Neither rain, nor wind, nor sleet, nor snow can keep Monarch Lawn Care and Landscape techs from their appointments across northern Virginia. Whether shoveling in the winter, trimming grass in the summer, or rounding up carriers of Lisztomania during fall-concert season, techs carry out calendar-centric services that help homeowners create and maintain their ideal outdoors. Monarch bolsters all its services with a money-back guarantee, and lists handy lawn-care tips online for between-visits maintenance.
The family behind SJM Pro Grounds has been tending and landscaping yards since 1994. Drawing on more than 40 years of combined experience, their licensed and insured technicians mow and trim yards and apply fertilizer and weed control to curtail encroaching dandelions and power-hungry thistles. SJM also volunteers its services to GreenCare for Troops, a nationwide program that provides free lawn service to military families whose loved ones are serving away from home.
Cravens Nursery's floral phenoms bring more than 30 years of experience to their verdant collection of nursery plants, pottery, and outdoor accoutrement. Cravens stocks two greenhouses full of colorful and custom pottery, from ceramic, fiberglass, and woodenwares to self-watering African violet pots. Peruse Cravens' canvas of botanical and blossoming goodies, from azaleas (currently on sale for $7.99/gallon) and orchids ($29.95+) to more than 100 varieties of herbs. Homeowners can also blanket backyards with heaps of double-shredded hardwood mulch ($2.89/2 cubic feet), or stock up on bulk mulch ($24.99/cubic yard) to cover local football fields, helipads, or football fields that have been used as helipads once or twice.
For more than four decades, Weed Man's licensed and trained lawn-beautifying experts have tended to local lawns with custom blends of fertilizer, environmentally sound pest-control solutions, and knowledge gleaned from both living and working in the community. Created exclusively for Weed Man, the technicians' slow-release granular fertilizer nurtures lawns over a period of several weeks, and seeding and aeration promote continued green growth. Advice that aims to assist with local lawn problems helps inform patrons online, illuminating seasonal troubles, gardening trends, and the astrological signs of various plants.
The nursery at Evans Homes and Gardens has a wide variety of photosynthesizing sentinels in both annual and perennial models. Check out this year's Proven Winners (specialty flowers in four-inch pots, $4.99), or mix and match to your heart's content with a market flat of annuals ($2.50 per market pack, or a full flat of six for $18). Perennials run from $5.99 for the quart size to $19.99 for three gallons, and ninja plants are available in hanging baskets, dangling in mid-air to surprise your friends and delight your enemies ($19.99). Asiatic lilies make wonderful gifts ($12.99), and for $14.99 you can catch clematis. To completely transform your living room into the tropical utopia depicted in the critically acclaimed Bio-Dome, cover the carpet with a yard of topsoil ($32) or hardwood mulch ($27) and ignore the landlord's angry letters.
Since 1945, this family-owned landscaping business and garden center has helped locals transform their yards into lush landscapes and bountiful gardens. The company's secret to longevity is enlisting a staff of passionate expert gardeners and cloning them to populate future generations. Among its members, the landscaping team shares almost 200 years of collective experience, with foremen holding between 12 and 20 years apiece. Company president James Campbell began cultivating his love of all things flora on a farm crew at age 14. In college, he studied ornamental horticulture and then spent four decades working at Campbell & Ferrara, ascending from crew member to foreman to president.
You might get lost in the meandering paths of the indoor-outdoor garden center with 8 acres of trees, shrubs, and seasonal flowers. Thankfully, horticulturists and garden experts roam the grounds, ready to offer you directions and advice. To deter pests, for example, they'll tell you to plant a border of marigolds or a handful of sacrificial Skittles. Hand them a picture of your yard, and they'll predict which plants and flowers will likely thrive there. They also make DIY-ing easy by arranging over 1,000 trees and shrubs into user-friendly categories such as privacy screening, Virginia natives, and four-season. For customers who prefer an expert's help, landscapers offer degrees of assistance, ranging from installing customer-selected plants to completely redesigning yards with putting greens, outdoor kitchens, or waterfalls.