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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Plant The Right Tree In The Right Place

Jul 13, 2017
plant trees in the right place

I recently drove through a neighborhood where many of the homes had maples, dogwoods, mulberries or white pines in their yards. One even had an elm. The maples are slowly destroying the sidewalks, the dogwoods are damaging the siding of the nearby houses, the mulberries make a huge mess when the berries ripen, the elm…

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Best Spring-Flowering Trees For Northern Virginia

May 1, 2017
spring flowering trees for northern Virginia

We usually think of tulips and daffodils when we think of spring flowers. But some of the best blossoms of spring come from spring-flowering trees. Their emerging fragrance fills the air and falling petals dance in the wind like spring snow, blanketing the ground in color. These are the landscape trees that brighten the early…

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Why Hire a Certified Arborist?

Apr 16, 2017

Simply put, Certified Arborists save you time and money.  Healthy well-maintained trees are one of the most important elements of any landscape. Mature shade or evergreen trees beautify the neighborhood and provide shelter for wildlife, but they have monetary benefits, too. Trees have a positive impact on property values, they help improve air quality, reduce…

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