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Real-Life Secret Garden

Ever since I was a child, I’ve always been a fan of gardens and meadows. I will never forget the day I saw the 1993 film “The Secret Garden” — it made me want a garden of my own.

Well, for the benefit of those who haven’t seen that film yet, allow me to share the trailer (so nobody gets left behind):

 Any girl would want to live in a fairytale land such as a secret garden. A garden locked up with walls that are so high, that harsh realities could not get inside and pollute the beauty of the garden inside.

Well, so much for daydreaming and let’s head back to reality. Now that I’m all grown up, my passion for gardening has not been lessened at all. I still love flowers to bits, and although I don’t dream of having my very own secret garden anymore, I still love to maintain my own garden at home. Flowers are easier to tend than trees, I’d have to admit. But what good is a garden, without even a single trunk of tree to go with it. I prefer to let professionals take charge when it comes to my tree care.

Nowadays, I also enjoy visiting places that have picture-perfect-scenarios. The Secret Garden of Virginia gives us good ways on how to spend a 3-day tour in the region. Starting with a beautiful garden in Mount Vernon, which was designed by Former President George Washington himself.

If 3 days simply isn’t enough for you, lists down a wide array of Virginia Gardens that are perfect for you and your family to visit.

Now if you’re thinking of making gardening into your own personal habit, then perhaps joining the Garden Club of Fairfax would be a perfect thing to do now. That way, you’ll get a good head start with your home garden and lawn maintenance.

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Beautiful Bonsai

The art tree planting and caring is brought into miniature size when bonsai trees were introduced. Over 1000 years ago, this unique way of gardening was first introduced in China, then later was adapted in Japan.

“Bonsai” is a Japanese pronunciation of the earlier Chinese term penzai, it is an art form using miniature trees grown in containers.

Most people do not know this, but growing bonsai plants in your home could prove to be beneficial to your health. According to Methods of Healing:

Other than the fact that these trees are simply beautiful they also offer many other benefits beyond splendor. There is deep philosophy in the spiritual dimension of the art as the grower. With that being said, it is a relaxing hobby. The process brings a Zen state of mind. As you trim, prune, re pot, water, and so on, it takes your mind elsewhere and allows you to focus on these simple tasks. Since patience is also a requirement of the grower, this much needed virtue is certainly tested throughout the Bonsai growing process.

Now if you’re already a fan of these midget trees, then you’d definitely agree that they are indeed  not just beautiful to look at but they can also bring a lot of good fortune for you (not just lucky fortune, but monetary fortune as well). Interested to know more?

Profitable Plant Digest shares How to Make Money with Small Trees:

Mature bonsai plants from her (Pauline’s) personal collection are sold at her studio and online for prices ranging from $180 to $1,200. Like Pauline, thousands of bonsai enthusiasts have learned how to make money growing these tiny trees.

Since these tiny trees don’t take up so much space, they are considered the perfect indoor ornaments. AllThingsBonsai shares that “The best rooms to keep indoor bonsai (are in the) kitchens and bathrooms.”

Having green plants indoor can really add a lot of aesthetic appeal to your home, it allows you to experience the comfort of staying indoor while enjoying the fresh garden-like scenario.

If you have never tried tending bonsai before and you feel the sudden interest to have one, perhaps reading the article Things to Consider Before Buying Your Fist Bonsai would help you a lot.

ProFlowers shares 5 simple tips to maintain the care for your bonsai trees, which consists of the following things to consider:

Water and Humidity


Housing Your Bonsai



This video by GrahamWPotter shows us just how bonsai trees can be transformed from being “the ugliest” tree to being a “beautiful bonsai”:

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Build Your Dream Treehouse

Childhood will never be the same when one gets the privilege of having his/her own treehouse. The limitless fun a child could have in this magical place is priceless. It takes a lot of imagination and hard work to make a dream treehouse come true. Treeforts are not limited for children alone, it could also be a fun place for any adult, especially those who wants to take a relaxing break and get a closer encounter with nature.

If only everyone could, I guess everybody would build a treehouse in their yard. Who wouldn’t want to have a simple sanctuary that will allow them to escape the hustle and bustle of our daily routine? Well, before you start making your own treehouse, allow me to point out some important tips on how to start things right in building you treehouse.

First and foremost, we have to consider some laws that govern treehouse construction. Here in Fairfax county, an online local government website shares this useful information:

Tree Houses

Under the Zoning Ordinance, a tree house is an accessory structure and subject to the following regulations.

A tree house is not permitted in a required front yard, and in general, a tree house may be located in any part of any side or rear yard—if it doesn’t exceed seven feet in height.

If the tree house exceeds seven feet in height, it must be setback at a distance equal to its height from the rear lot line and a distance equal to the side yard setback from the side lot line.

(As an example, a 15-foot tall tree house that’s located on a property with a 12-foot minimum required side yard must be setback at least 15 feet from the rear lot line and at least 12 feet from the side lot line.)  

The height of the tree house is measured from the highest point of the house to the lowest point of the finished ground adjacent to the tree house.

Building permits are not required for tree houses or other playground equipment, but the Zoning Ordinance limits the size of tree houses and other types of children’s playhouses to 100 square feet in area.

Right from the start, it’s better to be sure that you’re not breaking any law because it would be heart-breaking if you impulsively build a treehouse only to be forced by authorities to shut it down because it did not confine with the regulations.

If your “blueprint” parallels that of the local government’s specifications, then the next step you need would be to study this step-by-step guide in building your treehouse. Of course, as predicted, the first step would be to choose a tree fitted to take on the role in being your fort’s foundation.

It would take a healthy tree to make a good treehouse. A professional arborist can be hired to help you choose a suitable tree that is healthy enough to take on the role. In turn, the tree you chose must be kept in good condition to give a good support of your treehouse. Always remember: Don’t Restrict Tree Growth. Building treehouses should never cause any harm to the tree it is built in. Always make sure that your tree(s) is/are well-taken cared of to ensure that your treehouse will be safe for your children to climb and play around with.

Whatever the size or the shape of your dream treehouse(s) is/are, you have to keep this Treehouse Guide in mind:

Whatever your reason for building a treehouse, it must be strong and safe. You need the right tree and capable materials. The house must respect the tree, allowing it to move in the wind and to grow with minimal restriction.

This video below shares a family’s first-hand experience on how they built their dream treehouse on a summer break:


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Tree Owners’ Rights And Responsibilities

You may think that owning a tree is as easy as one-two-tree (I mean, three). A Chinese Proverb once said: The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now. Well, before you start digging a hole and planting your seedlings today, make sure you know your rights and responsibilities as a tree owner.

According to FindLaw, in one of their discussions entitled Conflicts Involving Trees and Neighbors:

Landowners are responsible for maintaining the trees on their property. Legally, they have two duties: make reasonable inspections and take care to ensure the tree is safe. Therefore, if a reasonable inspection shows that the tree could be dangerous, your neighbor is responsible for the tree removal. If your neighbor does not remove the dangerous tree, and the tree does in fact cause damage, your neighbor can be held liable.

The article lists some common questions that may arise between neighbors disputing about a tree, and to mention a few important points about the topic:

You have the right to trim your neighbor’s tree branches that extend past the property line. Take extra precaution though because if you accidentally damage, destroy or harm the tree, it may cost you up to $60,000 depending on its replacement value. Hire a professional tree trimming expert to avoid such sky-rocketing expenses.

So how do we know who owns the tree and who holds the responsibility for it?

Cestria: Trees are the property of the owner of the land on which they grow. . . Common law does not require tree owners to prune or maintain their trees – even if they are dangerous. It just places the liability on them should someone suffer damage if they fail to do so. As a dangerous tree could cause a lot of damage, prevention is better than allocating blame.

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Naturally occurring trees are also generally the responsibility of the owner of the land on which they grow. The level of responsibility is determined by the context. A tree growing in a residential neighborhood would require more duty of care than a tree in a more rural setting.

Gardening may be a task taken lightly by most people. It’s like a walk in the park for others but it is nice to know that a tree entails not just a lot of fruits (pleasures) but also a lot of falling leaves (responsibilities). Tree maintenance is relatively not easy especially if you are not an experienced gardener. Our friendly and well-experienced professional arborists are available to assist you with your tree care service needs.

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Terminate Termites

Our home is likely the biggest investment we have, and it would be  tragic to see it being devoured inside-out by pesky pests such as termites. These creepy crawling insects love to thrive in dark and damp materials. Their diet consists mainly of cellulose; which happens to be the primary component of timber. Commonly, houses are built in wood or any combination of it. Making your sweet home very appealing to termites. Now before you panic, read through this article and learn that these pests are not an all-time champion and that you can still win over these home invaders.

Sun Tzu, author of the book “Art of War” said: If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.

Fast Facts About Termites

Ants are termites main predator. Ants can attack termite colonies or termite workers looking for food.

Since termites live in dark places and many of them are blind, termites communicate through pheromones (chemical signals) and vibrations caused by head-banging.

In the U.S., subterranean termites cause more damage than dry-wood and damp-wood termites. Formosan termites, a species of subterranean termite, are responsible for the greatest amount of damage in the U.S. (Source)


Area of Distribution: The Eastern subterranean termite is the most common and widely distributed termite in the USA, commonly found from southern Ontario, in all Eastern states of the USA including Texas. In the state of Virginia, Fairfax is  included in the list of high risk areas. (Source)

Prevention Is Better Than Cure

According to a DoItYourSelf article about Termite Prevention, there are 3 things that attract termite the most: Water, Soil, and Wood. The article names 12 effective ways of preventing these pesky pests from infesting your house. Number 8 discusses about removing the “root” of the problem:

Remove any dead trees, old stumps, or roots in your yard. As these items decay, they attract termites to the area by providing a food source. When the food is gone, the termite colony will look for new sources of food. This includes your house.

Don’t forget to let Professional Tree Removers do the work for you, to avoid doing further damage to your pest problems.

Better Late Then Never

If in any case, termites have already found their way into your house, watch this video entitled How to Get Rid of Termites to give you 5 steps on how to terminate termites.


Digging the Root of The Problem

Experts say that having woods near your property would likely increase the chance of termites finding their way into your home. Therefore, to prevent this problem, avoid keeping diseased, damaged, or old trees in your backyard. Contact your local Fairfax Genesis Tree Service Provider now to give you expert advice about the state of your backyard trees and to help you decide whether or not tree removal or tree treatment is necessary.

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Centreville Safety

In this day and age, with so many do-it-yourself blogs and sources out there, it’s tempting to just assume that you can do everything yourself. And when it comes to performing basic landscaping, yard work, or home improvement tasks, this is a perfectly valid assumption. But what a lot of us are bad at is knowing when a task is too big for us to handle. Most tree care beyond basic trimming work falls into this category. I came across this article today and wanted to share it, because I thought it was pretty powerful:

Trees, Saws and Ladders Don’t Mix!

In May of 2011, a Lexington, Kentucky, woman was struck by a falling tree limb and died. According to a local news report, the woman was holding a ladder for her husband, who was standing on it to trim a tree branch caught in a power line. …

The woman killed in this story was from Kentucky, but it could just as easily have happened in a Centreville backyard. Please, please, if you are going to attempt any tree work that involves ladders or large limbs, first contact a Centreville tree service. You don’t even have to hire them to complete the job – you can just have them come out and give their opinion on the project, and whether or not it’s something that you can accomplish safely on your own.

You can also check out OSHA’s list of tree care safety tips:

Tree Trimming & Removal Safety Tips

Assume that All Power Lines Are Energized!Contact the utility company to discuss de-energizing and grounding or shielding of power lines. …

Be smart. It just might save a life.

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Removing Ivy From Trees

In a post from a couple of days ago we talked about the damage that ivy can cause to trees. If after reading that post and talking with a Woodbridge tree specialist you’ve decided that you need to remove the ivy from your trees, we thought we would offer some tips on just how to do that.

One way to kill the ivy is through the use of pesticides. This has the danger, however, of harming the tree itself along with the ivy, so I personally recommend the long and hard manual process. To begin, you must disconnect the ivy from its roots in the ground. IvyOut explains how:

“Depending on the thickness of the vines, use either loppers or a pruning saw to cut through each vine at shoulder height and at ankle height. Be careful not to wound the bark of the tree when cutting the ivy vines. Strip the ivy away from the tree between the two cuts (some vines may be so big that you will need to pry them away from the tree). Be careful not to damage the bark.”

By severing the vine’s connection to its roots, it is cut off from its source of nutrients, eventually causing the vines to wither and die. You can also check out this blog post for a more detailed explanation of how to sever the vines:

Removing Ivy From Trees… Easier Than You Think!

Sorry for the long title, but this is what I needed to read regarding the large tree next to the house, two years ago.  You see, we bought a house with a yard that had literally “run wild”. …

However, you cannot just end there. Ivy is called an ‘invasive plant’ because of its rapid growth and tendency to take over. You must pull the vines up by the roots, or they will grow back. Here’s what you do:

“Pull all ivy vines out of the ground around the base of the tree, making a 2 feet ‘life saver ring[ around the tree. This will protect the tree from future infestations. This is easiest to do when the soil is soft from rains; if the ground is very hard and the vines keep breaking, wait until after a rain to remove.” (Read full article.)

And you’re done! Now all that is left is to wait for the vines still on the tree to dry up. You might be tempted to pull them down, but their strong attachment to the bark still remains. It is best to let them die on the tree in their own time.

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Can Ivy Kill My Tree?

I’ve always loved the look of a huge old tree covered in ivy. For some reason it always makes me think of King Arthur or Robin Hood or other such stories. But there is always the question of whether or not the ivy damages the tree.

What is ivy, exactly? The most common type of ivy that you will see in Fairfax is called English ivy. It is an evergreen vine that is sometimes used as groundcover, and also climbs trees, walls, fences, and anything else that it can find. At its full maturity the vine will grow seed balls and flowers at the top. The way it climbs is actually quite interesting:

“English ivy climbs up trees and walls by attaching with suction-cup-like roots called “hold fasts”… . These little attachments are so strong that they often need to be removed from walls with sandblasting.” (Read full article.)

Ivy does not directly kill trees. It is not a parasite so it does not directly take nutrients from the tree. It does, however, require all the same nutrients that the tree does, so they become competitors:

“Dense ivy cover deprives the tree’s bark of normal contact with air and mocroorganisms and competes with the tree for nutrients and water.” (Read full article.)

The ivy also holds moisture against the tree’s bark, causing it to rot. The rot creates a pathway for bugs and diseases to enter the tree. If a tree is strong and healthy, this may not be a problem for it. But if the tree is already not doing well, this added struggle may be too much.

Talk to a tree specialist in Fairfax to help you determine whether or not your ivy is a threat to your tree. It’s quite possible that all you need to do is trim is back a bit rather than remove it completely. If it’s at all possible to keep the ivy on my trees without injuring the tree, I would choose that solution in a heartbeat. Stay tuned for an article later this week on how to trim or remove ivy without damaging the tree.

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Tree Planting

So you want to plant a tree? Fantastic! We can always use more trees in Gainesville. But before you begin, there are a few things you should know to ensure that your tree will thrive, not just survive. Planting your tree at the right time of year can make all the difference:

“In general, April and May are the best times to plant in the Northern hemisphere, because the tree has all summer to grow and get accustomed to its new abode. Otherwise, September and October are your best bet. It tends to be cooler and rainier and the trees are getting ready for hibernation.” Read full article.

Be aware, however, that certain kinds of trees do not do well when planted in the fall. If you’re not sure about your tree, ask your local Gainesville tree specialist for any advice that is particular to your tree.

Once you’ve decided when to plant, you need to pick a good spot. It needs to be in a place that gets a lot of sun and away from anything that will hinder its root development. You should keep a number of factors in mind when choosing the location:

Choose the Right Place

Here are some of the factors to consider when choosing the right place to plant trees around your home…

Now you’re ready to begin. You need to dig a hole for the tree and loosen up all the soil around it. Once in the ground, fill in the hole with that loose soil, not packing it down too hard or covering the top of the root ball. Watch this video for more details:

As the video explains, once in the ground the surrounding area should be covered in 2-4 inches of mulch. The end result should look something like this:

The tree will then need to be watered daily for the next few weeks, and possibly months as it begins to grow. And you’re done!

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Mulching Tips

When it comes to basic tree care in Reston, there are two simple and easy things that will benefit your trees to no end: mulching and watering. The need for watering is pretty obvious, and even total beginners are aware of its importance. But mulching often gets overlooked.

What is mulch, exactly? has a good definition:

“Mulch is any type of material that is spread or laid over the surface of the soil as a covering. It is used to retain moisture in the soil, suppress weeds, keep the soil cool and make the garden bed look more attractive. Organic mulches also help improve the soil’s fertility, as they decompose.”

Mulch can be made of any number of things, but the most common kind is made of wood chips. It is very important to mulch a newly-planted tree, but mulch can be equally beneficial to an adult tree. It has a number of benefits:

The Importance of Mulching

A newly planted tree’s best friend is mulch. It is very important to remember to mulch your tree after you have planted it. Mulch is a valuable for your trees health and care because…

When mulching a tree you want to create a ring around the base, generally covering the area that is shaded by the tree’s branches. The mulch should be about 2-4 inches thick. Any more than this and you can actually damage the tree. You should also avoid piling the mulch up against the base of the tree, as this can cause the bark to decay. Here’s a video for tips on spreading mulch:

If you have any trouble and are concerned about your tree, remember that you can also call on a local Reston tree service to give you some tips.

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