Getting Drought Smart: The Drought Solutions Tour as Inspiration

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Native plant species, rain chains, drip irrigation – and what on Earth is decomposed granite? In my quest for more information on the drought Los Angeles is facing and what I can do at home to cut water usage, I looked to TreePeople’s Drought Solutions Tour and Native Plant Walk, which is one of many resources available in Los Angeles for learning how to create a sustainable city.

This past Saturday I rose bright and early, grabbed a smoothie and headed to TreePeople’s Coldwater Canyon Park.… Read more >>

How to Kill Your Lawn

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Now that we’re in the depths of the drought, LADWP is offering $3 per square foot for turf replacement. Since some 50% of our water goes to landscaping, ripping out your lawn is one of the best ways you can conserve water.

How do you go about killing your lawn? Well, the easiest and best way to reduce your turf is sheet mulching. With sheet mulching, your yard can go from a water-thirsty, outdated green shag carpet to a sustainable garden with about as much effort as it takes to mow the lawn.… Read more >>

Sticky: Fighting Drought One Lawn at a Time: LADWP’s Cash In Your Lawn Program

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One hundred percent of California is now in a severe drought, and Los Angeles County is even worse off, classified by the United States Drought Monitor  as in “extreme drought” conditions. Now, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) is calling on Angelenos to do their part to conserve water—and as an incentive, they’ve upped their turf replacement rebate from $2 per square foot to $3.

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Volunteers in Action: Topanga Creek Restoration

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Nearly every weekend, TreePeople and our volunteers head up into the Santa Monica Mountains to restore the natural landscape. Through our Mountain Restoration programs, we revegetate the ecosystem—planting a full spectrum of native plants from wildflowers to trees in order to restore the biological function of the land—and remove invasive species so that plants, animals, and people can thrive.… Read more >>

Coast Live Oak Falls Prey to Gophers

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You know it’s dry when gophers start taking down trees.

Why is that? Well, normally tree roots make up part of your standard gopher diet. They’ll tunnel down to a tree’s root ball, chow down for a little while, and then move on. But as long as they only eat part of the roots – which is usually how it goes – the tree can still get plenty of nutrients and water from the soil, so it remains healthy. … Read more >>

TreePeople Satellite Nursery Sprouts in Inglewood

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Inglewood High School’s campus is located off busy Manchester Boulevard. In this urban setting, nestled beneath the hum of jets approaching LAX and behind the bustle of traffic on Inglewood’s streets, students are nurturing a baby forest.

Inglewood High’s Green Club, advised by long-time TreePeople teacher Gail Atley, has become the latest TreePeople Satellite Nursery. As part of TreePeople’s Youth Leadership Program, Inglewood students have been planting and caring for acorns of native oaks. With a little help from the students’ patience and diligence, the acorns will sprout, ready to grow into trees.… Read more >>

Happy Earth Month: Tip #3 Plant a Native Garden

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Happy Earth Week!

We celebrated Earth Day yesterday, and everywhere you look spring is in full bloom, which can only mean one thing: it’s Mother Nature’s time to shine!

To honor her and our planet, our founder Andy Lipkis is sharing some of his best simple sustainable solutions — from his home to yours — right here on our blog throughout April. Andy’s first tip was how and why to maintain your yard and garden with rain barrels; his second was filled with easy ways to make your sprinklers more efficient and, in the process, save time, energy, and money.… Read more >>

Enough For Us All! (But We Have To Do Our Part)

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“We have enough water to live on, but not enough to waste.” — Dorothy Green, founding president of Heal the Bay.

Dorothy Green wrote these words in an article that was published in the Los Angeles Times in 2008, shortly before her death. She went on to outline a thoughtful set of recommendations to create a sustainable water supply for Southern California.

So it is disheartening to see a Times article appear six years later that practically suggests that, despite this being the driest year in recorded history, everything’s fine.… Read more >>

Why 57 Million Monarchs Matter

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In case you missed it in The New York Times, “This year, for the first time in memory, the monarch butterflies didn’t come, at least not on the Day of the Dead. They began to straggle in a week later than usual, in record-low numbers. Last year’s low of 60 million now seems great compared with the fewer than three million that have shown up so far this year. Some experts fear that the spectacular migration could be near collapse.”

WOW!… Read more >>