Beautiful Pool with Bluestone Patios and Stone Fireplace Project

January 21, 2011

In November we finished a great pool project in Fredericksburg, VA.  Our great landscape designer, Ian Miller, brought this tough backyard from sloping hills of green grass to spectacular pool views!  We added a pool and hot tub, bluestone patios, a stone fireplace, steps and a retaining wall to keep everything in place on this sloping lot.  The results are spectacular!  Take a look at some of the before and after pictures below.

This is the backyard before transformation, sloping hills with nothing but grass.

When we were finished it was a beautiful two tiered pool with bluestone patios and fireplace.

We added this great stone fireplace and seating area.

A cloes up of the pool and bluestone surround. 

We added a flight of stairs, complete with lighting, so that the homeowners could get down to the pool from the upper decks. 

We added a big retaining wall to level the backyard for the pool and fireplace.  It was a great project, with great homeowners.  Let us know if we can help you transform your backyard!


Join us at the Virginia Home and Garden Show this Weekend!

January 11, 2011

We have a landscape/hardscape display booth at the Virginia Home and Garden Show this weekend.  The show is January 14-16 at the Meadow Event Park (near Kings Dominion).  You can’t miss us, we are the first booth to the left when you walk in the door.  Come out to see us and start planning for SUMMER! 

For all the details check the Virginia Home and Garden Show website.

Protecting your Clay Pavers from the Snow

January 6, 2011

It is that time of year again when we all sit in front of the television and wait for the weather report.  Will it snow?   It looks like the country is bracing for more snow storms in the next few days.  I thought I would take this opportunity to advise people on how to get rid of the snow and ice from their walkways, driveways and hardscapes in the months to come. 

The best snow removal option is to shovel the snow before it gets to deep.  If you don’t like to shovel snow or just need to melt the ice, then you can use salt as a solution.  Most home improvement stores sell an ice melt calcium or sodium chloride based product.  If your walkway or driveway is concrete, bluestone or concrete paver then the home improvement store product is a fine option.  If your walkway or driveway is CLAY brick or paver than make sure to use a Magnesium Chloride only option.  If you use Calcium or Sodium on your clay pavers it will make the pavers effervesce, which will cause a white film to form on your pavers.   You can clean the pavers with an effervescence cleaner if the film has already formed or you can allow the film to wear off over time (it eventually will). 

Remember to always shovel snow off the area first and only treat stubborn areas of ice with salt.   Also keep the chemicals away from your plant life, repeated use of chemicals can be toxic to your plants. 

Good luck and be safe in the winter ahead!

Holiday Decorating – Use Natural Items

December 13, 2010

Every year before the holidays, my wife sets out on an afternoon walk with her trash bag and clippers.  She wanders through our backyard (and a few of the neighborhood businesses) in search of trimmings to decorate the fireplace mantel and holiday table.  She comes back with a bag full of evergreen, pine, nandina, holly with red berries, and her favorite magnolia clippings.  There are so many different textures and colors in foliage this time of year holiday decorating becomes easy.  

Once she has all her clippings (or store-bought garland if you prefer), she pulls out the candles, ribbon and lights to put together beautiful, natural holiday decorations.  The clippings will stay vibrant through the holiday and your house will smell wonderful!  To help you find some inspiration for your holiday decorating, take a look at  They have wonderful pictures (the ones used in the post) to help get you started on your way.

Carville Landscape Co. would like to wish everyone a happy holiday and prosperous new year!

Landscaping Trends from 2010

October 29, 2010

I was on the internet today checking out what is happening in the world of landscaping, when I came across a great article about the landscaping trends from 2010.  OK so I am a few months late, but I know these trends hold true for us and we will continue to plant this way into 2011.  Eco-friendly landscaping and sustainable living are here to stay, so I thought this article gave some good advice on how to plant your yard.  Since fall is the time for planting (we may be at our last few weeks) I thought I would post this article from Landscape Management magazine with their 10 landscaping trends for 2010. 


Brick and Paver Sale – Saturday, Oct. 2

September 30, 2010

Carville Landscape Co. is selling off old hardscaping inventory Saturday, October 2, from 8 am to 12 noon.  Come by our office at 8824 Old Mountain Road, Glen Allen, VA  23060 to buy:

  • Concrete Pavers
  • Brick Pavers
  • Retaining Wall
  • Border Stone

Priced from $.75 – $1.50 per square foot.  CASH and CARRY.  No Deliveries, No Checks, No Credit Cards and No Returns. 

Want a Pool but have an Unlevel Lot – Use Retaining Walls

September 20, 2010

We just finished a pool project with the team over at River Pools and Spas.  The clients had an unlevel lot and we needed to build two sets of retaining walls to level the pool area.  Jason Hughes at River Pools created this video to explain how the use of retaining walls can create the level space needed to install a pool.  If you are interested in installing a pool, but just don’t think you have the yard for it, take a look at this video and see how it can be done.  This project turned out beautifully!

Let us know how we can help at Carville Landscape Co.

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