Is It Okay to Landscape in Winter?
Epling Landscaping and Lawn Service
by staff
1d ago
Around the beginning of February, we get a little taste of spring. Yes, it’s still cold, and there’s always the possibility of a big snow. But at the same time, we can feel the days slowly growing longer. Before we know it, spring will be here, full of life and growth. Then summer will make an entrance with leafy trees–and weekly mowing. On beautiful winter days, we may get an urge to start working on our landscapes. But is it safe to landscape in winter? What are some things we can do to start preparing our outdoor spaces for the fun days ahead? And what landscaping activities should we avoid ..read more
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Do Snow and Ice Damage Trees and Shrubs?
Epling Landscaping and Lawn Service
by staff
1M ago
There’s nothing like a gorgeous winter wonderland in Northern Virginia. Snow is generally rare enough that most of us still consider it a treat. But heavy snow and ice can damage trees and shrubs. Improper snow removal can also hurt fragile plants. That’s why preparing trees and shrubs for winter weather is essential. Professional pruning can help your landscaping survive and thrive if damage occurs. Which Trees and Shrubs Are Susceptible to Damage? According to Iowa State University, multi-stemmed evergreens that branch just above the ground are particularly susceptible to branch breakage. Th ..read more
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When Should I Prune My Plants, Shrubs, and Trees?
Epling Landscaping and Lawn Service
by staff
2M ago
Wow! What a year for fall color. It’s been a while since Loudoun has experienced such autumnal splendor. As the leaves fall and winter approaches, our thoughts turn to pruning as trees grow bare and dormant. Late winter is an excellent time to prune many trees and shrubs. What Is Pruning? Pruning refers to removing parts of plants, including branches and twigs, to shape the plant and promote growth. It’s an opportunity to remove dead and diseased branches and promote the development of new leaves, flowers and fruit. Pruning is essential for woody plants like trees and shrubs in particular. Pr ..read more
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Can I Start a Landscaping Project in the Fall?
Epling Landscaping and Lawn Service
by staff
3M ago
It never ceases to amaze us how fast time flies in summer. For professional landscapers, summer is a bustling time with lawn care and landscaping projects galore. While fall can be a quieter season, it’s also ideal for launching landscaping projects. There are tons of plantings and other elements we can start in the fall. Fall is also perfect for starting a conversation with a professional landscaping company about a longer-term project. Our team is ready to sit down and help you plan. What Should I Plant in the Fall? It’s no secret that fall is a favorite season for many landscaping pros. The ..read more
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What Are The Most Important Things To Do When Landscaping a New House?
Epling Landscaping and Lawn Service
by staff
4M ago
There’s nothing like the excitement of a brand new house. It’s so full of promise and potential. And you get to call the shots, both inside and out. Landscaping is an essential part of making your house a home. It enhances curb appeal and resale value and is an exciting opportunity to make a fresh start on a new lot. On the flip side, landscaping a new home presents design challenges and usually requires a bigger budget than updating an existing yard. What Should I Consider When Landscaping a New Build? When you buy a new build, your builder generally starts you out with a yard full of fresh ..read more
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How Can I Enhance The Entrance To My Driveway?
Epling Landscaping and Lawn Service
by staff
5M ago
Think of your driveway as the welcome mat for your yard. It’s more than just a way of getting from point A to point B. A driveway takes up more visual space than many of us realize. Whether short or long, we want our driveway to be attractive and inviting. However, landscaping a driveway is different from the rest of your yard. Visibility is essential, and runoff from the hard surface is a factor. But with the right combination of landscaping and hardscaping, you can enhance the entrance to your driveway with style and function. Landscaping Tips for Your Driveway When we landscape the entrance ..read more
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How Often Should I Mow My Lawn In Summer?
Epling Landscaping and Lawn Service
by staff
6M ago
As July rolls around in the Mid-Atlantic, it means a shift in our approach to mowing. Late spring and early summer mean weekly mows and shorter lengths as lawn growth peaks. Scorching July and August heat can mean less frequent mowing. But we still need to mow consistently to keep our lawns healthy. How often should we mow our lawns in summer? Should I Mow Less Frequently When It’s Hot? As summer temperatures rise, we work to stay consistent while mowing at a longer length. Consistent mowing helps keep our lawns healthy and thick. Recycling grass clippings provides a nutrient-rich natural mul ..read more
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Do I Really Need to Edge My Lawn?
Epling Landscaping and Lawn Service
by staff
8M ago
A terrific mow goes a long way. But for a truly stellar lawn, you need to take things a little further. Your mower is too wide to get to the finely defined areas around hardscaping and landscaping. The edging process creates a clean, crisp border between your lawn and beds, and walkways. It’s the number one tool in your landscaper’s toolbox for creating that super-straight manicured look. Is Edging The Same As Weed Wacking? Some folks like to DIY their own edges with a weed wacker–with mixed results. If you have a steady hand and a good eye, you can usually make it look good enough. However, a ..read more
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How Can I Fix Drainage Problems In My Yard? 
Epling Landscaping and Lawn Service
by staff
9M ago
They say April showers bring May flowers, and our blooms this year have been outstanding. But did you know that May and June are usually our wettest months in Northern Virginia? There’s more rain on tap for late spring and early summer. So if you’re noticing drainage issues, the time to act is now. Of course, rain is much-needed for healthy mid-Atlantic lawns and landscapes. However, standing water can hurt your plants and damage your home. It can also create health hazards inside and outside your home and invite bugs and pests. Our goal is to keep water flowing away from living spaces and avo ..read more
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Should I Choose Poured Concrete or Pavers for my Patio or Walkway?
Epling Landscaping and Lawn Service
by staff
10M ago
Spring is in the air, and our thoughts turn to outdoor entertaining. Hardscaping–the fantastic non-organic elements of your outdoor spaces–is trending big time. It’s a piece that more landscaping companies are adding to their repertoires with stunning results. Combining harmonious hardscapes and landscapes for fabulous outdoor living is one of our favorite trends of the decade. There are lots of hardscaping options for every budget. One question we hear is whether pavers or poured concrete are best for patio and walkway spaces. Concrete pavers crafted to look like natural materials are hot, b ..read more
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