A Shady Retreat

After a storm brings down a beloved tree, a replacement takes shape.
In 2003, after hurricane Isabel blew down a stately tree in this Williamsburg, Virginia backyard, the owners were left with a big gap in their yard, and in their hearts. The old tree was almost a part of the family.  For years, it’s spreading limbs provided a shady place to relax and watch the grandchildren playing on a rope swing. The owners could have replanted a new tree, but it would be years before it was big enough to provide real shade. As an alternative, Hertzler & George suggested building a wooden arbor that they could use immediately. The structure was designed to support a rope swing and chair, and an open-framed roof  provides support for vines to grow on.


BEFORE – After the storm, the loss of the shade tree made the backyard unwelcoming. DURING – A 3d model of the house and arbor allowed the clients to see how it would relate to the house.


DURING – The 3d model allowed the clients to see exactly what the arbor would look like. AFTER – The finished structure.
A GREEN CEILING – Plantings around the base of the arbor will eventually grow up into the roof to provide welcome shade.
HAVE A SEAT – A swing bench and simple bluestone landing provide the perfect afternoon getaway.
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Bed Transformation!

Once again I am very pleased with the excellent work H&G did on my property.  They turned a section of my ugly front yard with invasive Bermuda grass into a beautiful and simple flower bed with mulch and many small bushes.  This striking transformation adds greatly to the house’s curb appeal.  I look forward to them coming back out this fall and replacing the rest of the front yard with sod and removing all the undesirable Bermuda grass.  Brian was easy and pleasant to work and plan with.  He always responded to my questions immediately.  Jon and his crew were likewise very nice, efficient, and perfectionists in planting my new yard.  Many thanks and accolades to H&G once again!

Sandy Hall

So thankful to be a customer!

when i returned to williamsburg in 2022, it was a real challenge to find a company willing to take on “yet one more customer” – i was ignored and turned down by others… but hertzler and george came to my rescue and i could not be happier – wonderful staff, professional and so friendly, i completely trust them to service my yard!  merry christmas and happy new year to everyone and H&G!


Drainage Help

I would like to let you know how happy we are with the service we received recently.
We had a drainage issue in our yard and did some research, learned your company was highly recommended and decided to see what your company could do.
From the first contact, we had a great experience as the lady that answered the phone was very nice. She put us in contact with Brian Kemp who we also liked from the start, and we made an appt for him to come and take a look. He was right on time, very thorough, and just a very nice fella who we both liked right away and had confidence in. We really liked how he gave us options and listened to what we wanted. We scheduled the work, it was done right on time, and it looks great! Brian was even nice enough to do a video walk through for us afterwards as we weren’t in town. Just great service from start to finish! Thank you Brian

We will definitely be back with more projects in the future.

T.M. - Ford's Colony

Thank You

Just a short note to thank you for all the help you gave us with our garden this year. Jonathon again did a wonderful job doing the bed detailing this summer, as did the mulching crew in the spring. I don’t know the name of the woman who supervised the mulching crew, but I want to let you know how professional she was. In fact, the entire crew was pleasant to work with, especially to experience the care that they took with their work.

Thanks also for being so flexible with the changes we requested for our mowing schedule.

E.L. - Ford's Colony