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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.

12858 Tewksbury Dr
Herndon,
VA
US

From the first tap of a hammer to the final stroke of a paintbrush, Herndon Painting Service's capable handymen upgrade homes. Whether they're painting a new nursery, installing a hardwood floor, or building a bookshelf to house the completed works of CliffsNotes, the eco-conscious staff uses mostly organic products as well as durable materials. They prioritize craftsmanship and safety throughout each project, taking care to clean up any remnants or debris prior to departure.

46400 Benedict Dr
Sterling,
VA
US

Signature service: Grounds maintenance

Established: 1983

Staff Size: 11?25 people

Average Duration of Services: 30?60 minutes

PO Box 60904
Potomac,
MD
US

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.

5123 Summit Dr
Fairfax,
VA
US

Each of Merrifield Garden Center’s three locations overflows with thousands of plants throughout the year, encompassing such variety that a reporter for CNN’s Eatocracy claimed “I might as well endorse my paychecks straight to them…because I always want to grow what they've got.” Knowledgeable garden experts, 25 of whom have been with Merrifield for 25 years or more, guide customers through row upon row of flowers, trees, shrubs, and other plants, or help them sort through an extensive selection of bulbs and seeds. Visitors may also bump into the founders themselves, or their children and other family members, 38 of whom still work at the thriving business that started 40 years ago. Merrifield doesn’t just proliferate plants, however; amenities such as cafes in Gainesville and Merrifield and a dog park in Gainesville make each garden center into a leisure destination as well. Three of its garden gurus run an hourlong TV show that's been going for more than two decades, and other staff publish gardening advice on the website and Facebook. The staff also work to protect the environment with a variety of eco-friendly initiatives. Besides stocking native plants and water-saving devices for their customers, they also compost more than 20,000 tons of soil and 25,000 cubic yards of brush left over from their comprehensive landscaping services every year. The Gainesville location also gathers old concrete, metal appliances, and rusted Optimus Primes for recycling free of charge.

8132 Lee Hwy
Falls Church,
VA
US

The talented landscapers from Rock Water Farm bring visions for outdoor living space to reality through projects that range from mowing and mulching to installation of patios and pools. On an initial fact-finding visit, a member of the team tours the grounds with the homeowner, asking pointed questions about the property, making notes of topography, and jotting down any landscaping-related items lodged in the client’s dreamcatcher. With these considerations in mind, he’ll draw up a budget and put together detailed plans with full-color drawings before returning to subject them to the client’s scrutiny. If everything looks up to snuff, the team moves forward with installation, operating in an efficient manner with close oversight and frequent drop-ins from founder and owner Todd Thomasson. Todd’s bona fides include a degree in landscape and turf management from the College of Agriculture at Virginia Tech.

P.O. Box 351
Aldie,
VA
US