Public Works and Environmental Services

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Our administrative offices are open to the public by appointment only at this time. Please call or email 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday

TTY 711

12000 Government Center Parkway
Suite 448 Fairfax, VA 22035

Sharon North,
Public Information Officer

Living Trees Extend Holiday Cheer Year-Round

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Live Christmas TreeThis holiday season, consider decorating your home with a living tree that you can later plant in your yard to enjoy for many years to come. Simply leave the tree’s roots balled or covered in burlap, and place the tree in a container. Before moving the tree inside, allow the tree to adjust to cooler temperatures by storing it in an unheated garage or shed for a few days. Do this again when it’s time to move the tree outside.

Remember, a living tree requires lots of water and will begin to grow after 10 days. Plant your tree immediately after the holidays, or place it in a shallow hole and cover with mulch until the ground thaws.

For more information, please contact the Fairfax County Urban Forest Management Division at or 703-324-1770, TTY 711.

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