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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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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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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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The Best Pool Patio Material: Comparing Natural Stone, Pavers and Concrete

Posted On: May 25,2017 By: Todd Thomasson

The patio surrounding your pool is a key element of the entire pool design, though it’s often given a lot less thought than it should. It’s where you’ll lounge while watching your kids play or while you’re taking a break from your own swim.

It may even be a place where you set up a table and chairs to enjoy poolside summer meals and snacks. The pool patio may just be one part of the project but it winds up being key to whether your pool is fully enjoyed or not.

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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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