Rock Water Farm Blog

Beyond Swimming Pool Design: 10 Ideas that Shouldn't Be Extras

You’ve probably been dreaming about a pool for a long time. A pool is a valuable investment that will provide your family and friends with many years of enjoyment. It’s a place to cool off on hot days, a place to dine al fresco and enjoy your meals poolside, and a place to give your kids their best summer ever.

There are many reasons why a pool will add enjoyment and value to your property and your lifestyle but you want to ensure you actually wind up with the pool you’ve been dreaming about. The end result hinges on the contractor that you hire to complete the job. It’s a big decision and you want to make sure you choose wisely so that you aren’t haunted by regrets for years to come.

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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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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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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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Reputable Landscaping Companies vs. Fly-By-Night Landscapers: 11 Red Flags to Watch For

Posted On: June 15,2017 By: Todd Thomasson

We know there are a lot of landscaping companies in Aldie, Ashburn, and Leesburg, VA. In fact, you may even feel a bit overwhelmed with so many options that you wind up settling on someone without much research into their background. We want to urge the importance of doing adequate research when it comes to hiring a quality landscape professional. Unfortunately there are a lot of fly-by-night landscapers out there that could leave you high and dry.

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An Honest Review of Landscaping Maintenance Services in Ashburn, Aldie and Leesburg, VA

Posted On: June 07,2017 By: Todd Thomasson

One of the biggest misconceptions about the companies offering landscaping maintenance services in Ashburn, Aldie, and Leesburg, VA is that they’re all alike. On the surface these companies might appear similar or even offer many of the same services. But the truth is that there are a variety of factors that go into a company and its service offerings. This is why you’ll find that prices can vary dramatically even within the same marketplace.

If you’re considering hiring a company to perform landscape maintenance services for your Ashburn, Aldie, or Leesburg, VA home, we challenge you to dig deeper in your exploration of what’s out there. Look beneath the surface to get to the bottom of what makes the companies you’re comparing different.

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A Step By Step Guide to Landscape Design for your Ashburn, Aldie or Leesburg, VA Home

Posted On: May 09,2017 By: Todd Thomasson

As you get started with your outdoor living project, there is a tremendous amount of value in having a professional landscape design completed. While many landscape companies build without a design, this can lead to problems such as faulty construction, bad material choices, or spatial problems (perhaps a patio that is too small or one that doesn’t take nearby tree growth into account).

You could also wind up with something completely different than what you envisioned. If you don’t work through a design with your landscape contractor, you won’t have had the opportunity to see things in advance and make decisions on what you like (and don’t like).

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Review of the Best Landscaping Companies in Ashburn, Aldie and Leesburg, VA

Posted On: April 04,2017 By: Todd Thomasson

If you’re in the market to hire a landscape company, you’ve probably realized how much work is involved in the research process alone. Searching for a landscape company can be an exhausting process of reading online reviews, asking for referrals, and perusing websites. But it’s important to put in that due diligence.

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Tips for Choosing a Lawn Care Service in Ashburn, Aldie and Leesburg, VA

Posted On: March 28,2017 By: Todd Thomasson

When it comes to choosing a lawn care service in Ashburn, Aldie, or Leesburg, VA or surrounding areas, there are a lot of things to consider as you compare companies. Even if you’ve weeded out the “one-man-and-a-truck” type of low-grade operations (those which often tend to pop up one day and disappear soon after) there are still a lot of professional options to choose from.

If you’ve begun the research, you’ve probably already found that the services and prices can drastically vary, and that you aren’t really sure what makes one lawn care company great and another just mediocre. 

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