Soil and Water News
March 23, 2018
We are sold out of all pre-order seedlings for the 2018 Seedling Sale! Thank you for your support of this year's native plant Seedling Sale. The seedlings this year have been tremendously popular and we have completely sold out of the pre-order seedling packages--that's more than 600 seedling packages! Although we are not able to order more packages, we sometimes have extra individual seedlings for sale on the pickup days (April 20 and 21). If the seedlings you want are available, they will be sold for $2 a "stem" on a first-come, first-served basis. We sometimes have full packages available as well. If available, they will be sold for $17 (Shrub and Small Tree package) and $12 (Tree package), also on a first-come, first-served basis. We will accept cash or checks only on the day of the sale. The pick up begins at 9:00 am on Friday, April 20, at the Packard Center, 4022 Hummer Road, in Annandale. Arriving at or near starting time on Friday will give you the best selection. For those who have already placed orders, you may pick them up on Friday, April 20, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., or Saturday, April 21, 9:00 a.m.-noon, at the Packard Center, 4022 Hummer Road, in Annandale. There are still Plant Nova Natives guides and pre-made rain barrels for sale: Order Online Now! The Shrub and Small Tree Package includes two each of: Witchhazel False Indigobush Serviceberry Silky Dogwood Spicebush The Tree Package includes two each of: Redbud Pawpaw Shortleaf Pine or Loblolly Pine
October 30, 2017
When you need to say thank you, consider a gift that will last a lifetime: the gift of trees. Through Reforest Fairfax, a partnership between the Fairfax County Restoration Project and Fairfax ReLeaf, five native trees will be planted for each gift you give, and a beautiful card and certificate will be sent to your recipient. By giving trees, you will be helping to ensure a beautiful and healthy place to live and work long into the future. Trees clean our air and water, protect our streams, prevent soil erosion, lower city temperatures, and boost property values. When you give the gift of trees, you're not just saying thank you; you're helping to plant our future. To learn more or to give a gift, visit Reforest Fairfax.
August 30, 2017
The Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) works with lawn care companies to encourage watershed-friendly lawn maintenance in the Commonwealth. Lawn care companies voluntarily enter into a water quality agreement with the agency. They agree to train their employees to use lawn care products responsibly, follow appropriate lawn fertilization practices and provide environmentally sound advice to customers. In return, DCR maintains a list of watershed-friendly lawn care operators that is available to the public. This year, consider choosing a watershed-friendly lawn care company or, if you take care of your own lawn care, consult the DCR publication Green & Clean to try home lawn care - the watershed-friendly way.