Beautiful Bonsai

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 Soil Housing Your Bonsai Pruning Light 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 […]

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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. According to AgriLife.org: 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

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Our house is probably 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 […]

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Timber-rific

We normally hear people yell “Timber!” AFTER cutting a tree. It is a different story though in the Solomon Islands of the South Pacific ocean; stories tell that the people there actually shout AT THE tree to make it fall to the ground. “Felling by Yelling”, as they call. Famous author Robert Fulghum wrote in one of his book: In the Solomon Islands in the south Pacific some villagers practice a unique form of logging. If a tree is too large to be felled with an ax, the natives cut it down by yelling at it. (Can’t lay my hands on the article, but I swear I read it.) Woodsmen with special powers creep up on a tree just at dawn and suddenly scream at it at the top of their lungs. They continue this for thirty days. The tree dies and falls over. The theory is that the hollering kills the spirit of the tree. According to the villagers, it always works. Some would take this story seriously, but most would just shrug it off as a mere folklore. In reality, it is hard to believe that a tree would simply fall on the ground by just shouting at it. The real question here is not whether or not the story is real. What makes us wonder is, why do we need to put down trees in the first place? According to an organization called The Tree Next Door: Every year, falling trees or branches cause tragic deaths and tens of millions of dollars in property damage. As a result, some homeowners have come to the unfortunate conclusion that they should get their big trees removed… Most homeowners value their trees. They have tried not to be intimidated by tree accidents or scared by unscrupulous tree companies trying to score a job. However, most people do want to protect themselves. The problem is, they often don’t know what to do for their trees or who or where to turn for help. Furthermore, the article includes details on how homeowners with little or no knowledge of trees can examine the trees in their yard themselves in order to safeguard against the most common problems presented by urban trees. The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources of the University of Maryland released an article entitled How Do You Decide When To Remove a Tree, and an excerpt of it states: Many tree pruning and removal jobs are too much and very unsafe for the average do it yourselfer. Hire a professional. A professional is a “Certified” Arborist, this is a person who is fully insured, licensed and certified by the State. Genesis Tree Services is a Reliable Tree Service Provider in Fairfax, Virginia. They provide professional arborist who can tend to your needs when it comes to tree dilemma. Never again will you find the need to shout, whether in frustration or in an ill attempt to put down a tree. Let the experts in tree removal do a timber-rific job for […]

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