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!

Increase the Value of your Northern VA Home 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.

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Houzz is a great resource for backyard landscape design ideas. Many of our clients find inspiration from pictures they see on our Houzz page and then call us to design and build.

Established in 1986 we have been providing award winning designs and installations for over twenty-nine years to clients in Fairfax, Arlington, Alexandria, Prince William and the surrounding areas. Call us today at (703)368-7539 to discuss transforming your landscape or hardscape ideas into reality.

What a Weird, Warm Winter: Protect Your Northern VA Landscape

What a weird, weird winter we’re experiencing. With temperatures in the 50s, the 60s, and even the 70s the week of Christmas, many northern Virginians are rejoicing over the unseasonably warm temperatures, but landscape designers and garden enthusiasts are growing a little concerned about how such unusual conditions might affect the landscape’s survival.

How a warm winter affects your lawn, and what you can do about it:

Lawns go dormant in the wintertime; grass remains alive, but does not actively grow like it does in the spring and summer months. When the winter is warm, things change. Things continue to grow, but will likely grow weak due to a lack of a real chance to rest. This can be incredibly stressful for your lawn, and to prevent your precious grass from dying or falling subject to a lawn diseases, consider the following care tips.

  • Water your lawn once a week (applying at least a half-inch of moisture) when a warm winter sends temperatures into the 50–70 degree range. (But make sure to check the weather forecast for freezing temperatures.)
  • Do not mow your lawn unless you notice the grass is starting grow, and if it does grow, keep the blades below three inches in height. A lawn that grows too tall during the winter months can trap moisture and spread fungal diseases.

How a warm winter affects your plants, and what you can do about it:

Plants respond to temperature and light, both of which are generally in low supply during the winter months. But not so this year. When the temperature rises and plants get more sunshine than they are used to in winter, they can’t help but think it’s springtime and start to bloom or grow. Poor confused plants just won’t react well once the cold weather returns.

It’s nearly impossible to predict when the temperatures will shift, and so it’s hard to know exactly how to prepare your plants for this kind of uncertainty because of all the factors involved. But there are a few things you can do to help keep your northern VA landscape looking lush and pleasant.

  • Lay mulch or leaves in your garden to help your plants survive whatever winter brings. Mulching helps keep your plants warm and moisture in the ground.
  • Make sure to water your plants during the warm period. They’ll have a better chance of bouncing back when spring comes.
  • Bring outdoor potted plants indoors, but make sure to water and provide plenty of sunlight.

How a warm winter affects your bushes, and what you can do about it:

Shrubs and bushes remain relatively unaffected no matter the type of winter northern Virginia sees. Why? Because they usually set their bulbs in the spring.

The exception here is if flowering bushes attempt to flower; the cold air takes away valuable moisture and warmth from the buds and dries them out causing them to die, so you may simply have fewer blooms in the springtime. And there’s sadly not much you can do about that.

Have questions about how to care for your northern VA landscape this winter?

Contact the landscape and hardscape design experts; contact Grigg Design.

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