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Facts About The City Of Centreville That Will Interest You

Centreville, Virginia is a place to discover and explore. It is located in Fairfax County and is surrounded by Chantilly, Fair Lakes and Greenbriar.  Its area covers 12.04 square miles, and only 1% of this area is covered with water-the rest is land. Over the years, Centreville has amassed a rich history which has given it a unique story. It is now recognized as a census location even though it was previously too small for this status. History Centreville was previously known as Newgate during the period beginning in 1760s, that is, the colonial period. It was considered to be a “new gate” to the western regions. Later on, its name was changed to Centreville because it was centrally located among other key areas such as Georgetown and Warrenton. It used to be within Loudoun County, but after some boundaries were revised, its location shifted to Fairfax County as it is to this day. Population and Income Centreville has a population of 73,660, and the median age is 35.1 years.  In 2014, the median age was 34, which gives an impression that the population is generally growing older. On the other hand, 85.7% of the population is composed of US citizens according to the data published in 2015. The languages that are widely spoken, apart from English, are Korean and Spanish. There is an average of 24,618 households found in Centreville, and the median income per household grew to $105,278 in 2015. Attractions and Places To Visit Centreville is an amazing holiday and event destination. The Bull Run Regional park is perfect for residents and visitors that love the outdoors. Adventure and action lovers may be additionally interested in the Shooting Center that’s in the park. Virginia is known world over for its amazing wine, and Centreville has not been left out and one winery that draws particular interest can be found at Bull Run. Centreville is also home to the Old Stone Church, which serves as a historic site for visitors. The church served as a hospital for wounded soldiers of the Union Army who had taken part in the battlefield in Manassas. Their lack of experience in war led to many casualties. The Old Stone Church became a refuge for them and afterwards, in the winter of 1861-1862, the area was converted into a Confederate campground. Visitors can also stop at the Red Rock Canyon Grill for tailor made meals, whether it’s breakfast or a late evening munch. The Outback Steakhouse, another favorite, is the place to go for steaks and other meaty preparations. Click here to learn about Lorton VA, also found in Fairfax County. If you are in need of a tree care contractor in Centreville, call Genesis Tree Service of Fairfax today.

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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, Virginia.com 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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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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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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