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It’s the Perfect Time for Hardscapes!

Hardscapes make outdoor living spaces more beautiful and functional. The right design and build company can help you turn your outdoor area into the living space you’ve always dreamed of. There are a number of reasons why fall is the best time to add hardscapes to your yard. The following are the top four reasons.Easy Snow RemovalIf you use rocks in your driveway then you already know how difficult it can be to remove snow. A gorgeous paved driveway makes snow removal a breeze. Grigg Design has the creativity and experience necessary to help you create hardscapes that compliment your home and landscape. Our professional designers work with you to determine the best materials for your driveway.Prepare for Holiday GuestsHome improvement projects are difficult and unsightly during the holiday season. Now is the best time to add hardscapes, before guests begin visiting your home. Adding patios and walkways allows you to create beautiful outdoor spaces for your guests. Starting these projects now ensures they will be completed before the holidays.Increase Access to Outdoor AreasRain and snow can make a yard wet, muddy and dangerous. Without proper hardscapes, outdoor areas become inaccessible during the winter. Adding patios and walkways makes it possible to access your yard at any time.Increase Curb AppealBeautiful hardscapes not only look good, they can also increase your home’s value. Adding hardscapes improves curb appeal and makes outdoor areas safe. Both of these factors contribute to your home’s resale value.Northern Virginia Design and Build SpecialistsWhen it comes to home improvement, you want to make sure you choose a designer with ample experience. Grigg Design has been providing award winning design and installation for more than thirty years. Learn more about our Hardscape services!We provide our services to residents and business owners throughout Fairfax, Arlington, Alexandria and Prince William Counties as well as all surrounding areas. Our professional design and build specialists carefully evaluate all hardscape and landscape requirements. This ensures all potential issues are addressed.

Why Fall is the Perfect Season for Planting

When it comes to planting, most people immediately think of spring. However, the cool temperatures, reliable rainfall, and short, bright days of fall are ideal for planting. In fact, there are a number of reasons why fall is the better season for adding to your landscape.Soil TemperaturePlants that are started in cold soil face many challenges. These plants often grow slowly, develop poorly and are more susceptible to disease. This has a lot to do with the fact that cold soil has fewer nutrients. Also, maximum fertilizer uptake through the roots occurs when the soil is between 45 and 55 degrees. During the fall, soil temperatures are much warmer than in the spring.Reduced the Chance of ShockMany plants go dormant in the fall, although their roots continue to grow. This period of rest is crucial to the plant’s survival through winter. Planting in the fall causes plants less shock than planting in the spring, when most growth occurs.Less WateringThe sun tends to be less intense during the fall and temperatures are typically lower. This means less watering and less water loss in plants. Also, ground moisture is generally very good in the fall.Weed ControlThroughout the fall, weeds are less of a problem. This means less competition for new plants. It’s also much easier to control weeds this time of year. During the fall, most weeds will be shifting their focus from their leaves to their roots. When treating with herbicide in the fall, the plant will readily move the chemical to the roots, destroying the entire plant in the process.Develop Healthy RootsWhen planted in the fall, new plants are able to develop a healthy root system before the spring. Instead of starting from scratch, plants are well established in time for the growing season. This puts them in the best possible position for growth.Final ThoughtsIt’s extremely important to get everything planted before the ground freezes. Even if it’s very late in the season, you need to get plants into the ground. They’ll be much happier and safer than in their plastic nursery pots.Grigg Design is a landscape design and build company in Northern Virginia. We offer award-winning designs and installations throughout Fairfax, Arlington, Alexandria and Prince William Counties, as well as their surrounding areas. Please contact us if you have questions about planting, or you are considering updating your landscape this fall.

Landscape Designer in Arlington, VA

Grigg Design is a full service landscape design and build firm who's primary focus is providing Arlington, VA residents with a finished, fully functional landscape. Grigg Design has been providing landscape design services in Arlington, Virginia since the late 1980s.When you contact Grigg Design the first thing we will do is set up an on-site interview to assess your home and talk about ideas and options available. We’ll ask a lot of questions regarding how you want to use the landscape, and if you have any favorite plants and even favorite colors.

Stone Patio & Walkway Design Services

  • Patios & walkways share a number of the same ‘decision’ points such as materials, method of construction and that the overall sizing can expand and contract to fit a particular budget.
  • Multiple materials are used in patio and walks design such as run flagstone, irregular flagstone, concrete pavers and brick.
  • All of our patio & walkways have been set either ‘dry’ (such as in stone dust) or ‘wet’ on concrete.
  • We provide descriptions of each project with the patios & walkways pictures.
  • During the initial visit to your site your designer will discuss your options on the materials, etc. for your walk or patio and will also be ready to offer suggestions.

Hardscaping & Landscaping Services

Grigg Design is Arlington's leader in installing courtyards, patios, walkways, steps and driveways with concrete pavers or natural flagstone. We specialize in installing low maintenance landscapes with focus on outdoor living areas, giving you more time to enjoy your back yard retreat instead of working in it.We’ll guide you through the entire process of choosing the right product and design to insure that your hardscape project will not only be long lasting, but will compliment your property and your landscape. Thank you for your interest in Grigg Design, Arlington’s best landscaping company, and for visiting our website. If you would like to speak with someone about an upcoming project that you might have in mind, please feel free to call us at 703-368-7539 or fill out our contact form and we will respond right away.