Your New Year’s resolution? To landscape the most beautiful lawn on the block. This is a commitment you’re determined to keep, and how. But it’s wintertime. The grass is dead. Snow and freezing temperatures threaten dormant plants. Ah, you suppose your Fairfax VA landscaping project is better left for spring. One might think, but no. You don’t have to wait. Get started right away. Add texture and color to get a head start on beautifying your yard for spring, and start enjoying the fruits of your labor right away. Consider:
Evergreen trees are a welcome addition to any landscape, in any season. They’re green, but they’re also available in shades of yellow and blue. Evergreen trees and shrubs impart much needed light and life when the air around is dark and cold, and come spring, they stand strong as a focal point around which to design a lush oasis.
Covering soil with a solid layer of mulch will help reduce water loss, suppress weed growth, and protect your annuals from temperature extremes. A three- to four-inch layer of mulch is ideal for preventing soil sprouts and increasing moisture retention. Less is more; mulch depths should never exceed five or six inches, as more could lead to rot.
A wheelbarrow, a window box: Long, lazy summer days are made of these. But what of them when the herbs have withered and there’s no dirt to be hauled? Get creative. Plant holly or rhododendron in containers; these love cold weather! Or, make a nest for the birds left behind. Stack firewood just so for ease of access and aesthetics.
Winter is the time for pruning. Perennials as well as shrubs, hedges, and deciduous trees should be trimmed during the winter months. When doing so, take care to inspect the tree thoroughly and only cut limbs or branches that are decayed or dying. Not only will this practice bring your yard back to vibrant life in spring, proper pruning will greatly reduce your risk of injury via fallen limb.
Take a look outside. Go on; I’ll wait. What’s missing? Among your wildest dreams, what do you want for your yard? A fire pit to gather around, or a one-of-a-kind outdoor patio with a built-in grill and kitchen area? An arched trellis through which to weave ivy? Or a simple walkway to your favorite tree?
Winter is the best time to evaluate the state of your landscape, and to make plans for the party you’ll throw when you when that award: Best Lawn. The flowers are important. The trees are too. But what will truly set your yard apart is the focal point, the Fairfax VA hardscape designed just for you by our experts. Sure you could walk down to the local garden center and landscape supply, but before you do, get a pro to take a look at your yard and give you the right advice. Call Grigg Design today.
All you want for Christmas is a brand new backyard to enjoy when summer comes back ‘round. So that’s what will be. Instead of exchanging gifts this season, you’ve decided to undertake a landscaping project, to build the patio and fire pit you’ve always wanted.
Setting specific goals will help determine what type of professional service provider is best suited to meet your needs. Whether that’s a space designed for recreation, function, or a little of both, the decision to renovate your backyard is an endeavor that should be undertaken with the utmost care. Do your due diligence to ensure you hire a Manassas VA landscape contractor you know you can trust.
Talk to friends and family whose backyards you covet, or visit your local garden center to ask for referrals. There is no better gauge of a Manassas VA landscape contractor’s skills and ability than from its customers. Take these recommendations and develop a list of possible candidates to vet and interview.
Before contacting any company you are considering to hire for home renovation services, check the Better Business Bureau and consult the latest regional consumer surveys that study and rank professional landscaping companies based on price, confidence, and reliability. This sort of background research will better enable you to make an informed investment.
Contact your favorites and the most highly recommended with a thorough list of questions: Are you fully bonded and insured? Can I count on you to see my project from conception to completion? Will you provide an artist’s rendering of the plans we develop together? What kind of guarantee do you offer on your products and services? Ask, too, for a portfolio of past projects — and to see them personally if possible.
Creativity and business acumen are two important factors to consider when hiring a Manassas VA landscape contractor, but so too are courtesy and communication. It is not easy; in fact it’s nearly impossible to work with someone whom you’re not comfortable around. A good working relationship is crucial, and so it’s important to ask yourself to which company you’d feel most comfortable entrusting your home, your yard, and your money.
And so soon you will see the answer is clear:
Grigg Design develops more than exceptional landscapes; the family owned landscape and hardscape design contractor has the experience and capability to bring the visions of Manassas VA homeowners to life, and the dedication to customer service. Get started today to beat the spring rush; call Grigg Design at (703) 368-7539 to schedule your landscaping consultation.
The days are shorter and colder, and soon everything will freeze. Everything except your plants, you hope. Protecting your garden from the frost is as simple as covering and keeping it warm, but also a complex task that begins with a proactive effort:
It’s important to consider elevation, soil properties, cover, as well as the proximity of hardscape structures and other plants when planning your garden. Cold-sensitive greenery should not be planted in open areas, or in the low lying spots where cold air settles; instead, plant them near a south- or west-facing retaining wall. Fences and shrubs can serve the same purpose to absorb light and heat.
Wet soil retains heat far better than dry soil, and so regular watering during the winter months will keep your plants’ roots safe and warm.
Bed sheets, plastic sheets, drop cloths, and even blankets can be used to cover and protect your plants most vulnerable to the cold. Use a protective covering overnight or on especially frigid days, but then be sure to take it off again when temperatures rise. (Mulch, straw, or composted leaves can be used in a pinch, when a quick cold snap strikes.
Think of this as when people huddle together for warmth; the concept is the same. Provide protection from the elements, and shelter. If possible, bring container plants inside.
Some succulents thrive in cold weather, while others are more sensitive. In Fairfax and surrounding areas, where winter temperatures drop and stay below freezing, Grigg Design recommends planting succulents in pots so they can be relocated when necessary; not overwatering; and leaving damaged leaves in place to protect lower foliage.
Perhaps most important to remember is this: Plants are resilient. If at any point you see signs of frost damage, don’t overreact. Wait a while, as it’s not until the weather begins to warm again in March that plants will grow healthy and new, or succumb to the frost.
Fall is For Fairfax Landscaping
If there’s a time to start a landscaping project in Fairfax, it’s right now. In the fall. Just ask any professional: The plants will endure less stress, and do quite well as they lie dormant all winter. Come spring, these same plants will have become accustomed to the cold, and will thrive as the short, cold days grow longer and warmer.
And that’s not even to mention the spring rush as everyone hurriedly prepares their homes and themselves for summer’s first hurrah in May. When you call Grigg Design to have your landscape and hardscaping projects started today, you’ll be ready to entertain — no waiting, no construction, just menu planning. (Maybe you’ll even get lucky: Hope for a mild winter, and you might be able to enjoy your new patio, sitting wall or fire pit right through the cooler months.
Looking for a little inspiration?
Take a glimpse at a few of our current projects:
For a beautiful lawn in the spring, start your Fairfax landscaping project now.
Call Grigg Design at 703-368-7539 to discuss your ideas; we are northern Virginia’s landscaping and hardscaping experts, proudly serving the counties of Fairfax, Arlington, Prince William, Loudoun, and surrounding areas.
Fall is your favorite season of all; the days are warm, but the nights are crisp. Wrapped up in a cozy sweater as soon as the sun goes down, all you want to do is sit outside as a cool breeze blows through the trees, the faintest glimmer of stars twinkling in the night sky above.
With a warm beverage, and marshmallows for roasting, yep, tonight’s all about the fire pit. You can’t wait to light that fire, but first, heed a few important tips:
For nearly 30 years, we have been providing award winning hardscape designs and installations to clients in Fairfax, Arlington, Alexandria, Prince William County and the surrounding areas. Ask around, and your neighbors will tell you: