The Artifice of Artificial Turf

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You may have been hearing a lot of praise for fake grass in the media lately, but I’m here to set the record straight: Fake turf does more harm than good.

I’m not sure when I started hating artificial grass. Maybe it was when my beloved grandmother planted fake flowers in her garden beds so the Easter photos would “turn out nice.” For the record, I tried to pick them, and everyone laughed at us.

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But I think it has to do more with the sheer fact that fake grass, or it’s trendier name—frass—has no place in a sustainable landscape.… Read more >>

New Technology Helps Young Trees Take Root in the Angeles

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In the midst of this ongoing drought, it may seem daunting to plant new seedlings—especially in regions that have been devastated by fire. Fortunately, new technology out of the Netherlands might be the solution to our changing climate and drought-stressed forests.

The water in each reservoir can sustain a seedling for up to nine months.

The water in each reservoir can sustain a seedling for up to nine months.

It’s called the Land Life Cocoon, a product of Land Life Company, and it’s changing the way we’re looking at reforestation in some of the world’s most challenging environments.… Read more >>

How Can Just 100,000 Trees Save LA Nearly $4 Million?

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Have you heard of TreeMapLA?

If you’re unfamiliar, TreeMapLA is an app you can download that’s a public inventory and education tool allowing users to interact with their environment in a new way. Users “map” a tree by entering its location, species, and size to create an interactive map of our urban forest and its value—including environmental and economic benefits. The app also gives people the ability to map a variety of watershed solutions, including rain barrels and cisterns.

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When it launched, TreeMapLA relied on Angelenos’ involvement, but now there have been huge inventories uploaded from Culver City, Pico Rivera, Duarte and LA City Rec and Parks thanks to a new feature developers created to add mass data inventories.… Read more >>

Ramas vivas y Muertas

Es importante inspector las ramas de su árbol, porque con solo mirarlos, no se puede saber si una rama está vivo o muerto. Siempre se pueden quitar ramas muertas, pero quitando una rama sana puede tener un efecto adverso.

¿Sabes cómo identificar cuales ramas necesitan poda? Mira este video para aprender!

¿Quieres aprender más? Visite nuestro Centro de Acción con guias  “How To”  para tener un jardín sostenible.… Read more >>

Student Eco Club Greens Campus

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Did you know green space is essential to a healthy childhood? In fact, studies have proven that students with regular access to green spaces are on average happier, more focused, physically fit and have higher levels of self-esteem.

We’re big believers that trees can heal, which is why we brought nearly 50 volunteers together on May 2nd to plant 24 trees on the campus of Sylmar Elementary School in Sylmar, California. Sylmar’s campus is located in an economically challenged area, and their campus lacks adequate canopy coverage and safe spaces for kids to play.… Read more >>

How to Have Fun & Make A Difference As A Volunteer Supervisor

New Volunteer Supervisors Arianna Yunker, Jessica Garibay, Michael Hicks, Christian Pelayo, Cristina Garcia, and Jesse Flores.

Did you know we host volunteer opportunities nearly every weekend? Our events bring thousands of people together to lend a hand in our local forests to heal our mountains, dig in at city parks, chip in to green LA’s schools and help beautify and maintain our own Coldwater Canyon Park every year. Together we are a powerful force with the support of our dedicated community, and these events wouldn’t be the enjoyable experiences they are without our corp of committed Volunteer Supervisors.… Read more >>

I Am TreePeople: Janie Thompson

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Without the hard work of community, we couldn’t do what we do. This month, we’re spotlighting a volunteer whose love of trees lead her to water. Meet Janie Thompson, TreePeople Citizen Arborist and advocate for water conservation, whose home has been called a model of water conservation practices by LA Councilmember Paul Koretz and the LADWP.

When Janie moved to LA in the 1980s, she was amazed at the variety of plants and trees that would grow here. “Had I been given that knowledge [which plants are climate-appropriate] that would have been so valuable,” she says now, but back then she planted on her Encino property without much regard for the local climate.… Read more >>