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Have you been thinking about a new patio, driveway, courtyard, or walkway?  If so, you may want to consider choosing pavers.  Below we have listed a few reasons why this might be a good choice.

~ Pavers are designed to withstand dramatic shifts in temperatures and humidity.  This type of pavement absorbs stress from freezes, thaws and slight ground erosion by flexing and therefore is less likely than poured asphalt or poured concrete to crack, break or buckle.

~ Stained or broken pavers are easily removed and replaced without leaving a "patchwork" look that you get when repairing a section of asphalt or concrete.

~ Pavers come in a wide variety of surface finishes, colors, shapes, sizes and textures which offer countless possibilitites in design.  This variety allows the customer to express their unique style and compliment the architectural style of their home or business.

If you are considering pavers for your outdoor project, please give us a call.  James River Nurseries has a full service design/build hardscapes division ready to handle your project. Our professional staff of hardscape experts will work closely with you on the design of your project as well as assisting in guiding you through the selection of materials that will help create the look and feel you are trying to achieve.  With decades of collective experience in our hardscapes division, coupled with a commitment to always meet or exceed industry standards, you can have confidence in our ability to install your pavers.  We look forward to hearing from you!

James River Nurseries recently worked on a landscaping and hardscape project in Chesterfield County where the homeowner chose to express a little creativity when it came to the downspouts on their back porch.  Instead of sticking with the traditional (and let's call it what they are...boring) gutter downspouts, they elected to go with what are called "rain chains."

Rain chains are not new and in fact the Japanese have used these for hundreds of years.  The Japanese term for a rain chain is "kusari doi" which translates literally into "chain gutter."  After the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan, rain chains began to grow in popularity in the United States.

The purpose of rain chains, just as with traditional downspouts, is to transport water from the roof of the home down to the ground.  In addition to being a vehicle to tranport water, rain chains offer additional benefits to the homeowner.  For starters, they provide a cool waterfall feature which is both interesting to look at as well as relaxing to listen to as the water trickles down the chain.  Also, they come in a variety of shapes, designs and materials allowing the owner to select the style that most effectively accents the architecture of the home, helping to add to the overall curb appeal. 

James River Nurseries was selected as the landscape and hardscape contractor on this project and although we do not sell or install rain chains, we did see where we could help enhance the feature.  So we got an old wine barrel, cut it in half and placed each half under a rain chain so that the water could run into these makeshift planters.  Because our passion is creating unique outdoor spaces for our customers, we were happy to help complete the look of the rain chains.  If you are considering transforming your outdoor space this year, we hope you will invite us to be your partner on the project.

James River Nurseries would like to say Thank You to Robert Saunders of Saunders Brothers for spending a day at our nursery updating us on the status of the boxwood as well as a variety of other plants. In case you are not familiar with Saunders Brothers, they were founded in 1915 with a partnership between five brothers. Today, third generation brothers Tom, Bennett, Jim, and Robert, with their dad Paul, operate a wholesale nursery, orchard, and farm market.

Though they do not limit themselves to just growing boxwood, it is something that the family has had a keen interest in since Robert’s grandmother, Mildred, began surrounding their home with boxwood. The story is told that, “Upon moving to what would become the family home in the late 1930’s, she began surrounding the home with boxwood. Many of those original plants still stand today. Then in the late spring of 1947, Paul propagated his first boxwood with the help of his mother and an inspiring science teacher. On the sticky clay bank near the present day container nursery, 25 of 77 cuttings took root and a nursery was born.”

At James River Nurseries we understand the importance and value that it brings to our customers for us to remain on the cutting edge of our industry. Just as with all industries, continuing education is an essential element to being a leader in your field. It is no different with us.

Staying informed regarding plants that are thriving and those that are falling out of favor for one reason or another, place us in the best position to recommend proper plant varieties to our clients.  Saunders Brothers is well known in the Mid-Atlantic as an expert on the boxwood and we appreciate Robert's time and expertise in sharing the most up-to-date information on the boxwood as well as a variety of other plants.

If you are ever in Nelson County, Virginia you should take time to stop by their Farm Market. They grow some awesome peaches, apples and Asian pears. They also have vegetables, flowering shrubs, annuals and perennials. Oh, and we recommend that you try some of their mouth-watering peach ice cream, we think you will be glad you did!!!

If you would like more information on Saunders Brothers, please go to: Saunders Brothers

Although the brutal winter of 2014 has not come to an end, there are already visible signs of the effects that this type of weather can have on plants.  You may never have heard of a term called "winter burn," but if you have evergreens on your property, particularly if they are in a location that is not shielded from the northwest winter wind and the winter sun, you are likely seeing winter burn.

Winters such as the one we are experiencing here in Central Virginia are particularly tough on evergreen plants.  It is the combination of frigid temperatures, harsh winds and winter sun, which play such havoc on these plants.  The combination of factors cause the leaves to lose moisture and since the plant is temporarily unable (when the ground is frozen, the plants' roots cannot absorb water) to replace this moisture, the leaves will dry out and turn brown.

This does not automatically mean that you are going to lose the plant.  What is needed is a little patience.  The chances are high that the branch itself is fine and will send out new growth in the spring.  With a little time and perhaps some nudging from the new growth, the dried out leaves will fall to the ground.  In some cases you may need to trim out the dried leaves.

Obviously there will be some plants that don't survive this type of winter but more than likely most will.  So be patient and hold off evaluation of the plants status until the new growth has a chance to come in.

Just in case:  As the tempertures begin to warm and your patience begins to wear thin with the look of the brown leaves, you could take a broom or rake and lightly (you want to be sure not to break any of the branches) brush over the leaves, coaxing them to release to the ground.

James River Nurseries recently landscaped a home built by Youngblood Properties.  Located on Lot 33 in Oak Park, this house is a charming rendition of a craftsman cottage.  If you are not familiar with Oak Park, it is located off of Huguenot Road, and is known for the distinctive exterior finishes and craftsman styled homes reminiscent of those built in the early-mid twentieth century.  This community features tree-lined streets as well as sidewalks that run throughout the neighborhood.  It really is an impressive neighborhood and certainly worth a look if you are considering a new home.

Youngblood Properties is a family owned business that has been building homes in the Richmond area for many years.  Known for their quality craftsmanship and attention to detail it is no wonder that they have experienced success in our market.  I think their website does a great job of summarizing their passion for what they do..."The combination of inspiration, heart and hard work has proven successful for Nancy Dearnley and her father Richard Youngblood.  Youngblood has won several prestigious Parade of Homes Gold Awards for outstanding curb appeal and awards for Best Kitchens and Baths.  Youngblood Properties focus is to produce a quality product with integrity and to maintain a solid reputation for quality and craftsmanship."  Who wouldn't want to work with a builder like that?

If you would like more information on Youngblood Properties, Oak Park or any of the other neighborhoods where they are currently building homes, please visit:  www.youngbloodproperties.com