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5 Tips for Backyard Privacy Using Fences, Plants and Other Screens

Posted On: May 22,2018 By: Todd Thomasson

There’s nothing quite like the serenity of enjoying time in your own backyard. Whether you’re lounging by the pool, sipping a glass of wine by the fire pit, or even just trying to share a private moment with your family over an outdoor meal—it’s great to be able to enjoy those moments outside.

That is until the neighbor strikes up a conversation. Or maybe they’re staring at you from an upstairs window. Whether you are friendly with your neighbors or not, the truth is that everyone wants some privacy once in a while.

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Landscape Design Ideas for Your Pool: Plants for Poolside Perfection

Posted On: May 14,2018 By: Todd Thomasson

Nothing quite says “backyard escape” like a pool. Chances are when you picture your dream pool, you likely imagine a backyard oasis. What makes that possible is not only the pool itself but the landscaping around your pool. Landscaping the pool area can completely transform the space into the retreat you’ve always wanted.

While the right landscape design poolside can make a big splash, the wrong choices can have just the opposite effect. Instead of enjoying your pool retreat you might be spending extra time cleaning up the high-maintenance or messy trees and shrubs that you chose. Or maybe you’re feeling exposed to all of the neighbors’ prying eyes since you didn’t choose the best privacy screening plants.

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4 Puzzling Lawn Problems in Ashburn, Aldie, and Leesburg, VA (and How to Fix Them)

Posted On: April 27,2018 By: Todd Thomasson

It can be incredibly frustrating to be left wondering “what’s wrong with my lawn?and not be able to get to the bottom of it. You may have even tried a variety of different remedies but might be seeing no success.

You’re not alone. Lawn care is more complicated than most people realize. Getting to the bottom of exactly what your issue is, and how to address it, requires some investigating and research.

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Landscaping Hacks & Tricks to Avoid at Your Northern Virginia Home

Posted On: April 24,2018 By: Todd Thomasson

These days everyone is looking for hacks that make life easier. A quick online search of “life hacks” reveals everything from how to start a conversation to getting stains out of clothing or even how to store items around your house more wisely.

Of course, there are also plenty of landscaping hacks out there. You may have heard of some of them or possibly even tried a few. While everyone likes a simple solution, the problem with a lot of landscaping hacks is that they’re really just shortcuts. And when you take shortcuts with your landscape, it’s usually at an expense.

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Your Go-To Guide on Lawn Weed Identification and Lawn Care Services in Northern Virginia

Posted On: March 27,2018 By: Todd Thomasson

Ralph Waldo Emerson once described a weed as a plant whose virtue has not yet been discovered. Chances are, you agree. Weeds are unsightly to look at and take away from the overall beauty of your lawn. And since weeds compete with your healthy turf for nutrients and water, and some of the more aggressive varieties can even crowd out desired turfgrasses, you want to get rid of them.

The trouble is, you may not be sure how to. You don’t want to become an expert in weed control, you just want to know that you’re taking the necessary steps to get rid of them. Whether you plan to hire lawn care services in Aldie, Ashburn, or Leesburg, VA or you’re looking to tackle lawn care on your own, you just want to be sure that you’re doing what it takes to be rid of weeds.

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A Look at Lawn Care Prices and Packages in Ashburn, Aldie, and Leesburg, VA

Posted On: March 20,2018 By: Todd Thomasson

A well-cared-for lawn that is receiving everything it needs is typically also a lush and thriving lawn. It’s a lawn that is so green it makes all the neighbors wish theirs looked that good!

While that sounds wonderful, and you’d like to have a lawn like that, the trouble is, it takes a lot of time and energy to reach that level. And chances are, you probably don’t have the time needed to get your lawn in that kind of shape. These days, “free time” is something that very few people have.

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6 of the Most Annoying Spring Lawn Weeds and How to Get Rid of Them

Posted On: March 15,2018 By: Todd Thomasson

 

Chances are if you’re someone that enjoys spending time outside and using their lawn as much as possible, then you can’t stand seeing spring lawn weeds pop up. They’re an eyesore and an embarrassment. You don’t want to have the yard on the block that looks like it’s uncared for.

While you can’t stand weeds, you may not want to spend a lot of time working on your lawn. You have better things to do than to spend your free time trying to troubleshoot weed problems. This may lead you to search for a lawn care company who can handle lawn weed control for you. And if you consider using a pro, you should be able to feel confident that they will use the right products at the right times—and will get the job done.

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The Complete Spring Landscape Maintenance Checklist for Ashburn, Aldie, or Leesburg, VA

As spring rolls around each year, you want your landscape to be ready to enjoy as soon as possible. There simply isn’t enough warm weather to waste any of it trying to get your property caught up.

While you may have even hired Ashburn, Aldie, or Leesburg, VA landscaping services to handle spring maintenance for you, if you haven’t chosen a proactive company, then you might not be getting the services you really want or need in a timely manner.

In fact, if you’ve hired an order-taking, reactive landscape company who waits until you notice problems to do anything about them, then you might find you aren’t able to truly get the full enjoyment out of your property.

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Landscape Design and Remodelling Contractors in Ashburn, VA: Getting the Best of Both Worlds?

When you have your home remodeled, you expect everything to look and function its best. But if you neglect the surrounding outdoor areas, there can be problems. For instance, imagine a drainage nightmare that was caused by an uncorrected grading problem. Now you have a mini mudslide occurring on your property every time it rains and that mud is getting tracked into your brand-new addition.

Or what about having a small patio outside of your newly remodeled basement that isn’t even big enough to set your furniture on. You walk out from your beautiful new space onto a nonfunctional patio that really serves no purpose.

These are just a couple of the frustrations that we’ve witnessed from homeowners who have had a beautiful home remodeled but did not involve a landscape design professional on the project.

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Your Complete Irrigation Start-up Checklist for Northern Virginia

You’ve invested in irrigation at your Aldie, Ashburn, or Leesburg, VA home because you value a lush lawn and thriving plants. You know that adequate water is of vital importance in achieving that feat and so it’s important to you that your system is operating properly. You may be worried that your system might be damaged, cause leaks, or not work properly for the upcoming year. That’s why you may want to know what’s required in order to get your system up and running properly.

Starting your irrigation system in the spring requires going through a number of steps. It’s important to be thorough in the process, as now is the best time to spot problems and make sure they are fixed before the system gets fully underway.

Let’s take a look at what is necessary to get your system running.

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