Northern Virginia Landscape Design
Patios, Decks, Retaining Walls & Planting Services
NOVA Landscape & Design can make the yard of your dreams a reality. From retaining walls to entire outdoor living spaces, our knowledgeable staff has over 20 years of landscaping expertise in Northern Virginia.Read more about us
From our Family to YoursOur family has been serving Northern Virginia with superior quality landscaping services since 1995 -- first as Dumfries Nursery, and now with a second generation operating NOVA Landscape and Design. From design to maintenance, we treat your home as we would our own. We hope to serve your family for generations to come.
Our Service Area
Serving Northern VirginiaSouth Fairfax - Falls Church - Merrifield - Annandale - Alexandria - Fort Belvoir - Mount Vernon - Springfield - Burke - Newington - Lorton - Fairfax Station - Occoquan - Lake Ridge - Woodbridge - Dale City - Manassas - Bristow - Dumfries - Triangle - Quantico - Stafford
How We're Different
Our work is custom, and the quality of our products and workmanship is guaranteed.
We've been in the business for decades, and we treat your home as well as our own.
Pricing & Value
Our pricing is competitive, but our value is unmatched in Northern Virginia.
We're here to make you happy and your life easier. Expect to be delighted.
Our Professional Services
NOVA Landscape and Design envisions, installs, and maintains one-of-a-kind outdoor spaces for homes throughout Northern Virginia. Count on us to make the lawn of your dreams a reality.
Who can you trust with your property? We know that hiring a contractor is never easy. There are countless variables to consider, even after you’re confident you’ve found someone capable of making your vision a reality. How will they treat your home? Will they cut corners? Will the project start on time – and will it ever end? When Things Go South At NOVA, our team gets called in all the time to fix problems created by other contractors. Sometimes it’s because homeowners didn’t know what questions to ask. Other times, it’s because they just went with the lowest quote. In those cases, it would always be cheaper – with far fewer headaches – to invest in doing the work right the first time. As a cautionary tale, and to protect you as you make your outdoor living dreams a reality, here are some of the types of disasters that can come with hiring a contractor – along with ways to avoid them. Neglecting to Prepare the Foundation – What’s going on underneath your landscaping or hardscaping has a considerable impact on the results you get above ground. From sod installation to a retaining wall, the proper foundation is crucial for the long-term performance and durability of any outdoor living project. The consequences of ill-considered ground preparation can lead to sparse grass or plant growth, leaks, pooling water, cracking, uneven settling, and increased maintenance. The worst part is, you won’t be able to tell there’s a problem lurking below your beautiful new deck or patio until it manifests in damage! Using Sub-Par Materials – It seems like a given that the materials you use to build an outdoor living space would need to stand the test of time and the elements. You’d be amazed at the lengths some contractors will go to for a little savings on materials costs – like using indoor materials for outdoor applications. Using products in a manner to which they’re ill-suited leads to unstable walls, crumbling pavers, and features that lose their luster prematurely. As the homeowner, you should play an active role in choosing the materials, finishes, and even brands being used for your project. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and to make sure your opinion is heard. At NOVA, we only work with proven manufacturers who stand behind their products – industry leaders like Techo-Bloc, Belgard, Nicolock, and Fiberon. Thanks to these trusted names, our own warranties are backed up by stellar products and additional warranties. Blowing the Budget or Deadline – If you’re doing a one-day patio project, there’s only so much wiggle room. When you’re installing an outdoor kitchen or composite deck, however, things can get crazy. Contractors are notorious for adding weeks to timelines and money to budgets. And once ground has been broken, no one wants to pull the plug on a project. It’s best to get all the details, including what happens if things do get out of hand, before your project kicks off. Otherwise, you risk having people in your space or a drain on your bank account for much longer than you’d anticipated. Not Having […]Read more
As a company specializing in custom hardscapes, NOVA Landscape and Design does a great deal of stonework for Northern Virginia homeowners. One decision that typically comes up in the design process is whether to use natural or manufactured stone. Our team has a wealth of experience working with both options, and either of them will add a natural look, texture, and dimensionality to your landscape. The conversation, then, revolves around weighing the pros and cons of each. Here, from our perspective, are the benefits and drawbacks of using natural stone vs. manufactured stone in your landscaping project. The Benefits of Natural Stone Stone is one of the oldest construction materials known to man. It’s durable, wind, water, and fire resistant, and abundantly available. For many reasons, it’s the first option to be requested by many homeowners. Still, we recommend taking a circumspect view and considering the benefits and drawbacks of natural stone before making a final decision. It lasts forever. You’ve seen erosion. It takes thousands, if not millions, of years to break down boulders in a meaningful way. When you build or finish hardscape elements with natural stone, they can handle any weather or wear you can throw at them, and they’ll still maintain their color, texture, and integrity for years to come. It’s the real deal. Natural stone will never go out of style. It’s an expression of the Earth, masterfully incorporated into your property. If done well, stonemasonry will add value to your home and garner the admiration of all who take the time to look at your outdoor space. For some, natural stone is the only way to go. It’s green. Genuine stone is considered a smart and sustainable green building material. There is no fabrication cost involved, no chemicals are used in its production, and it can be easily reclaimed and repurposed. When used locally, the carbon footprint of natural stone can be kept to a minimum. The Drawbacks of Natural Stone Cost Natural stone is just that – beautiful, rugged, and a natural part of any environment. That said, it has to be quarried, transported, and then moved around at the installation site. Since stone is heavy, the costs associated with those tasks are high. Should you choose a rare or far-flung type or color of stone, those factors will impact your budget as well. Installation Incorporating natural stone into a landscape demands a different skill set than does installing a fabricated product. Natural stone pieces must be carefully shaped, and building with them is a nuanced form of craftsmanship. Creating beautiful hardscapes from natural stone requires a great deal of experience and must be done by a highly skilled professional. The timeline for a natural stone project is very likely to be longer than one in which cast stone is used. The Benefits of Manufactured Stone It’s important to realize that manufactured stone opens up a universe of possibilities beyond what’s possible with natural stone. It’s light, affordable, and available in a virtually endless array of colors and patterns. Manmade or cast stone can give you the appearance, durability, and other benefits of […]Read more
Composite Decking? No Question. Without a doubt, adding a composite deck is a spectacular way to increase the value of your home while adding to your enjoyment of your space. A well-designed deck will give you more functional area for entertaining, grilling, or just relaxing. And thanks to innovative composite materials, you won’t have to worry about maintenance or damage from the elements. Compared to pressure-treated wood, composite decking lasts longer and is impervious to natural threats, including wind, water, mold, insects, UV Rays, and stains. While the benefits of composite decking are consistent across the industry, all materials are not created equal. Here we’d like to outline our reasons for choosing Fiberon for our projects over Trex and other brands on the market. Going Beyond for the Planet Both Trex and Fiberon make products from recycled materials that are diverted from the waste stream. That’s a desirable characteristic of composite decking materials in general. As a company, however, Fiberon knocks it out of the park concerning environmentally friendly and sustainable business practices. Its long-performing products are safe, urea formaldehyde-free, and able to be recycled again after use. The company reclaims the lion’s share of material waste from its manufacturing process. It also uses an energy-efficient manufacturing process and a closed-loop water-cooling system to minimize water waste. Innovation Fiberon has a history of firsts – the first multi-tonal and embossed decking boards, the first hidden fastener system, and the industry’s first stain-and-fade warranty for capped composites. This industry-leading brand is consistently pushing the envelope in its devotion to being the source of the best-looking, best-performing composite decking available. Value When you’re choosing a building material for your home, value is key. Fiberon offers value and style at every price point without compromising quality. While Trex makes an excellent-quality premium product, its lower-level products are inconsistent in durability and value. The difference in price across product lines is minimal, but the sacrifice in quality is significant. Customer Support Fiberon has spectacular customer service and support, and it’s become the brand of choice for decking professionals as a result. According to customer reviews and firsthand contractor experiences, Trex simply doesn’t offer the level of customer support that their competitor has been able to deliver. Customer Satisfaction It only takes a Google search to uncover a long history of customer complaints about one of these two companies. Though most homeowners are initially pleased with the results of their Trex decking projects, many of them report that it didn’t take long for warping, mold, stains, cracking, and peeling to begin to appear. Problems you wouldn’t expect to see in composite materials seem to plague decks built with the brand’s products. Warranty While Trex offers a 25-year Limited Residential Warranty, every item in the Fiberon product line is backed by a 25-year Stain & Fade Warranty, as well as a Limited Residential Warranty. The length of the Limited Residential Warranty varies depending on the product line(s) installed in your project. More importantly, the company honors its warranties and responds to customer claims and inquiries quickly and respectfully. Our Trusted Choice as Contractors: Fiberon At NOVA […]Read more