Frequently Asked Questions

How can Rivas Design & Landscaping serve my needs?

We can take you from concept to completion, beginning with the design. Our designer will work with you to ensure that the end product is what you want, is suited to your space and within your budget. You can trust Rivas Design to provide quality work, with quality material at a fair price. We are interested in building a relationship with you as your project grows.

Where do you get your plants from?

For larger projects, we work directly with growers to provide you top quality material. On more moderate sized projects, we use local wholesale vendors who are focused on high quality, disease-free plant material.

Do you offer a warranty?

We offer a one-year, one-time full replacement warranty on woody shrubs and trees installed by our skilled crews, provided all effort has been made to ensure successful establishment. Perennials and annuals, vines and groundcovers are not covered by this warranty. There are some limitations to the warranty. Please ask your designer for further details.

What do you offer?

Landscape Design & consultation, plant installation, hardscapes (walkways, patios, walls), cleanups & mulchings, annual rotations, brush removal, sod, seeding, some site work.

Are you a landscape architecture group?

No, we are landscape designers and professional installers. We do, however, have relationships with landscape architects in the event your project requires it.

What are your certifications?

We are a fully insured and licensed landscaping contractor. We hold a valid Class A Landscape Contractor Certification for Virginia. We are SWaM certified and micro business certified with the state of Virginia.

How long have you been in business?

Rivas Design began as a design-only firm in 2001 and was incorporated as a design/build business in 2007.

What areas do you serve?

We are based in Prince William County and serve the county, Manassas City, Manassas Park, Fairfax, Loudon, Fauquier, Stafford. Generally, within 1 hour of Manassas. Call for further information.

Do you do free estimates for landscaping?

Due to the nature of a design project, we do not offer a free estimate. There is a $50 consultation fee for a design consultation and $65/hour fee for design work.  If you choose to have us complete your install, the design fee may be waived.

What is the average cost of a landscape plan?

A single area might be around $130, while a master plan can vary from $300-$500, depending on the size and scope.

Do you offer free estimates for other work?

Due to the limited amount of time our team has to meet with clients we ask that you only schedule a site visit with us if you are serious about considering us as a vendor.

Do you mow residential lawns?

No. We only provide commercial lawn maintenance at this time.

Do you do irrigation?

No. We do work with contractors who can walk you through that process if desired.

Do you offer chemical applications?

Not at this time. We work with another small business who is certified in that field to ensure compliance.

What is the process to work with Rivas Design & Landscaping?

Contact us here at the contact us page, email or call (703)304-2025 to schedule a meeting. Please have a copy of your plat available for the designer at the initial meeting.

When is the best time to plan for a landscape project?

Late winter and summer are the best times to plan your landscape projects so that you are ready for the following planting window.

What is the ideal time for planting?

Generally, in Virginia, the best times to install are in the early spring after the ground thaws, and in the fall as plants begin to go dormant. Fall is the best time to plant deciduous trees and plants (those that lose their leaves in the winter). Spring is the best time to plant the evergreens as they tend to have a harder time in the winter getting acclimated.

When should I cut back my perennials?

After perennials bloom can be a good time to cut back the growth. Then again in the fall when the growth has died. Perennials regenerate from the roots so anything left above the ground in the winter will not return.

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