Fall is your favorite season of all; the days are warm, but the nights are crisp. Wrapped up in a cozy sweater as soon as the sun goes down, all you want to do is sit outside as a cool breeze blows through the trees, the faintest glimmer of stars twinkling in the night sky above.

    With a warm beverage, and marshmallows for roasting, yep, tonight’s all about the fire pit. You can’t wait to light that fire, but first, heed a few important tips:

    Keep and care for your wood-burning fire pit in Fairfax.

    Lighting your fire pit

    • Ensure the area surrounding your fire pit is clear of flammable materials. A minimum of five-feet’s break in vegetation will help prevent spreading in the unfortunate event of an escaped fire.
    • Always check the wind direction before you light a fire, and remove from the area downwind anything that is, or might be flammable.
    • If the night is too windy, do not light your fire pit.
    • Never use lighter fluid to light a wood-burning fire pit in Fairfax, Virginia. Instead, use a commercially approved fire starter or kindling. Likewise, do not stoke already lit flames with flammable liquids.
    • Only use the amount of starter + wood you need to keep the fire burning gently.

    Using your fire pit

    • Never leave a fire pit unattended. Nor should you leave children or pets alone near a lit fire pit in northern Virginia.
    • Ask Grigg Design about a wire mesh cover for your wood-burning fire pit. Such a cover will keep hot embers inside the fire pit, and little fingers or furry tails out.
    • Never put garbage or paper products into the fire. These items are often filled with volatile chemicals that spark easily.
    • Don’t wear flammable or loose-fitting clothes near the fire pit.
    • Burn only dry, hardwood in the fire pit. Softer woods like pine or cedar burn quickly, which can cause flames that pop and spark.

    Extinguishing your fire pit

    • Extinguish the fire with water. Drown the fire, and if necessary, cover with dirt to ensure the flames are fully subdued.
    • Dispose of the ashes safely. Consider using a discarded metal coffee can to allow the ashes to cool for two or three days; before this time, they may still be hot enough to cause a fire, and so disposal in a compost pile, a cardboard box, or anything combustible might be a recipe for disaster.

    Interested in having a fire pit installed in your backyard?

    For nearly 30 years, we have been providing award winning hardscape designs and installations to clients in Fairfax, Arlington, Alexandria, Prince William County and the surrounding areas. Ask around, and your neighbors will tell you:

    When the question is fire pit installation in Fairfax VA, the answer is Grigg Design.

  • Retaining Wall Design and Construction In Northern VA

    Posted By : GriggEditor Related Categories : Hardscaping

    Grigg Design offers retaining wall design and construction throughout Northern VA.

     Runoff and soil erosion are big problems that plague many northern Virginia homeowners like you. You’re sick of it, and looking for a solution that’s effective but also stylish… Grigg Design can help.

    Paver Patio & Drystack Walls

    Paver Patio & Drystack Walls

    Protect your property and enhance the aesthetic beauty of your landscape all at the same. When you work together with Grigg Design’s northern VA hardscaping experts, we’ll consider the slope of your yard and your style too, to design and construct a functional — and also quite beautiful retaining wall.

    Maybe a retaining wall constructed of dry stack stone is right for you, or you might prefer a concrete modular wall that has been veneered to resemble stone. Maybe the retaining wall of your dreams is capped with flagstone, or an all-natural look is more your style.

    Once we’ve come up with a retaining wall design that works for your yard, we’ll begin the construction and installation process, which could include everything from your most basic retaining wall build, to drainage installation, laying in rock garden beds and more.

    No matter how large or small, simple or extravagant the retaining wall project, Grigg Design can help minimize the affects of soil erosion in your yard while also helping you realize all of your northern VA hardscaping dreams.

    If you’re ready to consider retaining wall installation

    You’ve come to the right place! Serving customers in Manassas, Fairfax, Arlington, Alexandria, and all of northern Virginia, Grigg Design demonstrates an exemplary dedication to customer support, with the experience necessary to transform your home with a practical, one-of-a-kind retaining wall design.

  • Location and site selection are key to having a successful landscape

    Posted By : GriggEditor Related Categories : Landscaping

    Location, Location, Location!

    So you just had your Father’s Day cookout, and realized your yard wasn’t nearly as attractive as you remembered. There’s crispy perennials in the hot sun, spindly shrubs in the shade, and that overgrown tree 5 feet from your house. You water the flowers every day, load the shrubs with fertilizer, and trim the tree every year, but nothing helps. What gives?!

    Location and site selection of the plant material you use are key to having a successful landscape.

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    Site selection can go beyond a shady location and a sunny spot. There are many factors to consider when designing your landscape. Here are just a few.

    -Soil: Get a soil test kit from any Fairfax County Library. (There is a small fee of $10.00) You can analyze the soil composition, and pinpoint exactly what you need for specific plants. Beyond the chemical composition, you should look at the physical composition as well. Is it compacted clay with poor drainage with little oxygen, or is it sandy/rocky with great drainage? Certain plants can tolerate wet roots, others will not.

    -Mature Size: How large will the plant be at full maturity? It’s important you check the size a plant will be once it is fully established, so it doesn’t overtake the plants around it. Simply pruning a plant every year to maintain a certain size is time consuming, and detrimental to the health of the plant. (Unless your plan is for a Bonsai Garden)

    -Sheltered: Are you planting in a location that is sheltered from strong winds? Even on a cloudy day, your plants can lose water through transpiration when there is a constant and strong breeze. If you are landscaping in a windy location, try using plants that are drought resistant. Look for leaves with waxy cuticle, typically characteristic of a rigid shiny leaf. Plants that have smaller or less leaves also help, because the decreased surface area reduces water loss.

    There are several more factors that go into a proper landscape, but we will discuss those later.

    For now, keep these in mind and it will limit the maintenance of your landscape, as well as increase its overall health. Healthy plants are better at fending off and surviving infections and insect attack.  Less maintenance means more time to enjoy life!

    If you want an established professional to do the work for you, contact Grigg Design of Northern Virginia at (703)368-7539 to design and install your landscape!

  • Increase the Value of your Northern VA Home with Landscaping

    Posted By : GriggEditor Related Categories : Landscaping

    Increase Property Value With Landscaping An excellent landscape design/installation that combines a nice selection of nursery grade plants and expertly installed hardscapes can add 5.5 % to 12.7 % to a home’s value, according to research done by Virginia Tech.

    Are you unsuccessfully trying to sell your home or thinking of selling your home soon? Spring and Summer can be a tough as there are more homes for sale now than any other time during the year. You need something that will make your home stand-out and justify the price you are asking for.  This differentiator can be well maintained, professional landscape.

    A well thought-out design that complements your home, and has been well maintained over the years are two items that will draw in potential home buyers. People can tell the difference between a landscape that had a professional design and installation, versus a few small flowers and shrubs planted just to “spruce things up”.

    Having a professional landscape your exterior is one of the few home improvements that will continue to add value to your property as the plants age and mature. Large shade trees that have been properly placed will cool a house in the summer and help to warm the house in the winter.

    Not only will professional landscaping increase the value of your home, a well maintained turf area of around 5000 sqft can produce enough oxygen for a family of 4 for a year!  Plus, it can help to reduce erosion and water runoff.

    Finally, don’t forget that a newly installed professional landscape will give a homeowner “immediate gratification” and years of personal enjoyment with their family.  Whether you are cooking out or playing catch with your kids, some of the best memories are made in your yard.

    So start your landscape design build project ASAP so you can enjoy it now and receive and excellent return on your investment.

  • Experience & Knowledge Trumps Low Prices

    Posted By : GriggEditor Related Categories : Landscaping

    Like most things in life, you get what you pay for–and you expect to pay more for experience and knowledge. For instance, companies pay employees who have 15 years of experience more than a recent college graduate.  This same pay scale applies when selecting a landscape design company in Northern Virginia; you would expect to pay more for a company who’s been in business for 30 years as opposed to a company only a few years old.

    Companies like Grigg Design know which trees to plant, stones to use and designs to incorporate just for your home!  We’ve seen just about every landscape and we use our experience to create a custom solution that fits within your budget.

    When selecting any professional to work with, you need to do your homework to ensure you are hiring the best.  When it comes to implementing your project, every minor detail matters. When trying to determine value and quality of the professional you are working with, here are some questions to ask:

    • Is the company/person properly licensed?
    • Do they have adequate insurance?
    • Are they using their own employees or subcontracting?
    • How long have the employees been with the company?
    • Are the trucks marked as company trucks and are the employees in uniforms?
    • How much training have the employees had?
    • Do they wear the proper safety equipment for the task at hand? Have they been properly trained on the equipment and well versed in its use?
    • Is the job site kept clean and well organized? Is Safety the number 1 job on a project?

    Irregular Flagstone Veneer Patio & Fire pit | Manassas VA

    These are all landmarks of a well-run and trained company and employees. Sure, somebody can do any project or task for less. This is true in any Industry/Profession. However, the question that experienced consumers will ask is “How much does a low price project really cost me? “

    Grigg Design is one of Northern Virginia’s premier landscape design & build companies. Established in 1986 we have been providing award winning landscape designs and installations for over 30 years to clients in Fairfax, Arlington, Alexandria, Prince William County and the surrounding areas. We pride ourselves on the fact that a high percentage of our work is repeat business from our clients and referrals.

    If you need a Retaining Wall, Patio, Stone Fireplace, stamped concrete or any other hardscape projects, we’re the company you can trust from the design to implementation.  Give us a call today at 703-368-7539 for a free estimate.

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