TREE CARE TIPS

FOR ALEXANDRIA, ARLINGTON & FAIRFAX COUNTY

Avoid Salt & Ice Melt Damage To Your Trees & Plants

Jan 11, 2019
avoid winter salt damage to trees

Rock salt and ice melt are helpful during northern Virginia winters, but they can kill your plants. Protect your plants with these tips and alternatives.

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Help Trees Recover From Ice and Snow Damage in Northern Virginia

Dec 20, 2018
winter ice damage on trees

Winter storms, with high winds, ice, and heavy snow, can all cause trees to split, branches to break, and large limbs to fall. In this article, we share some tips on how to prevent, spot, and treat ice and snow damage from winter storms.

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How to Protect Trees From Sunscald Injury This Winter

Nov 21, 2018
sunscald on green ash - image by William Jacobi, Colorado State University, Bugwood.org

During winter, temperature swings can cause enormous damage to thin-barked deciduous trees through something called sunscald. But it’s easy to prevent if you know how. Here’s what you can do this winter to keep your trees safe.

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Why Leaves Change Color in Fall: A Northern Virginia Guide

Oct 22, 2018
leaves change color in fall

What makes trees in northern Virginia change from green into shades of yellow, orange, red and purple each fall? Here’s why it happens, what affects the timing and brightness of the display, and when you can expect peak leaf color this year.

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Watering Trees During the Dog Days of Summer

Aug 18, 2018
summer tree watering

Plants and lawns need to be watered, but trees get enough water from rainwater, right? Not necessarily! In fact, you should probably water your trees more than your lawn, as trees are a larger investment. Learn how you can tell if your trees need water, the best way to water them, and the best time of day to water to ensure that you’re not wasting water.

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Prevent Tree Damage From Storms & Wind in Northern Virginia

Jul 26, 2018
storm damage to trees in northern virginia

Summer storms in northern Virginia are a common and dangerous occurrence. Although we all love the warmth and sunshine of summer, it also brings with it torrential downpours, violent thunderstorms, occasional tornadoes and high winds – we’ve even been hit with hurricanes – all of which put trees and property at risk.

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The Truth About Tree Care Insurance & Homeowner Risk

May 31, 2018
lightning hitting tree - need insurance

If the tree care company or person you hire doesn’t have the right insurance, you’re putting yourself at risk. Here are some of the things you should know about tree care insurance before hiring anyone to do tree work on your property.

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Tree Topping: Should You Do It?

Mar 4, 2018
tree topping

Topping is the practice of drastically cutting back all of a tree’s larger branches to make them shorter, with the goal of creating a smaller tree. Unfortunately, topping usually has the opposite effect – if it doesn’t kill the tree. Learn what topping is and the associated costs (to your tree and your wallet).

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Frost Cracks: What They Are & What To Do About Them

Feb 21, 2018

During the winter, if your trees make loud cracking sounds at night, or you notice vertical splits in the bark, it’s probably frost cracks. Caused by large temperature swings, these cracks usually heal themselves in healthy trees. Take good care of affected trees to ensure that they recover, and call in the pros if the split persists or gets worse.

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Is My Tree Okay? How to Know When it’s Time to Remove a Tree

Jan 15, 2018

  Trees have endless benefits, from energy conservation to wind protection to creating healthy air for us to breathe. But as a living organism, trees are prone to death and disease, can be injured, and may grow where you don’t want them to. As a result, they sometimes need to be removed. As a homeowner,…

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Tree Planting Tips For Healthy Trees

Oct 17, 2017
tree planting shovel

Do you know what the biggest killer of newly-planted trees is? Poor tree planting practices. Here’s the best advice I can give you when it comes to planting a tree – “Plant a $5 tree in a $100 hole.”  That doesn’t mean buy a cheap tree or line the planting hole with gold. It means…

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Top Five Landscape Trees for Fall Color in Northern Virginia

Sep 29, 2017
fall leaf color northern virginia

Many people associate fall with the changing color of tree leaves – over the space of a few weeks the whole landscape seems to magically morph from green to brilliant shades of orange, gold, red, and purple. We often get asked for recommendations on the best trees to plant in Northern Virginia for stunning fall…

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