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Welcome to the Blake Landscapes Horticulture Blog. Here you’ll find tips on taking care of your lawn and landscape, horticultural news and updates on what’s happening at Blake Landscapes. Feel free to call us any time at 703.777.5596 to request a quote or just fill out the contact form at right and we’ll get back in touch as soon as possible.
We planted some schip laurels (Prunus laurocerasus ‘Schipkaensis’) yesterday as a screen for a community pool near Leesburg.
Here are some pictures we’ve taken at properties we service in the last week or so:
We had the pleasure last week of refurbishing this patio at a home in Lansdowne. It was built more than 10 years ago by a previous homeowner, and there were some flaws in the construction. The current homeowner had wanted it fixed for a long time and decided that this would be the year, so he called Blake Landscapes.
As we neared completion, we found a spot that was holding just a little bit of water.
So we got the tools back out and made the necessary adjustments!
When we were done, the homeowner told us that working with Blake Landscapes had been an “awesome experience.” It’s that kind of compliment that makes all the hard work we put in this time of year and the hectic schedule well worth it!
Blake Landscapes foreman Vicente Nunez led the three-man crew that completed this successful project, which was estimated and coordinated by our Construction Division VP Sergio Diaz.
The local Little League Baseball season got underway last week, and Blake Landscapes is proud to support the Leesburg area’s CLLL.
Central Loudoun Little League serves over 1,000 children from Leesburg and the surrounding area. It was established in 1964, and several Blake Landscapes staff members–including company President Jay Frye, Residential Services Manager Tom Tyler and Project Manager Matt Coughlin–played in the League as kids.
Matt, who currently has three children playing in CLLL, coaches in the league and serves on its board of directors. Jay is a former CLLL board member as well.
In addition to sponsoring the league, Blake Landscapes provides grounds maintenance services at CLLL’s Good Times Park on Fort Evans Road in Leesburg.
It still feels like winter outside, but it looks like consistently warmer temperatures will set in next week. So it’s important that you act fast now to prevent crabgrass infestation in your lawn this summer.
We are currently applying turf fertilizer with pre-emergent crabgrass control on all our properties, and it’s important that this application be completed before soil temperatures warm enough for crabgrass to germinate. The slow-release fertilizer included with this application will also help promote early greening of lawns.
If you need help with getting your lawn green now and keeping it crabgrass-free this summer, please contact Blake Landscapes Residential Services Manager Tom Tyler at (703)777-5596 x. 106 to find out how!
The sun is shining and the forecast calls for a balmy 45 degrees today. Birds are singing, and it kind of feels like spring is in the air. Hard to believe this was the scene at our Dulles Airport operations center at this time yesterday:
The spring of 2013 has been a long time in coming, but when it does it will be a rapid transformation. With all the moisture in the soil, grass and landscape plants are going to grow like crazy as soon as temperatures rise.
So if you’ve been thinking about a spring landscape project for your home, don’t wait any longer to contact Blake Landscapes Residential Services Manager Tom Tyler. And when you call, be sure to ask Tom how you can get a free upgrade to color enhanced brown mulch this spring.
Brown Morton moved to Leesburg from Waterford in January because he needed to live somewhere he could get around in his motorized wheelchair.
But even in his new home on Wirt Street NW, Mr. Morton was essentially trapped until his property underwent some significant renovations.
Blake Landscapes recently completed a brick walkway at Mr. Morton’s new home, enabling him to get from his house to the street and to take advantage of downtown Leesburg’s network of sidewalks.
“Leesburg has a wonderful system of brick sidewalks and curb cuts,” he said. ”I can go anywhere in town!”
Blake Landscapes President Jay Frye coordinated the project.
“Mr. Morton needed to get his motorized wheelchair from his new house to the street,” Frye said. ”It was also very important him that the architectural standards for the historic district were maintained. So, we installed a 45 degree herringbone antique brick walkway on a newly poured concrete base
“He moved into town so he could get out and enjoy things he could not do in Waterford, so to see how happy he is to use his new walk and do the things he hasn’t been able to do for a long time really makes this project satisfying.”
Morton, 75, was hurt in an accident 40 years ago but was able to get around with a walker and drive a car until 2011. He and his wife Margaret had lived in Waterford since 1967, but as his disability progressed, he lost his ability to drive. Mr. Morton became isolated in the tiny historic village in western Loudoun . Even in his electric wheelchair, he couldn’t go far on the streets of Waterford.
But the prior residents of the Mortons’ new Leesburg home had accessed it from aging and uneven masonry steps leading up a side door next to the gravel driveway. This method of access didn’t meet Mr. Morton’s needs either. He met with Frye to discuss possible solutions to his problem.
“We went through various design possibilities, and we settled on this one,” Morton said, adding that the approval process with the Town of Leesburg went smoothly and that his neighbors love the new walkway. He also spoke highly of the Blake Landscapes crew, which was led by foreman Alex Sermeno.
“I was impressed with Alex and his team,” he said. “They clearly understood my situation. They wanted to help me, and they went the full distance to give me the perfect solution to my problem.
“They got the job done very well in an organized way,” Morton said. ”There was nobody standing there leaning on a shovel.”
In addition to the brick walkway, Sermeno and his crew built new natural stone masonry steps to the side porch.
Brown Morton is a retired Episcopal Priest and professional historic preservationist. He taught historic preservation at the University of Mary Washington and also worked for the National Park Service. He has an enthusiastic and contagiously joyful approach to life and says he’s taken the motorized wheelchair as far as South Street SW from his Wirt Street NW home.
Mr. Morton is currently working on a book entitled Shaping Tomorrow: The Future of Historic Preservation about integrating historic preservation into city planning.