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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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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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Serious Front Yard Landscaping Ideas that Will Turn Heads

When you and your guests pull up to your home are you greeted by a beautiful and welcoming front landscaping design? Are there colorful plants, an attractive walkway, and a nice front porch with rocking chairs beckoning you to come have a seat and to stay a while?

Or is it dull and boring? Or even worse, is it out of control? Are there overgrown shrubs that are spilling onto your walkway, a monochromatic color scheme, and do you ever wonder if that one thing is a weed or a plant (because you don’t remember planting it)?

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Anything But Blah: 7 Winter Landscape Design Ideas

Winter, spring, summer, or fall, you want an impressive landscape no matter what the season. But every time winter rolls through, you feel as though your landscape becomes dull and lackluster. Your boring landscape coupled with the gray skies and the chilly weather seems to make the season feel as though it’s trudging along slower than ever. You want to liven things up!

While you’re uncertain what changes you can make in your landscape, it would be nice to add year-round interest and appeal so that when Old Man Winter strikes, you’ll be ready.

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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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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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Landscape Design & Planting Case Study: Landscaping In 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 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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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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