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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Best Fruit Trees to Grow in Northern Virginia

Apr 13, 2020
apples growing on an apple tree in Virginia

These delicious fruiting trees grow well in northern Virginia and are generally the easiest to care for. We cover the best varieties, growing conditions, care, and more.

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Beyond Mulch: 10 Ways to Use Wood Chips in Your Yard

Feb 17, 2020
light wood chips on the ground can be used for a variety of projects

Tree removal, pruning and stump grinding will leave a pile of wood chips. Here are 10 ideas for how to use them in your own yard rather than having them hauled away.

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Why & How to Water Trees in Winter (Yes, Even in Northern Virginia!)

Jan 23, 2020
water drops from an ice-covered branch

In winter, a dormant tree still needs water to maintain itself until spring. These FAQs answer all of your questions about why, when, and how to trees in winter.

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Winter Tree Care Tips for Northern Virginia

Dec 12, 2019
Snow on evergreens

Our top recommendations for winter tree care. What to do, how to do it, and what not to do to keep your trees healthy and safe through our northern Virginia winters (December through February).

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When Shouldn’t You Prune or Remove Trees Yourself?

Nov 14, 2019
why homeowners shouldn't prune header

Looking at that overgrown tree in your yard and thinking about pruning or removing parts of it yourself? Ask yourself these questions first to see whether DIY tree work is the best option.

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Falling Leaves in Autumn: What Should You Do With Them?

Oct 11, 2019
tree trunk with fall leaves ground

Each autumn, as deciduous trees start dropping leaves, are you left wondering what the heck to do with all those fallen leaves? Here are three options for dealing with fallen leaves on your northern Virginia property.

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5 Best Shrubs To Plant This Fall

Sep 18, 2019
shrubs plant this fall azalea

Many shrubs grow well in northern Virginia, but these are the 5 best shrubs to plant this fall. They’re beautiful, easy to grow & now’s the time to plant!

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Tree Roots Causing Problems? Find the Real Root of the Issue

Aug 11, 2019
tree roots lifting concrete sidewalk slabs

Problems caused by tree roots can be found in every neighborhood in northern Virginia. Roots invade sewer and water pipes, enter cracked foundations, lift sidewalks and crack paved areas, and spread above ground to trip you. Learn why it happens, how to fix the problem, and how to prevent it.

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