The Big One: Creating community

October 21, 2019 -  By

Location: Stafford, Va.
Company: Heritage Landscape Services

Spending time outside with family and friends is better in a well-maintained landscape. Creating the perfect place to unwind is the goal of Heritage Landscape Services (HLS) for all of its clients, including Embrey Mill, a “community-driven neighborhood” where the firm maintains more than 285 acres of open space.

With nearly 4,000 shrubs and 2,300 trees, attention to detail is key to maintaining the site. Daily visits include weeding, pruning, fertilizing, tree care, irrigation and plant enhancements.

Every day, the site has two five-member crews for general maintenance and a two-member crew for detailing.

Crews complete mowing and irrigation during nonpeak hours to keep spaces open and free of equipment for residents. The active community’s amenity areas require HLS to complete work between 6:30-9:30 a.m. during the week.

Along with the community areas, HLS maintains several residential properties for military families whose loved ones are deployed.

The community is continuously under development with new homes being built. Cleaning up construction debris and keeping the streets clean require daily attention.

The project won the company a 2018 Silver Award from the National Association of Landscape Professionals’ Awards of Excellence program.

Embrey Hill sign (Photo: David Brown)

Photo: David Brown

Maintenance project shot (Photo: David Brown)

Photo: David Brown

Maintenance project shot (Photo: David Brown)

Photo: David Brown

Maintenance project shot (Photo: David Brown)

Photo: David Brown

Maintenance project shot (Photo: David Brown)

Photo: David Brown

The property includes outdoor areas to bring together all members of the neighborhood — including residents’ four-legged friends at Dogwood dog park with a washing area and covered pavilion.

Maintenance project shot (Photo: David Brown)

Photo: David Brown

Embrey House is the central point of the community. It includes the welcome center, a cafe, pool and fitness center. Residents meet here to relax, connect, socialize and celebrate.

Maintenance project shot (Photo: David Brown)

Photo: David Brown

Maintenance project shot (Photo: David Brown)

Photo: David Brown

Daily communication with the property manager helps HLS prepare for community events such as cornhole tournaments and movies in the park. Being aware of the event schedule allows HLS to ensure all areas are properly maintained and prepared ahead of time.

Maintenance project shot (Photo: David Brown)

Photo: David Brown

Maintenance project shot (Photo: David Brown)

Photo: David Brown

Raised planters give the community areas to grow gardens of vegetables and herbs.

Maintenance project shot (Photo: David Brown)

Photo: David Brown

Maintenance project shot (Photo: David Brown)

Photo: David Brown

Various walking paths and trails crisscross through Embrey Hill and add up to 126 total miles of curb, walking path and trail edging that HLS maintains. A total of seven parks are a part of the community.

Maintenance project shot (Photo: David Brown)

Maintenance project shot (Photo: David Brown)

Maintenance project shot (Photo: David Brown)

Photo: David Brown

Maintenance project shot (Photo: David Brown)

Photo: David Brown

Maintenance project shot (Photo: David Brown)

Photo: David Brown

Embrey House is the central point of the community. It includes the welcome center, a cafe, pool and fitness center. Residents meet here to relax, connect, socialize and celebrate.

Danielle Pesta

About the Author:

Danielle Pesta is the associate editor of Landscape Management. She started writing for the green industry in 2014 and has won multiple awards from the Turf & Ornamental Communicators Association (TOCA). She can be reached at dpesta@northcoastmedia.net.

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