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.
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.
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.
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.
Contact the landscape and hardscape design experts; contact Grigg Design.
When it comes to northern VA hardscapes, our work speaks for itself.
For this homeowner in Burke, Grigg Design was hired to plan, install and perfect a dry stack stone wal, a random run full range color flagstone patio, and a sitting wall. And let’s not forget to mention the gorgeous plantings that add color, fragrance, and movement to the luscious northern Virginia landscape.
This Clifton resident really wanted to a fresh new look for the entrance of their home, and so Grigg Design was called in to lay random run flagstone (with field stone veneer) over a concrete walkway. The finished product was truly something to see.
When there’s a stoop in Oakton that needs a little updating, northern Virginia knows who to call: the hardscape and landscape design experts at Grigg Design.
For nearly three decades, Grigg Design has served the people of northern Virginia, and helped make their dreams of hardscape oasis come true. We are very lucky to have been invited into the homes and lives of our many wonderful clients, and it truly makes our jobs worth the time when those clients leave reviews, and their feedback online.
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Grigg Design is a full service landscape design and build firm who’s primary focus is providing Arlington, VA residents with a finished, fully functional landscape. Grigg Design has been providing landscape design services in Arlington, Virginia since the late 1980s.
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.
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Fall is for planting — and for attending the Capital Remodel + Garden Show at the Dulles Expo Center next weekend, September 25-27. Northern Virginia’s premier landscape builder Grigg Design will be on hand to showcase a variety of hardscape features and perfect-for-Autumn foliage to transform your yard into the oasis you deserve, all year long.
Capital Remodel + Garden Show attendees will find innovative products, new ideas, and practical advice from hardscape design and landscaping experts (Find Grigg Design on the show floor in booth #1123.); home improvement and remodeling professionals; entertainment and electronics options galore; and so much more!
“Too many people think ‘fall’, and think their opportunity to design and build the perfect backyard has passed, but really, fall is the perfect time for planting,” said Steve Grigg, Owner of Grigg Design, Inc. “Effective landscape and hardscape design is about finding the perfect mix of the creative and the practical; and it just so happens, that’s what Grigg Design is all about. That’s what we hope to continue to show the good people of northern Virginia next weekend, and for years to come.”
Grigg Design — a Virginia Society of Landscape Designers Certified Designer with nearly 30 years in business — boasts a Class A Contractors License, and many safety awards, as well as a Houzz Recommend Award. Grigg is northern Virginia’s most trusted name in landscape and hardscape design.
See them at the Dulles Expo Center, September 25-27; say hello in booth #1123, and learn more about taking your hardscape/softscapes landscape project from idea to reality. Register to attend the Capital Remodel + Garden Show today.
Established in 1986, Grigg Design has been providing award winning designs and installations for over twenty-five 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.