The Level Green Landscaping Blog

Expert Industry Advice and Property Enhancement Suggestions.

Even the professionals need a jolt of design inspiration once in a while.

When Shelley Russell, landscape designer at Level Green Landscaping, needs design inspiration, she heads to one of her favorite area botanical gardens or arboretums.

“It’s always good to get out and see how plants are actually growing, get ideas for new plants and discover different plant combinations,” Russell says.

“If a client wants a magnolia, I can think back to which ones I loved at the national arboretum.”

If you listen to us at all, you already know the wonders of mulch.

But you can never hear it too many times, so here’s a brief re-cap:

Mulch helps your soil retain moisture, so you won't have to water as much. It keeps pesky weeds at bay by blocking the sunlight they need to sprout. It prevents rain from washing away your landscape soil.

We love mulch. And here at Level Green Landscaping, we use bark mulch much more often than rock. But there are times rocks are a great choice.

Rock vs. mulch in planting beds?

If you haven’t jumped on the native plant trend, what are you waiting for?

Natives naturally resist diseases and pests. They’re happier and healthier, needing less water than non-natives.  

And you’ll be helping out a host of wild critters, who love native plants. They offer a free buffet of berries, nuts and seeds. Some native blooms provide nectar for hummingbirds and insects.

Northern Virginia is home to lots of great native plants.

There’s an excitement around construction sites.

Huge machines, mountains of dirt, big holes, piles of pavers — it means something bigger or better is on the way.

But those big machines, gaping holes and piles of supplies can be dangerous without lots of precautions.

Ryan Bramer, former Level Green Landscaping construction supervisor and now a management trainee, talks about creating a safe construction environment — both for employees and the tenants, visitors and pedestrians nearby.

If you don’t have any questions for your landscaping company about their application of turf chemicals on your property, well, you should.

Here are five questions Joey Schneider, branch manager at Level Green Landscaping, thinks you should ask before it’s time to put fertilizer or herbicide on your lawn.

He offers the answers — and a look at the efforts Level Green takes to help protect the beautiful Chesapeake Bay from harmful chemicals.

What’s your favorite thing about a big parking lot?

The huge expanse of baking hot asphalt? The way the sun beats down relentlessly?

We didn’t think so.

It’s those sometimes shady, always green parking lot islands — pretty planted oasis of cool.

But don’t plant them with grass. In these challenging conditions, turf doesn’t cut it.

Paul Weaver, construction branch manager for Level Green Landscaping, shares his favorite turf alternatives for parking lot islands.

If you look up the job description of a commercial property manager, you probably won’t see “babysitting” listed.

But that’s exactly what happens if your landscaping company isn’t doing their job.

You have better things to do than keep track of the last time they mowed, wonder if they’ll pull those weeds or call to ask why your seasonal color flowers haven’t been installed.

If you’re a Level Green Landscaping customer, you won’t worry about any of that.

When people see a big expanse of healthy green lawn, they see a great-looking, well-maintained property.

Plant all the colorful flowers you want, but if your lawn is scraggly, weedy or overgrown, everything looks bad.

Maybe you’re thinking now about the need for plenty of water, just the right amount of fertilizer and great tricks like aeration.

Here at Level Green Landscaping, we love all those things.

But the height your lawn is mowed is key to your turf health.