Aeration, Over Seeding & Power Seeding

Ricky’s Lawn & Landscape offers a variety of services to rejuvenate your lawn. Besides our outstanding Turf Fertilization Program, we also offer core aeration, over seeding, and power seeding.

Aeration, over seeding and power seeding are the cornerstones of any successful lawn care program. During aeration, we perforate the soil to allow moisture, oxygen, and nutrients to penetrate. Aeration reduces soil compaction, enhances thatch breakdown and improves water infiltration and soil composition. Most importantly, it makes a lawn less susceptible to damage from weeds, insects, drought, and disease. Aeration combined with over seeding improves turf density.We recommend aeration and over seeding once per season for all established lawns. Ricky’s Lawn & Landscape uses only top quality seed that is free of noxious weeds. All seed is not created equal, therefore it is imperative that only the very best quality seed is used.

 

What is aeration and how does it help?

Aeration is a means of punching holes into the lawn to enable nutrients, water, and oxygen to access the soil. Soil becomes naturally compacted over time, although heavy rains, foot traffic or parking will expedite compaction. Aeration loosens compacted soil, and incidentally helps dethatch in the process. For cool-season grasses in Northern Virginia, fall is the best time for aeration. Following plug removal, the lawn receives a layer of organic matter, which leaches into the holes and improves the soil.

 

 

Power Seeding

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When over seeding is simply not enough, we offer power seeding, which is a process of cutting rows into the soil and planting our high quality seed. Power seeding is an extremely effective method of filling in bare spots, and turning a spotty lawn into a lush, green carpet. Our power seeding machines are the same ones that are used on many local golf courses. If your lawn has bare areas and results are what you are looking for, power seeding is what you need.

Fall is typically the optimal time for aeration, over seeding and power seeding. However, we are capable of providing these services year round. Please call or email us for more information.

Concrete Driveways, Patios, Sidewalks

 

 

Ricky’s lawn & Landscape personnel are professional landscapers offering poured concrete services for driveways, patios, walkways, sidewalks, and stairs. Our team of experts, have many years of experience in this field, and will ensure your home concrete needs are meet. We have undertaken numerous concrete jobs in Alexandria, Arlington, Falls Church, Annandale, Springfield, Mclean and surrounding Fairfax County areas. Our client’s satisfaction is of utmost importance to us.  You can count on high quality, efficient work from the team at Ricky’s Lawn & Landscape.

We are fully licensed and insured. We remove all types of sidewalk violations including trip hazard, cracked concrete, and patchwork.  Our expertise will guarantee everything takes place without a glitch. When it comes to concrete works there is no one that can give a better run for your money. Whatever your needs may be whether it’s a concrete repair, sidewalk or backyard patio concrete, you can rest assured we will do a thorough and complete job.

We are fully licensed and insured. We remove all types of sidewalk violations including trip hazard, cracked concrete, and patchwork.  Our expertise will guarantee everything takes place without a glitch. When it comes to concrete works there is no one that can give a better run for your money. Whatever your needs may be whether it’s a concrete repair, sidewalk or backyard patio concrete, you can rest assured we will do a thorough and complete job. In addition to concrete construction, we also remove concrete constructions in need of repair.

 

Our team of experts delivers “rock solid” results on your outdoor concrete projects. Call us today for your free estimate.

 

 

Curbside Leaf Removal

 

Our mission is to save you time and money by eliminating the hassle of bagging leaves and time consuming trips to the dump! You do the raking and we do the hauling! Simply rake your leaves to the curb and we’ll haul it away!

Whether you spend countless hours raking leaves each fall or let them pile up in the backyard, leaf removal is an important component of overall lawn care and is necessary to keep your landscape looking beautiful. It should be done and it should be done regularly –but that doesn’t mean it has to be the long, tedious process for you personally.

 

This year, leave your leaf clean up needs to the landscaping professionals at Ricky’s Lawn and Landscaping who can provide you with regular leaf raking service in scheduled intervals. With our leaf removal services in the Northern Virginia area, your lawn will be the pride of the neighborhood.

Lawn De-Thatching

 

Thatch is the layer of debris, roots, and dead grass that collects over time between the soil and the blades of grass. Left on its own, it thickens into a mat, absorbing moisture that promotes diseases and pests. As long as this layer remains between 1 / 2 to 3 / 4 of an inch, it contributes to lawn health. Issues arise when thatch develops into a thicker layer and forms a wedge between the grass and soil. This can diminish lawn health.

This also prevents moisture from getting to where it’s needed most—the roots. Dethatching uses a specialized rake or machine, designed to slice the turf vertically and then rake it up. Removing thatch reinvigorates grass, and enables moisture to once again reach the roots.

Aeration and dethatching are two of the most overlooked, yet important, aspects of lawn care. The primary purpose of these services is to allow your lawn to breathe and better absorb nutrients, resulting in a thicker, greener and healthier lawn.

The best time to dethatch your lawn is dependent upon the type of grass your property contains. Warm seasons grasses are in their prime in late Spring, whereas cold season grass is dethatched in early Spring or Fall; proper timing is necessary so that grass can recover from the stress of the procedure.

Ricky’s Lawn & Landscape recognizes that every lawn needs specific types of care to add to its beauty and usability. We will always work diligently to provide you with a custom dethatching solution that is best for your lawn.

 

 

You can help manage thatch by creating conditions that accelerate decomposition, such as maintaining proper pH, avoiding excess nitrogen, top dressing and aerating. Once you have a deep thatch layer, your only practical alternative is to remove it with mechanical de-thatching equipment.

Because dethatching is needed infrequently, most homeowners do not own the specialized tools. Ricky’s Lawn and Landscape has the tools to dethatch and knowledge to determine if dethatching is needed. De-thatching equipment includes three basic types: vertical mowers, flexible-tine de-thatchers and multi-purpose de-thatchers.

Drainage Solutions

Appealing Garden Drainage Solution

 

A most important factor for any landscape design is proper drainage. Neglecting drainage issues can get very expensive and problematic if not addressed properly.Proper drainage is a critical part of your landscape that is often overlooked by inexperienced contractors. Virtually every one of our projects has a drainage component to it.  Our designers are experienced drainage professionals. When your property grounds do not drain properly you are at risk of significant property damage. This can also kill grass, flowers, plantings and trees.Ricky’s specializes in custom drainage systems and solutions for different types of water issues in your landscape and around your home. We design and install underground drainage used for collecting, diverting, and draining water from one location to another. Most importantly, we install drainage systems that are pitched from end to end, so water can properly flow through underground drain pipes by gravity.We offer a full range of drainage options, such as:

  • Catch Basins & Channel Drains
  • Downspout Piping & Drainage
  • Dry River Beds
  • Dry Wells
  • French Drains
  • Pop Up Emitters
  • Slotted & Perforated Drain
  • Trenching
  • Underground PVC Drain Pipes

Ricky’s Lawn and Landscape designs and installs underground and above ground drainage used for collecting, diverting, and draining water from one location to another for lawns and landscape.  Call today for your free estimate.Proper drainage is a critical part of your landscape that is often overlooked by inexperienced contractors. Virtually every one of our projects has a drainage component to it, so our designers are experienced drainage professionals.  Call us today for a free estimate.

Seasonal Mulching

What does mulch actually do? Its purpose goes beyond simply making landscaping look better. Properly mulching your lawn can actually save you precious time and money. Not only does mulch help soil retain moisture, but it also acts as insulation by keeping roots cool in summer and warm in winter. Mulch helps control weeds and slows erosion caused by wind and rain run-off. If made of organic matter, mulch can improve the health and fertility of soil. The kind of mulch you need depends on your specific landscaping needs, and your landscaper will know what to use.

Mulch serves different purposes during the year. In summer, mulch helps to conserve moisture, suppress weeds, control erosion and give the garden a finished look. It can even stop the spread of disease by preventing water from splashing up onto foliage.

Once fall arrives, mulch performs yet another valuable job. Contrary to popular belief, it doesn’t really keep plants cozy and warm, but it does moderate soil temperatures so that plants don’t suffer from harmful fluctuations between warming and freezing in fall, spring or the “January thaw.”

When temps dip into the single digits, mulch protects plants at the soil surface, where most roots are concentrated. It also helps stop frost heave. When this occurs, plants can be forced out of the ground, which exposes them to frigid temps and certain death.

What does mulch actually do for your lawn? Its purpose goes beyond simply making landscaping look better. Properly mulching your lawn can actually save you precious time and money. Not only does mulch help soil retain moisture, but it also acts as insulation by keeping roots cool in summer and warm in winter. Mulch helps control weeds and slows erosion caused by wind and rain run-off. If made of organic matter, mulch can improve the health and fertility of soil. The kind of mulch you need depends on your specific landscaping needs, and your landscaper will know what to use.

Fall Mulching services include cleaning all of the existing mulch beds, plant beds to be weeded/edged for definition, pruning of plants and shrubs (less than 15 feet in height) will be performed as appropriate at time of service to maintain proper shape. Premium double-shredded hardwood mulch will be spread to the beds to give a fresh uniform look for the Fall.

 

 

Benefits to Mulching

  • Adds nutrients to the beds to help with healthy plant growth
  • Helps to reduce weed germination and growth
  • Helps retain soil moisture, protecting plants from drying out quickly
  • Reduces erosion
  • Moderates soil temperature fluctuations
  • Protects plant roots from winter
  • Mulch will give beds a uniform, well-cared for look

The Ricky’s Lawn and Landscaping Service Advantage:

Plant beds to be weeded and edged for definition. Pruning of plants and shrubs (less than 15 feet in height) will be performed as seasonally appropriate at time of service to maintain proper shape. Premium dark brown double-shredded hardwood mulch will be spread to maintain approx. 2-3” depth throughout existing beds.

 

Fences and Custom Woodwork

 

New Quality Fences Installed Correctly

 

Ricky’s Lawn & Landscape constructs many different types of high quality wood and Vinyl  fencing. Wood fencing provides an affordable option for those who want a good looking fence and a lower rate than vinyl or aluminum. All of our wooden fencing is hand-built on site using the best materials available. Our experienced fence builder constructs more than 200 fences per year.

We install fences with the most attention to detail and the best possible finished product. We have been in the fencing business for years, and our installers all have years of expertise and experience in the measuring and installation of fence systems.

 

Wood Fences

Wood fencing has always been a classic when it comes to fencing. This is all for good reason too. A wood fence is one of the few types of fencing that can be fixed fairly easily and will look good even when it has been in the elements of Northern Virginia for 10+ years. We offer a variety of wood fence styles including privacy and picket fence options. We can customize it to fit any style you want. We also offer a staining service so you know that your wooden fence will look great for years to come. Contact us today about getting the fence that you want installed by our professionals!

 

Styles

Our styles include privacy, shadowbox, picket, and almost any custom project you bring our way. Our master carpenters can handle almost any and every custom fence job.

 

 

Vinyl Fence / PVC Fencing

Over the last few years, Vinyl fencing has become the go-to material for many homeowners when deciding on fencing options. It is easy to tell why. It is durable, comes in a variety of colors, and can oftentimes be budget-friendly. This is one of the reasons our fence installation experts here in the NOVA area love to install it on a regular basis. Contact us today to find out about all the options for installation!

 

 

Our carpenters are skilled at completing projects with high levels of difficulty, such as custom built pergolas, arbors, colonnades and A/C unit screens and trash bin screens. We set all of our wooden fence posts in a minimum of 24″ of concrete. This ensures long term strength and durability. Many contractors will try and cut corners by not placing the posts in concrete. Rest assured, we have the skill and knowledge to complete your project the right way.

Each type fence has its advantages for certain applications. We can help you determine which type of fencing solution might be best for you.

We look forward to meeting you and discussing how we can serve you. Call us today for your free estimate.

Gutter Cleaning

No company gets your gutters cleaned like Ricky’s. We’re here to save you time, money and trouble when it comes to rain gutter cleaning. We are here to save you the time and trouble of having to clean your clogged rain gutters and downspouts yourself.  Homeowners, renters, property managers and Realtors have trusted Ricky’s to take care of their gutters and downspouts since 2012. We are fast, friendly and affordable. Every job receives our 100% job satisfaction guarantee. Our trained technicians have the right equipment, experience and know-how to take of your gutters working properly.

 

Your home is your most important investment. Water problems can be devastating to your home, causing damage to landscaping, soffits, doors, windows, fascia boards and even your foundation—one of the most expensive areas of your home to repair. Rain gutters will protect your investment, redirecting rain away from your foundation and stopping leaks around windows and entrances. But if those gutters are clogged, they are not doing their job.

Gutter cleaning is a dirty task that no one likes to do. Climbing the ladder to clean your gutters is daunting, time consuming, and dangerous. Clogged gutters result in property damage. The alternative to cleaning yourself is to hire a professional gutter cleaner.

Our gutter cleaning specialists ensure that our clients receive the best gutter cleaning service available. We are equipped with the right tools and are prepared to provide quick and complete relief from clogged gutters and downspouts. Our experienced service technicians will remove all debris and long standing clogs from your gutters and downspouts.  Inspect your roof and gutters and report on any notable issues or concerns Bag and remove all debris from the premises.

You can also choose to have your gutters

  • Down Spouts Inspected
  • Spikes re-nailed

Why not get a quote and see the difference Ricky’s can make on your gutters. We offer our gutter cleaning services for Fairfax County, Alexandria City, and surrounding Northern Virginia areas. Call for a free estimate today.

Irrigation Service

Irrigation Systems Installation, Service & Maintenance

Automatic Lawn & Garden Sprinklers

We Install Residential Irrigation Systems

We always strive to match your irrigation needs with the proper equipment. Whether yours is a large acreage property or a suburban single family home, we will scale an irrigation and/or sprinkler solution to fit your needs and budget. We make minimally invasive trenches and avoid damaging the existing lawn. We lay down the pipes and controller boxes, and then setup the irrigation timer based on your water use and what the lawn needs.

 

Installation

Installing an underground sprinkler is a great way to conserve water and save money on irrigation. This type of lawn irrigation system can be a complicated do-it-yourself project. We highly recommend the professional services of Ricky’s Lawn & Landscape. While there are a large number of different practices used to install an irrigation system, we will only install those that utilize industry accepted standards. These standards employ procedures which promote water conservation, properly installed backflow protection, design efficiency and quality workmanship. As a provider and installer we want your sprinkler system to adequately supply your landscape with only the right amount of water in order to promote a healthier environment.

Our team can give you a water-efficient irrigation system that helps your lawn and garden stay green. We’re committed to supplying our customers with high-quality equipment from Rain Bird and Hunter.  and we develop a unique installation plan for each property. You can depend on us to get the job done correctly the first time around. We’ll respect your property, and we’ll aim to finish on schedule.

 

Process

Step 1: Plan the System.

Step 2: Access the Water Line.

Step 3: Dig the Trench.

Step 4: Install the Valve Manifold.

Step 5: Run the PVC Pipe.

Step 6: Install the Sprinkler Heads.

Step 7: Install the Controller.

 

Maintenance Service

Protect Your Investment! A well maintained landscape irrigation system is a water efficient irrigation system. The majority of irrigation problems are maintenance related. It should be thoroughly inspected and properly winterized to ensure that your system operates at peak efficiency. Your sprinkler system runs at times that you are most likely not able to observe it operate.

We currently offer our clients a yearly maintenance program that includes one or all of the following for their sprinkler system:

Our spring service includes setting your controller for the season. If applicable re-connection of backflow device, adjusting your sprinkler heads (if necessary), making sure rain sensor is working, clearing any clogged nozzles, identifying any damaged or malfunctioning components and replacing the controller battery if necessary.

Summer Check Up

Our summer service includes setting your controller for the season. Adjusting your sprinkler heads (if necessary), making sure rain sensor is working, clearing any clogged nozzles, identifying any damaged or malfunctioning components and replacing the controller battery if necessary.

Winterization

Turning off the valve to the irrigation system. If applicable disconnect the backflow device, unplug any pump or disconnect any fertilizer injectors. Drain down any hose bibs that may be connected to the system. Use an air compressor when required in order to maintain the integrity of the system and to prevent freeze damage.

We are experts in providing you with the best irrigation installation, as well as comprehensive irrigation repair and maintenance services. Call today for your free estimate.

 

Landscape Design Process

As the ‘Green’ Industry changes in Fairfax County and throughout Northern Virginia, we continue to expand and develop our services and offerings.

We currently offer:

  • Installation of tree and plant material
  • Decks, Patios and Terraces

As well as:

  • Exterior Kitchens
  • Water Features
  • Custom Masonry
  • Pergolas
  • Stone and Brick Hardscapes
  • Outdoor lighting
  • Irrigation

We continually hand select our plant and hardscape materials from local growers ensuring that your home will be enhanced with the most elite products on the market.

When a landscape is designed by a professional, the plan becomes a direct reflection of the clients style. Whether you are a homeowner looking for a landscape plan to implement yourself, or looking for a landscape professional to handle the job, you can feel confident that a landscape plan that is crafted by Ricky’s Lawn & Landscape Design Services will incorporate all of your ideas in a creative and unique way. All landscape plans are drawn to scale, clearly labeled and can be supported with construction details as needed. We will meet on your site and discuss your thoughts, ideas and feelings regarding your landscape and what you are looking to accomplish. After an initial consultation with one of our staff we will help you complete a concept that fits within your design and budget parameters.

Landscape Design

The best start to any landscape project is a design. Ricky’s Lawn & Landscape can create a design to suit your needs and desires.  From a project as simple as a front foundation renovation to a master plan with an outdoor living space and pool, Ricky’s Lawn & Landscape has the knowledge and construction experience to create a one of a kind, build-able design.

Project Management

So you have ideas…but what’s the best way to see them come to fruition?  We have full-time landscape designers on staff. If you are interested in meeting with one of our talented designers, please email or call our office to schedule a consultation. Note: A minimal consultation fee is required.

When you call, our administrative staff will schedule a specific date and time that is convenient for you. There are no annoying blocks of time like the phone or cable company. We pride ourselves on being prompt and prepared!

Depending on the scope of your project, you may require a formal design. We encourage clients with larger projects to have us create a master plan. This will help you visualize our designer’s concept. Using the latest landscape design software, we can tailor your landscape to your personal preferences and existing.

Installation

Once you have reviewed and approved your new landscape plan, our experienced landscape installation crews bring your plan to fruition. We supply all of our crews with the best available equipment so we can maintain our superior quality standards. For projects requiring large pieces of equipment, crews are outfitted with special, “turf-friendly” tires to minimize lawn damage.

All of our installation crews average more than 15 years of industry experience. We take pride in our high employee retention rate, as our talented crews are the key to maintaining our high level of quality.

Landscape planning services include:

  •    Master plans.
  •     Drainage correction plans.
  •     Low voltage lighting plans.
  •     Theme garden design.


Benefits of a landscape plan include:

  • Accurate take offs for estimating.
  • Detailed planting layout.
  • Ability to phase projects, keeping one vision in mind.