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2a0ee9a6-b64d-4a39-c764-3b1b1c8109e7-thumbResidential landscaping is the most successful and the most natural when you use native plants. When you use native plants as part of the landscaping, you will need less fertilizer and pesticides since these plants are used to the climate and soil. This means lower costs for you, and lower maintenance.

As you read this, if you are thinking we are talking about getting rid of your lawn and having a field of wild flowers, you can relax. We are not talking about that. What we are talking about is when you choose a tree for your yard, choosing a tree that is a native tree for that area. The same for flowers and shrubs.

If you live in the Maryland Mountain Region, there are:

  • 20 species of small/medium trees that create a great understory in your landscaping
  • about 50 species of tall trees that will create a great canopy in your landscaping

After deciding to use some of those native trees, then there are many species of grasses and groundcovers to use:

  • 11 species of native grass
  • 15 species of native groundcover

Then, let's add some color to your landscaping by choosing from around 100 flowering plants.

As you can see, using native plants does not mean your choices are limited to just a few species. There is a wide variety of plants used to thriving in the mountain region of Maryland. If you contact us we can come to your property and help you decide which native plants will enhance your landscaping.

78c977e0-aaf1-4b09-e384-14ea8e375091-thumbIt’s no secret that Virginia and Maryland winters are often exceptionally harsh. What newcomers might not realize is how wicked weather affects hardscape design, construction and maintenance. For example, hardscape construction plans must take into account natural frost heaving, snow loading, foot traffic, snowmelt potential and sidewalk cleaning methods. Otherwise, the pavers could end up grossly discolored, severely cracked, uneven, flooded and in serious need of replacement. In addition, rock retaining walls added to a hardscape design could fall over unexpectedly, collapse, develop unsightly bulges or otherwise crumble apart before a property owner’s very eyes.

To help counteract the ground shifting that occurs during our region’s winters, it is not uncommon for professional construction crews to install support features below the frost line, use floating foundations and alter an area’s soil composition. In certain spots, it’s also necessary to add special polymeric sand. Once professionally put into place, it tends to act as an immovable, stabilizing force for the surrounding hardscape elements. Of course more has to be done to protect a Virginia or Maryland’s hardscape than that.

Covering pavers with special sealants will minimize water absorption, salt burns and related deterioration. However, property owners must take other precautions too. For example, its best to avoid exposing hardscape to metal snow shovels, wire brushes, snow chains, metal-spiked shoes and ice removal products that contain caustic chemicals or dyes. All of those items have the potential to significantly weaken hardscape, thereby making it increasing vulnerable to frost heaving and other winter damage.

To learn more about choosing hardscape designs that are tough enough to make it through a Mid-Atlantic winter, please contact us at the Chapel Valley Landscaping Company. We have been designing, constructing and maintaining hardscape throughout the region for years. Plus, we’ve won several awards and received countless, glowing testimonials from customers for our efforts.

c8e72b01-7577-482c-be02-8fb205cd04a1-thumbWhen many homeowners think about water management, sprinkler systems and rain catchers come to mind. Although they are often part of a comprehensive approach towards year-round landscaping, they’re not the only issues. It’s important to take snowmelt into consideration too. Breaking down the snowmelt process into parts and addressing the problems associated with each one is often the best way to proceed. Let’s start with a look at pavement melt.

Pavement melt, as you’ve probably guessed by now, involves the snow that accumulates on a home’s concrete walkways, steps, pads, driveways and patios. It is frequently tainted by contact with products like rock salt, kitty litter and sand. Therefore, it can damage certain man-made surfaces as well as kill plant life and contaminate water headed for a residential property’s containment system (e.g. rain barrel or retention ditch). The same may be said for roadside and roadway melt that may back up, or otherwise run on to residential properties.

We can’t forget about snowmelt that occurs and pools in low areas throughout a residential property’s grassy areas either. It sometimes contains unwanted chemicals and minerals as well. For example, if year-round landscaping materials contain artificial dyes and preservatives, they could leach into the snowmelt then transfer to other areas.

Finally, there are occasions when rain falls on top of accumulated snow. Depending on the snow’s consistency, placement and amount, it could cause residential properties’ drainage systems to become overwhelmed. As a result, water could end up rushing into cellars, crawl spaces and other areas that should be kept dry.

Thankfully, water management measures that can reduce, eliminate or redirect the various types of snowmelt we just mentioned are available. To learn more about them and other year-round water management techniques that may improve residential properties, please contact us. We’d be pleased schedule a consultation and offer our advice.

f107c553-cbbe-4bd7-8bb0-ea6bb2c65bde-thumbThere’s no doubt that new construction projects of any size involve a lot of planning, but did you know that hiring a commercial landscape management firm should be one of the first line items on your company’s to-do list? There are several reasons why it shouldn’t be an afterthought. Preventing damage to the property’s existing trees is one of them. After all, construction-damaged trees have the potential to destroy valuable heavy equipment, crash through buildings and injure people that many be present during catastrophic events.

With that in mind, our commercial landscaping management team recommends that every new construction project starts with the designation of zone boundaries and an inventory of the property’s existing flora. It’s also a great idea to test the soil and check to see if any drainage or water irrigation problems exit. That way, they may be effectively addressed before the construction project gets too far underway.

Once that’s done, it’s vital to determine which flora and trees should be protected and incorporated into the commercial property’s permanent landscape, if any. Afterward, steps should be taken to prevent them from sustaining damage or causing it. For example, digging too close to a tree could permanently damage its roots system. As a result, the tree could uproot during a heavy wind storm or other natural event. Of course there are other precautions that should be taken before and during the construction phase as well.

When the construction project is complete, the commercial landscape management firm could then use all of the site knowledge that they gained during the early phases of the project to create an annual maintenance schedule. The schedule would obviously be designed to keep the commercial site looking good through all four seasons, which as we all know is vital to attracting customers. To learn more about the benefits of hiring a landscape management and maintenance firm before breaking ground, please contact us today.

35c2b303-2302-4d4a-d243-198422ba1fd4As a homeowner, you know how important your landscaping is. This is because your landscaping provides curb appeal, making your home beautiful, attractive, and welcoming. However, knowing all the rules about plant health care can be difficult, time consuming, and just a hassle. If you have trouble with your landscaping, you may consider planting these plants that are considered "indestructible":

  • Black-Eyed Susan: The black-eyed susan flowers are typically a beautiful yellow color, adding beauty to your yard. Also, these flowers require little care or feeding since they take everything that they can from the soil in which they are rooted. 
  • Coneflower: The coneflower is great at controlling erosion in the soil that it surrounds. This means that with coneflower, you don't have to worry too much about re-soiling your yard. This is because the roots of the coneflower weave together to hold the soil in place. 
  • The Day Lily: The day lily is a beautiful flower that can withstand a number of different conditions, making it the perfect year round flower. The flower can withstand drought, floods, and even your neglect, which means your time can be saved from having to take care of your landscaping. These flowers are usually best to use in flower beds that are exposed to a great deal of sunlight where nothing else can survive.
  • Sedum: Sedum is great because it is a succulent, which means that it doesn't need any watering except from the rain. The plant becomes tall in the spring because of its thick roots, but it still remains beautiful all year long.

Overall, these plants are considered indestructible for a reason; that being that they don't need much time and care since they take care of themselves for the most part. If you need extra help caring for the landscaping of your home, please contact us. We specialize in helping with the maintenance and care of our customer's landscape. 


If the trees on your business’ property are developing frost cracks, shoddy commercial landscape maintenance may be to blame. After all, not all trees crack under Old Man Winter’s hand. The ones that do, tend to have defects that may be either inherent or man-made. The inherent defects may be avoided by choosing only the best trees for commercial landscape installation and the man-made ones may be circumvented by taking the right amount of care.

For example, let’s say that while performing commercial landscape maintenance tasks in the fall, someone accidentally damages the base of a tree. The tree may have enough time to generate wound-wood before the winter season kicks into high gear but it’s likely to be weak in certain spots. Examples of potential weak spots are the wound’s perimeter and areas where the ends of the replacement bark meet one another. With that said, prolonged warming and freezing cycles will undoubtedly weaken those areas even more, thereby increasing the potential for frost cracks to occur.

Of course trunk injuries are not the only man-made problems that can increase a tree’s risk of falling victim to frost cracks. Wounds created during the pruning process and branches that may have broken due to insect activity, heavy snowfall or disease are prime spots for frost damage to occur too. Therefore, it’s important to hire a commercial landscape company that will do everything in their power to provide high quality trees and prevent man-made damage.

They are not the only preventive actions that may be taken to guard against frost cracks. Oftentimes, applying special wraps and treatments to promote wound healing may help as well. To continue discussing frost cracks and how proper, commercial landscape maintenance may help keep them at bay, please contact our Chapel Valley team. Maintaining plant health year round is one of our commercial landscaping company’s specialties.

Recently, Chapel Valley Landscape Company acquired All Seasons Ground Management, a commercial landscaping company located in Norfolk, VA. In 1980 Bob and Betsy, former ASGM owners, opened All Seasons and since then it has grown rapidly and has gained a tremendous reputation. All Seasons Ground Management has serviced some of the best known businesses and organizations in Hampton Roads, setting a great foundation for Chapel Valley in this market.

Chapel Valley is dedicated to their newly acquired clients and will make sure they are taken care of. To ensure a smooth transition for them, Chapel Valley will work closely with Bob, Betsy, and the rest of the All Seasons team. By joining resources with ASGM, Chapel Valley can better help their clients in the Hampton Roads metro area; by reaching their goals on time, more efficiently and at a competitive price.

Chapel Valley's professionalism, attention to detail and responsiveness to clients' needs and concerns has been the foundation of their growth and has enabled them to become a leading full service landscape contractor in the Mid-Atlantic region. Although Chapel Valley continues to grow, the company still remains and operates as a family-owned business.

d862c623-5780-462c-9086-38cb5524e413It’s no secret that Old Man Winter and Mother Nature can really mix it up. When those two have their infamous rows, commercial landscaping in Maryland and Virginia can really suffer the consequences. Good thing there are actions businesses can take to help protect their properties’ vegetation. One of them is to invest in some effective, efficient coverings.

We know that many well meaning newscasters and old-school gardeners often suggest covering plants with bed linens at the first signs of a hard freeze. However, that is not something our commercial landscaping pros recommend businesses do for two reasons. One, it just looks tacky and two, it isn’t always effective. That’s because bed linens are not waterproof. Consequently, they’ll absorb water, which can alter the temperatures around the plants in negative ways.

We should also mention that there are blankets that won’t absorb water but you won’t find them anywhere near the bed linen aisle. They’re more apt to be found through stores that sell home improvement, hunting or survival gear. Most people know them as aluminum space blankets. They’re typically made from waterproof or water resistant materials that have at least one reflective side. The reflective side, if positioned to face towards the plants, may help trap the warmth that inherently gets absorbed by the soil during the daylight hours.

Other people may recommend businesses use clear plastic coverings instead, which could work. However, the plastic has to be applied in a certain way. Otherwise, it could actually cause the plants to freeze in spots thereby leading to irreversible tissue damage. The list of clear plastic covering systems that may work includes, but doesn’t end with reinforced cold frames and ready-made tunnels. Most of them involve concrete reinforcing mesh, wooden two-by-fours and rolls of thick, polyethylene plastic.

Lastly, we often like to suggest that businesses consider using floating row covers to protect areas of their commercial landscaping. The covers are generally best used in areas where there are ground level or raised flower beds. To learn more about them and other covers that may help protect commercial landscaping throughout the cold months ahead, please contact us today.


Winter is the warmest season,

Oh, you say you want a reason?

Is it warm when snow piles high and wide?

It is if you are bundled up inside. (Winter Kids Poems)

We all know how nice it is to be bundled up inside while looking out at the grey clouds and snow of winter. Our plants want the same feeling and it's not too late to bundle them up.

Winter plant health care means clearing plant beds of leaves and weeds so your plants have enough nutrients to live through the winter. You will also want to cut back your perennials so the plant can focus on keeping the roots alive and not have to think about keeping the plant part alive. 

Winter plant care also means being sure your plants are bundled up so roots stay warm when the snow and ice pile high and wide. You will want enough mulch to protect the crown of the plants. There are several types of mulch to choose from. The key is to be sure the mulch is free of weeds and that if it is lightweight, you somehow ensure it will stay covering your plants. Most people recommend four to six inches of mulch if you live in an area that will be very cold this winter.

You might not have thought about those issues with winter plant health care, but it isn't too late. Just take some time this December and bundle up your plants. You can do it yourself, or you can contact us. While you stay warm inside, we can come and be sure your plants are ready for the winter season.

4870794a-4f68-4928-e5e9-3851d38bb171Have the plants throughout your business’ landscape started to wilt? Did their leaves turn dull and are the shrubs showing signs of gumming? If so, the problems could be caused by improper commercial irrigation as well as ineffective, snow and ice management. Why? All three may contribute towards creating a wet soil environment that’s conducive for the development of root and crown rot.

In our years of commercial landscaping experience, crown and root rot tends to occur when the soil stays overly moist and warm for extended periods of time. Poor drainage and undesirable soil content has the potential to create the excessive moisture. As for the snow cover and ice, they often help warm up the soil and can also cause tissue damage to occur. With that said, there are steps that may be taken to prevent winter rot from devastating commercial landscaping.

First, make sure that your commercial irrigation system is up to snuff. It should be designed to keep water off of tree trunks and plant stalks plus reduce incidents of soil saturation. In addition, your business’ watering schedule should match the plants needs and not create situations where plant stress is likely to occur.

Second, ask about having your soil amended and aerated as needed. It will go a long way in helping get rid of excess moisture. The same may be said for installing drainage systems, which are designed to pull excess rainwater and snowmelt away from delicate vegetation.

Third, be proactive by choosing high quality, healthy plants that are known to resist root rot and assorted diseases. Doing so will help give the landscape a fighting chance of surviving the ravages of winter at least relatively unscathed.

Fourth, at the first signs of root rot, take action. Depending on the weather conditions and the plant itself, there may be a window of opportunity to make temporary corrections. For example, it may be possible to remove some of the moisture or damaged areas before the rot situation progresses past the point of no return.

To learn more about the afore mentioned preventive measures and other ways to get a handle on winter rot, please contact us at Chapel Valley Landscape Company. Our list of services includes, but isn’t limited to commercial irrigation, water management, plant health care, snow and ice management.

3d96f785-0241-400e-822d-4a7ba0db3682Did you know that:

  • Green roofs can decrease energy use in the winter months by 10 percent?
  • In the summer, the temperature on a green roof can be as much as 59 degrees cooler than other roofs?

Wow, that hopefully got your attention, it did ours. When we learned that information, we knew we needed to start talking about green roofs.

What is a green roof? A green roof is a roof or part of a roof that is covered with plants. 

Please don't stop reading! We aren't talking about burying a building in the ground. We are talking about putting a waterproof membrane on top of a building and strategically placing plants.

For example, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute has a flat roof. On top of that roof is a walkway through some fantastic gardens of flowers and other perennial plants. 

The green roof accomplishes several things:

  • Workers have a place to walk and rejuvenate themselves to continue working. Providing this type of space will enhance the workplace and will increase productivity.
  • Energy use is decreased.
  • The company is contributing to a cleaner environment by having plants instead of just asphalt on top of the building.

So, now that we all agree a green roof is a great addition to any building with a flat roof, there are a few other things we want to reassure you about.

1. If you are worried about plant roots damaging the roof and interior ceilings, don't worry. We will also add a root barrier and use plants that don't need a deep root system.

2. If you are wondering about who will water the plants, we will also talk with you about installing an irrigation system. The system will be your back up for when there isn't enough rain.

If you are as interested in green roofs as we are, please contact us and let's talk about the possibilities for your building.

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It happened while we were all asleep,

Snow had fallen - six feet deep.

The temperature was ten below,

All the roads were blocked with snow.

No school today, the tv said,

Stay at home in your cozy bed.

So I quickly dressed

And jumped on my sled. (Caryn Yacowitz)

Do you remember the days of hoping for snow days when we were supposed to stay inside, but instead enjoyed playing in the snow because there was no school, just as the child talked about in this poem? Snow days meant fun and were free of worries.

But, we aren't children anymore and snow days can mean extra residential landscape maintenance. Whether the snow is 6 feet or barely covering the ground, we still need to be sure we have prepared for it. If we prepare for it, then we can enjoy the snow days and have those days of no worries.

How can you prepare for it? 

First, by making sure your gardens have adequate mulch and have the right type of mulch for your plants. Mulch will protect the plant roots and help the ground stay at a more constant temperature.

Second, you can be sure your landscaping includes lighting that will shine through whatever depth of snow you might get. You want to be able to clear paths to and from the house and have them safe for others. That includes being sure the paths are free of weeds and any cracked stones or cement is repaired.

Third, you can contact us and let us help you be sure your landscape is ready for whatever type of winter might come so you too can enjoy the snow days or just the extra cool days, just as the child did in the poem.

ec5d7daf-8f93-4af0-feaf-f5d67715a56eWhether you live in Washington, D.C. where the annual snowfall is around 23-inches or Baltimore, Maryland, where it’s not uncommon for the white stuff to get just as deep, one thing is certain. Commercial landscape maintenance is going to involve snow plows, shovels and lots of deicer each year. So are you ready for the first Nor’easter to hit? If not, you’d best hop to it before November arrives. That’s when the first snow storm is predicted to slam into the Capital Building and whip through the Inner Harbor. And the storm totals are only expected to pile up from there. So with that and the two state’s slip and fall laws in mind, it’s far better to be proactive than reactive.

Our Chapel Valley management team makes being proactive easy for existing and new clients. That’s because we provide round-the-clock, continuous service during Maryland and Virginia’s snow storms. Plus, we know what snow and ice removal efforts can do to plants, hardscapes and green roofs. Therefore, we take all of the precautions necessary to ensure that neither property nor people sustain irreparable damage in the process. That may include using eco-friendly, anti-slip and deicer products like sand, peanut shells, crushed egg shells and potassium chloride.

In addition, we can work with Maryland and Virginia firms to ensure that other commercial landscape maintenance issues are addressed before winter sets in too. For example, green roofs that have their own irrigation systems and are often exposed to strong winds and will certainly need to be winterized. That often involves tending to the beds, setting up wind breaks, emptying rain barrels and draining drip irrigation lines. Taking steps to prevent vegetation from creating ice dams may be necessary as well.

To speak with our team of commercial landscaping maintenance experts about managing your Virginia or Maryland business’ snow and ice removal, please contact us.

a3c69d0a-32e4-435e-ab5a-f1d8faafbdf1-thumbWhen temperatures cool, you may think that residential landscape maintenance comes to a standstill.  While chores aren't as abundant as those of the spring and summer; fall and winter garden tasks are equally important to the health and beauty of your landscape.  As long as the soil is workable, chores in the autumn and winter garden should be completed. Don't worry, though, we are here to help.

Clean up from summer.

Remove fading plant material. Pests and disease can overwinter in the flowerbed, lawn and garden, reappearing next spring to create an unhealthy situation for your plants. 

Ready the Soil for Next Season

Take a soil test instead of guessing what the garden needs and wasting money on unnecessary amendments. Unneeded materials do not improve the health of the garden and in some cases may damage the soil. 

Autumn is the best time  to amend the soil. Organic compost, sulfur and lime may benefit your beds. Amending the soil now gives the materials a chance to settle in and incorporate before spring plantings. 


An attractive mulch for vegetable and flower beds helps protect perennials and gives your landscape a finished and put together look. Mulching protects trees and shrubs from winter freezes that can damage the root system.  

Pre-emergence weed control, applied now, provides a jump-start on eliminating annoying competition for your grass and blooming plants. 

Planting and Pruning

Plant new trees and shrubs in autumn. This allows time for a healthy root system to develop while foliage is dormant and not in competition with the roots. We can plant at any time the ground is not frozen. 

Prune existing trees and shrubs during the dormant period. We know the plants; making sure, we will not be removing the wood on which next year’s flowers and fruits grow. 

It’s not too early to design the spring planted garden. Many spring blooming bulbs should be planted in the fall. Our expert designers will create the garden of your dreams. Contact us for all of your seasonal lawn and garden needs.

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The falling leaves drift by the window,

The autumn leaves of red and gold,

I see your lips, the summer kisses,

The sunburned hands I used to hold.

Since you went away the days grow long,

And soon I'll hear old winter's song,

But I miss you most of all my darling,

When autumn leaves start to fall. (Frank Sinatra)

Frank Sinatra, a singer that many loved to listen to, sang about autumn leaves of red and gold and how they signal the coming of winter.

He was right! It's that time of year when autumn leaves are about to fall. While they are gorgeous when they first fall in piles of red and gold, they don't stay those gorgeous colors for long. That's when you need to pay attention to them and either take care of them yourself, or hire reputable residential landscape maintenance.

Why? Leaves that stay on the grass can significantly damage your lawn and even kill large areas of it. They also become a hiding place for insects and mold. None of which you want on your lawn.

Those gorgeous leaves can also land in your house gutters and clog the gutters or sit there and mold.

So, while you are watching the green leaves turn to autumn gold and red, add contact us to your list of things to do before winter. We will remove the leaves from your landscape, including around all your bushes and plants. If requested, we can also remove from your gutters or recommend who is best qualified to help you with that service. Don't delay - as Frank Sinatra said, soon we will be hearing winter's song and we want the leaves taken care of before that happens.

d610e189-de42-4ec3-d51f-7e3f6e6dce14-thumbWinter plant health care does not have to be complicated. It is easy to do yourself, or contact us and let us do it for you. In case you want to do all or some of it yourself, let's talk about it.

Fall is a good time to clean out the dead leaves, the dead annual plants, and any vegetables you planted that have stopped bearing. Cleaning these out gives the rest of the plants a chance to get the nutrients they need and keeps dead plants from harboring diseases that might hurt other plants.

If you have perennials, now is the time to cut them back. Cut to about an inch off the ground. Don't just leave what you cut off - dispose of it so it doesn't create problems in the spring.

After you have cleaned out your flower and vegetable beds, it's a good time to add a mixture of soil and compost. Adding it now gives the plants an extra boost of nutrients. The beneficial soil insects and worms will incorporate this into the soil so you have rich soil beds for spring growth. This mixture of soil and compost is also great for lightly spreading on your lawn. The rain will move it into the ground to add nutrients for spring growth.

This is also a good time to plant flower bulbs. The bulbs will grow roots and be ready to bloom in spring.

Now the final step. Add a thick layer of winter mulch to protect against frost. You don't want mulches that are heavy and suffocate the roots. Instead find a lightweight mulch at your local garden shop.

See, it's not complicated and we know you can do this. However, if you would like help, we are more than happy to help.

597c32c2-5d5a-47f2-b0a9-234047220a3e-thumbAs the parade of flowers and colorful shrubs wind down for the season along with searing summer temperatures, we find ourselves at the crossroads of entering the cool season. Once the traditional autumn cleanup is concluded, there are exciting residential landscaping projects just perfect for the coming cool season that many savvy gardeners anticipate.

While one may be tempted to regard the winter garden as barren, some gardeners are actually excited to see the bones of their garden. This is the perfect time to take advantage of the cool season's respite from tasks that require one's attention during the season of sun to forge ahead with landscape design dreams.

Autumn and winter are an ideal time for installing hardscape features that most gardeners have little time for in the season of sun. Since concrete sets better in cooler weather, the cool seasons are most appropriate for projects that require the laying of concrete such as pathways, water features, pools, and the footings for pergolas and trellises.

Some gardeners also see the cool season as an opportune time to make sweeping changes in their planting designs since moist soil is much easier to maneuver. This is an ideal time to lay weed barriers over unruly sections of the garden and cover them with rock, mulch, or even create a raised planting bed. The amended soil in new planting beds will have ample time to compost and marinate over the winter providing optimal planting conditions in the spring.

Many gardeners also appreciate the easy accessibility of our landscape crews along with attractive reduced prices that are sometimes available in the typically slow season of winter. Why not contact us and share your landscape ideas so we can turn them in to plans and then realities for the coming new year.

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Around the holidays, it is not uncommon for many home and business owners to ask us about including poinsettias in their properties’ landscaping. And knowing how beautiful the festive plants are, we don’t blame customers for asking about them. However, most are quite surprised when they learn how much work is involved in keeping the plants healthy year round. So this week, we wanted to touch upon some plant health care basics:

Even though poinsettias are widely associated with snowy Christmas scenes, they are actually not cut out for cold weather. Classified as tropical plants, they typically need to be in environments that maintain air temperatures within the 55 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit range. Otherwise, they could perish rather suddenly.

Maintaining a certain air temperature range is not all there is to it. Poinsettias also have very specific needs when it comes to everything from natural sunlight, fertilizer and water to repotting, pruning and flowering. For example, allowing the plant to receive too much sunlight could prevent it from blooming and may burn up its leaves. That said, it is sometimes difficult to get the plant to produce beautiful flowers in time for the start of the winter holiday season.

In addition, by their very nature, poinsettias are prone to developing a variety of diseases that could spread out to other plants. The rather long list includes, but doesn’t cease with bract spot, gray mold, powdery mildew, scab, crown gall and bacterial stem or leaf rot. So in essence, failure to properly maintain a few poinsettias could feasibly cut a swath of devastation through a property’s other flower beds and require aggressive chemical treatments to reverse the situation.

To learn more about keeping poinsettias and other seasonal plants healthy, please contact us. We specialize in residential and commercial landscaping, irrigation, water management and more.

Having an outdoor space can be one of the most rewarding parts of owning a home. Often, a lack of vision is all that stands between an empty yard and a vibrant space. How satisfied are you with your landscape? Does the look and feel create the atmosphere you're going for? Does it function well, providing an extension of your indoor living space? Does it offer the privacy (or the social gathering space) you would most desire? For every stage of the landscape, there is much detail and planning. If you envision more for your landscape, now is the time to develop a plan.

There are many elements that come together to make an outdoor environment exciting, inviting, relaxing and enjoyable. Whether it's creating unique play areas for children and adults, extending the outdoor living space with fire or water features, or constructing beautiful pathways and trellises that line colorful cutting gardens throughout your property, to be exceptional, your landscape can excite, engage, and inspire your senses.
Where to begin? Focus on what you would like to achieve in your outdoor space. Not sure? Don't worry—we can help you through the process by discussing your needs and wishes to help you develop a vision of your own.

If you're ready to start your landscaping project, give us a call. We will discuss your property, schedule a complimentary on-site design and planning consultation and help you envision new possibilities for your outdoor spaces. Call Chapel Valley today: (410) 924-5400


● Built-in stone fire pits create a unique and private family gathering space.
● Pergolas, paths and trellises invite visitors to explore and discover new areas of the landscape, offering strong focal points and creating shelter for quiet relaxation.
● Water features provide a healing and tranquil experience—fountains or waterfalls running over rocks delight the senses.
● Arrival courts create welcoming and elegant spaces to receive guests.
● An outdoor kitchen allows the joy of cooking to be outside while gathering with friends and family.

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Each year the Landscape Contractors Association (LCA) and Professional Landcare Network (PLANET) give professionals in the landscape industry the opportunity to enter their projects for the chance to win an award. Over the years Chapel Valley has received multiple awards through both organizations for their outstanding landscapes- this year we received 2 awards through PLANET and 4 through LCA for the following properties:

1. Center Park, Arlington, VA

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Center Park received 2 awards: PLANET Merit award for Commercial Landscape Contracting and LCA Distinction award for Commercial Landscape Maintenance.

In 2008, Chapel Valley began to work on Center Park as the landscaping contractor. Like any commercial project, this one was big and involved a strong team to complete. After a successful installation, Chapel Valley has continued to maintain the commercial property.

Center Park has had a great impact on the people who use it. Before the project started the land served as no purpose-now there is an open, landscaped, urban space with room for people to walk their dogs, relax, skateboard, etc.

2. Post Carlyle, Alexandria, VA

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Post Carlyle received 2 awards: PLANET Merit award & LCA Distinction award for Commercial Landscape Maintenance.

Post Carlyle is a beautiful commercial property located in the city of Alexandria. The property offers its residents beautiful courtyards for relaxation and rooftop terraces for enjoying sunset views of Old Town. Lovely Gardens, outdoor seating, grill stations, and a pool are all things you can find when you walk through the courtyard. To keep the courtyard in top shape, Chapel Valley has done an extensive job in terms of landscape maintenance.

3.Private Residence, Woodbine, MD


4. Private Residence, Woodbine, MD received a LCA Decade award for Residential Maintenance

It is clear the owner has a great appreciation for flowers and plants when you first arrive to this property. Throughout the property you will come across many elements that come together to make the space inviting, relaxing, and enjoyable. The comprehensive year-round maintenance plan includes: weekly mowing, edging, and weeding; integrated pest management; a five-step turf program winter pruning and cut backs; seasonal color rotations; design, installation, and color rotations of over 15 pots; and a professional gardener on site once a week.

As you can see, Chapel Valley has done an amazing job of maintaining this property for over 10 years. To have a garden like this, you must have the experience of a trained horticulturist.

Private Residence, Potomac, MD 


Private Residence, Potomac, MD received a LCA Decade award for Residential Maintenance

This is one of those special properties where the landscaping is maintained precisely to create a stunning first impression. The 6.5 acre estate is used for entertaining, relaxation, and family gatherings. Chapel Valley has managed to keep this property looking flawless for after 10 years of maintenance.

The comprehensive maintenance plan utilizes a team of certified specialists in horticulture, irrigation, and gardening. The scope of work includes: spring and fall cleanup; seasonal color rotations; integrated pest management; weekly mowing, edging, and weeding; hand pruning; monthly evaluations; irrigation maintenance; power washing; and snow removal.