5 Deck & Patio Design Trends to Inspire Your Project in 2022

Deck and Patio Design Trends

Plan to spend more time outside than ever before. That’s because decks and patios are becoming extensions of the home in ways that we’ve never seen. From cooking to exercising, entertaining, relaxing, and more; there’s plenty to get excited about when it comes to deck and patio design. Given how excited we are to see these deck and patio design trends take over in 2022, we’ve outlined the top five deck and patio designs that are guaranteed to inspire your next project.

1. Outdoor Kitchens

Building on last year’s momentum, cooking outside has become an increasingly popular trend. And this extends to more than just your everyday BBQ. There are now multiple types of outdoor kitchens available.

For example, a satellite kitchen can enhance a smaller deck by adding things like a grill or pizza oven. These features can even be placed close to the outside door for convenience.

Another option is to include an independent kitchen. We’ve been seeing a lot of owners adding things like a prep space, sink, refrigerator, and storage.

Regardless of what you decide on, keep in mind that these added elements should first be discussed with a professional, like us, who can review your budget, space, and climate to determine what would be right for you.

2. Herb and Vegetable Gardens

We’ve also been seeing an uptick in people wanting to grow their own food. This comes as no surprise given how much time we’ve spent at home the past few years!

As such, many have turned towards gardening and ‘micro gardening.’ This has meant we’ve been seeing tons of flower beds, vertical gardens, and potters being added to spaces.

This trend is also great for people who might not have a tonne of deck or patio space as it can be customized. For example, you can pick from plenty of sizes, styles, and looks. All of which will make it easy to add to a space.

3. Privacy

Given that more people are making use of their deck and patio spaces, more are asking for privacy while out there. This means we’ve been seeing an increase in the demand for additional structures like pergolas, fences, and tall landscaping to create seclusion.

Depending on the space, owners may want to consider adding outdoor drapery to an overhead panel, an outdoor screen, tall planters, or even an umbrella that can give the feel of privacy. Doing this will not only add some style but some much-needed functionality to a space.

4. Outdoor Technology

With so much of our lives heading online, it should come as no surprise that we’ve seen a boom in outdoor technology. Whether you’re watching a movie outside or want to work from home that day; we’ve been seeing an increase of people wanting to optimize their space.

Some of the top requests we’ve been seeing are incorporating speakers, WIFI, and televisions into the area. There is also the option to change out older light bulbs to newer LED ones which can be automated, and connected to the remote control. This allows you to turn them on or off and even change their color.

5. Longer-lasting Items

We’ve also been seeing a rise in people looking for products that extend the outdoor living season. What this means is that things like fire-pits, heat lamps, misting systems, and fans have all been hot products.

These items are trending seeing as people want to extend the amount of time they can use their outdoor space. These are especially great additions to a patio or decks in areas that have colder winters as you’ll be able to use the space for much longer.

Another, more permanent, option would be to build things like a pergola with a covered roof. Or consider adding things like mounted heaters or a fireplace.

You should also consider furniture that’s made out of long-lasting materials like metal, aluminum, or concrete. These items are durable and can withstand even the harshest of elements. Making them great year-round choices for patios and decks.

 

At State of the Art, we specialize in outdoor living. This means we know how to transform your deck and patio spaces. We can turn underwhelming areas into modern, usable spaces that all will want to enjoy year-round.

If you’d be interested in seeing how these deck and patio design trends could be applied to your space, get in touch at 703-421-3666 or email admin@stateoftheartlandscape.com.

7 Seasonal Landscaping Tips to Keep Your Yard Space Looking Beautiful This Fall

Colder weather brings more than frigid temperatures when it comes to the outdoors. From the snow, sleet, rain, leaves, and debris that seasonal changes cause, you might struggle to maintain your yard space.

But, failing to maintain your property during the colder months can cause quite a bit of trouble. Not only will it be an eye-sore to potential clients, but it puts your business at risk. Having unkempt grounds can be dangerous and lead to slips, falls, property damage, infestations, and more.

Given how important it is to maintain your yard space, we’ve compiled our top tips to keep your outdoor areas looking beautiful this fall.

1. Turn Over Mulch

The fall is the perfect time to give your mulch a refresh. So, if you use mulch in any area of your commercial space, take advantage of the crisper air to refresh it. This time of year is perfect for it because the summer tends to bring harsh sunlight which can deteriorate it. Simply turning over the current layer will help to extend the mulch’s lifespan, all while improving the property’s curb appeal.

2. Dethatch

Thatch is dead grass roots and stems which naturally build up on lawns over time. Although a natural part of the landscape, it is something that you will want to remove. Having dead roots and stems around your property can be an eyesore. Plus, these added elements can even harm the health of the landscape as it creates a perfect nesting spot for insects and rodents. That’s why it’s important to remove them come the fall.

3. Protect Shrubs and Trees

It’s a good idea to wrap new shrubs and trees around your property before the temperatures really begin to drop. The wrapping should be done before the first frost of the season as a way to protect and maintain them through the cold. Wrapping your trunks with a weather-approved material (or burlap) works as a wind barrier. In turn, keeping out the freezing temperatures and reducing any salt damage caused by de-icing in the winter.

4. Remove Fall Annuals and Protect Perennials

If you’ve planted seasonal fall annuals, you must have these removed before the colder months move in. Otherwise, keeping these plants around your property in the winter will leave it looking bare.

To replace these in your space, consider planting some cold-resistant perennial plants that can add life back to the space. When planting these perennials, it’s suggested to have the stems within an inch from the ground. This inch of space can then be filled with things like pine needles, straw, or hay to help protect the plant during the colder months. Otherwise, a damaging freeze could kill the plants and ruin the appeal of the outdoor space.

5. Schedule Tree Trimming

The perfect time of year to remove dead or overgrown branches is in the colder months. That’s because many trees and shrubs are dormant during this time of year. And when a plant is dormant, it won’t waste energy trying to recover from the trimming.

6. Prepare Snow Load Areas

If your property is in an area that experiences heavy snow in the winter, begin preparing for it in the fall. This means you should come up with a plan on where to put it all. These snow loading areas should free any plants, and not block any sort of pathways or entries to your building. The area that’s chosen should also be easy to access (either on foot or by snowplow operators). As well, depending on the size of your property, you may want to consider setting up multiple load zones. Keep in mind these zones should also be able to accommodate the heaviness of it. So, try to pick an area that contains a layer of mulch or grass.

7. Be Mindful of Sand and Salt

Commercial property owners tend to use a lot of salt, or ice melt to prevent slips and falls. However, if you can avoid over-salting during the season, it’s highly recommended. This means rethinking some drainage strategies in the fall that prevent puddles and pooling water. Doing this will minimize ice from building up, and the need to use as much. As well, be mindful to clean up all sand and salt as soon as possible. Not doing this will burn plants and damage the soil and surrounding environment.

Ultimately, we understand how difficult it can be to maintain your commercial months when the weather changes. That’s why we suggest speaking with a member of our team. With more than sixty years of combined experience, State of the Art Landscape is able to provide superior landscape advice and service that’s customized for you.

If you’d be interested in seeing how we could help your business thrive, get in touch at 703-421-3666 or email admin@stateoftheartlandscape.com.

5 Commercial Landscaping Trends to Inspire Your Company Design

Design is so much more than just the interior of a property. With new products, styles, and technologies, having a unique exterior space is becoming a must-have.

A new and exciting design can not only make the property more appealing, but it can make use of vacant space, raise the property’s curb appeal and value, all while maintaining a welcoming environment.

Because we understand how important the outdoor aesthetic is, we’ve compiled the top five commercial landscaping trends that we’ve been loving!

1. Sustainability

The industry has recently seen a huge push towards sustainable landscape initiatives (and for good reason!). Sustainability in landscaping is all about reducing waste, maintaining the environment, and lowering a commercial building’s economic footprint.

For example, using plants that are native to the region helps promote sustainability because they will require less water to maintain. For this reason, many are opting for region-specific plants that will help conserve water.

But investing in sustainable initiatives also helps owners. That’s because it can help save money on maintenance costs. For example, using native plants like wildflowers will lower maintenance costs as they don’t require as much mowing.

 Another example of sustainable landscaping is rooftop gardens. This is another sustainable addition as it adds green space to an unused area. Plus, it can save commercial owners’ money as they often act as a coolant (which will reduce air condition costs). 

2. Gathering Places

We’ve also seen a huge rise in people wanting to add livable outdoor spaces throughout their property. Things like an eating or workout area can really enhance a space.

For owners to make use of this trend, you will need to think of who will be using the space (tenants, employees, community members, etc.). Depending on their needs you may want to consider adding things like comfortable seating, fountains, sculptures, tables, and appealing plants to make it an attractive place to go.

Doing this will not only make the property more appealing to those currently using it but it can help attract a higher-quality tenant who is willing to pay more.

3. Low Maintenance Designs

Another trend we’ve seen a huge rise in this year is low-maintenance designs. Many owners are opting for these as they offer a simple, yet inviting landscape that doesn’t require a lot of help.

These minimalistic designs are especially helpful in urban areas where outdoor space might be limited. In this instance, opting for a simplistic design can help optimize the area, all while making it appear cleaner and more inviting.

This type of design is also ideal for areas where seasons change, and the environment for plants is harder to maintain. Owners can opt for plants that require low maintenance for harsher climates, such as perennials that wouldn’t need replanting. Or, choosing to use stone and mulch in grassy areas can maintain curb appeal all while minimizing maintenance.

4. Craftsmanship

We’ve also been noticing a commercial landscaping trend that moves away from mass-produced products and turns towards artesian-style goods. Now, more people are demanding unique designs that stand out. Things like a well-crafted pergola, bench, or table that have been specially designed and stand out.  

Although some may be deterred by the higher-price point to have a custom-built item, investing in craftsmanship means you’ll end up with pieces that will stand the test of time.

5. Smart Technology

Just like a number of other industries, landscaping has seen some pretty innovative designs come out over the past few years. These enhanced technologies are now able to integrate things like smart lights, sensors, and monitors woven into your landscaping.

These features are perfect for commercial businesses which may want the added security that these features provide. That’s because the technologies can all be uploaded and remotely controlled. This means owners will have the ability to control things like lights remotely. And be notified if any sensors or alarms go off immediately.

Ultimately, with so many design options available, we understand how daunting it can be to pick just one. That’s why we’d suggest speaking with a member of our team. With more than sixty years of combined experience, State of the Art Landscape is able to provide superior landscape services and advice that would best suit your property.

If you’d be interested in seeing how these commercial landscaping trends could be applied to your business, consider getting in touch at 703-421-3666 or contact us here.

 

Eye-Catching Commercial Landscape Designs for the Fall Season

A well-designed and maintained landscape can enhance the professional appearance of your commercial property. This fall, ensure that your property brims with eye-catching appeal with a landscape design and plantings that exude autumn colors and distinctive patterns. State of the Art Landscape features seasonal design solutions for commercial landscapes for a wide range of businesses and property types. Let the following ideas inspire you to plan your landscape’s design for attractive fall curb appeal. 

Clean and Prepare

The landscaping pros of State of the Art Landscape provide a full spectrum of landscape maintenance solutions. Before implementing fall landscape designs, we typically recommend preparing the landscape with maintenance solutions. Depending on the needs of your landscape, this might include edging, mowing, trimming, weeding, or removing spent blooms. We’ll address any issues your landscape may be having as we prepare it for the fall season. 

Of course, we also provide leaf removal service, which is important to many commercial property owners. Leaves can become a risk to visitors. After rain, the leaves can become slippery. We’ll remove them from walkways to promote safety for your setting. It’s also not good to allow matted leaves to pile up on your lawn. Leave piles can prevent the sun from reaching the lawn, attract pests, and even promote mold growth. 

Create An Eye-Catching Entrance

Welcome customers to your business and impress them with an attractive entrance. A vibrant seasonal display at your front entrance conveys to customers that you’re invested in putting its best face forward. Planters filled with new fall plantings might seem like a small and subtle detail, but when a business is able to maintain a flawless commercial landscape, it sends a message to customers that it’s a successful business and that its owners or management have everything well in hand. 

There are many ways you can create an autumn-inspired entrance. The simplest yet effective means to decorate your entrance for fall is to flank your door with large planters on either side filled with fall flowers. Chrysanthemums are noted fall flowers, but one of the reasons they’re so beloved is that they’re quite hardy and can withstand the increasing chilliness of the season until the frosts come. 

You can also increase the number of containers at your entrance for a more dramatic look. Add some hanging baskets near your entrance, for instance. If you’re looking for a lovely plant to complement your containers of mums, consider celosia in shades of gold and crimson. Marigolds can often also last up to the first hard frost, making them a lovely choice for your fall containers. 

Plant for Fall Color

Ideally, your commercial property should enjoy visual interest all year long. That means that it’s important to install plantings that add fall and winter interest and not just spring and summer interest. Many plants are famous for their autumn displays of color. For instance, a burning bush features an attractive green hue during the spring and summer, but during the fall, its leaves turn bright red, making it a dramatic focal point for any landscape. 

If you’re interested in planting for fall color, you might want to consider installing these types of plants in various areas of your landscape in order to reflect an autumnal aesthetic:

  • Sweet autumn clematis
  • Autumn fern
  • Heuchera 
  • Oakleaf hydrangea
  • Aronia
  • Chrysanthemums
  • Marigolds
  • Black-eye Susans
  • Autumn crocus
  • Helenium
  • New England asters

Flower Beds

Many of the plants mentioned above can anchor your flower beds with fall color and interest. If your summer blooms are waning, you can install plants that will perk them up for the fall season such as vibrant New England asters or various ornamental grasses that feature unique textures and growth habits. 

There are other ways to create eye-catching flower beds too. For instance, you can replace worn borders with new ones. Add some fall ornaments to your flower beds to celebrate the season. These might be traditional fall props like scarecrows or even Halloween decorations. If your brand is associated with a certain color scheme, you might even consider installing plants in a color that reflects your brand identity. 

Ornamental Trees

Planting a new tree now might not provide your commercial property with much visual appeal right now, but it will in years to come as it matures. There are many trees that are noted for their fall color display. To outfit your landscape with arresting fall color, consider planting trees such as:

  • Vine maple
  • Franklin tree
  • Dogwood (also adds loads of spring interest)
  • Black gum
  • Japanese maple
  • Sugar maple
  • River birch
  • Sumac (choose a variety that’s free of urushiol)

You can also plant evergreens. They’ll help keep your landscape looking ‘filled in’ as your other plantings begin to drop their leaves and fall flowers begin to wane. 

Lighting Solutions

Fall days can be dark and dreary and night seems to come sooner. Ensure that your clients or customers have plenty of light to admire your fall landscape as well as to navigate outdoor walkways. You can install LED lighting solutions that provide light while ensuring energy efficiency. Remember, too, that lighting can set off focal points in your landscape such as your business sign. In addition to the security that lighting features offer, they can also spotlight your special fall plantings like garden beds filled with mums or dazzling autumn sedum. 

 

State of the Art Landscape can help you transform your landscape for the fall season with our softscape and hardscape solutions. We’ll work with you to develop a fall landscaping plan that’s sure to compliment your setting. We offer budget-friendly planting solutions and feature year-round landscaping maintenance and care. We can care for your fall landscape to ensure it looks its best throughout the season. Contact us to learn more about our landscaping services.

5 Benefits of Professional Lawn Care and Groundskeeping

It takes more than just simply cleaning a lawn to make it attractive. While a tidy space surely can help, it’s essential that your commercial lawn gets the attention it needs. The exterior appearance of a business is just as important as the other important aspects such as production or marketing. You need to create that all-important first impression. 

Focus more on growing your business and enhancing your products or services. Leave lawn work to the professionals as they know how to take care of this a lot better than you. Below are the reasons why you need to hire professionals for commercial lawn care and groundskeeping. 

1. Avoids Property Damage

While it can be tempting to hire just anyone for lawn care and groundskeeping, that will not be ideal for your business. Inexperienced lawn care people may not have enough knowledge about how to do proper lawn care and groundskeeping. It’s possible for them to do some serious damage to your property. Also, avoid hiring your employees to do groundskeeping or lawn care especially when they do not have any experience. As a business owner, it’s imperative that your business location will look attractive to your prospects. How will you win more clients when you can’t properly take care of your lawn? With professional lawn care and groundskeeping, it is guaranteed that your lawn is under the expert’s care. Their years of experience maintaining different kinds of lawn ensures that they will keep yours attractive and healthy. There’s no need to worry about possible damages that may cost you more money down the road.

2. Attracts and Keeps Customers

In business, first impressions often last. You may have highly productive employees and innovative products or services in the market but a potential customer can still judge your business the minute they walk into your business location. The top three factors that would retain customers is quality service, organization and cleanliness. If you have a dirty or unkempt lawn, clients may make the assumption that you are not very professional. It’s important to provide top-notch service to clients, but it’s just as important to take care of the exterior appearance of your business location. Investing in commercial lawn care and groundskeeping ensures that your area will be kept clean and tidy all the time. They are highly experienced and have been helping different businesses over the years. These professionals can help improve the look of your lawn and that in return will contribute to a good first impression.

3. Saves Money

Doing lawn care and groundskeeping on your own can be costly. If you’re not doing this for business, it will be better if you have professionals helping you in keeping your lawn tidy and clean. The cost of snow removal equipment, chemicals and other supplies for maintaining the lawn may be expensive. If you do not want additional expenses for your business, it’s best to hire commercial lawn care instead. The cost doesn’t even include labor yet for lawn care and groundskeeping. Hiring professional lawn care Virginia will be a lot more cost-effective for you as these professionals are equipped with all the tools and equipment needed to improve your loan. Also, you get to avoid having to pay more money for any damages done by inexperienced people or buying the wrong products. 

4. Your Lawn Gets a Revamp

One good reason you need to hire professionals for lawn care and groundskeeping is to improve the look of your business space. These experts know what you need and how to enhance the appearance of your lawn. You can also talk to them about how you want them to design your lawn or allow them to utilize their expertise. It may cost you a little more to hire commercial lawn care and groundskeeping in Virginia but you will also gain more – respect from clients and possibly an increase in sales. Keep in mind that a clean and tidy space also pleases clients. Invest in commercial lawn services and expert more repeat businesses. 

5. Regular Maintenance

It takes time and effort to maintain a lawn. Yard work may include snow removal, cutting weeds, designing and landscaping, getting rid of pests, cleaning, etc. You won’t have time to do all these especially when you are trying to grow your business. You need the help of professionals. By hiring commercial lawn care services, it means that your space gets consistent care on a regular basis. You won’t have to worry about next week or the month after. They will show up on schedule to help you with any tasks needed for proper lawn care. 

How to Choose the Best Professional Lawn Care in Virginia

Select a company that has been in the industry for several years. These professionals are experts in the field as they know how to design, install and maintain different landscape styles. Also, make sure that they can show you a portfolio of their work so you have an idea of how competent they are. Most importantly, choose a company that is dedicated to maintaining healthy relationships with clients and committed to providing only top-notch lawn care services. 

Contact State of the Art Landscape

Do you need lawn care and groundskeeping for your business? Get in touch with us! We provide a variety of landscaping services both for residential and commercial properties. Our years of experience in the industry made us experts in design and maintaining your spaces. We can tackle even the most challenging projects confidently and efficiently. At State of the Art Landscape, we have all the resources to help you enhance and maintain your lawn. Feel free to browse our projects and let us know when you’re ready to schedule an on-site appointment. 

 

How 3D Renderings Can Help Your Landscape Design Process

The landscape design process can be complicated, time-consuming, and exhausting. However, that doesn’t mean that the experience will be the same for homeowners and designers. While landscaping workers might have a tough time designing a backyard or patio space to fit the vision of a homeowner, it’s virtually a guarantee that the experience will be an exciting one for whoever owns the property being developed. That’s because, at the end of the ordeal, homeowners know that their backyard, outdoor kitchen, or whatever outdoor addition they’re making to their home is something that they’ve always wanted!

At State of the Art, it’s our aim to provide homeowners with a visualization of their dream landscaping outcome that’s as close-to-perfect as possible. We do this using 3D renderings, which will allow both homeowners and our own employees to see precise measurements and images of what we’re going for through our construction efforts. This is especially useful when building complex structures, adding onto existing construction pieces or removing/grading land for new projects. Below we’ll talk a little bit more about what we do and how we do it.

Designing & Building Dream Landscapes

Once scheduled for a consultation session, our experts will arrive to get a firsthand view of a homeowner’s property. This will allow us to fully map out an area, examine elevation changes, and take into account all areas that will be affected by construction. Once this information has been gathered, we’ll take it into account when designing homeowners their own unique 3D customized conceptual layout of what the area will look like after we’re all finished.

Not only does this give homeowners the ability to see their vision fully realized before construction even begins, but it gives us the opportunity to identify any possible issues with construction. Maybe the placement of a swimming pool isn’t ideal due to elevation, or an outdoor oven might be placed too close to neighboring property – whatever the problem, we’ll work to fix it so that homeowners are fully satisfied with whatever result occurs.

There are a number of issues that can arrive with different types of landscaping efforts. Below, we’ve listed the kinds of services we provide, along with some of the complications and workarounds that occur with them.

Hardscape Construction

Hardscaping refers to the practice of installing stonework into a natural landscape. This can be in the form of adding stone walls, stone patios, brick ovens, and staircases. Hardscaping can drastically raise the profile of your backyard or patio, but the downsides of it are that it is an expensive process, and it’s quite easy to blunder during installation. Shoddy masonry and unsafe builds are some of the main problems that occur during installation. However, both can usually be avoided by careful planning and the hiring of qualified professionals.

Swimming Pools

Swimming pools are often underestimated as simply being dug holes filled with water, but they’re quite a bit more work with that. The excavation and construction process is a detailed effort that requires intensive knowledge of the soil composition, location of pipes and power lines, proximity to the sewer and neighboring electric structures, and much more. Plus, once construction begins, expenses can quickly mount up depending on the chosen material to construct the surface and deck of the pool. Furthermore, if heating is required then that’s an entirely different issue that requires an electrical engineer, fuel supplier, and even more hands-on deck.

Decks

A quality deck can drastically elevate a landscape, and many modern homes are adding them into their landscaping plans. They can be constructed using a wide variety of materials, including elegant hardwoods, masonry, and brickwork. Their construction obviously needs to take into account the space they’re working with, along with safety as a priority. Load-bearing decks might need to be able to support 10-15 people at once, which is something that the design team will be inquiring about throughout the design and installation process.

Pavilions and Pergolas

What can be a whimsical and practical addition to any home can also be a tedious endeavor for designers and construction workers. Pavilions and pergolas can be an immersive way to enjoy the outdoors, providing only the barest shelter from the elements. These are usually quite simple to construct, but depending on homeowner specifications, can be made to be quite complicated and intricate structures.

Sport Courts

Homeowners looking to incorporate more exercise and team play into their lives may wish to install a sporting court for basketball, tennis, or shuffleboard. All of these courts can be constructed to match the exact regulatory standards of the sports themselves, and incorporated into the existing environment as naturally as possible.

Fire Pits

There’s nothing quite like enjoying a bonfire with friends and families once the weather starts getting a little bit chilly, or on summer nights once the day’s heat has passed. Fire pits can be constructed in a number of shapes, sizes, and materials, and designers at State of the Art will work with homeowners to identify their dream fire pits so as to make those dreams an exact reality.

Boulder Work

Pre-existing boulders on a home’s landscape can be viewed as both a blessing and a curse. Depending on perspective, homeowners might see them as a natural wonder or a random obstruction. At State of the Art, we incorporate boulders as naturally as possible into a landscaping vision if possible – otherwise, we’ll do our best to remove them from the picture entirely.

Fencing

Whether it’s more room for the pets or kids to run around safely in or just more privacy overall, we can work with homeowners to address all fencing needs that might be required.

Outdoor Kitchens

Every dream outdoor setup as an outdoor kitchen, complete with a floor of stone or wood, a brick oven, roasting pit, etc. Whatever amenities you could want in your outdoor kitchen, at State of the Art we’ll work to make it happen.

10 Gorgeous Landscaping Ideas for Pool Areas

Why travel hundreds of miles to the nearest resort when you can turn your backyard into a beautiful oasis? Landscape architecture is a form of art that dates back to the ancient Egyptians

In ancient times, geometric patterns ruled landscape designs following strict plans to create more symmetry. But in modern landscapes, there are far more options to transform your backyard into a gorgeous work of art.

Consider these 10 unforgettable landscaping ideas for pool areas for your next outdoor renovation. 

1. Tranquil Rock Garden

Not every garden is green. Many homeowners contrast the backyard pool landscape with an alpine, or rock garden

Rock gardens are a great way to complement modern home styles especially in backyards where grass won’t grow. Opt for colorful succulents if you want to add visual interest to your rock garden.

Rock garden beds are made of gravel providing more texture to the landscape. The placement of the rocks is important in creating a well-designed landscape.

Many landscape designers start with large rocks and fill in spaces to create an attractive look. Plants, if used, are placed last to fill in spaces around the rock formation. 

2. Dining Alfresco

Dine al fresco with a manicured seating area next to your pool. Define your seating area with an open-air pergola that matches the style of your home.

An outdoor fireplace can serve as a ‘wall’ to section off the eating area outside. Use paved surfaces sparingly around the poolside seating area to give the feel of carpeting in the space.

Wood plank flooring makes the dining area more inviting when entertaining. Guests can relax on the wooden pool surround after a swim without fear of burning their feet as the pavement heats up in the sun.

Make sure there’s a solid surface path in place as an alternative to walking on the planks. During more formal occasions, you want an option for guests to enjoy a view of the pool while wearing heels.  

3. Lush English Garden

English gardens are somewhat of a rebellion of the symmetrical patterns loved by the ancient Greeks. The mix of shrubs and flowers brings texture to the area surrounding your pool. 

Mix a variety of pastel-colored flowers for an elegant touch. The key to creating an eye-catching English-style garden is layering.

You’ll want dense foliage that fills the space alongside your pool to create a picturesque backdrop while you swim.  

4. Lighted Stairwell

If you have stairs leading to your pool, it’s a prime opportunity to use accent lighting to create a chic look. Upgrade your stairs to double as stadium seating and planters surrounding your pool.

Both grass and gravel work well to fill rows of stairs on a hillside. Add succulents to gravel to give your accent lights more layers to work with. Solar-powered accent light creates an energy-efficient solution that won’t need complicated electrical wiring.

5. Minimalist Garden

Well-designed swimming pools should always be the star of the show. Keep your swimming pool the center of attention with a minimalist garden. 

Symmetry is an important tool in minimalist designs. Repeat symmetrical patterns throughout the garden using dark-colored slate gravel or grass. 

Think straight lines, not curves when attempting a minimalist aesthetic next to your pool. 

6. Calming Fountains

Fountain statues are a regal touch to traditional-style homes. If you live in a Victorian or Tudor-style home, your architecture is perfect for a series of statues along the poolside. 

Choose statues that provide a calming trickle of water into the pool to create a serene escape. Majestic animal figures like lions make great options for concrete statues, especially when combined with colorful flowers. 

7. Grassy Nature Surround

Plant grass up to the edge of your pool surround. The grass reflects less heat during the summer while providing a soft place to lounge.

The unexpected foliage surrounding the pool makes it appear to happen naturally in your backyard. Add other features like boulders and dense groundcover that make your pool look like a pond in the middle of a park. 

8. Posh Pergola

Aside from being stunning in a landscape, pergolas also add the benefit of defining spaces in your yard. If you’re looking to create ‘rooms’ outdoors, the best way to do this is to add a pergola to various seating areas near the pool.

Pergolas are also great for providing partial shade. Think about hanging gardens when choosing ways to decorate your pergola. You can add lush plants and vines to your pergola to increase your sun protection and give the structure a posh look.  

9. Full Kitchen

Consider a full outdoor kitchen complete with a bar for entertaining. Full kitchens can be built on patios or detached from the main house. 

Think of fun upgrades the entire family can enjoy like installing a wood-fired pizza oven or a birthday party pavilion. A party pavilion is an open-air space with flexible seating to accommodate a variety of games and activities. 

Don’t give guests a reason to long for the indoors. Bring the living room outside by mounting TVs or installing a fireplace in your outdoor kitchen seating area.  

10. Majestic Topiary

Boxwood hedges are the best option for manicured topiary designs. Large plant sculptures make instant focal points for modest backyard pools.

Use tall boxwood hedges as a fence surrounding your pool with a custom topiary centerpiece in the center of your yard. White concrete planters provide contrast to the rich green of boxwoods. 

Stepping stones surrounded by bright green grass complements this formal garden style. Repeat the topiary pattern throughout your seating areas using ball topiaries in white concrete planters. 

Choosing the Right Landscaping Ideas for Pool Areas

It’s natural to want to copy landscaping ideas for pool areas found on the internet. But not every landscape design works in every backyard.

Factors like the amount of sunlight in your area, soil drainage, and the size of your swimming pool influence what looks best in your yard. Consult with our experienced team of landscape designers to find the right fit for your property.

For more information and pool design tips, set up a consultation today. 

3 Front Yard Landscaping Must-Haves

Your front yard is the first thing people see when they come to your home, and as we all know, a first impression is a lasting impression. This is one reason front yard landscaping is an essential part of the aesthetic of your home.

At State of the Art Landscape, we specialize in a variety of landscaping design and build services, including front yards. Working closely with clients we can help you develop a beautiful and welcoming lawn and garden that will add curb appeal to your property.

If you’ve been considering landscaping your front yard, here are 3 popular features to set you apart from your neighbors.

1. Focus on Walkways and Driveways with a Stunning Border 

The place we often start with front yard landscaping is by developing a border and dedicated entryway into the yard and your home. Paving stones, crushed limestone, or mulch are some of the products used to create these looks.

To begin, consider the layout of your driveway. This is the entrance into your home and front yard, so setting it apart from the lawn with a border of stone or gravel creates a sharp impact. Clean lines are essential to a classic, modern yard design.

Next, an entryway into your home from the driveway or lawn gives your home a welcoming appearance. Paving stones or a cobblestone walk are a whimsical way to develop a dedicated footpath without the need to set concrete or dig up your lawn.

To bring together these two elements, consider lining your path with the same product used to line the driveway. This creates a cohesive look and emphasizes the purposeful placement of each feature.

2. Add Some Layers and Structure 

Single level front yards are out, and layered lawns or structured features are in. Building up a retainer wall to separate raised land from dipped land makes the illusion that your yard is bigger and has more to it. If your yard is completely flat, you can build above ground wooden flower boxes, or create raised brick garden features. These add dimension to your property, making a small flat space into an intricate one that draws the eye.

The key to making this newly structured property flourish is to add greenery and floral elements. Garden beds should be filled with blue spiderwort flowers or Virginia bluebells. For land sectioned by retainer walls to separate layers, shrubbery adds texture and buoyancy to the layers.

3. Give Some Love to the Front Porch

As far as front yard landscaping goes, your front porch says a great deal about your personality as a homeowner. A large welcoming porch with steps leading out onto your new cobblestone path ties together home and yard.

There are so many amazing front porch designs in Virginia to choose from. Whether you want a patio-style porch or a small stone archway just before the door – the sky is the limit. One trend right now in Virginia, we’re seeing a lot of moderately-sized porches, big enough for a porch swing, small enough to maximize on gardening space.

When selecting a front porch, consider the colors and textures you’ve implemented into nearby landscaping. For example, if you’ve got red azaleas blooming on either side of the steps, it could be prudent to paint your front door red or add some red to your mailbox or welcome sign.

Bonus Feature: Potted Lights

Something to consider when planning front yard landscaping is the visibility of your yard. In daylight, your shrubs will shine, and flowers will pop, but what about at night? What’s setting your front yard apart from others when the sun goes down? Adding a lighting feature to your landscaping design will make your yard a place you can feel proud of day and night.

Planters can be used to shed some light on your beautiful new lawn. As a bonus landscaping tip, we recommend potted lights within planters. Not only does this illuminate all the beautiful greenery you’ve installed, but also it provides ambiance for outdoor activities, visitors, and reduces the temptation for trespassers.

Contact in the Professionals

For professional tips on front yard landscaping, or to begin bringing your front yard goals to life, we invite you to contact State of the Art Landscape. From water features to fencing and boulder work, we’ve got you covered.

Call 703-421-3666 to speak to one of our knowledgeable team members and begin transforming your front lawn into a home oasis.

What is Hardscaping?

When you see the yard of your dreams, what elements do you see? Likely, there are beautiful natural elements, such as carefully arranged flowers, vegetables and decorative plants. But there are other elements that contribute to a well-designed landscape: the hard materials, also known as hardscaping

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It’s highly possible that, while you have enjoyed your own and your friends’ backyards, that you haven’t realized that the blend of hardscaping and softscaping is what creates the ultimate outdoor experience. 

Landscaping provides the ability for a customer to have a greater appreciation for being outside and being comfortable in their own living space. With hardscaping and softscaping, you can personalize your landscape, the extension of a perennial garden, a habitat of your own creation and for your enjoyment and leisurely appreciation. 

Many individuals value their outdoor spaces as a place to entertain and experience outdoor comfort.

Hardscaping for Privacy 

For many homeowners, buying a home means buying a set of neighbours and a piece of a neighbourhood, whether you would choose it or not. One of the best reasons to consider a carefully designed landscaping project that incorporates hardscaping features is to control the privacy and amount of noise that you can hear from your outdoor living space. 

For example, water features are able to gently mask the more unpleasant noises of both auto and foot traffic outside of your property. Then, when it comes to privacy, your landscaper will be able to work with you to use retaining walls, gazebo and many other features to give you more privacy from your neighbours in a creative and aesthetically pleasing way. 

To paint a picture of other ways to promote privacy in your backyard with hardscaping elements include: 

  •     Woven Screen (using materials like wood or metal)
  •     Solid Panels (translucent or opaque)
  •     Wood Pergola
  •     Ceiling-like Panels (slotted for extra light)
  •     Lattices

Many homeowners prioritize the ability to enjoy their outdoor space without interruption from unwanted noise or prying eyes. But privacy isn’t the only benefit to incorporating hardscaping features alongside your natural features such as floral and edible elements.

Endless Benefits to Hardscaping

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Other benefits of hardscaping features include: 

  •     Guarding your garden against unwanted pests
  •     Extension of your living and entertaining space
  •     Increased property value
  •     Versatility and design expression
  •     Physical boundaries
  •     An added dimension to your natural space
  •     Increased comfort
  •     Ability to enjoy summer nights comfortable seating and ample lighting
  •     Effective yet visually appealing storage for your toys and tools

We embrace creativity throughout the whole process. One of the leading trends in landscape design is mixing textures and materials. We embrace the ability to use a variety of different materials, such as natural stone, polished and shaped stone, and even metals and synthetic materials to create the perfect design. Many homeowners use landscaping as a way to express the design and appearances that they love and already have throughout their home. 

A quality landscaping company will work with you to harness the interaction between hardscaping and softscaping. Since many expert landscape designers believe that hardscaping provides the foundation for the softscaping elements, many will highly recommend that you include complementary elements to your dream garden and backyard.

Common Examples of Hardscaping 

When designing your yard, here are some common hardscaping elements that you could consider adding to your design:

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  •     Paver Patio
  •     Stone Wall
  •     Gazebo
  •     Garden Walls
  •     Planting Beds
  •     Large Boulders
  •     Stone Edging
  •     Accent Stones
  •     Light Fixtures
  •     Pillars Or Columns
  •     Seat Walls
  •     Stepping Stones
  •     Waterfalls
  •     Swimming Pools
  •     Fountains
  •     Ponds
  •     Stream bed
  •     Fire Features Such As Fireplaces Or Fire Pits
  •     Even a pizza oven feature has become increasingly popular!

Designing Your Outdoor Living Space 

Your landscaping wish list can (and should) be a mile long when you’re working with your landscaping design company. That way, you can rest assured that your landscape project incorporates elements that you’ve considered and value the most. 

State of the Art Landscape embraces creativity and challenges, all with the goal to create a dream outdoor living space for you and your family. We professionally design and execute your outdoor living space, with comprehensive services that let you dream big or dream big on a budget. No project is too big or too small for us! We love working with a variety of customers, ideas, and yard sizes to create the perfect space for you. 

Let us bring our passion for quality and our years of landscaping experience to create your dream outdoor living space. Request an on-site appointment with one of our passionate landscape designers today. Let’s get started!

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Why Hire A Landscaping Company?

Many people find gardening highly gratifying, especially when they are able to admire their own handy work year after year. But there’s no mistaking it, gardening is work. Landscaping can be an overwhelming prospect even for people with green thumbs. Understanding the complexities of design and making that design work with the right plants that will thrive in their new environment takes some planning and expertise.

That’s where professional landscaping comes in. They have the expertise to take your vision and turn it into a living, breathing garden. They use your ideas or can provide their own, to create stunning gardens and landscapes that elevate the enjoyment of your property. Here’s why hiring a landscaping company makes good sense.

Valuable Design Advice 

Designing a new garden or redoing an old and dying garden can be overwhelming. If you have no love of gardening, it can be even worse. A landscaper understands how to assess a property and work with what they see to create a stunning oasis. You can share your tastes and preferences and they can run with it, or they can do everything from concept to installation. Landscapers also know all the latest trends and can introduce you to new ideas you might not have considered. Ideas that might seem out of reach budget-wise might also turn out to be surprisingly affordable, allowing you to create the garden of your dreams.

Set the Foundation

Just because you hire a landscaping company to design your garden, doesn’t mean you have to give up gardening altogether. You can have them design and install everything, and then take over. You can still get the satisfaction that comes along with gardening but without the worry of choosing the right plants, or designing garden beds.

Upscale Features

Landscapers handle all the elements that complete the look of a garden such as paving stones, arbors, gazebos and fountains. You might know your plants, but these additional garden features require special craftsmanship for proper installation.

Sticking to a Budget 

You’re probably thinking a landscaping company will cost a fortune. However, they can save you money in a number of ways:

  • They get discounts on materials because they buy in bulk
  • They work with the number you provide so you’re never at risk of running over budget
  • They won’t get carried away and start spending without tracking their spend. Instead, they know exactly what to buy and won’t exceed the set budget.

It’s also easy for you to have a plan in mind, get halfway through and run out of money. That leaves you with an unfinished garden. Landscapers look at the big picture and budget accordingly.

Faster Completion 

When you do the work, you only have weekends to take on a landscaping project. This means the work can drag on throughout the summer. A landscaper, on the other hand, will work uninterrupted allowing them to complete the project faster.

Fewer Losses

Landscapers have the training and expertise to ensure your investment lasts. It’s not uncommon for rookie gardeners to choose plants poorly suited to their soil or the area in which they are planted. This greatly increases the risk for lost plants. Plants are expensive so you want to do all you can to ensure they live. You don’t want improper installation or care to lead to dried out plants. Landscapers have dependable suppliers who provide them with the highest quality plants that will be guaranteed to thrive in the environment they plant them. They know what they are doing.

Proper Maintenance

For those of you who just hate gardening, a landscaping company will keep your property looking its best without you having to do the work. They provide a long list of services from mowing the lawn to trimming bushes. They do all the work, while you get to enjoy the results. You can also choose to hire them seasonally for things such a garden clean up and prep or have them come in on a set schedule.  

Return on Investment

Professional landscapers will certainly help you see a return on investment. If you take a ho-hum or even dilapidated yard and turn it into Eden, you will attract more buyers when you decide to sell. However, if you don’t plan to sell any time soon, no worries. Your return on investment will still be appreciated through the added enjoyment you will have from your property.