Category Archives: Hardscaping

Keep Your New Year’s Resolution: Design the Best Lawn on the Block

Your New Year's resolution? To landscape the most beautiful lawn on the block. This is a commitment you're determined to keep, and how. But it's wintertime. The grass is dead. Snow and freezing temperatures threaten dormant plants. Ah, you suppose your Fairfax VA landscaping project is better left for spring. One might think, but no. You don't have to wait. Get started right away. Add texture and color to get a head start on beautifying your yard for spring, and start enjoying the fruits of your labor right away. Consider:

A few winter landscaping tips.

Grow evergreens.

Evergreen trees are a welcome addition to any landscape, in any season. They're green, but they're also available in shades of yellow and blue. Evergreen trees and shrubs impart much needed light and life when the air around is dark and cold, and come spring, they stand strong as a focal point around which to design a lush oasis.

Mulch.

Covering soil with a solid layer of mulch will help reduce water loss, suppress weed growth, and protect your annuals from temperature extremes. A three- to four-inch layer of mulch is ideal for preventing soil sprouts and increasing moisture retention. Less is more; mulch depths should never exceed five or six inches, as more could lead to rot.

Decorate in winter themes.

A wheelbarrow, a window box: Long, lazy summer days are made of these. But what of them when the herbs have withered and there's no dirt to be hauled? Get creative. Plant holly or rhododendron in containers; these love cold weather! Or, make a nest for the birds left behind. Stack firewood just so for ease of access and aesthetics.

Prune.

Winter is the time for pruning. Perennials as well as shrubs, hedges, and deciduous trees should be trimmed during the winter months. When doing so, take care to inspect the tree thoroughly and only cut limbs or branches that are decayed or dying. Not only will this practice bring your yard back to vibrant life in spring, proper pruning will greatly reduce your risk of injury via fallen limb.

Call Grigg Design to get started on your Fairfax VA hardscape.

Take a look outside. Go on; I'll wait. What's missing? Among your wildest dreams, what do you want for your yard? A fire pit to gather around, or a one-of-a-kind outdoor patio with a built-in grill and kitchen area? An arched trellis through which to weave ivy? Or a simple walkway to your favorite tree?Winter is the best time to evaluate the state of your landscape, and to make plans for the party you'll throw when you when that award: Best Lawn. The flowers are important. The trees are too. But what will truly set your yard apart is the focal point, the Fairfax VA hardscape designed just for you by our experts.  Sure you could walk down to the local garden center and landscape supply, but before you do, get a pro to take a look at your yard and give you the right advice.  Call Grigg Design today.

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

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

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.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 installationYou’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.

Grigg Design Builds the Hardscapes Northern Virginia Loves

When it comes to northern VA hardscapes, our work speaks for itself.

At Grigg Design, we love real stone.

For this homeowner in Burke, Grigg Design was hired to plan, install and perfect a dry stack stone wal, a random run full range color flagstone patio, and a sitting wall. And let's not forget to mention the gorgeous plantings that add color, fragrance, and movement to the luscious northern Virginia landscape.

At Grigg Design, we love making northern Virginia homeowners' hardscape dreams come true.

This Clifton resident really wanted to a fresh new look for the entrance of their home, and so Grigg Design was called in to lay random run flagstone (with field stone veneer) over a concrete walkway. The finished product was truly something to see.

At Grigg Design, we love natural stone. We really do.

When there's a stoop in Oakton that needs a little updating, northern Virginia knows who to call: the hardscape and landscape design experts at Grigg Design.

Whatever your hardscape and landscape design needs in northern Virginia, call Grigg Design.

Fall is For Planting: See Grigg Design at the Capital Remodel + Garden Show This Weekend, September 25–27

PRESS RELEASE

Manassas Park, Virginia — September 17, 2015

Fall is for planting — and for attending the Capital Remodel + Garden Show at the Dulles Expo Center next weekend, September 25-27. Northern Virginia's premier landscape builder Grigg Design will be on hand to showcase a variety of hardscape features and perfect-for-Autumn foliage to transform your yard into the oasis you deserve, all year long.Capital Remodel + Garden Show attendees will find innovative products, new ideas, and practical advice from hardscape design and landscaping experts (Find Grigg Design on the show floor in booth #1123.); home improvement and remodeling professionals; entertainment and electronics options galore; and so much more!"Too many people think 'fall', and think their opportunity to design and build the perfect backyard has passed, but really, fall is the perfect time for planting," said Steve Grigg, Owner of Grigg Design, Inc. "Effective landscape and hardscape design is about finding the perfect mix of the creative and the practical; and it just so happens, that's what Grigg Design is all about. That's what we hope to continue to show the good people of northern Virginia next weekend, and for years to come."Grigg Design — a Virginia Society of Landscape Designers Certified Designer with nearly 30 years in business — boasts a Class A Contractors License, and many safety awards, as well as a Houzz Recommend Award. Grigg is northern Virginia's most trusted name in landscape and hardscape design.See them at the Dulles Expo Center, September 25-27; say hello in booth #1123, and learn more about taking your hardscape/softscapes landscape project from idea to reality. Register to attend the Capital Remodel + Garden Show today.

About Grigg Design, Inc.

Established in 1986, Grigg Design has been providing award winning designs and installations for over twenty-five years to clients in Fairfax, Arlington, Alexandria, Prince William County and the surrounding areas. Grigg Design is a full service landscape design build firm; from conception to completion, their primary focus is providing clients with a finished, fully functional landscape, from design all the way through implementation. Hire the expert team at Grigg Design to install a single feature such as a garden installation, patio, walkway, retaining wall, etc.; or to manage a project with many facets. Grigg 'designs on the human scale', all while employing the best horticultural engineering practices. For more information, visit www.gdiva.com.

Throw a Great Labor Day Party, In Your Great New Backyard

Finally, the weekend you’ve waited all summer for has arrived:

It’s Labor Day weekend in northern Virginia.

You’re known around the neighborhood for throwing the best, the most elaborate Labor Day parties around. And this year will be no different. In fact, it’ll be better.Why will this year’s party be better?This year’s Labor Day party is sure to be the shindig-iest because all summer long, you’ve worked with northern Virginia’s landscape and hardscape design experts to build a new flagstone patio, complete with an outdoor grill and a fancy water feature too.Your new backyard oasis will be complete, and ready for the big reveal this weekend. Now it’s time to turn your attention to the party preparation… on a little slimmer budget. (After all, you did just go all out on the backyard.)

Throw a great Labor Day party on a budget.

Dig into the hot dogs and the hamburgers, not your savings account.

Keep it simple.

It’s a summer party, folks. No one expects dishes with a lot of ingredients, and no one expects you to have slaved over a hot stove for hours and hours. Grill burgers and hot dogs, and corn and watermelon, too!Simple dishes that require fewer ingredients means fewer items to buy, and more time spent enjoying the great outdoors. Throw back a cold one; take a dip in the pool; and enjoy the fruits of Grigg Design’s labor.

Skip the disposables.

Sure, the clean up may be faster and easier when you choose to use paper plates, plastic utensils and the like, but it’ll cost a lot more to purchase these items than it will if you just wash your own dishes. Use as many regular plates and utensils as you can, and supplement with disposable items. You’ll be helping your wallet and the environment at the same time.

Rely on the kindness of your friends.

Every time you throw a party, someone asks, “What can I bring?” Don’t be too proud. Your friends will be more than happy to bring a pasta salad, or a dessert, or drinks. Voila! There’s more food for everyone to enjoy, and less stress (and money spent) for you.

Limit the drinks.

Provide water and lemonade, and maybe a case of beer. That’s all you really need. Party guests want something else to drink? Tell them, “Feel free to BYOB.”Enjoy the waning days of sweet summer in northern Virginia…

Enjoy your new backyard, courtesy of Grigg Design.

Grigg Design Can Build the Northern Virginia Hardscape of Your Dreams

Fire pits are cool.Patios and walkways are too.But don't think for a minute that your northern Virginia hardscape options are limited, because they're not. Grigg Design is the expert, the go-to, the household name for all things landscape and hardscape, design and build. Want a snazzy water feature? Grigg Design can build it. Want a great place to play games, or just relax? Grigg Design can build it.

Whatever the hardscape you want in your northern Virginia backyard, Grigg Design can build it.

5. Get your drink on, on your backyard tiki bar built by Grigg Design.

 

4. Or maybe play a round of checkers.

3. Wade through your very own northern Virginia stream.

 

2. Enjoy a meal under the stars.

1. Or relax after a long day at your high pressure Washington DC job.

If you want it in your northern Virginia backyard:

Grigg Design can build it.

Family owned and in business for nearly 30 years, we at Grigg Design pride ourselves on the ability to effectively and efficiently take our customers' landscape and hardscape dreams, and turn them into reality.

Hire the expert team at Grigg Design to install a single feature such as a garden installation, patio, walkway, retaining wall, etc.; or to manage a project with many facets.