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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.

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

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.

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!

Spring Has All But Begun — And So Too Should the Spring Yard Cleanup

Will March bring snow to our region, or cherry blossoms that bloom ahead of schedule? The ever unpredictable third month offers something different, but this year, northern Virginia homeowners are rejoicing in the pleasant temperatures, the renewing rains. They’re removing burlap from trees and shrubs shrouded from winter’s cold; pruning branches to make room for new growth; cutting back spent perennials, and pulling up old annuals; and perhaps most exciting of all: beginning to plan their big spring landscaping projects.

But first — before the garden can be laid in, and before the plans for that new flagstone patio can be drawn up, there’s cleanup work to be done.

Prune dead and damaged branches.

Snow and wind (and especially a good strong blizzard) can do a number on tree and shrub branches. Now that the weather has cleared, and for good, prune those that are dead or damaged back to live stems. Use a handsaw for anything larger than a half-inch in diameter, and hand pruners instead of electric shears to shape hedges. (A note: summer-flowering shrubs can be pruned before buds appear, but forsythia and other such spring bloomers should not be pruned until they flower.)

Clean up around plants.

Grab the rake and rid the garden of fallen leaves and other dead foliage that can smother plans and foster disease. Pull up any spent annuals, and remove existing mulch to begin prepping the beds for fertilizer and spring planting.

Compost yard waste.

Those leaves and last year’s mulch, don’t just throw all that away. Compost it! It’s easy to do with a three-foot square of wire fence or even a sturdy plastic bin. Leaves and chip branches larger than a half-inch in diameter should be shredded to accelerate decomposition. Keep the pile moist; aerate every couple of weeks; and voila: ready made fertilizer. Just don’t add any early spring weeds that have gone to seed, because they might not decompose, but sprout instead.

Ensure existing hardscape surfaces are neat and tidy.

Gravel… travels. Rake any that’s escaped back into walkways and patios, and consider ordering more to fill any large gaps. Refill joints between flagstones by sweeping in new sand or stone dust; water with a hose to set it, then repeat. And then break out the pressure washer to rid the surfaces of slippery algae spots or leaf stains.

Now, with a yard free of mess and debris:

It’s time to call Grigg Design to discuss the fire pit, the water feature, the landscaping project that will be the talk of the neighborhood all spring and summer long.

Grigg Design Honored with Second Consecutive Best of Houzz Award

PRESS RELEASE

Manassas, Virginia — January 26, 2016

Northern Virginia’s go-to for landscape and hardscape design and construction, Grigg Design has recently been honored with its second consecutive Best of Houzz Award for 2016. This annual award, given to just three percent of home improvement professionals, celebrates the minds at work behind the most popular photos featured on Houzz.

“To win Best of Houzz last year was so exciting. But then to win again this year, we just couldn’t believe it. It’s such an honor,” said Steve Grigg, Owner of Grigg Design. “We’ve long allowed our work to speak for itself — in terms of quality and craftsmanship, and design. This only reinforces that message. Thank you, Houzz users! Thank you.”

The Best of Houzz is awarded in three categories: Design, Customer Service, and Photography. Customer Service award winners, the category in which Grigg Design was recognized, are lauded as the best of the best, the highest and the most well-reviewed among the design and home improvement professionals featured on Houzz.

About Houzz

With more than 35 million active users, Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish — online or from a mobile device. From decorating a small room to building a custom home and everything in between, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community empowered by technology, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality. Headquartered in Palo Alto, Calif., Houzz also has international offices in London, Berlin, Sydney, Moscow and Tokyo. For more information, visit www.houzz.com.

Award-winning Grigg Design will be on-hand at the newly expanded Capital Remodel + Garden Show February 26-28 to discuss spring landscape and hardscaping projects.

Make plans to attend the Capital Remodel + Garden Show at the Dulles Expo Center next month, February 26-28. Event attendees will find innovative products, new ideas, and practical advice from hardscape and landscaping experts (Find Grigg Design on the show floor in booth #1051.); home improvement and remodeling professionals; entertainment and electronics options galore; and so much more!

About Grigg Design

Established in 1986, Grigg Design has been providing award winning designs and installations for 30 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.