Your landscape is the first thing most people see when they look at your home. The right lighting highlights your landscape and illuminates outdoor living spaces. It also increases safety and security and improves the property value of your home.
Placement of Landscape Lighting
Placement is extremely important when it comes to landscape lighting. While you want to make sure you add enough light, you don’t want to overdo it. Many people have trouble finding the right balance. Working with a professional landscaping company can help.
At Grigg Design, our expert landscapers understand what will work specifically for your home when it comes to landscape lighting. We can help you determine the best types of lighting and their optimal placement.
Using Landscape Lighting to Increase the Safety and Security of Your Home
No one likes coming home to a dark house. Strategically placed landscape lighting illuminates walkways and driveways and makes a home feel more inviting. In addition to increasing safety, landscape lighting boosts curb appeal, increasing the resale value of your home.
Landscape lighting can be an effective deterrent to intruders trying to gain access to your home. It’s a well-known fact that criminals are less likely to visit a well-lit home.
When placing lighting, make sure you illuminate the entire perimeter of your home, without adding too much light. If possible, try not to create any shadows where intruders can hide.
Illuminate Your Outdoor Living Space
Landscape lighting around your outdoor living space allows you to spend more time enjoying the outdoors with your friends and family. This makes it possible to extend summer BBQs well into the night.
When illuminating your outdoor living space, consider adding lights close to patio furniture. This helps ensure guests aren’t straining to see each other. You might need to experiment with different types and locations to determine the best lighting solution for your needs.
Adding lighting to an outdoor entryway welcomes guests to your home, enables safe passage to and from your home, and provides the light needed to properly identify visitors. When choosing the lighting fixtures for your outdoor entryway, make sure you consider your home’s architectural style. Features like large windows or a covered entrance could affect the amount and type of lighting needed.
Outdoor wall lights are the most common type of outdoor entryway lighting. Other popular choices include hanging pendants, flush and semi-flush ceiling lights, and recessed lighting. It’s important to remember that a little light goes a long way. Be careful if you’re using multiple fixtures or a lot of indoor light comes out through a window.
Landscape Design Company
It can be difficult to determine the type and placement of landscape lighting. Grigg Design has years of experience providing a wide range of landscape design and build services to a variety of Northern Virginia homes. We work directly with you to evaluate your needs and develop a customized solution. Please contact us for more information about our services.
Choosing the right tree for your yard takes a lot of planning and consideration. You should start this process by asking: What reason do I want or need a tree? Is it for shade, privacy, or appearance? Many trees start out looking great and only get better as they age. Others have the potential to create a generation of issues as they may drop messy bark, sap, acorns, etc. Therefore, it is very important to take your time and choose a tree that offers the best combination of everything you are looking for.
How fast a tree grows should also be taken into consideration. Do you need shade or privacy now, or can you wait several years? Slower growing trees are hardwoods and they tend to live longer. However, if you need shade or other benefits soon, you best choose a fast-growing tree. Typically, these types of trees are smaller, have soft wood, and might not live as long.
You should also choose a tree to fit its surroundings. If you have a smaller home, it’s recommended to choose a small or medium size tree. We also recommend planting smaller trees near the house and taller ones farther out in the yard or near its edge. Not only do trees balance the layout of any outdoor space, but deciduous trees can block between 60% and 90% of the summer sun’s rays. This valuable shade can help other plants or shrubs that may not fair well in direct sun and help decrease your cooling bills. Here are a few trees to consider:
Crabapple: The crabapple tree is the perfect first tree to have in your yard, as it produces beautiful blossoms as well as fruit. When spring comes, you’ll first see vivid pink buds sprout all over your crabapple tree. These buds will turn into white blossoms and small apples that ripen in late summer and fall.
Japanese Maple: With the Japanese maple’s striking colors and size versatility, these trees are a classic staple for gardeners everywhere. A Japanese maple typically reaches its peak colors in November, when the leaves blaze in yellows, oranges, and reds. These trees range in heights, from anywhere between 3 and 20 feet.
Dogwood: A smaller ornamental tree, produces both blossoms and fruit. However, if you have small children be careful as the small red berries on a dogwood tree are not edible, despite their strong resemblance to raspberries. Before the tree produces these berries in the fall, it will display branches full of beautiful white flowers in the early summer.
Pine (Pinus): Foliage is evergreen for year-round beauty and is composed of bundles of soft, long needles. Though some pines are a bit brittle in harsh weather, they’re often used for wind and privacy screening.
Fig Tree: Have you ever wanted to grow your own Mediterranean treat? A fig tree allows you to do just that. These trees need plenty of sun to produce their sweet and chewy fruits. They also need plenty of patience, as figs begin to form in the autumn and are ready to harvest the following summer.
Redbud: While the name suggests a reddish color, an eastern redbud tree will give your landscape a lovely pop of pinkish-purple flowers in early spring. These flowers then take on a smokey tone as the season turns to autumn. No matter what time of year it is, you’ll be delighted at the redbud’s vibrant tones.
Honey locust: Is tough and adaptable, grows 30 to 50 feet tall, and beware it also drops pods. Its foliage turns yellow in fall. The honey locust, also known as the thorny locust, is a deciduous tree in the Fabaceae family, native to central North America where it is mostly found in the moist soil of river valleys. We recommend choosing the thornless variety.
Willow oak: This tree has narrow and pointed foliage, and forms a fine-texture, dense conical canopy, rising to about 50 feet at maturity. It makes a good street and shade tree and is easy to transplant. Foliage turns yellow before it drops in the fall.
Grigg Design is one of Northern Virginia’s premier landscape design build company. Established in 1986 we have been providing award winning designs and installations for over thirty-two years to clients in Fairfax, Arlington, Alexandria, Prince William County and the surrounding areas. We can help you choose everything from the right trees and placement, to a complete backyard renovation.
A previously posted, we’ve been busy this spring providing Arlington, VA residents with a variety of landscape design and build services. Since the late 1980s we’ve done projects of all shapes and sizes. Whether you have a new home built on an older property or an older home that needs a fresh design, we can help.
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.
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.
Northern Virginia’s premier landscape builder Grigg Design is excited to return the Capital Remodel + Garden Show at the Dulles Expo Center Friday Feb 22nd 10 am to 9 pm, Saturday 23rd from 10 am to 9 pm, and Sunday Feb 24th from 10 am to 6 pm. You can easily find them in the same booth as last year #1147.
For the booth this year, they have created a beautiful backyard patio space to showcase hardscape and landscape capabilities. This beautifully designed 10- by 20-foot booth features a stacked stone wall, raised flagstone patio, concrete paver patio, veneered stone pillar, planting, and a custom stone fountain — all, or some of which, could be yours. It is the perfect oasis for all seasons.
Capital Remodel + Garden Show attendees will find innovative products, new ideas, and practical advice from hardscape and landscaping experts, home improvement and remodeling professionals; entertainment and electronics options galore; and so much more!
Here are a few tips for attendees:
Meet designers Steve Grigg, and Sam Eashum at the Capital Remodel + Garden Show. They look forward to discussing your landscape design ideas and how they can make your vision a reality!
About Grigg Design, Inc.
Established in 1986, Grigg Design has been providing award winning designs and installations for over 33 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 https://www.gdiva.com/.