Pruning, there is more to it than meets the eye.

Three years ago, before I took the Tree Stewards class, I had no idea why anyone would want to learn about pruning trees.  The class was an eye opener!  First thing to know is that pruning a tree damages the tree.  Sometimes the harm is overshadowed by the benefits, other times it’s best to just…

Tree Stewards Plant Seedlings at Sandy Run Regional Park

Fourteen eager volunteers showed up at Sandy Run Regional Park on a sunny Sunday morning, on April 13th.  They were there to participate in a tree planting sponsored by Fairfax County Tree Stewards and Fairfax ReLeaf. Fairfax County Tree Stewards Bob Pearson and Diane Post organized the planting of 64 trees and shrubs at Sandy…

What’s Wrong with Moss?

by Jim McGlone, Urban Forest Conservationist, Virginia Department of Forestry – I frequently get calls asking about taking down or thinning trees. When I ask the caller “Why?” the answer is often because they can’t grow grass in the shade, all they have is moss. What’s wrong with moss? It’s soft, green, drought adapted, and…

Tree Steward Training Classes will begin again in February 2015

Make a difference in your community by training as a Fairfax County Tree Steward Schedule will be available this Fall! Make a commitment to improving and protecting your community forests through 30 hours of volunteer service and 8 hours of continuing education during the next year after training. Volunteer training classes will prepare you to…

Winter Damage Prevention and Repair

by Jim McGlone, Urban Forest Conservationist, Virginia Department of Forestry – Winter weather can bring heavy loads on trees and shrubs. The combination of accumulated snow and ice with or without wind can stress trees and shrubs to the breaking point. Most failures will occur at the root plate where the trunk and root system…

Leave the leaves on the ground

Here are some ways YOU can join the growing number of Fairfax County residents who are willing to care for one of our most beneficial resources – TREES! Recycle Leaves Trees don’t expect you to remove the leaves they drop! They expect to recycle them next spring. Help them reuse the nutrients in those dead…