Notes on Power Washing


Having your home power washed to remove dirt and mildew is a great way to enhance the appearance of your house. However, choosing the right professional for the job is critical. Improper timing of cleaning, failure to wash chemicals off plants, improper application of chemicals, and using a heat setting that is too high can all cause damage to plants and in some cases, even your home.

I recently visited a property that had suffered damage to both their turf and shrubs as a result of a bad power washing job. Luckily, all the plants pictured should grow back, but in the meantime, they certainly look unsightly. I wish they had called us! At Hertzler & George, we’re much more careful about our work and we don’t let these kinds of problems happen.

Power Washing the Right Way:

  • Most chemical cleaners are fine but we make sure to use cleaners that are rated for use near plantings
  • We avoid covering plants, especially when the sun is out, because that may do more harm than the power washing itself
  • Before the work begins, we make clear what to expect and how we’ll protect your home and landscaping
  • Timing is critical for protecting the health and appearance of your plants. We take into consideration both the time of day and the time of year when we power wash your home.
  • We stand by the quality of our work

Improper Power Washing Can Lead to this:

Leaf Damage on Gardenia

Leaf Damage on Japanese Maple

Lawn Damage

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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

Always Helpful

Brian came out last week to try to assess a problem we are having in our yard.  He arrived on time, was extremely courteous and took a considerable amount of time analyzing our situation.  While he was unable to reach a solution, he did take the time to research and recommend another business that might be able to help us.  That kind of customer service will make us more likely to call on Hertzler & George if other issues arise.  Thanks, Brian!