TREE CARE TIPS

FOR ALEXANDRIA, ARLINGTON & FAIRFAX COUNTY

Trimming Overgrown Trees? 10 Questions to Ask Before You Start

Jun 17, 2021
Members of the Green Vista Tree Care crew clean up after a summer tree trimming.

Tree pruning can give you the look and space you want without harming your trees – but only if it’s done correctly. Learn what to ask a tree service company (or yourself) before trimming overgrown trees.

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Why Mulch Is Killing Your Trees

May 16, 2021
mulch volcano

Mulch, when used in moderation, has many benefits. But somehow it’s become popular to pile mulch around trees. This causes many problems, most of which aren’t immediately apparent. But make no mistake about it – mulch volcanoes are a death sentence for trees. Here’s why and what you should do instead.

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Don’t Forget Your Trees in Your Spring Yard Cleanup

Apr 23, 2021
A lopper rests on a a box of tree branches as part of spring clean-up in a yard.

Spring yard cleanup can be overwhelming. Keep it simple by starting with these quick things to help your landscape and trees when spring arrives in Northern Virginia.

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Spring Tree Care Tips for Northern Virginia

Mar 14, 2021
spring blooms on a tree branch

Spring tree care lays a solid foundation for the long growing season ahead and helps keep your trees healthy, beautiful and safe. Here’s what to do …

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Tree Branches Touching Power Lines

Feb 23, 2021
silhouette of trees in power lines with moon in background

Are tree branches touching power lines dangerous? Can you trim the trees yourself? What about secondary lines – is it OK if trees touch those? We answer those FAQs and more!

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When & How to Prune Fruit Trees

Dec 13, 2020
clouds behind a fruit tree in need of pruning

When and how you prune fruit trees makes a huge difference in their health, fruit quality, and yield. Learn the proper timing, species differences, pruning techniques, and more.

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How to Protect Trees and Shrubs Before Winter Arrives

Nov 17, 2020
A shrub in Northern Virginia covered with a layer of snow

Ten simple steps you can take before snow, ice and cold weather arrive to protect trees through the Northern Virgina winter.

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How Much Does it Cost to Remove a Tree?

Oct 22, 2020

Learn what affects the cost of tree removal, what questions to ask the tree removal company, and how to know whether the price is reasonable or not.

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How to Choose the Best Tree to Plant in Your NOVA Yard

Sep 21, 2020
Homes in the Washington, D.C. are with trees and shrubs

Before you select a tree for your home landscape, there are three things to check and three places to look. Do all of these and you’ll be able to choose the best tree for your property and avoid common problems.

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Common Tree Pests In Fairfax & Arlington Counties, VA

Jul 17, 2020
Spotted lanterflies on a tree trunk, one of many pests that hurts trees in Northern Virginia

Description, targeted trees, damage, symptoms of infestation, and treatment options for the four most common and destructive tree pests in our area, plus two new ones to watch out for (it’s just a matter of time until they arrive in our area).

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Why Are My Tree’s Leaves Turning Yellow In Summer?

Jun 22, 2020
Green and yellow maple leaves on a summer day in Virginia

Are yellow tree leaves in summer a serious problem? We share details about why leaves turn yellow, what signs to look out for, what’s likely causing the problem, and what to do about it.

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Tree Staking FAQs: Why, When & How to Stake a Newly-Planted Tree

May 18, 2020
Multiple trees in an orchard staked with wood

You’ve probably seen many newly-planted trees held up with stakes. But is it necessary? We answer all your questions about whether a newly-planted tree should be staked, how to stake a tree, how long to leave it, what to use, and what not to do.

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