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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

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

Winter is the Best Time to Sign-up for a Lawn Maintenance Contract

As the end of the year approaches, it is time to think of New Year’s resolutions.  Why not make lawn care a part of your plan for 2015?  Winter is actually the best time to sign-up for a lawn maintenance contract.  It is the time to get organized and commit to activities and strategies that will enhance and enrich your life.  Establishing a lawn maintenance contract now will put your mind at ease for the rest of the year.  Your lawn and landscaping needs will be taken care of and you can enjoy results without worrying about the time and effort required to maintain the lawn and landscape you want. A lawn maintenance contract may offer multiple levels of lawn care.  As you begin to plan your year, think about the types of service you will want.  Seasonal clean-up is a very labor intensive and time consuming task that really enhances the beauty of your landscape.  Seasonal clean-up is usually in the spring and fall and may include removing debris from mulch beds such as leaves, branches, spent perennials and weeds, as well as edging, mulching and cultivating the beds.    As you layout your plans for the year, be sure to include what you need to meet the goals you have for your landscape. Lawn care involves more than just mowing.  The maintenance of a well cared for lawn may include, core aeration and overseeding, trimming, edging, weed control and lime application among others.  Again, think about the goals you have for your lawn and how a lawn maintenance contract will help you to meet those goals. Sunrise Landscape and Design is more than happy to help you layout your plans and select a lawn

Benefits of a Lawn Maintenance Contract

Your landscape is a “living” investment and like a financial investment it can be extremely beneficial to let the experts manage your investment.  Lawn maintenance contracts can take the worry and uncertainty out of lawn care through all seasons and through all types of challenges. A lawn service may include many levels of care; each level should be evaluated based on your specific needs.  A basic lawn maintenance contract may include mowing, trimming, edging and blowing of grass clippings throughout the seasons on a weekly basis or as often as needed.  The benefit of a basic lawn service may simply be the time it saves you.  Your time is valuable and this level of service will allow you to spend the time it takes you for basic lawn maintenance elsewhere. More advanced levels of lawn service will not only free up your time, but will provide you the expertise that may be needed to maintain your landscape.  Lawn care is not just mowing.  Advanced lawn maintenance contracts may include care to address lawn challenges such as broadleaf weeds and grubs.  It may also include services to enhance the beauty and health of your lawn such as fertilization, core aeration and overseeding. In addition to lawn care, a lawn maintenance contract can also provide basic and advanced levels of care for your garden beds.  Spring and fall clean-up can be extremely time consuming and require specialized knowledge for maintaining trees and shrubs.  A basic service may include seasonal cleanup, tree pruning and mulching while a more advanced service may also include ornamental tree pruning and garden visits. Leveraging the experience and expertise of a landscaping company such as Sunrise for your lawn maintenance can save you

Certifications, Who Cares?

I personally hold over 6 certifications and licenses that include being a "Certified Land Disturber", "Certified Landscape Professional (Manager)", "Certified Horticulturalist", "Certified Pesticide Applicator" and I am a certified paver installer thru ICPI (Interlocking Concrete Paver Institute) and Segmented Retaining Wall (SRW) certified by NCMA (National Concrete Masonry Association) to install segmented block retaining walls. My company, employees and I have many more on top of that. What does all that mean to you as a consumer? Basically for me, it means I am held accountable for doing things properly and keeping up with the latest in training and safety. I am held to a standard by my peers. For you the customer, it should give you peace of mind that we know what we are doing and any work will be done properly and to some credible standards. This would equal real value. This is what sets Sunrise Landscape + Design apart from most companies. I do not get many call backs to fix problems with work completed and, if we do, it is typically minor and we just take care of them. I do get several inquiries on how to fix someone else's work. My guess is they had no certifications or real training and the customer saved a few dollars. But did they? Typically it costs alot more to fix someone else's problem than spending a little more in the beginning to get it right. This is where the certifications and training really come into play. It is an easy way to distinguish between a company that knows what they are doing and can save you money in the long run verses a fly by night company that really just want to get your money

Seeding For Quality Turf. Now is the time!!!!

This is the best time of year to improve your existing turf or start a new stand of turf.  (From the second week in August to the 3rd week in October depending on the temperature).  With the cool nights, warm days and consistent moisture there is no better time of year to get your grass growing! A few things to remember when trying to grow grass from seed: 1) Make sure you choose the appropriate seed for the area and what you want the end result to be.  You can visit the Virginia Cooperative Extension to learn more about seed http://pubs.ext.vt.edu/426/426-719/426-719.html . 2) Another very important way to get successful germination is to make sure you have good seed to soil contact.  You can achieve this by using a machine such as a core aerator, spiker or slit seeder to help break up the soil so the seed either falls into a hole or slit for good contact that will provide moisture, nutrients and the proper environment to root.  You can also top dress the area you are seeding with compost to help get the seed going. 3) After the seed gets going it needs proper water and fertilization to continue to grow and thrive. Follow these 3 simple things and you will get your new turf off to a good start. If you don't have the time or proper equipment, you can hire a landscape professional like Sunrise to help you get the job done right! Give us a call with any questions - 703-544-0028. Contact Sunrise Landscape and Design, Northern Virginia’s premier landscaping company for all your lawn maintenance needs.  We are a full service landscape contractor serving Northern Virginia's Fairfax County and Loudoun

Crape Murder!

Don’t commit “Crape Murder”! As I was running some errands this past weekend I was amazed to see the legion of men outside on a gorgeous Sunday morning armed with their saws, loppers, and pruners committing “crape murder” as their wives stood guard with a menacing smirk. I could almost hear the trees begging for me to stop them.

Fall and Winter Landscapes

Everyone knows how beautiful a spring landscape can be with all of the emerging foliage and flowering that happens. For me I think the Fall and even the winter can display awesome colors, textures and elements that may go unnoticed. Most trees have some sort of fall color that combined with other elements in the landscape that show a different perspective. As landscape designers we look for plants that have at least 3 seasons of interest. That could be flowers, foliage color, texture, fall color, form, bark, berries or some other interesting feature that is unique to that plant or group of plants. Then you have hardscape elements such as boulders, statuary, water features, walls, patios and walkways that add another dimension to the landscape. These all add different interests at different times of the year with elements from season to season. One of my favorite landscape elements is low voltage lighting. It not only is good for safety reasons but it extends the enjoyment of the landscape into the night. Good professionally installed lighting can really add to the interest and enjoyment of a landscape. In the winter when the nights are longer it just shows off your landscape, and if it snows, that just makes it that much better.My whole point is that the Fall and Winter can be of great interest, beauty and enjoyment of the landscape. Don't make your landscape just about the spring flowers! If you think only about the foliage and flowers you may just be missing out! Joe Contact Sunrise Landscape and Design, Northern Virginia’s premier landscaping company for all your lawn maintenance needs.  We are a full service landscape contractor serving Northern Virginia's Fairfax County and Loudoun

We Fix Cheap Landscapes!

Have you tried a cheaper landscaper and they botched the job? We are often called out to see if we can fix or finish a job that some other “landscaper” started and could not finish or just did not know what they are doing. It really does pay to hire a true professional when it comes to landscaping. Professionally trained and educated designers can choose the right plant for the right place. We also can provide the expertise on proper installation of hardscaping such as pavers and retaining walls. We are professionally certified to perform these types of jobs, our crews are trained and operate to certain safety standards. If you don’t use someone that is credible, has the proper training and certifications, you are rolling the dice. Sure it may be cheaper, but is it really?