Are You Sure You Know Ragweed?

Posted by on Sep 11, 2020 in Tips | No Comments

Every year in late August through October, hay fever sufferers everywhere have sneezing attacks caused by pollen from Ragweed. Many people often confuse Ragweed and Golden Rod and blame both for their allergic reactions. Ragweed is the culprit and not Goldenrod. Even though they both bloom at roughly the same time, they are completely different ...

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Leroy Makes It Happen

Posted by on Aug 28, 2020 in Tips | No Comments

I don’t know about you, but I instantly warm to a business that has an office pet. There is just something special about a place that recognizes the importance of animals & makes room for the right ones. Windridge is such a place and we have a grand cat. Leroy has been with the company ...

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The Plant That Kills Birds

Posted by on Aug 21, 2020 in Tips | No Comments

Now we all know this shrub Nandina, Sacred Bamboo or Heavenly Bamboo. No 90’s yard was complete without it. Thankfully it has fallen drastically from favor in recent years. The newer  “improved” cultivars have failed to preform in the landscape. Nandina domestica is found in most landscaping mixes in yards, parks, hospital grounds, and other locations. Its bright ...

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Identifying & Managing Aster Yellows

Posted by on Aug 6, 2020 in Tips | No Comments

When walking by one of your garden beds there are many things to be on the lookout for besides beauty. The images in these pictures documents one of the classic symptoms of “Aster Yellows”. These Purple Coneflowers (above) display some of the most dramatic evidence of this non-fatal, but potentially prolific disease. Secondary flower heads emerging from ...

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Drainage Improvements Don’t Have To Be Ugly

Posted by on Jul 31, 2020 in Tips | No Comments

We have been experiencing ever increasingly strange weather patterns over the past several years, and you don’t need to be a Climatologist or Environmental Science Major to be aware of it. After weeks of no rain it has returned with a vengeance! We received over 3″ in 30 minutes the afternoon of July 30th alone. That’s an ...

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Made In The Shade On The Mountain

Posted by on Jul 23, 2020 in Tips | No Comments

Summer Heat is the buzz word of the week! You almost can’t turn any direction without someone mentioning how hot it is, and the pop up thunderstorms are a daily reminder that Summer is in full swing. We lucked out this week, not only in getting the opportunity to work in close proximity of the ...

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Caterpillar Season

Posted by on Jul 16, 2020 in Tips | No Comments

The caterpillars have arrived! Over the years we have pushed to install native plants on projects whenever possible, and has extended to our office here in Afton. This morning our office cat, Leroy drew our attention to our patch of Common Milkweed (which is surprisingly fragrant). Upon further inspection we discovered that the Milkweed Tussock Moth ...

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Overlaying Concrete

Posted by on Jul 9, 2020 in Tips | No Comments

Did you know that you can overlay most poured concrete? While scored & stamped concrete can look nice in our area for a while, over time it will crack and resettle leaving gaps & uneven surfaces. Leaving you to spend that money you saved on the front end on fixing something that didn’t last the amount ...

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Landscaping Is Essential

Posted by on Mar 27, 2020 in Tips | No Comments

As a small local business Windridge is doing everything we possibly can to keep our staff employed while providing an even safer work environment, adhering to new safety guidelines. We are working from outside on our farm, remotely from work trucks, and keeping as few as possible in the office. Everyone, including our crews, are practicing social distancing. We are ...

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Annuals & Perennial Plants Create Winter Interest

Posted by on Feb 21, 2020 in Tips | No Comments

It’s obvious Virginia has entered the dead of winter, and we are all visually starving for ‘proof of life’ in the yard. It can be depressing to be cooped up inside, trying to stay toasty warm, only to leave the house with nothing pretty to look at along the way. True, that we live in one of ...

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