Skip the Artificial Turf: The Value of Native Plants and the Truth About Fake Grass

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For decades Angelenos have maintained an image of the perfect suburban yard. We imagine homes with neatly trimmed hedges, colorful flower beds beneath the windows and a lush, green, well-manicured lawn rolling right up to the front door.

The perpetuation of this image has skewed our sense of natural beauty. Not only is that ideal simply not sustainable in our climate, but in order to achieve it people sometimes turn to what they think is a good alternative: artificial turf. In other words, fake grass.… Read more >>

Cómo Colocar la Pedacería Orgánica (Mulch)

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La gente necesita árboles y los árboles necesitan la gente.

Una vez que el árbol esta sembrado, todavía necesita su ayuda para crecer fuerte y sano. Cubriendo el área alrededor del árbol con un grueso manto de abono (rallado o corturas de madera) ayuda crear un ambiente saludable en la tierra, que es vital para su crecimiento y ayuda que los árboles crecen en la clima seca de LA.

Mira este video para saber cómo empezar a cuidar sus árboles. ¡Es fácil!… Read more >>

Happy World Water Day, LA – There’s Hope Yet

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TreePeople Founder and President, Andy Lipkis

TreePeople Founder and President, Andy Lipkis

Water scarcity is certainly a worldwide issue, but we in LA know the seriousness of it. Did you know that California has only about one year of water supply left in its reservoirs?

The good news is that our city is getting serious about creating a local, reliable water supply – and TreePeople is helping to bring to it the best global models.

TreePeople has been intensely involved in solving LA’s local water problems since the 1990s.… Read more >>

TreePeople’s Fruit Tree Distributions Bring Food & Shade to LA Communities

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More than 250 volunteers joined TreePeople to distribute nearly 2,000 trees to Angelenos from Inglewood, Huntington Park, Pacoima, and Watts during this year’s Fruit Tree Distribution Festivals.

Volunteers in Huntington Park prepare a tree for transport

Volunteers in Huntington Park prepare a tree for transport

The events attracted a variety of volunteers, from local community members to groups, businesses and government representatives. This year the Laker Girls were on hand to help sort new trees, while volunteers from Starbucks and Disney helped distribute the trees to residents. In Pacoima, LA Councilmember Felipe Fuentes and Pacoima Beautiful partnered to promote the event in Roger Jessup Park.… Read more >>

How to Take Charge of Your Water Supply and Harvest the Rain

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Would it sound crazy if we said you’re taking showers, flushing your toilet and watering your lawn with Evian water?

Pretty much. But Angelenos use about half of all their drinking-quality water for landscaping (!), 20% to flush their toilets and a whopping 18% for showering—If not exactly Evian brand, it’s water that could be saved for its most vital uses.

Imagine how many gallons of precious potable water that could be saved if we captured the rain. Not only would we significantly reduce our need for imported water (which makes up nearly 90% of LA’s water supply), but we’d also protect the dwindling fresh drinking water supply available.… Read more >>

What to Do with Your Christmas Tree After the Holidays

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Now that the holiday season has come and gone it’s time to put away decorations, all that figgy pudding and of course, retire our Christmas trees.

Even after their time passes, old Christmas trees still can still be a valuable part of a sustainable lifestyle. Read on to learn how to live green with the help of your tree.

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If you got a live tree this year and are wondering what to do now, check out the L.A. County Tree Farm for a quick fix.… Read more >>