If you’re like most people in Northern Virginia, you’ll probably be spending more time outdoors this summer. The warm summer months provide the perfect opportunity for entertaining, firing up the grill, and soaking in the extra hours of daylight.
Early spring is the best time to get your yard ready for summer. Starting now ensures that new plants will be well established when the time comes to fully enjoy your yard.
Plant More Flowers
Flowers add a splash of color to your landscape and make your home appear more welcoming to your guests. Planting an assortment of annuals and perennials ensures that you’ll have a gorgeous display of flowers all year long.
Many people spend long hours outdoors during the summer. You can stretch the time spent in your yard by adding landscape lighting. Strategically placed lighting helps highlight your landscape, improve the safety of your yard, add beauty, and increase the value of your home.
Water features are an excellent way to add peace and tranquility to your landscape. Consider adding a fountain or other water feature to your yard.
Outdoor Living Areas
If you plan to entertain this summer, you’ll want to make sure that you have plenty of spaces for your guests to gather. A gazebo, small patio, or kitchen area create the perfect outdoor living space for entertaining.
Hanging baskets full of brightly colored flowers add height and beauty to your landscape. Baskets are the ideal choice for both large and small yards. For the best display, fill baskets with an assortment of plants that spill over the edge.
There’s nothing more frustrating than finding that deer have ruined your landscaping efforts. When choosing the flowers for your landscape, select varieties that are not appealing to deer. Butterfly weed, globe thistle, butterfly bush, and purple cornflower provide a gorgeous display while keeping deer away from your landscape.
Grigg Design can help you prepare your landscape for summer. We offer a variety of design and build services to our Northern Virginia clients. Please contact us for more information about summer landscaping.
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!
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.
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 Removal
If 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 Guests
Home 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 Areas
Rain 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 Appeal
Beautiful 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 Specialists
When 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.
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.
Plants 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 Shock
Many 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.
The 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.
Throughout 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 Roots
When 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.
It’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.