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 With sheet mulching, your yard can go from a water-thirsty, outdated green shag carpet to a sustainable garden with about as much effort as it takes to mow the lawn.… Read more >>

TreePeople Volunteer Takes on the Drought

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This past Sunday, TreePeople staff and volunteers participated in a special tree care event in North Hollywood. One of our enthusiastic Volunteer Supervisors, Vahagn Karapetyan, had noticed that the trees in his neighborhood were suffering, so he decided to take action.

Vahagn Karapetyan has been volunteering with TreePeople for the past two and a half years. He first got involved as a graduate student at UCLA, looking for something to do on the weekends. He quickly moved up the volunteer ranks and became a Volunteer Supervisor, assisting staff at forestry events with a smile on his face and a seemingly endless supply of energy.… Read more >>

AB 2403 Sets the Stage for Stormwater Capture

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It doesn’t rain much in Los Angeles, but it does rain: in an average year, enough rain falls throughout Los Angeles County to supply 650,000 families with enough water to live off if we captured it. For this reason, for more than twenty years TreePeople has been championing rainwater harvesting as a key part of our water supply. On June 28th, it became an even more economically and politically viable solution, as Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 2403 into law.… Read more >>

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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5 Ways to Help Trees Out This Summer

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Summer is here! The June solstice occurs on Saturday at 3:51am, ushering in a season of celebration, relaxation – and heat. The next few months are likely to be some of the toughest of the drought, so it’s important that we take care of our trees so they’ll make it through this season.… 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 >>

1000th Tree Cared for in the Drought

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We’re in the middle of a drought, so to conserve water, we shouldn’t water trees, right?

Actually, watering trees is one of the best things we can do while we wait for the rains to return. Keeping our trees healthy helps us maintain and build our water supply here in Los Angeles. When it rains – which happens sometimes even in the middle of a drought – a mature tree captures thousands of gallons of rainwater in its canopy and root zone, sinking that rain into the aquifer and storing it for later instead of letting it run down our paved streets and sidewalks into the ocean, where it’s no longer available as freshwater for our use.… Read more >>

Community Sustainability Workshop helps Angelenos respond to the drought

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The drought is here and with a heat wave to boot, Angelenos are starting to feel the effects of climate change. To help community members learn what they can do to create a more sustainable LA and help slow climate change, TreePeople held a Community Sustainability Workshop at our headquarters on May 3rd. Roughly 100 people attended, ready to learn how to harvest rain, rip up their lawns, create native plant landscapes, and plant trees in their communities.

At the event, people were thrilled to learn that they can make an impact.… Read more >>

Climate Change, Trees, and You

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If you live in Southern California, you may have noticed that we are red hot…and not in a good way. We are one of the red-colored zones experiencing the most severe impacts of climate change on the map (above) of the lower 48 released as part of the recent National Climate Assessment.

Not only have we had numerous record-breaking, or near record-breaking, hot days in the past few years, but we are in one of the worst droughts since California became a state in 1850.… Read more >>

Happy Earth Month: Tip #4 Adopt and Care for a Tree

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We’ve been celebrating Earth Day all month long right here on the blog with a few of our founder Andy Lipkis’ simple sustainable solutions — from his home to yours. So far, he’s shared his tips for installing rain barrels, his best practices for your sprinklers, and his passion for California native plant gardens.

But now April’s winding down, and it’s time for Andy’s final and most important tip: Adopt and Care for a Tree.

Andy’s been the tour de force behind tree care in Los Angeles for 40 years, but this year ensuring the well being of our trees is more important than ever.… Read more >>