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FAQs (23)

What areas do you service?

We service the Northern Virginia area; Fairfax County, Arlington County, Alexandria, Prince William County and Loudon County.

How often should my lawn be watered?

Most turf in the Northern Virginia area should be water approx. 1” per week.  The amount of water should be increased or decreased depending on weather conditions.  Overwatering can do more damage to the turf and under watering.

We have dogs that just destroy the lawn leaving dead grass and brown spots. What can you do about this?

Depending on the severity of the damaged turf, the soil can be amended and the area seeded.  Sod is another option available to restore damaged turf.

Are your lawn maintenance treatments environmentally friendly?

Elite offers both traditional and organic lawn programs.  Our employees attend educational seminars and state certification classes to keep up to date on the latest laws, trends and products available.

My lawn is full of weeds and crab grass. How do you treat this and will I have any lawn left when you’re done?

Upon visiting the customer’s property, Elite would determine what types of pre-emergent and/or post emergent herbicides would be necessary and the proper timing of these treatments.

During weekly maintenance, do you remove clippings and other lawn debris from my property?

Grass clippings (if bagged) will be placed in clear bags and left at the curb or in a customer-designated area/container.

What happens service-wise if it rains?

Elite does their best to keep on schedule with weekly mowing.  If the weather prevents Elite from coming out to your property on your scheduled day, we will make every attempt to be out and back on schedule the following day weather permitting.

What does weekly lawn maintenance include?

Weekly lawn maintenance includes turf mowing, edging along foundation walls, planting beds, tree rings, fences, walkway and curbs. Grass clippings (if bagged) will be placed in clear bags and left at the curb for your weekly waste removal service to remove. Any grass clippings will be blown off of walkways, patios, driveways & curbs.

How do I maintain my new landscaping?

Depending upon the type of landscape installed, Elite will provide you with specific watering and care instructions.

There are lots of lawn and landscape companies advertising the same services. Why should I choose Elite Landscaping?

Elite Landscaping has been in business since 1997.  We are a family owned company and our customers come first.  We are not the largest lawn and landscape company out there, nor are we the smallest.  We pride ourselves on giving our customers the personalized care and attention they require in making decisions regarding their homes and property.  We stress quality and customer service.

What are hardscapes? Can you show me examples?

The dictionary description of a hardscape is “the manmade part of the grounds surrounding a building” In the landscaping industry the term is used to describe patios, walkways, decks, and retaining walls.

What are aquascapes? Can you show me examples?

An Aquascape in an outside water garden, pond or fountain.  Examples are Koi Ponds, disappearing fountains and waterfalls.


What type of landscaping projects does Elite specialize in?

Elite Landscaping is a full service lawn, landscaping and hardscape contractor.  We provide services for small townhome residences to large estates.

When is the best time to begin a landscaping project?

Landscape projects can be done throughout the year depending on weather conditions and plant availability—primarily in the winter months.  Ideal times for plant installation are spring and fall.  Hardscape installation can be done throughout the year—including during the winter months.  Grounds Maintenance is usually performed between March and November.

We’re ready to begin. How do we start? What is the process?

The process begins with a customer contacting and scheduling a consultation with one of our sales representatives.  At that time the customer will discuss with our sales rep the scope of the project, landscape, or maintenance needs they are looking for.  The customer will then receive a price quotation, any drawings or samples that may be required for their review. Once the customer has made a final decision on the project, the work will be scheduled.

Who does the work? Do you have your own employees, or do you sub out pieces of the project?

Landscaping, maintenance and most hardscape projects are performed by Elite employees.  Occasionally sub contractors are used for special projects—an example would be iron railings or stamped concrete.

Are you licensed, bonded, and insured? What does this mean?

Elite Landscaping is fully licensed, bonded and insured.  Using a company that is licensed by the State of Virginia and local jurisdictions protects the customer, insuring that the contractor has met all criteria required by the State.  Bonding gives the homeowner the opportunity to be reimbursed for non-performance by a licensed contractor.  Insurance protects the homeowner from unforeseen accidents caused by the contractor.

Are your plants guaranteed? If so, for how long?

Elite Landscaping warrantees new plant installation—not including annuals—for one year from the date of installation if sound horticultural practices are maintained.

I need a new lawn. Should I plant grass seed or sod?

Whether you decide to seed or install sod depends upon several factors.  First and foremost, do you want instant grass for immediate use or are you willing to put in the time and energy in getting grass to grow from seed.  Other factors would include the time of year, budget, property layout (hills, swales, flat areas), and current weather conditions.

No matter what I do, my lawn looks awful. What do you suggest?

If you are not an Elite customer—you should be!  Elite will provide a program designed for your specific turf type and needs.  Please remember, Rome was not built in a day and a beautiful healthy lawn takes commitment and time.

What is overseeding?

Overseeding an established lawn is the application of grass seed to help thicken the turf.  Overseeding is more effective when done in conjunction with core aeration.  Overseeding with newer turfgrass varieties into an older lawn can help it better withstand insects, disease, and drought.

What is aeration and when should it be done?

Core aeration is the process of removing small soil plugs or cores from the lawn.  The purpose of aerating is to reduce soil compaction.  It allows air, nutrients and water into the turf root system.  Aeration can help reduce thatch buildup and can help in preventing fertilizer and pesticide run off of highly compacted soils.  Aeration is typically done in the fall but can also be done throughout the year if it is deemed necessary.