Category Archives: Tree Care

How to Select an Arborist or Tree Service Company

While Tree Stewards do not recommend specific companies, we do provide advice for selecting a good service. Above all, we recommend contacting a certified arborist working with a bonded and insured tree company. You could ask for recommendations from neighborhood … Continue reading

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2018-19 Training Course Is Full

Enrollment for the 2018-19 training course for Tree Steward volunteers is full. Additional applicants will be added to a wait list and notified if any vacancy occurs.   Please consider enrolling in the 2019-20 training sessions. What do Tree Stewards … Continue reading

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Digging This Spring

  Pre-schoolers from the Children’s International School in Rosslyn joined their parents and grandparents Sunday, April 29, in planting 32 trees in a previously weedy area along the southbound George Washington Memorial Parkway ramp to Key Bridge. Volunteers from Tree … Continue reading

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It’s Invasive Species Week

By Alonso Abugattas, Natural Resources Manager, Arlington County, and Capital Naturalist blogger   This is National Invasive Species Awareness Week (February 26 – March 2). Invasive species are non-native organisms that, often because they’re free from natural controls they had … Continue reading

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Christmas Tree Choices: Living, Cut, or Artificial

‘Tis the season in which many believe the holidays would not be complete without a decorated tree. For those who care about their own environmental impact, the good news is you can follow your traditional celebration with a clear conscious! … Continue reading

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Can This Tree Be Saved?

How about it, Tree Stewards and arborists? What’s your prognosis for an Eastern redbud Cercis canadensis ‘Forest Pansy’ with a see-through split trunk? Click each image for a better view: This perky redbud caught our fancy as we conducted the … Continue reading

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Watering Young Trees = SUCCESS

October 2013 was just the first step in reforesting Tarleton Park in Alexandria.  TD Bank employees under the guidance of TreeSteward volunteers planted 30 trees – and provided enough funds for weekly summer watering for two years. You can read … Continue reading

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Winter Tree Care

The winter months are a great time to catch-up on tree maintenance and prepare for the spring growing season.  During the summer months, it is important to water trees but generally not perform maintenance (i.e. pruning or pest treatments); while … Continue reading

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Continuing Care and ID at Four Mile Run Park

Just like human babies, newly planted trees need ongoing care and protection. In April 2013, TreeStewards and Casey Trees planted twenty-five young trees in Four Mile Run Park off Mt. Vernon Avenue.  And over the last two summers, TreeSteward Kurt Moser … Continue reading

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Grate Project Protects Our Street Trees

By TreeSteward Richard Fontwengler In March of this year teams of Tree Stewards fanned out along the Rosslyn-Ballston corridor to inspect street trees growing in planter pits with tree grates.  Arlington County, short on resources to survey the condition of … Continue reading

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