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Todd Thomasson

Todd Thomasson, founded Rock Water Farm Landscapes & Hardscapes in 2005. Having grown up with hard working parent role models and a strong work ethic, Todd put his Landscape & Turf Management degree from Virginia Tech into action as the lead stone mason and landscape designer for the new company. Over the years, the responsibility and opportunity of running this company has been shared with other members of the Rock Water Farm team, launching one of the leading property maintenance companies in Loudoun County. Todd is still rooted in his passion for design/build projects and continues to run the company, working with clients to design, build and maintain perfect outdoor spaces with his team.

Recent Posts

Connecting Areas in Your Great Falls, VA Landscape Design: Planning Transitions with Walkways, Stairs, Lawn & More

Being able to use your outdoor spaces to the fullest is a critical part of your investment in outdoor living. Oftentimes, outdoor living as a whole encompasses multi-area and even multi-level layouts. Connecting these zones in a thoughtful way that is both optimally functional as well as aesthetically appealing is a key part of Great Falls, VA landscape design.

In this article, we’re looking at some of the best ways to connect outdoor living areas using transition options like walkways, stairs, lawn zones, and more.

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8 Questions to Ask When Hiring a Lawn Aeration Service in South Riding, VA

If you’ve ever wondered what the secret to an amazing lawn is, we’re willing to divulge—it’s lawn aeration combined with the value-add services of overseeding and topdressing.

We find that most of our clients already know that a lawn aeration service means making small holes by pulling small plugs throughout the yard. But a lot of people don’t understand why they need it. Aeration is important because it allows more water, oxygen, and nutrients to penetrate the soil and get down to the root zone where they’re needed most. Lawn aeration helps to relieve soil compaction and improve root development. As roots are able to grow deeper, the result is a thicker, healthier lawn.

If you’ve been searching for lawn aeration service near me, then you might be wondering what makes one company all that different from another.

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Building an Outdoor Kitchen: 4 Questions About Ideas, Designs & Cost

Do you want to be able to cook and enjoy meals outdoors? Do you love having friends and family over to your home to entertain?

If so, then building an outdoor kitchen at your Great Falls, Ashburn, or Leesburg, VA home may be part of your overall outdoor living plans. Outdoor kitchens are an outdoor living trend that will never go out of style because it’s one of the best ways to truly extend the functional space at your home.

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Put the Shears Down! Understanding Hand Pruning Bushes & Trees in South Riding, VA

Are your bushes and trees looking unruly? Are you getting frustrated and ready to tackle them on your own? After all, how hard can it really be to just clean them up?

Unfortunately, we’ve heard similar tales told again and again by homeowners who went to do what they thought was some simple pruning of bushes and trees but ended up butchering their landscape.

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How to Fix a Lawn: 4 Options for Haymarket, Gainesville, & Warrenton, VA

Do you find yourself lamenting over the state of your lawn? Whether it has thinned-out grass, brown spots, or totally bare areas, you might be feeling pretty frustrated. 

Where can you even begin when things look so bad? It might feel like an impossible undertaking.

First and foremost, you should know that there are steps which can be taken to fix lawn patches, dead spots, and other concerns. That being said, you should also know that there is no “magic bullet” that’s going to fix these problems overnight—unless you’re willing to invest more substantially in a service like sodding (one that we’ll discuss).

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Building a Pool on a Slope: Design Tips for Great Falls, VA Yards with Hills

Having a swimming pool might be part of your backyard dreams. But if you have a sloped property or a home situated on a hill, you might be wondering if it’s even possible. Can your swimming pool dreams still come true if your yard isn’t completely flat?

We’ll get right to it. Yes, building a pool on a slope is definitely possible, though it can come with some additional challenges. 

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Swimming Pool Trends You'll See in 2020's & Finding a Pool Builder in Northern VA to Pull Them Off

Do you want a swimming pool that’s interesting, unique, and not exactly like every other pool you’ve seen? Pools have come a really long way and it would benefit you to keep up with the latest trends if you’re looking for something new and exciting.

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Adding a Pavilion or Pergola to Your Landscape Design: Considerations, Costs, & More for Great Falls, VA

Extending your time outdoors and enjoying that time to the fullest comes down to adding features that enhance your backyard.

Whether you envision your outdoor area as a spot for total relaxation, one for fun, recreation, and exercise—or maybe a little bit of all those things, it ultimately comes down to the outdoor living features that you add to support those ideas and plans.

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Leesburg, VA Landscape Design Case Study: Family-Friendly Patio with 3 Outdoor Living Rooms

With a corner lot and a narrow backyard, this Leesburg, VA family felt like their property wasn’t usable. It felt tight and awkward—and in all honesty, the family had a lot of reservations about what could be achieved, even with a landscape design.

But when the project was complete, the homeowners told us the space felt bigger than ever before. In fact, they said they could hardly believe how much room it felt like they had.

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5 Pro Tips for Dealing with Weeds in Landscaping Beds in South Riding, VA & Nearby Areas

Posted On: July 22,2020 By: Todd Thomasson

Preventing and addressing weeds in landscaping can often feel like an uphill battle. If you’ve ever spent hours digging in your landscape beds to unearth pesky weeds—only to find new weeds emerge another day—then you also know how much frustration is associated with this kind of work at your property in South Riding, VA or nearby areas.

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