Planning Your Big Landscape Changes for 2017

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Planning Your Big Landscape Changes for 2017

Even though we just recently went through our first snowfall of the season, it’s already time to start thinking about what you’d like to change in your landscape this spring. While maintenance is always important, the things you need to be planning right now are the bigger and bolder design elements of your landscape – like hardscapes, water features, and landscape lighting. These elements can make a huge impact on your appearance of your lawn, but they also require a lot of forethought before warmer weather arrives.


Hardscaping consists of the man-made features that contrast with your plants. They can be made out of concrete, brick, pavers, tiles, stone, or wood. While some hardscapes are meant to spotlight and frame your landscape, others can provide you with year-round outdoor living spaces. Regardless of your preference, make sure that your hardscape looks like it flows smoothly and fits in with your garden and lawn. There’s nothing worse a feature that sticks out in a bad way.

Hardscapes include:

  • Retaining Walls
  • Walkways
  • Patios
  • Fire Pits
  • Fireplaces
  • Outdoor Kitchens

Water Features

Often called waterscapes, water features include anything involving water in your landscape. Nothing adds visual interest to your yard like a water feature. And contrary to popular belief, many features require minimal maintenance. If you are looking to add a soothing, relaxing element to your landscape, then a water feature may be just right for you.

Common water features include:

  • Pools
  • Waterfalls
  • Fountains
  • Ponds

Landscape Lighting

Once you invest in hardscaping or a water feature, you’ll want to enjoy it all day long – even when it’s dark outside. Landscape lighting can highlight unique characteristics of your home or landscape, enhancing its curb appeal and giving you around-the-clock outdoor ambiance. Lighting has become increasingly durable and energy-efficient, too, making it a very cost-effective investment for upgrading your landscape.

Landscape lighting typically includes a combination of:

  • Bullet Lights
  • Down Lights
  • Flood Lights
  • Patio Lighting
  • Pathway Lights

Consult a Professional Before You Begin

While some projects can be done with tools and materials from a home improvement store, more complex designs will require guidance and installation from experienced professionals. There’s nothing worse than a pond that stays murky or pathway lights that are constantly crooked. Professionals can tailor a complete landscape design just for you and your home, incorporating any hardscaping, waterscapes, and lighting that you wish to integrate into your yard. It’s truly amazing how a team of experts can transform your lawn.

If you have any questions or would like to start planning your big, bold project for 2017, contact the talented team at Sunrise today! We’d love to bring your ideas to life and have your landscape picture-perfect by spring.


Sunrise Landscape and Design is Northern Virginia’s premier landscaping company offering a full range of landscaping services. Our landscape and design services include hardscapes, water features, irrigation and landscape lighting. Our property maintenance services will keep your landscape vibrant and healthy year round with mulching, edging, garden cleanups, lawn mowing, tree pruning and mosquito/deer control. Contact us today for all your landscape and lawn care needs!