F.A.Q.

Interested in learning more about the J&G difference? Read about our process by clicking on the questions below:

What type of work does J&G do?

We are skilled at all aspects of landscape design — plantings; hardscapes including patios, walkways, steps, driveways and walls; grading and drainage; water features; outdoor lighting; cooking area; lawn maintenance and commercial snow removal.

Do you charge for landscape plans?

There is a design fee for the development of most landscape plans. The specific fee depends on the size and complexity of the design. Typically, if the project is built by J&G within one year, part or the entire design fee is waived.

What size projects does J&G do?

Projects vary widely depending on the needs of our clients. We work with clients requiring large landscape solutions that involving patios, walkways, steps, walls, plantings, water features, drainage correction, lighting, etc. For other clients we do smaller services such as spring and fall clean-ups or projects that focus on only one service listed above. Sometimes smaller jobs are part of long-term projects that homeowners choose to implement over a period of time.

Do I need a landscape plan?

Landscape plans are very important for many reasons. First, design is an evolutionary process. Our collaboration in design helps ensure that the best solution to meet your needs is created. For example, you’ll want to be sure that you’re using your space to its fullest potential. A plan will help you see this before the build process. Second, your community may require approval of improvements made to your property. A solid plan will help you save money and time in the long run.

What is J&G's design/build process?

J&G follows a 3-step approach to create landscapes our clients love. The 1st step is to meet with the client to discuss needs and goals, identify problem areas/concerns and brainstorm possible concepts. In the 2nd step, J&G conducts a site analysis, develops a landscape plan and completes a written proposal. The plan is then presented to the client for review and discussion. The final step involves revising the plan as necessary and making a final presentation to the client. Once the plan is approved and a signed contract is returned, the job moves forward to production.

How long will it take for our job to be done?

J&G follows a 3-step approach to create landscapes our clients love. The 1st step is to meet with the client to discuss needs and goals, identify problem areas/concerns and brainstorm possible concepts. In the 2nd step, J&G conducts a site analysis, develops a landscape plan and completes a written proposal. The plan is then presented to the client for review and discussion. The final step involves revising the plan as necessary and making a final presentation to the client. Once the plan is approved and a signed contract is returned, the job moves forward to production.

What is the benefit of a Design/Build contractor?

J&G Landscape Design has the expertise to handle all phases of your project from start to finish. In house we employ landscape designers, stonemasons and landscapers with expertise in all aspects of landscape and hardscape design/build. We also work closely with carpenters, tree specialists, turf experts, paving contractors and other specialists. By working with J&G you have only one contractor to deal with, and we handle the coordination of each different phase of work. You’ll find this personalized service the best solution for creating a top quality, custom landscape.

Are your plants guaranteed?

Plant Care and watering instructions are given to clients prior to completion of each job. New plantings carry a 1-year guarantee under proper care, with a one-time plant replacement policy. Transplants carry no guarantee. Sod is Maryland/Virginia certified or approved other, uniform in color, quality and reasonably free of visible imperfections at time of installation. Sod maintenance becomes the responsibility of client.

When is the best time to plant?

Although you may have heard that certain months in the middle of summer offer the optimum conditions for planting, the actual season available to us for plant installation can range from March through November. Some plants may even benefit from an early spring or fall planting. If you find that summer has passed by, fall can be a great time to install your landscape, offering you a head start the following spring.

Once I have new landscaping, how often does it need maintenance?

To keep your property looking its best we offer fall and spring maintenance services. These services ensure that your property will look fresh year round.

What is included in a Spring Maintenance Service and how much does it cost?

Your property will be individually evaluated for specific services and fees but the following are basic services provided:

  • Pruning of plant material.
  • Removal of unwanted debris and growth from planting beds.
  • Edging of planting of beds.
  • Fertilization of plant material.
  • Application of ornamental pre-emergent.
  • Mulching of planting beds.
  • Removal of all debris from site.

What is included in the Fall Maintenance Service and how much does it cost?

Your property will be individually evaluated for specific services and fees but the following are basic services provided:

  • Pruning of plant material.
  • Cutting back of perennials.
  • Seasonal color exchange(optional).
  • Removal of unwanted debris and growth from planting beds.

Does J&G do leaf removal?

Yes, we remove leaves for many clients as part of the fall maintenance service. Please call our office for more information and to schedule a quote.

Do you do winter work?

Yes, J&G works year round! The weather in the Washington-area is quite unpredictable and gives us plenty of opportunity for winter work. Certain types of landscaping such as patios, walkways, steps and walls can be done in the winter months when the ground is not frozen or if the base has been completed before freezing temperatures set in. In addition, winter is an excellent time to work on designs so that your job gets first priority in the spring when demand gets high.