Flagstone Walkway and Patio Design Reston VA

Your home doesn’t need to end at your doorstep. Surround your home with the a type of walkway that prepares the homeowner for a richer experience before walking in your home. Nothing says regal or rustic like a flagstone walkway or patio. In this lovely patio design Reston VA homeowners wanted a Pennsylvania Flagstone with a random yet rectangular pattern. The design is edged with brick perimeter that matches the house brick.

Reston VA using Pennsylvania Flagstone Walkway

A flagstone walkway can boost the overall look of both your lawn and your house, and serves multiple purposes.

  • Aesthetic – It can transition into the house or garden, allowing you the flexibility of several natural stone colors that can compliment the design of the home. It can also blend into other surfaces like driveway, gravel paths, stone stairways, wooden mulch, or large shrubbery.
  • Ecological – It can allow foot traffic to avoid the grass on the lawn or scattered small flowers along the path, letting the greenery thrive.
  • Cleanliness – It allows visitors to walk without getting mud on their shoes or in the home, especially during times of precipitation.
  • Safety – It also makes people feel more comfortable that their are no surprises of harmful (eg. snakes or poison ivy)

You may choose an easy-to-maintain path, with solid flagstone carefully pieced together in jigsaw fashion and filled in with concrete in the narrow gaps. Some like stone cut in perfectly geometrical shapes.  Some even want the flagstone walkway set off with a smooth border, (such as brick in the picture above of patio design Reston VA house) to bring a balance to the color of the edging with the color of the house.

Or you may prefer a more natural look. This option requires occasional maintenance. This includes having the non-geometrical stones spread out slightly, filled in with trimmed grass, recessed soil, or matching gravel.   Others prefer a more jagged, natural look, with each stone of various shapes coming out along the edge. As far as maintenance is concern, in some cases overgrowth can fill in around this without it looking unkept.

Contact us today for a free quote on your next flagstone pathway project.

Leaf Removal or Leaf Shredding?

When looking at your yard’s beautiful autumn view, do you prefer your leaves removed for neatness or shredded for natural lawn health?

View of autumn leaves from a herringbone-style deck with rail built by Steadfast Construction in Great Falls, VA

Northern Virginia’s cities and counties have an assortment of leaf removal services.
There’s help for variety of locations in northern Virginia, whether you’re in  Fairfax CityFairfax County, Loudoun County, Falls ChurchManassas, Manassas ParkAlexandria, Fredericksburg, or Berryville.

For example, here’s the process for Arlington, VA.

On the other hand, you might have heard that shredded leaves, whether from your lawn mower or another form of shredder can actually be good for your lawn soil’s health , for mulching material, or simply for compost additive.

Arlington’s own Joseph “Green Man” Keyser says, “lawns and gardens can be maintained organically, for the most part, and without toxic inputs, just by recycling the natural materials already in place. When you bag up your clippings and leaves, you are short-circuiting the natural recycling process.” With leaves piles shredded a 1/10 of the size, they blend with the lawn to some degree.

Some places like Prince William County actually say, “Composting materials saves precious space at the landfill. Compost operations divert approximately 14 percent of the waste that would normally be sent to the landfill for disposal. Yard waste is composted into a useful soil amendment. This soil amendment helps enrich soil by adding nutrients and enhancing clay soils by creating spaces where air can flow through the clay.”

Other people will hire any number of local lawncare firms.

What has been helpful for you handling your lawn care?