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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

Just Because You Have a Knife …

does that make you a surgeon? I am amazed and embarrassed by certain companies that call themselves landscapers.  It makes it difficult for consumers to understand what constitutes a reputable company vs some guy who bought a mower and says he is a landscaper. There are a few things that can help determine the value of the company that the consumer can hire such as the following: -Does the company have any certifications? -How long has the company been in business? -What are the employee's qualifications? -Is their website informative and does it give a good perspective of the company? -Are there online reviews that add insight to the companies professionalism? -Do they answer the phone and/or return calls in a timely manner? -Do they have the proper insurance, business licenses and credentials? While this may sound like a lot of information to consider I think it is crucial for protecting the biggest investment most of us have, our home. Landscaping done poorly, or wrong, can cost you a lot in the end. Poor plant choices can damage structures and create excessive maintenance costs along with actually bringing down your properties value.  Conversely good quality craftsmanship and planning can actually greatly improve the value and desirability of your home when you go to sell. It can also add to years of enjoyment, family bonding and usefulness of your property. So, I repeat my question do you want a true surgeon to operate on you or just some guy with a knife?                 Call Sunrise 703-544-0028

How to Design a Nice Back Yard

First, make a list of things you like or would like to do outside. Which areas of the yard would you like to use, the back yard, front, sides? Then think of ways to accommodate those activities. Maybe you have a few younger children who will appreciate a nice lawn to play in; you’ll need to make a way for the sun to grow a good stand of grass, or even start with a fresh sod installation. Another great way to provide wholesome outdoor exercise is to install a play set. Most of the time, it’s ideal to build a wooden frame surrounding the play set and fill the inside with soft, cushiony play mulch. Since the average backyard isn’t perfectly level, it will be necessary to build a retaining wall to have a flat, level area for the play set. Sunrise can help you design and build this. Most families enjoy grilling, bonfires and eating outside. The most common way to address these needs is to build a patio or deck. Patios for entertaining or dining should then be designed for the specific use that they will provide, like seating people at a table, or centering the guests around a cozy fire pit. Trees provide benefits like privacy, shade and screening into the design and make the space more comfortable. Pergolas provide partial shade and create a sense of enclosure by the overhead beams of wood, which act as a ceiling visually. But privacy doesn’t necessarily mean planting a tightly spaced row of Green Giant Arborvitae trees either, along your property line. By simply guiding the eye away from distractions with a partial screening, you can accomplish the same thing. All that