Surrounds Landscape Architecture + Construction

Surrounds Landscape Architecture + Construction Our mission is to develop and nurture environments that positively change the way our clients live and experience the outdoors. The Surrounds approach to landscape architecture and construction results in thoughtfully planned and meticulously crafted outdoor living environments that settle into place, take root, and thrive.
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Planning a landscape design project for your McLean, Virginia home? Before you start, make sure you get the good advice ...
03/31/2021

Planning a landscape design project for your McLean, Virginia home? Before you start, make sure you get the good advice you need to guide you through each step of the process.

Download our free eBook "Expert Guide to Planning the Landscape Design of Your Dreams" https://bit.ly/34q0GqD

Planning a landscape design project for your McLean, Virginia home? Before you start, make sure you get the good advice you need to guide you through each step of the process.

Download our free eBook "Expert Guide to Planning the Landscape Design of Your Dreams" https://bit.ly/34q0GqD

Garden management includes the care and maintenance of your hardscapes, as well the landscape.  This brick walkway is ge...
03/25/2021

Garden management includes the care and maintenance of your hardscapes, as well the landscape. This brick walkway is getting some welcome TLC from our craftsmen. They are repointing all of the existing bricks and repairing the declining concrete pad with Sacrete. After the resetting is done and the cement has dried , they'll apply an acid wash to clear any debris and refresh the look of the brick.

So, you bought an older home nestled in a popular neighborhood. You love it. But the landscaping style is so-ooo dated. ...
03/24/2021

So, you bought an older home nestled in a popular neighborhood. You love it. But the landscaping style is so-ooo dated. Is it time to modernize? A modern approach to garden design gives the living landscape more room to express itself. It softens the edges between plantings and hardscaping and brings additional layers of depth, color and texture into the overall composition.

So, you bought an older home nestled in a popular neighborhood. You love it. But the landscaping style is so-ooo dated. Is it time to modernize? A modern approach to garden design gives the living landscape more room to express itself. It softens the edges between plantings and hardscaping and brings additional layers of depth, color and texture into the overall composition.

We are tidying up the edges as we add a new layer of mulch to your shrubs and trees.
03/18/2021

We are tidying up the edges as we add a new layer of mulch to your shrubs and trees.

Planning a landscape design project for your McLean, Virginia home? Before you start, make sure you get the information ...
03/17/2021

Planning a landscape design project for your McLean, Virginia home? Before you start, make sure you get the information you need to guide you through each step of the process.

Download our free eBook "Expert Guide to Planning the Landscape Design of Your Dreams" https://bit.ly/34q0GqD

Planning a landscape design project for your McLean, Virginia home? Before you start, make sure you get the information you need to guide you through each step of the process.

Download our free eBook "Expert Guide to Planning the Landscape Design of Your Dreams" https://bit.ly/34q0GqD

John McLeod, Surrounds Garden Manager & Certified Horticulturist, reminds the crew of the best way to employ the “three-...
03/15/2021

John McLeod, Surrounds Garden Manager & Certified Horticulturist, reminds the crew of the best way to employ the “three-cut technique” for pruning low hanging limbs in order to elevate the canopy of this river birch tree.

John McLeod, Surrounds Garden Manager & Certified Horticulturist, reminds the crew of the best way to employ the “three-cut technique” for pruning low hanging limbs in order to elevate the canopy of this river birch tree.

We are mulching--feeding your shrubs and trees the nutrient rich organic matter they crave.
03/11/2021

We are mulching--feeding your shrubs and trees the nutrient rich organic matter they crave.

Miguel V. is selectively pruning this dormant burning bush (Euonymus alatus) to maintain solid branch structure and bala...
03/04/2021

Miguel V. is selectively pruning this dormant burning bush (Euonymus alatus) to maintain solid branch structure and balance before it starts growing again in a few weeks.

Miguel V. is selectively pruning this dormant burning bush (Euonymus alatus) to maintain solid branch structure and balance before it starts growing again in a few weeks.

Realize that a swimming pool isn’t just for swimming. Don't you want your  pool to fit into an overall setting, complete...
03/04/2021

Realize that a swimming pool isn’t just for swimming. Don't you want your pool to fit into an overall setting, complete with landscaping and other features that make it useful for more than just a swim? If you’re looking to install a new pool or upgrade an old one, here are a few important elements to consider.

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Realize that a swimming pool isn’t just for swimming. Don't you want your pool to fit into an overall setting, complete with landscaping and other features that make it useful for more than just a swim? If you’re looking to install a new pool or upgrade an old one, here are a few important elements to consider.

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Great landscape design depends on great landscape maintenance to fulfill its potential. That's why it's important to und...
03/03/2021

Great landscape design depends on great landscape maintenance to fulfill its potential. That's why it's important to understand the difference between a conventional landscape maintenance firm and one that is design-driven and holistic in approach.

That's we wrote this eBook: "Choosing the Right Kind of Landscape Maintenance Firm".

Download it free at https://bit.ly/3sQuxCS

Great landscape design depends on great landscape maintenance to fulfill its potential. That's why it's important to understand the difference between a conventional landscape maintenance firm and one that is design-driven and holistic in approach.

That's we wrote this eBook: "Choosing the Right Kind of Landscape Maintenance Firm".

Download it free at https://bit.ly/3sQuxCS

Garden Manager & Certified Horticulturist John McLeod oversees cutbacks to 'hydrangea paniculata'. This cultivar can be ...
02/25/2021

Garden Manager & Certified Horticulturist John McLeod oversees cutbacks to 'hydrangea paniculata'. This cultivar can be pruned in spring because it is a summertime bloomer. We hold off on spring blooming varieties of hydrangea such big leaf and oak leaf until their bloom cycle is completed and they’ve begun to leaf out.

The cutbacks may look severe but they actually invigorate the plant to flush out with new growth as well as build a robust limb structure.

Great landscape design depends on great landscape maintenance to fulfill its potential. That's why it's important to und...
02/17/2021

Great landscape design depends on great landscape maintenance to fulfill its potential. That's why it's important to understand the difference between a conventional landscape maintenance firm and one that is design-driven and holistic in approach.

That's why we wrote this eBook: "Choosing the Right Kind of Landscape Maintenance Firm".

Download it free at https://bit.ly/3sQuxCS

Great landscape design depends on great landscape maintenance to fulfill its potential. That's why it's important to understand the difference between a conventional landscape maintenance firm and one that is design-driven and holistic in approach.

That's why we wrote this eBook: "Choosing the Right Kind of Landscape Maintenance Firm".

Download it free at https://bit.ly/3sQuxCS

With spring a mere six weeks out, it's time to check the gear so we will be ready to roll when your gardens burst  back ...
02/10/2021

With spring a mere six weeks out, it's time to check the gear so we will be ready to roll when your gardens burst back to life.

With spring a mere six weeks out, it's time to check the gear so we will be ready to roll when your gardens burst back to life.

As always, our crews are working hard (well, not that hard--it's only a few inches) to make walking in that winter wonde...
02/03/2021

As always, our crews are working hard (well, not that hard--it's only a few inches) to make walking in that winter wonderland less slippery for you.

Great landscape design depends on great landscape maintenance to fulfill its potential. That's why it's important to und...
02/03/2021

Great landscape design depends on great landscape maintenance to fulfill its potential. That's why it's important to understand the difference between a conventional landscape maintenance firm and one that is design-driven and holistic in approach.

That's we wrote this eBook: "Choosing the Right Kind of Landscape Maintenance Firm".

Download it free at https://bit.ly/3sQuxCS

Great landscape design depends on great landscape maintenance to fulfill its potential. That's why it's important to understand the difference between a conventional landscape maintenance firm and one that is design-driven and holistic in approach.

That's we wrote this eBook: "Choosing the Right Kind of Landscape Maintenance Firm".

Download it free at https://bit.ly/3sQuxCS

Getting the size of your landscape dreams to fit with the size of your landscaping budget is always a delicate balancing...
01/25/2021

Getting the size of your landscape dreams to fit with the size of your landscaping budget is always a delicate balancing act. But there is always a way forward. It may not be the exact way you were thinking at the outset--but there is always an alternative route.
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Getting the size of your landscape dreams to fit with the size of your landscaping budget is always a delicate balancing act. But there is always a way forward. It may not be the exact way you were thinking at the outset--but there is always an alternative route.
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All the leaves are down... but holiday lights are going up. Our garden management crews are keeping spirits bright!
12/21/2020

All the leaves are down... but holiday lights are going up. Our garden management crews are keeping spirits bright!

Last month, a happy homeowner enjoyed one of the last warm evenings on her newly completed rooftop terrace in Tysons Cor...
12/17/2020

Last month, a happy homeowner enjoyed one of the last warm evenings on her newly completed rooftop terrace in Tysons Corner designed by landscape architect Eric Venclik.

Concept rendering by Howard Cohen. Pool with waterfall for swimming under and jumping off--designed so that kids can saf...
12/15/2020

Concept rendering by Howard Cohen. Pool with waterfall for swimming under and jumping off--designed so that kids can safely scramble up to the overhanging ledge and cannonball!

Five months ago this landscape design by Howard Cohen was just a pretty picture--a 3D concept, actually. Last week, our ...
12/15/2020

Five months ago this landscape design by Howard Cohen was just a pretty picture--a 3D concept, actually. Last week, our construction crews were just about ready to start installing some of the larger plants before winter closes in.

The owners of this McLean property transformed their steeply sloped backyard by carving out multiple use areas at differ...
12/14/2020

The owners of this McLean property transformed their steeply sloped backyard by carving out multiple use areas at different elevations. Although there is a lot of hardscaping, plants and greenery dominate the scene and soften the rough edges.

Just like an old time swimming hole, this custom designed pool has a rock ledge waterfall for dare devil plunges. The sp...
12/10/2020

Just like an old time swimming hole, this custom designed pool has a rock ledge waterfall for dare devil plunges. The sports court in the background features a plush artificial turf that's tough enough to withstand an aggressive soccer match.

Even the hardiest of autumn annuals will  fade eventually, but our crews are keeping colors alive and spirits bright in ...
12/09/2020

Even the hardiest of autumn annuals will fade eventually, but our crews are keeping colors alive and spirits bright in the early winter landscape.

Here's the truth, lawns thrive on attention--just as weeds thrive on neglect. So the best way to control weeds is to hav...
12/07/2020

Here's the truth, lawns thrive on attention--just as weeds thrive on neglect. So the best way to control weeds is to have a healthy lawn that prevents them from growing in the first place – but how do you get to that point? A balanced, consistent lawn care program will get you there.
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No matter how carefully constructed they are, walkways and patios are built on the earth which shifts and moves with cha...
09/09/2020
The Best Ways to Correct Patio & Walkway Problems

No matter how carefully constructed they are, walkways and patios are built on the earth which shifts and moves with changes in temperature and moisture over time. Hardscapes need consistent proactive maintenance just as your garden beds do.
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Patios and walkways are essential components of a beautiful, functional landscape. They provide both aesthetic value and a gathering place for families to enjoy the outdoors. But after regular exposure to the elements, patios and walkways will begin to deteriorate. Brick and stone surfaces may becom...

In July, we began installation on the first of two rooftop terraces at The Boros in Tysons Corner.  (Scroll back to our ...
09/04/2020

In July, we began installation on the first of two rooftop terraces at The Boros in Tysons Corner. (Scroll back to our June 24 update to see original 3D concepts by Eric Venclik.)

Last week, our crew completed laying the white Turkish marble deck. The large white containers are filled with Natchez Crape Myrtle. Once the trees mature, we expect them to frame views through the terrace and on toward distant points.

The sunken beds are packed with Mondo grass which will become a green carpet when the plants mature.

The Rose of Sharon (hibiscus syriacus) is one of those classic garden plants (think lilac, boxwood, etc) that never go o...
09/03/2020

The Rose of Sharon (hibiscus syriacus) is one of those classic garden plants (think lilac, boxwood, etc) that never go out of style. Over the past ten years, a new crop of hybrids has expanded the color palette of this popular shrub beyond the traditional pale pink and white. Also, the new cultivars produce double petal blossoms.

Shown here are hybrids Blue Chiffon, Lucy and Ardens. Hibiscus can be featured as a stand alone shrub or, planted in rows, and pruned into a spectacularly showy hedge.

Photos courtesy of Waverly Farm in Adamstown, Maryland

Our company president, Barry Schneider discusses pruning details with Surrounds Garden Management crew leader Miguel Ven...
09/02/2020

Our company president, Barry Schneider discusses pruning details with Surrounds Garden Management crew leader Miguel Venancio. Miguel and his crew have cared for this amazing specimen of Hibiscus Syriacus (a.k.a. Rose of Sharon) for many years. Although some consider this traditional garden plant "old-fashioned", it's a winner when you consider that it is drought resistant, low maintenance, and seems to be perfectly happy just showing off its plentiful trumpet-shaped blossoms. It blooms all summer long until the first frost! And besides the traditional white or pale pink hibiscus, you can find hybrids in a wider range of colors at nurseries like Waverly Farm.

We are just about to begin construction on the second of two roof top terraces we have going on the penthouse level of t...
08/26/2020

We are just about to begin construction on the second of two roof top terraces we have going on the penthouse level of the new Verse building in the Boro’s development at Tyson’s Corner.

Landscape architect Eric Venclik strategically positioned planting beds and containers to define areas for a dining room, outdoor kitchen , fire pit, and sunset view terrace.

This penthouse has a sweet corner location overlooking Washington DC to the east and Shenandoah National Park to the West.

In front yard landscape design, curb appeal begins at the end of your driveway and continues all the way to the front do...
08/12/2020

In front yard landscape design, curb appeal begins at the end of your driveway and continues all the way to the front door of your home. This substantive stone entry gateway, designed by Howard Cohen, creates an impressive arrival experience. But intensive landscape maintenance over several years has been key to bringing the landscape architect's vision to its full expression.

The best garden designs always include at least 50% native plants and perennials. And if you plan it right, you can have...
08/05/2020

The best garden designs always include at least 50% native plants and perennials. And if you plan it right, you can have rolling blooms in your perennial beds throughout the summer months and into the fall.

A new landscape design project in Alexandria makes the most of a spacious lot. Landscape architect Howard Cohen's concep...
07/29/2020

A new landscape design project in Alexandria makes the most of a spacious lot. Landscape architect Howard Cohen's concepts detail every square inch and bring it to life.

Perennials are everybody's garden favorite because they are easy to grow and fairly self-sufficient. But they require in...
07/27/2020
How to Prevent Perennials from Domineering Your Garden

Perennials are everybody's garden favorite because they are easy to grow and fairly self-sufficient. But they require intense maintenance because they grow quickly and can easily get out of control.
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Perennials are everybody’s garden favorites because they grow fast and produce in many varieties of size, shape, and color. And if you plan your planting beds properly, you can have color all year long in every season. Perennials are easy to grow because they are hardy and fairly self-sufficient. ...

Most landscapes need to be updated about every ten to fifteen years. The key to success here is to work from a comprehen...
07/01/2020

Most landscapes need to be updated about every ten to fifteen years. The key to success here is to work from a comprehensive design and maintenance program that pulls everything together and ensures the longevity of your landscaping efforts. Sure, you can go about the process with an ala carte approach. But without a plan, it’s easy to end up where you started and have to repeat the process sooner than you might like.
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21580 Blackwood Ct
Sterling, VA
20166

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Surrounds Inc., comprised of Landscape Architects, skilled craftsmen, and experienced landscape crewmen, join together as one team to serve the needs of homeowners who dream about creating outdoor living environments. Everyone in our company goes above and beyond each step of the way to ensure our customers' needs are put first. The beauty of nature surrounds you!

Opening Hours

Monday 08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 17:00
Thursday 08:00 - 17:00
Friday 08:00 - 17:00

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(703) 430-6001

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