Knowledge Center

Get to know your options when it comes to construction materials, plants for your yard, and more. To make the process easier, we have compiled some resources for you to review. Take a look below.

Materials Library

Choose from a large variety of high-quality materials.

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Plant Library

See an assortment of plants for all your landscape needs.

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Video Library

Take a look at our fun and informative videos.

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Residential Garden Design

Ford's Colony Pergola
Find out how a new pergola transformed an aging deck.

Rain Garden Basics
Installing a rain garden is a great way to help protect our water quality.

First Colony Residence
Can you build in an RPA?

Visualize Your Project With Hertzler & George 3D Design
3d models can help you see your landscape before it's constructed.

A Back Yard Zen Garden
This relaxing retreat invites visitors to get up close and personal with plants.

A Front Yard Vegetable Garden
This beautiful vegetable garden is front and center.

Designing the Bones of Your Garden
If you plan ahead, your garden can look great in winter.

Forcing Spring-blooming Branches
A few tips on getting blooms to brighten your winter interiors.

Our Design Process
An explanation of how our design process works.

What Makes a Good Garden? 
Take a 3-D tour through one of our designs.

Queen's Lake Case Study 
Out of the box thinking creates a dramatic new entrance.

A Walled Entry Court 
A brick walled entry court provides breathing space for owners and guests.

Groundcover for a Shady Backyard
What are some of the choices

Alternatives to grass
What can you use to replace a small area of grass?

Fall Cleanup
Here are some tips for end-of-the-season cleanup.

Winter Tips
Here are some ideas to get your garden looking good in winter.

Drainage Issues

Sheet Membranes for Foundation Waterproofing
A case study.

Driveway Drainage Repair 
How we fixed a muddy mess.

Landscape Architecture

A Williamsburg Botanical Garden 
Take a 3-D tour through a conceptual plan for botanical garden.

Specifying Plants
How do we go about it?

Thoughts About Native Plants
Why natives are a good choice for landscape designs.

How We Design Your Outdoor Spaces
Listen to what Joe Hertzler had to say to about our design process on The Tide Radio 92.3 FM.

Turf Care

Lawns and Water Quality
Healthy lawns can be good for the bay.

Watering the lawn
How do I know if my lawn needs water?

Stiltgrass in my lawn
How do I get rid of it?

When to Plant Grass
Find out why spring is not a good time to do it.

Seeding Rates 
Why do we seed at the rate we do?

Ways to Beat Summer Lawn Stress in Williamsburg 
Learn about the typical problems for summer lawns.

How to Remove Bermuda Grass From Your Lawn 
Watch how Hertzler & George can help remove that pesky Bermuda grass from your lawn.

How to Remove Mushrooms From Your Lawn 
An entertaining video of how we recommend you remove the mushrooms that sprout up in your lawn.

Nimblewill In My Lawn 
Can it be treated?

Weed Control
Find out about our approach to controlling weeds in a healthy lawn.

How to Water a New Lawn
Here's a step-by-step pdf that you can download.

Trees, Shrubs & Ornamentals

Shrub Pruning Calendar
A guide to successful pruning from Virginia Tech

Growing Roses
Some tips from Cal Glaspie

Pruning Boxwood
Some tips from Cal Glaspie

Yellow Pachysandra
Should you fertilize?

Don't Take Crapemyrtles for Granted!
Why we love crapemyrtles.

Dogwoods for Our Area
Here are some recommendations on the best varieties to plant.

How to Prune Ornamental Grasses
Take a look at this informative video.

Boxwoods on the Decline?
How to keep your boxwoods healthy.

Japanese Stiltgrass
Controlling with pre-emergents.

Starting Seeds Indoors
Some basic tips on getting started.

Girdling Tree Roots
Will they hurt my tree?

Buying Seeds
Here's a list of some great places to buy seeds.

Winter Pruning Tips
Here are some helpful guidelines on how to prune plants in the winter.

How to Control Weeds in Your Shrub Beds 
A video showing how to deal with weeds.

Shrubs With Fall Interest For Williamsburg, Virginia 
Suggested plants for fall color and fruit.

Tree Roots and Foundations 
Which trees should I remove?

Tree Mats 
Are they a good alternative to mulch?

Going Green

Make the Most of Your Compost
A few basics on compost.

7 Ways to Go Green Now 
Learn what you can do right now to help the environment.

Growing a Greener Lawn 
Here are some ways to keep your lawn soil in great shape.

Landscape Pest Control

Horticultural Oil
What is it and when should you use it?

Moles and Grubs
Should you apply grub treatment?

Black Widows 
What to do if you find them in your yard.

Tips for Deer & Rabbit Repellent 
Does anything work?

Coyote Scent Repellent 
Should you use it?

Landscape Maintenance

Power Washing
How to avoid damage to your house and plants.

Leaf Removal
Avoid the hassle and let us do it for you.

Which type should I use?


Using reclaimed materials
How it can save in so many ways.

Construction Stress or Construction Fun 
Which would you rather have?

Venting and Waterproofing a Raised Terrace 
Here are a couple ways to go about it.

Inexpensive Replacement Materials 
Why they don't always stack up.

Our Hardscape Warranty 
We stand behind our work.