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.
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.
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.
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.
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.