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Visit Grigg Design at the Capital Remodel and Garden Show!

Grigg Design is pleased to announce that we will be an exhibitor at the Capital Remodel and Garden Show this February! Our booth will allow visitors to immerse themselves in a beautiful courtyard landscape. This provides the unique opportunity to explore the beauty and style of our hardscapes.

Attending the Capital Remodel and Garden Show

Homeowners can meet our fabulous designers at the show. Visitors to our booth will be able to set-up a consultation for design and build services and learn about trends in the industry.

Guests to our booth will be able to see and touch a variety of hardscape features including:

• Patio and walkway materials including irregular Pennsylvania bluestone, patterned PA bluestone, patterned Mojave flagstone, TechoBloc Villagio (in Mojave) and TechoBloc Borealis (in sauvignon blanc)
• Water features including a boulder fountain and a stacked flagstone fountain
• Stacked stone retaining wall/seat wall with PA bluestone cap
• Veneered stone fireplace

Attendees will receive exclusive discounts on our fireplace and fountain display models. The sale price of these pieces includes installation by our expert design/build specialists.

Updating Your Landscape

It’s a good idea to prepare before attending the Capital Remodel and Garden Show. Consider bringing pictures of your home and yard to the event. If at all possible, have an idea of your budget. If this is your first time speaking with a landscaper and you are unsure of costs, don’t be afraid to ask about price ranges.

Before speaking with a design and build specialist, you should have a general idea of your time frame. You will want to research quality landscape companies to ensure the company you choose has a similar style to your own.

You have many options when updating your landscape. You’ll want to learn as much as you can about these options before beginning a project. Research different styles and materials, but always trust the advice of the landscape professional you hire. These are industry experts who understand what works and what does not. Our website is a great place to see different styles and materials.

The show is the perfect opportunity to learn about your landscape and hardscape options. It’s also a chance to meet the designer you’d like to work with. This year’s Capital Remodel and Garden Show will take place from February 23rd-25th at The Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly, VA. Please visit Grigg Design at Booth #1147. We look forward to seeing you there!

Winter Landscaping Tips

Many people forget about their landscapes during the fall and winter. This is the time of year when plants go dormant and our yards become covered in snow. However, it’s also the best time to prepare your yard for the spring. A little effort now can go a long way towards a beautiful landscape later. The following winter landscaping tips can help you get started.

Mow Before Winter 

It’s extremely important to mow your lawn short before winter. If left too long, it will fold over on itself during heavy rain or under the weight of fallen snow. This reduces air circulation, making your lawn weak and more susceptible to disease in the spring.

Cut Back Perennials

Cut the brown tops off perennial plants before the first snowfall. If the tops are still green, you will need to wait until spring to cut them back. It’s important to only cut tops that are yellow or brown.

Clear Snow From Trees 

Snow can cause a lot of damage to trees, especially evergreens. After it has finished snowing, brush snow from limbs with a gentle, upward motion. Do not attempt to remove ice from trees. Doing so can cause significant damage.

Evaluate Your Landscape

 Winter is an excellent time to evaluate your landscape. Consider which areas can be improved, and think about what you will plant in the spring. Sometimes the best solution won’t be plants at all. Hardscapes are an excellent way to compliment and complete your landscape.

Stock Up For Spring

Winter is the best time to purchase new gardening tools. They are often on sale, and stocking up now ensures that you’ll be ready to plant in the spring.

Add Color With Containers 

Add a little color to your landscape by filling winter hardy containers with evergreen boughs of different colors and textures. Fill window boxes, hanging baskets and other containers and place them around your landscape.

Grigg Design offers landscape design and build services to residents in Northern Virginia. Please contact us to learn more about how we can help you prepare your landscape for winter.

 

 

 

 

Top 10 Ways to Prepare Your Backyard and Patio for Winter

Summer is coming to an end and many of us are turning our attention to fall. During the fall it’s important to begin preparing your yard for winter. The following tips can help.

1. Evaluate Your Garden
Take a good look around your garden to see how your plants are doing. Pay close attention to which plants have survived and which ones did not. Check to see if anything has outgrown its space.

2. Add mulch
Mulch helps retain soil moisture, suppress weeds and protect soil. Identify areas that can benefit, and add mulch as necessary. Be sure to brush mulch off any branches on shrubs as it can cause them to yellow.

3. Power Wash Your Deck
Over the summer, your deck gets a lot of use. This leads to an accumulation of dirt and debris. A power washer can remove dirt build-up quickly and easily. Before cleaning, make sure that you’re using the right setting for your deck.

4. Keep Hardscapes Clean
During the fall, leaves and debris can accumulate on hardscapes, staining them over time. The best way to protect hardscapes is to keep them clean of debris. Thinking of adding hardscapes to your property this year? Find out more!

5. Clean and Store Grills and Backyard Accessories
Fully clean your grill and backyard accessories before storing them for winter. Even though these items are made from outdoor-safe materials, they can become a breeding ground for bacteria and mold. Cleaning them now ensures they’ll be ready to use next spring.

6. Prepare Plants
There are a few things that must be done to prepare your plants for winter. Deadhead spent blooms, remove finished annuals, weed and dig up any non-hardy bulbs.

7. Invite Birds to Your Garden
Attract birds to your garden by putting up a feeder. Birds do an excellent job controlling insects in your yard.

8. Check Plants for Disease
Inspect all plants for damage and signs of disease. Disease on plants can worsen over the winter and spread in the spring. Now is the time to remove or care for damaged or diseased plants.

9. Prepare Roses for Winter
Roses should never be pruned or fertilized during the fall. Just before the first frost, replace old mulch under roses with fresh. After the ground freezes, you will need to add even more mulch. This will position them to return beautifully next year.

10. Clean Your Shed
Prepare your shed for winter by clearing out and replacing old chemicals and oiling metal tools.

Grigg Design is Northern Virginia’s premier landscape design company. Please contact us for more information about preparing your backyard for winter.

Summer Landscaping Tips

It can be difficult to keep your landscape looking good throughout the summer. With the right knowledge and a little effort, your landscape can remain healthy and beautiful all summer long. The following landscape tips can help.

Irrigation

It’s important to keep your landscape watered throughout the summer. However, you will need to take care not to over water. Too much water can be harmful to plants and especially damaging to your lawn. In fact, overwatering your lawn can cause shallow roots, making it more susceptible to disease and malnourishment. Your landscape should receive the equivalent of one inch of rain per week. This amount should be split across two or three days.

Pruning

Pruning should never take place during the summer. Removing leafy growth from plants can expose their stems, making them vulnerable to sun scald. Pruning during the summer also makes plants less water efficient.

Pests

Summer often brings an increase in insects and disease. Sometimes pests don’t cause enough damage to affect your landscape. Other times, they can be a major problem. How you treat pests is your own personal choice. While most pests are eventually taken care of by nature, insecticides can be used to eliminate pests and the damage they cause. There are a wide variety of insecticides available. The best time to spray for pests is in the late evening.

Mowing

Lawns can be mowed as needed throughout the summer, but care should be taken to not remove more than one-third of its height. This prevents roots from becoming stressed and keeps weed infestations at bay.

Flowers

Now is the time to deadhead flowers. Remove the heads of both annuals and perennials. This helps keep their energy on producing flowers as opposed to seed development.

Summer in Northern Virginia can be hard on landscapes. Spending a little time each day on your landscape can go a long way towards keeping it healthy.

If you are considering adding to your landscape this year, we can help! Grigg Design is Northern Virginia’s premier landscape design and build company. We provide high quality landscapes and hardscapes to meet a variety of needs and budgets. Please contact us for more information.