Happy 30th Anniversary Sunrise Landscape and Design!

Sunrise Landscape and Design is now entering its 30th year of providing superior landscape and design and lawn care services to Northern Virginia. We have come a long way in 30 years, all the while providing the same commitment and high standards to designing, creating and maintaining beautiful landscapes. Our first landscaping and design trucks took on the name and the color of our original family business which originated over 70 years ago as the Sun Rise Dairy located in Reston/Herndon Virginia. With the start of Sunrise Landscape and Design, we decided to continue with the color and name for our business. Not only did it represent our family history, but also our long standing commitment to excellence.   Now, 30 years later we have over 40 employees and numerous Sunrise vehicles. Our landscapes and designs are enjoyed all over Northern Virginia. Our philosophy is simple, Sunrise Landscape and Design is committed to providing the best personal landscape experience to residential and commercial clients throughout Northern Virginia by using innovative designs, sustainable practices, experienced employees, and ethical business standards resulting in the realization of the client’s landscape vision.     We have done it all! Our landscape and design experience includes water features, outdoor structures with fire pits, landscape lighting, retaining walls, paver patios and much more. Our landscape maintenance services have grown over the years to include full service offerings of lawn care and landscape maintenance. Your landscape is an investment that should be enjoyed for many, many years and Sunrise Landscape and Design has been there the last 30 years to ensure this.     We provide garden visits to make sure your landscape reflects your landscaping vision and has all the elements

Sunrise Tips for Fall Leaf Clean-up

While we all enjoy the beauty of a Northern Virginia fall – the brilliant oranges and reds of maples, dogwoods, and oaks – when the season ends, those once-beautiful fall leaves completely cover our lawns. It is important to clean-up those falls leaves to allow your lawn to breathe and prepare for the dormant season. Sunrise has a number of suggestions and tips for how to manage your fall leaf clean-up. Mowing – The use of a mulching lawn mower is very effective in returning nutrients to the soil and providing weed protection. Make sure to insert the mulch plug into the mower, drop the mower to the lowest setting - just above the grass - and mow as you normally would with a second pass at an opposite angle to mulch the clippings into the grass. Leaf Blower – A leaf blower is a great option if you have a large yard. Leaves can be blown into garden beds, providing a natural cover for the winter season or into manageable piles for removal. Make sure to wear ear protection when using a blower – the majority of blowers can be very loud. Tarps – Tarps can be used in conjunction with a blower or rake. If you live in a community that picks up leaves with vacuum trucks, a tarp is a very easy way to transport large piles of leaves to the curb for pick up. Bagging – Shredded leaves make great mulch or compost. Leaves are naturally rich in trace minerals that are beneficial to your garden and lawn. They are also a great source of carbon which helps to balance the nitrogen in your compost pile. Use the bagging option on

Looking back – The Sunrise Story

Sunrise Landscape + Design have been part of the Northern Virginia community for over 27 years. Originally formed in 1986 as Sunrise Lawn and Landscaping Services in a small shop in Reston, the company has grown to over 40 employees and an assortment of equipment and vehicles. The Sunrise name has been synonymous with the owner, Joe Markell's family for over 60 years. Sun Rise Dairy, located in Reston, was owned by Joe's great grandparents and Sunrise Amoco located off Baron Cameron Avenue, was owned by his father and grandfather. As Northern Virginia developed and changed, Sunrise Lawn and Landscaping Services evolved into Sunrise Landscape + Design. However, the commitment to deliver quality products, timely service and provide an outstanding experience for each client has remained the same for all of these years. The” Sunrise Way” is built on the principles of honesty and integrity. Just like a handshake was a contract and your word was a bond, Sunrise Landscape + Design stand behind their products, promises and service. Being a leader in their industry, Sunrise focuses on sustainable landscape solutions for both residential and commercial clients.  When creating landscape designs, they use plantings that are native and thrive in the climate and soil of Northern Virginia. They also focus on being "green" by recycling material used at each installation, install LED lights in their holiday and outdoor lighting systems and use and install water runoff systems to maximize rain water. Being earth friendly is another component of the "Sunrise Way" to reduce their carbon footprint and create environmentally friendly landscaping systems. Their commitment to their community, environment and clients are the reasons Sunrise Landscape + Design have been part of Northern Virginia for over

What is Lawn Disease?

Lawn disease is a common problem with essentially any grass type.   In Northern Virginia, the most common type of grass is Turf type tall fescue. Microscopic living organisms such as fungi, bacteria, phytoplasmas and a specific type of mold called pathogenic fungi are the most common types of disease that will cause havoc and destruction to your lawn. The severity can depend on how you manage your lawn. However, for lawn disease to begin, other factors are necessary for its development. Environmental conditions such as humidity must be in place for the disease to grow as well as your specific type of grass must be susceptible to the specific organism. Although you may have these types of pathogens embedded in your soil, if the grass type will not foster disease growth and the environmental conditions are not in place, you may not see a sign of the disease until it is too late. Brown patch and large patch are two of the most common signs of lawn disease and although they have similar qualities, each one develops in different environmental conditions. During the summer, when the daytime air is hot and humid, and the overnight temperatures are at or above 70 degrees, brown patch disease becomes active. During spring and fall, when the temperatures become cooler, this is when large patch disease is most dynamic. It may be difficult to identify the type of disease your lawn has when it first appears. Both brown patch and large patch begins as a small circle but quickly can become larger depending on the severity if the environmental conditions. As the diseases progress, the circle becomes brown and discolored yet the size of the patch varies greatly with

Crape Murder!

Around this time of year, Crape Myrtle fever strikes Northern Virginia. This colorful tree has become a favorite for residential and commercial landscape; lining streets and office complexes as well as adorning front yards everywhere. What’s not to love? The Crape Myrtle has a pageant of colors from dark purple, to red, white and pink, which blooms for months on end throughout the summer. These trees showcase their beautiful petals against the pink and orange sky of summer sunsets. Not all people love the Crape Myrtle. For some reason, this tree turns ordinary people into Edward Scissorhands. Typically in March or early April, you will see these Crape Murderers removing mature branches in an effort to cut the tree back; hindering its growth. In fact, when removing the mature branches, you are disfiguring the tree and causing it to decay. No one knows when this murderous trend began or even why this tree is the victim of over-pruning every year. Some landscape crews, as well as homeowners, chop away at these trees because they think the tree has outgrown its space. Regardless of the reason, Crape Myrtles can be pruned to reduce their size without committing Crape Murder. At Sunrise Landscape + Design, we employ a technique called crown reduction to scale the tree in size without over-pruning. We gently remove specific upper branches and shorten remaining branches where they meet an outward-facing bud or a branch lower to the ground. We work with the organic structure of the tree to foster natural growth and keep the Crape Myrtle’s appearance intact. You know who these Crape Murders are. It is time to put down the shears, step away from the Crape Myrtle and contact the

What are Invasive Plants?

The temperatures are warm and new growth is exploding throughout the Northern Virginia region. However, not all new growth is good for your landscape. Invasive plants can cause havoc on native and introduced species and overtake your entire landscape. The Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation's Division of Natural Heritage currently identifies 90 invasive plant species that threaten our natural landscape in the mountain, piedmont and coastal areas of Virginia. Invasive plants are species that grow in a geographic area by accident or with the intention of destruction to natural plants and resources natural to the area. For example, two common invasive plants in Northern Virginia are The Tree of Heaven and the Canada thistle. The Tree of Heaven is native to China and is known to be a rapidly growing deciduous tree with large compound leaves. This invasive tree spreads an ample amount of seeds and can reproduce through the root system. The Tree of Heaven releases a chemical that can harm or destroy plants nearby. The Canada thistle is a sneaking perennial that is difficult to control due to its vast root system. This invasive plant reproduces vegetative buds in the actual root system from its seeds. It can colonize an area up to six feet in just two years. Attempts to cut or control this plant are futile as it can recover from control attempts; infesting plants, crops, pastures and non-crop areas. It is important to know what plants, trees and shrubs in your landscaping are meant to be there and those that are there to harm and destroy native and introduced plants. The landscaping professionals at Sunrise Landscape + Design provide landscape maintenance as well as proper plant installation for both

Do You Have Mulch Volcanoes?

Spring is finally here and both home and commercial properties are starting to come alive. You can see daffodils blooming, grass growing and trees showing signs of life with new growth on every branch. Something that you also start to see this time of year is mulch in flower beds and around the bases of trees. Mulch is a material, such as decaying leaves, bark, or compost, that is spread around or over a plant or tree to enrich or insulate the soil. This added nutrient is essential to assist in the growing process. However, over mulching is a serious and common problem through Northern Virginia; especially around the base of trees. Have you walked through your neighborhood or around your office complex only to see mulch piled up around the base of trees, entirely covering the roots? This is known as a mulch volcano and what this is doing is chocking the life out of the tree. When you walk through the woods, you can see the root flare as the soil and base of the tree meet. The tree is growing, and does not have piles of compost surrounding the roots. The roots of the tree take nutrients and chemicals out of the soil and use them to produce what they need for the tree's growth, development, and repair. With a mulch volcano, this process is interrupted at the very least and can cause “suffocation” of the living tree. Sometimes you still end up with trees that have piles of mulch around them.  If over-mulching has been going on for a long time; the roots begin to grow in this mulch layer and it becomes more difficult over time to get these piles down. 

How to Prevent Deer From Eating Your Garden!

According to the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, the deer population in the state of Virginia is roughly between 800,000 and 1 million and growing. Deer are especially seen throughout Fairfax and Loudoun Counties in Northern Virginia grazing on the side of roads, in parks and in our backyards and gardens. Each spring we start prepping our gardens for the long, hot summer ahead by tilling, planting new seeds and watering, a long process, but a true labor of love. Unfortunately, in rural Loudoun County, what we are ultimately creating is a bountiful buffet of our plants and flowers for the deer to enjoy; leaving us with half eaten plants and flowers that are damaged and destroyed. This spring and summer there is a new sheriff in town; DeerPro Repellent. This long-lasting, professional deer repellent will allow you to enjoy your gardens all spring and summer without having to reapply daily or weekly. Each application provides four to six weeks of constant protection that is not washed away with each spring shower and summer thunderstorm. DeerPro is a commercial application that can only be applied by a licensed professional and is the only deer repellent that is approved by the EPA. The team at Sunrise Landscape + Design has been trained on the proper use and application of DeerPro and is ready to start protecting your beautiful spring and summer shrubs and buds. The DeerPro Repellent is an egg-based spray that has low odor and covers your plants and flowers with an invisible protection coating. Not only does DeerPro protect plants that are currently sprouting but also covers new growth in the areas treated by the deterrent. This spray also has an added

Enhance your Landscape Design with Hardscape

True to form, March came in like a lion and hopefully will go out like a lamb. With the one two punch of sleet and snow last week, we can safely say that it is time to start planning for the upcoming warm weather. As important as it is to prepare your lawn, trees and plants for the arrival of spring, it is just as important to start thinking about what you want your outdoor living space to look like. If you are planning on entertaining friends and family outside in the warm sunshine, ask yourself this; do I have the look and functionality of a great outdoor living space to host the ultimate BBQ? If your answer is no, it is time to add hardscapes and structures to your home in Loudoun or Fairfax Counties. Creating an outdoor living space can be done in any size yard. It is as simple as incorporating structures and features that blend seamlessly into your existing landscape to create the look that it has always been there. Adding a new patio with pergola that gently holds draping will provide a place to sit and drink your morning coffee, enjoy dinner al fresco and offers shade from the hot summer sun. Gaze up at the stars while listening to music with friends in a custom constructed gazebo that contains wireless speakers and a peekaboo roof. For the ultimate grill master, constructing an outdoor kitchen with a built in grill on a patio with enough room to entertain your friends and family will have you be the envy of your neighborhood. Add stone or brick pavers to create a walkway or path around your backyard oasis to easily navigate through

Spring Cleaning – To Prune or Not To Prune? That is the Question..

March is right around the corner and with that comes thoughts of baseball season, March Madness and of warm, spring weather. Its’ our time to come out of hibernation; replace our snow boots for flip flops (maybe) and assess how things look as the winter thaw subsides. What this means for you, that it is time for spring cleaning both inside and outside your home. Your yard, trees, plants, bushes and remnants of your garden, all take a beating during the winter months. In order to have golf course type lawns this summer, you must start preparing your property now. The first thing we recommend is to take inventory of what your turf, trees, bushes and all plants look like. Do you have dead spots throughout your turf, tree limbs hanging down and broken, damage to shrubs and plants; what areas do you need to focus on? Next, eliminate dead turf and turn over your yard and add new soil and seed. Water the area daily to promote growth. During this process you will see downed tree limbs, loose dirt and leaves. Remove these items from your lawn so they do not hinder new growth. During the spring cleaning process, it is also important to prune bushes and cut back trees to encourage progress. However, specific species should be pruned at different times, so do your homework before becoming Edward Scissor Hands on your plants. Pull weeds from your garden and flower beds and prepare the area with new soil by turning it over just as you did your lawn. Sketch out a flower design for your beds; one in which the colors compliment the exterior of your home or attract certain types of butterflies