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Stone Walkway Ideas, Costs and Design Tips for Your Home in Ashburn, Aldie, or Leesburg, VA

Walkways are an important part of your landscape design. Not only do they serve a highly functional purpose of getting you from “Point A” to “Point B” around the property, but they also contribute to the overall aesthetic appeal of your landscape.

If it’s in the front yard, the walkway is one of the first things that people will see as they drive by or pull up to your home. That makes them an incredibly important factor in terms of curb appeal. In the backyard, a walkway helps contribute to the overall look and function of your outdoor living space.

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5 Crucial Questions Before Designing and Building Outdoor Kitchens in Ashburn, Aldie, and Leesburg, VA

Outdoor kitchens in Ashburn, Aldie, and Leesburg, VA remain wildly popular. That’s probably because an outdoor kitchen vastly increases the amount of time you’re spending outside. It also makes the experience so much more enjoyable. Without having to go in and out of the house to prepare a meal and then bring it outside, you can now cook and dine al fresco.

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A Guide to Shrub and Hedge Trimming: Tips, Best Time, and Pro Shrub Trimming Services

Do you have shrubs or hedges that are getting out of control? Regular shrub and hedge trimming can not only help your landscape to maintain a more tidy appearance, it’s also recommended for optimum health.

Trimming shrubs can help them to grow better in areas where they aren’t as full, aids in better flower and fruit production, decreases some disease issues, and can remove old growth that may become problematic.

Of course, keeping shrubs and hedges contained with trimming and pruning isn’t as simple as just cutting them back. That’s because different plants have different requirements. We’ve rounded up some of our best tips in this shrub trimming guide to help you determine whether tackling your shrubs and hedges is something you want to do on your own, or whether it’s something best left to the professionals.

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Lawn Aeration, Topdressing, and Seeding: 3 Crucial & Neglected Tasks for Beautiful Grass

Most people go to a lot of trouble to try to make sure their lawn looks great. Whether it’s proper mowing, lawn care treatments, or watering, getting lush green grass can take a lot of work.

But what happens when you put all that effort in and you don’t feel like you’re reaping the benefit? You just can’t seem to get the lawn looking the way you hoped. Whether it’s off-color, thin, not resilient to drought and other stresses, or has other issues, it’s frustrating when your lawn isn’t looking its best—despite what you might feel like are your best efforts.

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6 Tips for Gorgeous Landscape Lighting at Your Ashburn, Aldie, or Leesburg, VA Home

Imagine a home that is well-lit with strategic uplighting on trees and architectural features, soft lighting that helps direct family and guests into the driveway, path lights that lead to the front door, and backyard lighting that illuminates the patio and its surrounding areas. Now imagine a home that has a few poorly placed spotlights, one of which makes you feel like a deer-in-the-headlights when you pull into the driveway.

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Stone Patio & More: Landscape Design Haymarket, VA Case Study

Posted On: July 19,2017 By: Todd Thomasson

At Rock Water Farm we are known for our creativity. When others are giving you cookie-cutter landscape designs in Haymarket, VA, we’re focused on giving you something truly one-of-a-kind.

Whereas many landscapers get comfortable building a certain design—and suggest it over and over—we approach each project with a clean slate. We believe that every homeowner should be able to have a backyard that is unique.

A perfect example of this is a recent landscaping project in Haymarket, VA for a client that wanted something original. After getting several design proposals that all had a run-of-the-mill kidney shaped patio (which is often proposed by landscapers who are comfortable with that design) they hired us for our originality.

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Design & Planting Case Study: Landscaping Great Falls, VA

Posted On: July 13,2017 By: Todd Thomasson

At Rock Water Farm we often work with existing projects that require renovations. Whether it’s redoing a patio or rehabilitating a landscaped area, we can make improvements that make a huge difference in the overall look of the landscape.

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20 Best Deer Resistant Shrubs and Trees to Use in Your Landscape Design in Northern Virginia

Posted On: July 06,2017 By: Todd Thomasson

Imagine having a beautiful landscape design completed for your Ashburn, Aldie, or Leesburg, VA home only to have it destroyed shortly thereafter. In Northern Virginia, where deer are prevalent around many properties, it’s a definite possibility. Deer often like to feed on residential landscape vegetation as it's an easy, nearby meal.

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8 of the Best Hardscape Ideas for a Dream Backyard in Ashburn, Aldie and Leesburg, VA

Posted On: June 27,2017 By: Rock Water Farm

Hardscaped areas are a great way to add value and purpose to your backyard. Whereas softscaping involves using plant material such as turfgrasses, shrubs, and trees, hardscaping involves using stone, wood, and other materials to create solid surfaces and structures. By hardscaping areas of your property you increase functionality and create spaces where you can set up furniture, have an outdoor kitchen, or can even have a fire feature such as an outdoor fireplace.

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How Much Does Lawn Care Cost in Ashburn, Aldie, or Leesburg, VA and Surrounding Areas?

Posted On: June 20,2017 By: Todd Thomasson

If you’ve never hired a lawn care service in Ashburn, Aldie, or Leesburg, VA, or any of its surrounding areas, then you most likely don’t have any idea what to expect to pay. If you’ve started any initial research or asked for a few quotes you might be shocked just how much the cost of lawn care can vary from a few hundred dollars to several thousand per year. It’s admittedly confusing but lawn care is one of those services where there isn’t a “set rate.” That’s because comparing two different lawn care companies is like comparing apples to oranges. 

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