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Old 01-16-2010, 08:04 AM
 
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Yesterday's temperature got me thinking about spring. I have a couple of landscaping projects in mind for the front and side yard. When the weather truly warms we'd like to have our materials priced and and ready to purchase. Where is the best place to purchase stone, brick, topsoil, etc? I'm familiar with Home Depot and Lowe's, but how do Burke Nursery and Merrifield compare? Any other suggestions? I'm in the Fairfax-GMU area.

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Old 01-16-2010, 04:29 PM
 
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Merrifield Garden Center has top quality, but is expensive. Their top soil is worth the high prices, but for hardscape materials you can probably do better elsewhere. (OTOH, if you're looking for something in particular it's hard to beat their selection. They have everything!)
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Old 01-16-2010, 04:56 PM
 
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The best place for mulch, compost, top soil and rocks is Virginia Ground Covers. They only sell in bulk quantities, but the quality is excellent and you can't beat the price. Virginia Ground Covers - (703) 450-4758 | info@vagroundcovers.com
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Old 01-16-2010, 09:38 PM
 
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I usually go to Meadows Farms because one of them is close...

Meadows Farms - Garden Centers, Landscaping, and Nurseries serving Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, and Washington DC

or Craven's....

Cravens Nursery

There's a hole-in-the-wall place on Pope's Head Rd (between Rt 123 & Fairfax County Parkway) that I've been meaning to check out...I pass it every day in my school bus.

Betty's Azalea Ranch is nearby too...Lee Highway at Fairfax County Parkway
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Old 01-16-2010, 10:51 PM
 
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For stone, check Sisler's in Falls Church. They have a great selection of just about any kind of stone. It's on Lee Highway/Washington St., diagonally across from Elevation Burger, and across the road from International Motors. They have been there since the 1930s or 40s, IIRC.

Sisler's Stone
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Old 01-17-2010, 09:34 AM
 
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Thank you! I'm hoping to price things out soon and let hubby know how much my ideas are going to cost him!
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Old 01-18-2010, 06:53 AM
 
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The best place for mulch, compost, top soil and rocks is Virginia Ground Covers. They only sell in bulk quantities, but the quality is excellent and you can't beat the price. Virginia Ground Covers - (703) 450-4758 | info@vagroundcovers.com
They do sell some types of mulch in bags, but yes the majority of their products are in bulk (I have a lawn/landscape biz) The one nice thing about VA Ground Covers is their delivery charges are a whole lot less than other places (at least up til last year as far as I know) Around Sterling for instance was only $17 but Meadows Farms was $70.

The best bulk mulch I've seen around is from Remington Mulch Co. on Gallows Road. It's pretty crazy getting in and out of there though. Don't go on a Sat. morning...
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Old 01-18-2010, 08:19 AM
 
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They do sell some types of mulch in bags,
That's great to know. I usually get a delivery of 4 cubic yards of the black mulch. But sometimes (around this time of year) I wish I had an extra bag just to cover up the last remaining leaves that fall after it snows (what can I say, I'm lazy and it's easier than raking them up, LOL). Maybe I'll call them up and see if the black mulch is one of the ones that you can buy just a bag of. We love the look of the black mulch, but it's hard to find in bag size at places like Home Depot.
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Old 01-18-2010, 10:56 AM
 
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Normie, they sell the bags of the black stuff at Meadows Farms...not sure if every location has the same inventory but the one on 50 by South Riding does at least. I'm not sure if VA Ground sells it in bags or not, never really bothered to look.

I like the black mulch too...just NO red mulch it just looks bizarre in most places!
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Old 01-18-2010, 11:29 AM
 
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I like the black mulch too...just NO red mulch it just looks bizarre in most places!
LOL, I totally agree. Red mulch looks weird, especially in spring when most of the flowers are pink tones.

One problem with the black mulch is the coloring gets on the paws of your pets and stains carpets. For some reason the brown much is less prone to this.
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