Surrounds Landscape Architecture And Construction

Surrounds Landscape Architecture And Construction Our mission is to develop and nurture environments that positively change the way our clients live and experience the outdoors.
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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.

It is essential to take an inventory of all the functional and aesthetic characteristics that will form the foundation o...
05/01/2020
Three Things to Consider When Planning Your Front Yard Landscape

It is essential to take an inventory of all the functional and aesthetic characteristics that will form the foundation of your front yard landscape design.
https://www.surroundslandscaping.com/three-things-to-consider-when-planning-your-front-yard-landscape/

If you are thinking about taking the leap and investing in front yard landscaping, you’ll want to consider all the angles to be sure you don’t overlook anything that might make your project fall short of your expectations. It is essential to take an inventory of all the functional and aesthetic ...

Before you can start planning a landscape project, there’s one question you need to ask: Do we need to hire a landscape ...
02/27/2020
Why Hiring a Landscape Architect Ensures the Best Outcome

Before you can start planning a landscape project, there’s one question you need to ask: Do we need to hire a landscape architect, landscape designer, or garden designer?
https://www.surroundslandscaping.com/why-hiring-a-landscape-architect-ensures-the-best-outcome/

Before you begin a landscaping project, there’s one question you need to ask yourself, what type of landscape design professional do I need for my project? The answer to that question mostly depends on the size of your project. Unless it is fairly simple and limited in scope, you’re going to wan...

There is often a missed opportunity with front yard lighting. It can be used to showcase landscape features after dark t...
02/25/2020
How to Brighten the Way to Your Front Door

There is often a missed opportunity with front yard lighting. It can be used to showcase landscape features after dark that dramatically contribute to the aesthetic experience of walking to the front door.
https://www.surroundslandscaping.com/how-to-brighten-the-way-to-your-front-door/

Most homes come with basic utility lighting at the front of the house. That basic outdoor lighting plan will usually include an overhead fixture that illuminates the entry porch area. There may also be a few low to the ground path lights and a lamp post at the start of the front walkway. However, if...

What’s the difference between a nice landscape and one that makes you stop and stare? Landscape layering: It's the way a...
02/10/2020
How Layering Makes Landscapes Spectacular

What’s the difference between a nice landscape and one that makes you stop and stare? Landscape layering: It's the way a landscape architect organizes plantings in layers to capitalize on the effects of height, breadth, depth, and variety to construct a unified composition from many parts.
https://www.surroundslandscaping.com/how-layering-makes-landscapes-spectacular/

What’s the difference between a nice landscape and one that makes you stop and stare in awe? Naturally, the artistry of the landscape architect and the finesse of the landscape maintenance team has a significant influence on the effect. But the success of that creative vision and expert care is de...

Backyard waterfalls can be multi-leveled with multiple drops, or they can be as simple as a stream trickling over boulde...
02/03/2020
How Backyard Waterfalls Bring Balance to a Landscape Design

Backyard waterfalls can be multi-leveled with multiple drops, or they can be as simple as a stream trickling over boulders arranged to mimic a glade you might come across on a hike along the Potomac River.
https://www.surroundslandscaping.com/how-backyard-waterfalls-bring-balance-to-a-landscape-design/

Backyard Waterfalls Complement Other Water Features Backyard waterfalls, when artfully done, can transform the way you experience the outdoor environment of your home. Aside from the obvious visual appeal, the sound of a waterfall creates a refreshing ambiance, one that is immediately pleasing and c...

If you think of a driveway surface as you would think of flooring on the interior of your house, you will discover an op...
01/27/2020
Design Options That Will Make Your Driveway Stand Out

If you think of a driveway surface as you would think of flooring on the interior of your house, you will discover an opportunity to add a stylish finishing touch to your front yard landscape design.
https://www.surroundslandscaping.com/design-options-that-will-make-your-driveway-stand-out/

Driveway aesthetics are usually an after-thought (if they are thought of at all) in front yard landscaping. A “makeover” of your driveway surface using new materials could significantly enhance the “arrival experience” at your home. And if you are already considering a front yard landscaping...

The desire for privacy in a backyard landscape is a given. It is also a necessary element of front yard landscape design...
01/20/2020
Landscape Design Elements That Improve Front Yard Privacy

The desire for privacy in a backyard landscape is a given. It is also a necessary element of front yard landscape design. But there is a difference: We don’t wish to completely block views of a house but to artistically shape the view, to control how much of it is revealed as viewed from different angles.
https://www.surroundslandscaping.com/landscape-design-elements-that-improve-front-yard-privacy/

The purpose of front yard landscaping tends to be presentational because it is the public-facing side of your house. It’s about appearances, making a good impression on visitors or passersby. The landscape leading up to and bordering your home is designed to show a beautiful setting that frames yo...

This article is part two of a two-part story that focuses on the benefit of early collaboration between a landscape arch...
01/17/2020
The Perfect Home: Building the Dream

This article is part two of a two-part story that focuses on the benefit of early collaboration between a landscape architect and a residential architect in a custom home building scenario.
https://www.surroundslandscaping.com/the-perfect-home-building-the-dream/

This article is part two of a two-part story that focuses on the benefit of early collaboration between a landscape architect and residential architect in a custom home building scenario. In part one, Imagining a Perfect Home From Outside In, we followed homeowners Tom and Nancy Stout on their journ...

When landscape architects design front walkways and front entries, they incorporate visual and sensory cues that define ...
01/15/2020
How to Make the Walkway to Your Front Door More Functional

When landscape architects design front walkways and front entries, they incorporate visual and sensory cues that define the intended destination and create a feeling of intrigue that draws you towards it.
https://www.surroundslandscaping.com/how-to-make-the-walkway-to-your-front-door-more-functional/

Problems with front door entries and front walkways result from a lack of sound functional design. This type of front yard landscape problem occurs commonly in developer built homes because builders understandably focus on maximizing the beauty and spaciousness of the house. The fine details of fron...

If the approach to your house feels awkward or visually confusing or just plain blah, you've got a functional design pro...
01/08/2020
How to Make Your Driveway Design More Functional

If the approach to your house feels awkward or visually confusing or just plain blah, you've got a functional design problem--and driveways and walkways are usually the culprits.
https://www.surroundslandscaping.com/how-to-make-your-driveway-design-more-functional/

As we mentioned in a previous blog post, when front yard landscaping falls short of expectations, driveways and front walkways are often the culprits. That is because the experience of getting from point A to point B is an essential part of the “arrival experience” that welcomes you home. If the...

Modern homes all have service and utility equipment that makes indoor life comfortable but most of us would prefer that ...
01/06/2020
Make Unsightly Utility Equipment Vanish in Your Front Yard Landscape Design

Modern homes all have service and utility equipment that makes indoor life comfortable but most of us would prefer that it not "stick out" in our landscaping.
https://www.surroundslandscaping.com/make-unsightly-utility-equipment-vanish-in-your-front-yard-landscape-design/

Our modern homes all have service and utility equipment that takes up space outdoors. That includes housings for electrical power, cable service boxes, air conditioning units, backup generators, pool equipment, and trash and recycling containers. Most of us are somewhat aware of these utility items....

Here's the problem: Your front yard is ordinary, and arriving home is unexciting. But a well-planned landscape design ca...
12/10/2019
Enjoy a Front Yard Landscape that Welcomes You Home

Here's the problem: Your front yard is ordinary, and arriving home is unexciting. But a well-planned landscape design can turn that around by creating an inviting arrival experience that welcomes you, your family, and friends in every season.
https://www.surroundslandscaping.com/enjoy-a-front-yard-landscape-that-welcomes-you-home/

Let’s face it. When your home comes into view--whether you are turning into the driveway with a carload of kids and groceries or you’ve just slowed down to a well-earned jog after a hard three-miler around the neighborhood--you want to feel something. Proud. Pleased. How about welcomed? Here is ...

This is part one of a two-part article that documents a collaborative homebuilding/landscaping project. It shows what ca...
12/05/2019
Imagining the Perfect Home from the Outside In

This is part one of a two-part article that documents a collaborative homebuilding/landscaping project. It shows what can happen when homeowners possess the patience needed to design the entire homesite --inclusive of landscaping-- from the ground up.
https://www.surroundslandscaping.com/imagining-a-complete-home-from-the-outside-in/

For this two-part article, we are turning the spotlight on a collaborative homebuilding project that shows what can happen when homeowners possess both the vision and the patience (waiting for the right place and the right time) to design the entire homesite inclusive of landscaping from the ground....

You may think water features are low maintenance. Typically, they are not. They require attention on a weekly basis. If ...
12/03/2019
What Is the Best Way to Maintain Our Garden Water Features?

You may think water features are low maintenance. Typically, they are not. They require attention on a weekly basis. If you fall behind on maintenance, you can burn out a pumping system very quickly.
https://www.surroundslandscaping.com/what-is-the-best-way-to-maintain-our-garden-water-features/

Garden water features whether large or small, complex or straightforward, infuse your outdoor environment with a certain kind of music. The sound of water trickling over rocks or splashing into a pond is charming and inviting. While water features such as garden fountains, waterfalls, and ponds brin...

If yours is more than a “basic” landscape, basic services won’t be enough to bring out its potential. A company that pro...
11/25/2019
Will Investing in a Personal Gardener Improve My Landscape?

If yours is more than a “basic” landscape, basic services won’t be enough to bring out its potential. A company that provides a “personal gardener” approach is going to set priorities when they arrive at your home for scheduled visits.
https://www.surroundslandscaping.com/will-investing-in-a-personal-gardener-improve-my-landscape/

If you’ve repeatedly experienced difficulty communicating with your landscape maintenance company, you may have found yourself wishing you had something like a personal gardener to oversee the care of your entire property. But you wonder if your landscape warrants that level of detailed care. The ...

Most Northern Virginia properties have pre-existing drainage problems that must be addressed within the scope of a lands...
11/22/2019
Beauty Out of Necessity: Landscape Drainage in Landscape Design

Most Northern Virginia properties have pre-existing drainage problems that must be addressed within the scope of a landscape design project.
https://www.surroundslandscaping.com/beauty-out-of-necessity-landscape-drainage-in-landscape-design/

The first questions I ask when I stand on a new site are: where is the water coming from, where is it going to go, and what’s going to happen when it gets there? Howard Cohen, Landscape Architect Landscape drainage is a critical factor in the success of any landscape design project. And most North...

Landscape management is an integrated, all-inclusive menu of services delivered by one company that eliminates miscommun...
11/18/2019
The Benefit of Having One Company to Manage Your Landscape

Landscape management is an integrated, all-inclusive menu of services delivered by one company that eliminates miscommunication and the potential for “finger-pointing” among various service contractors
https://www.surroundslandscaping.com/the-benefit-of-having-one-company-to-manage-your-landscape/

People who have fairly extensive landscaping will sometimes find themselves working with several companies to maintain the lawn, gardens, and various landscape features and support systems. They may contract with one service provider for irrigation, one for lighting, another for the lawn and gardens...

Perfection in a garden is achieved by making little improvements and enhancements that support its natural growth. There...
11/11/2019
How to Perfect the Look of Your Garden

Perfection in a garden is achieved by making little improvements and enhancements that support its natural growth. There is no actual endpoint in this process because a garden is a living system that produces a succession of perfect moments, many little beginnings and endings throughout the season.
https://www.surroundslandscaping.com/how-to-perfect-the-look-of-your-garden/

“Perfection” in a garden is not an endpoint. It is a process that involves making little improvements and enhancements to support its natural growth. It is a process of giving the garden what it needs at the right times in the season--then getting out of the way and letting it do what it does na...

An expert landscape designer can finesse your landscape so that it fits your style and standards while still requiring l...
11/06/2019
A Well Designed Landscape is a Low Maintenance Landscape

An expert landscape designer can finesse your landscape so that it fits your style and standards while still requiring less maintenance. It’s all about choosing the right plants, self-sustaining features, and proactive care.
https://www.surroundslandscaping.com/a-well-designed-landscape-is-a-low-maintenance-landscape/

Maintenance is a fact of life, especially when it comes to landscaping. Your landscape is a living entity that will grow, change, and react to the climate in ways that require a garden care expert to keep it looking its best. And to be honest, in our climate, there’s no such thing as a truly “lo...

Creative use of annual bed rotations and container arrangements allows you to effectively extend your growing season–to ...
10/28/2019
Planning a Garden That Is Colorful in Every Season

Creative use of annual bed rotations and container arrangements allows you to effectively extend your growing season–to start earlier and end later in the cool seasons.
https://www.surroundslandscaping.com/planning-a-garden-that-is-colorful-in-every-season/

How can I keep my landscape colorful throughout each season and what can I do to dress it up for holidays or special occasions? In a well-designed landscape, the planting plan will typically be based on the bloom cycles so there are new colors coming in each month throughout the season. As the early...

You don't need tons of yard space to install a fire feature. Depending on how much area is available, you have options r...
10/25/2019
Should I Install a Patio Fire Pit or Fireplace in My Backyard?

You don't need tons of yard space to install a fire feature. Depending on how much area is available, you have options ranging from stone fireplaces that are monumental in scale to fireboxes (a hybrid fireplace/fire pit) to simple campfire style fire pits, to the elegant simplicity of a traditional chimenea stove.
https://www.surroundslandscaping.com/should-i-install-a-patio-fire-pit-or-fireplace-in-my-backyard/

You might think you would need a large backyard to have a patio fire pit or fireplace fitted into your landscape plan, but fire features can be designed to fit almost any size area. Depending on how much yard area is available, options range from stone fireplaces that are monumental in scale to fire...

We’re back on Instagram! Here is our recent educational field trip to the Glenstone museum. #surroundsinc #surrounndslan...
10/21/2019

We’re back on Instagram! Here is our recent educational field trip to the Glenstone museum. #surroundsinc #surrounndslandscaping #educationaltrip #glenstonemuseum #surroundsteam @ Glenstone Museum

Landscape firms aren't all interchangeable. Yes, they offer similar services--but "how" those services are delivered mak...
10/21/2019
The Best Landscape Firms Educate You While Caring for Your Gardens

Landscape firms aren't all interchangeable. Yes, they offer similar services--but "how" those services are delivered makes all the difference. The best ones serve as your advocate, advising you and making recommendations about how to improve your garden as it matures and transforms over time.
https://www.surroundslandscaping.com/the-best-landscape-firms-educate-you-while-caring-for-your-gardens/

If you love your landscape and find joy in all the fine details of it, you deserve a “personal touch” from the landscaping company you hire to take care of it. You want a firm that understands your lawn and garden plants down to the smallest detail, and who can provide you with exquisite care on...

If the square footage involved is 2500 square feet or more, your landscaping project will most likely require permits fr...
10/14/2019
When You Need a Permit for Your Landscape Project

If the square footage involved is 2500 square feet or more, your landscaping project will most likely require permits from the county.
https://www.surroundslandscaping.com/when-you-need-a-permit-for-your-landscape-project/

When you decide you’re ready to tackle your landscaping project, you want to get started without delay. After all, it probably took you a long time to come to a decision, and you don’t want to have to wait any longer to see your dream become a reality. Unfortunately, the dreamy horizon where tha...

You may think that landscaping a small yard won’t be worth the investment because of limited space. These two small yard...
10/11/2019
Landscaping in Small Yards

You may think that landscaping a small yard won’t be worth the investment because of limited space. These two small yard landscaping projects ought to set you straight.
https://www.surroundslandscaping.com/landscaping-in-small-yards/

Sometimes people think that landscaping a small yard won’t be worth the investment because they see the spatial limitations as an impossible obstacle. They fear they won’t be able to do anything meaningful with a small or oddly shaped lot. In this article, we’re going to present two examples o...

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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!

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Monday 08:00 - 17:00
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