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Deicing Salt can Damage your Concrete

Magnesium chloride and Calcium chloride are two common salts whose ions react with the calcium hydroxide and calcium silicate hydroxide which do the binding in concrete. Another common deicer is Rock salt (halite) which is basically sodium chloride and is much less reactive with concrete.

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Outdoor Fire Elements: Which is Best for You?

When the sun starts setting early and the evenings get cool and crisp, folks often consider adding a fire feature to their outdoor living space. There are several different types of fire features that can provide warmth, ambience, and beauty to any outdoor space.

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Everything You Should Know About Fertilization: Lawns, Shrubs, and More

Have you ever found yourself confused with how to fertilize your lawn and outdoor plants? If so, you should know that the process isn’t as hard as it seems. With some basic guidance and a little work, you can give your plants everything they need to thrive and grow beautifully. Use our total guide to fertilization in order to care for your lawn, trees, shrubs, annuals, and perennials.

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Conserve Water and Reduce Maintenance With Drought Tolerant Species

Dealing with drought is one of the toughest parts of maintaining an outdoor landscape, especially in notoriously dry areas like northern and southwestern Virginia. Without regular showers, you’re often forced to water your landscape by hand, which can be time consuming and costly.

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The Complete Homeowner’s Guide to Outdoor Lighting

Implementing a professionally designed landscape feature is one of the best things you can do to improve your home’s daytime appearance and atmosphere. And to carry over those same aesthetic benefits to the evening and nighttime, outdoor lighting is the perfect solution.

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Retaining Wall Options for Steep Embankments

In my last post, I addressed plant options for steep, eroding embankments. Like I mentioned, plants are only effective in situations where the embankment is less than a 40% grade. For steeper embankments, excavation and retaining walls are the only options. Although pricey, retaining walls are highly effective, and they can actually be an elegant addition to your property.

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How to Remedy Your Eroding Embankment With Shrubs and Ground Cover

Clients frequently approach me with this question: “I have a steep embankment, which I hate to mow, got any ideas on how to deal with it?” Well, there are several good solutions that don’t involve string trimmers, herbicide, and heartburn for the rest of your life. In fact, there are several species of plants that can turn an eroding embankment into a stable slope.

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Extend Your Living Space With an Outdoor Kitchen

Outdoor kitchens aren’t just for Hollywood chefs or celebrities anymore. They’re actually becoming a popular upgrade to the average patio and deck. And although they no longer reserved for the rich and famous, the features of these kitchens are rather luxurious, including built-in grills, sinks plumbed to accommodate subzero temperatures, and under counter refrigerators.

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The owner of Greensward, Andrew, was able to take that vision and expand on it to create a space that I will enjoy for many years to come.  I was more than impressed with the depth of Andrew's knowledge of the business and most of all I was impressed with his attention to detail.  What was before just an empty yard has been transformed into a beautiful landscape design.

Justin A. - Charlottesville, VA