Keep Your Tools Clean = Keep Your Plants Healthy!

If you like to trim in your garden, there is nothing like a new pair of pruners when cutting flowers and pruning trees and shrubs.  They are so clean, sharp, and cut like butter!

Oftentimes we don’t take care of our gardening tools—letting them get rusty, dull, and clogged with sap and sawdust, making you and your plants unhappy.  It comes as no surprise to find that one of the most popular topics at our Sustainable Landscape Maintenance workshops are the guidelines and demonstration on how to clean and maintain your garden tools.… Read more >>

A COVID-19-Safe Eco Book Club Starter Kit!

In the wake of COVID-19, we are all sitting at home wondering how in the world we are going to keep busy while being responsible and socially isolating ourselves. 

Well, do we have a solution for you!  

Our staff loves reading about trees and the environment (obviously). Most of you out there can admire the natural world by simply looking out the window, so we want to help you with all of the tools you need to make you look at that green space with a newfound sense of awe. … Read more >>

Fire Safety Tips for the Holidays

Over 350,000 house fires happen every year and December and January are the peak months for these awful occurrences. A big contributor to the statistics is the holidays: during these months, we’re using fire and products that can cause fires more than any other time of year. 

We want to make sure you stay safe and fire-free this holiday season, so we’ve put together a list of tips to keep your home and your family safe. 

Before we get into it, the first piece of advice is to test your smoke alarms, have an evacuation route established with your family, and keep an emergency bag handy.… Read more >>

After the Fires, We Will Rebuild

TreePeople has launched the Emergency Fire Recovery Fund: a fundraising initiative that will be used to restore the landscapes of the surrounding mountains affected by wildfires that have ravaged Southern California. In the wake of the Saddleridge, Palisades, Tick, Getty, Easy, and Maria fires, our work as protectors and restorers of these delicate ecosystems is more important than ever. 

Our generous board has dedicated $100,000 to MATCH any donations in order to protect these lands vulnerable to fires. 

In 2018, California experienced its deadliest fire season in history, and this year we’ve experienced constant reminders of just how vulnerable our forests are to climate change.… Read more >>

We have a HUGE Announcement!

In order to move more aggressively to provide solutions to the environmental peril facing Los Angeles, TreePeople announced today that it has accepted leadership over the Calabasas-based Mountain Restoration Trust and its stewardship of 3,000 acres in the Santa Monica Mountains!

The move positions TreePeople as the largest environmental non-profit in the region and one of the largest landholders in the Santa Monica Mountains. The added resources will allow TreePeople to intensify its nearly 50 years of globally recognized work to educate, advocate, protect and restore Southern California’s natural and urban ecology. … Read more >>

A Look at Environmental Education at TreePeople

TreePeople is known across Southern California for planting trees, but that’s not all we do. 

One of our most important jobs is deepening knowledge of the environment and our relationship to it with as many people as possible. This is why we have an environmental education team (aka the “EE Team”) in our Yurt Village. Their main goal is to support and empower youth to advocate for themselves and their communities around environmental issues by equipping them with knowledge, skills, and understanding of the environment and partnering alongside them to take action through hands-on meaningful projects!… Read more >>

Good for the Environment: Inside and Out

It is one thing to talk your talk, it is another to walk your walk! In a unique partnership, BIO-K+, an international, family-run biotech company that specializes in the research, manufacturing and marketing of their Bio-K+ probiotics, is working together with TreePeople to take care of our environment – inside and out! 

With a goal to include their greater customer base, Bio-K+ is currently sponsoring four mountain restoration events in 2019 that not only brings their own employees out into the wildlands, but shares the experience by inviting employees of the stores that carry their product. … Read more >>

Rotted in the Roots: Phytophthora 101

TreePeople’s gorgeous nursery is pristine. Its manager, Jack Smith, runs a tight ship in order to keep the plants inside safe and protected.  Those who enter must pass through a massive enclosure and wash their shoes in order to even go near the plants. This keeps deer, many herbivorous insects, and plant pathogens like Phytophthora from causing harm to our saplings.

Phytophthora (pronounced Fie-TOF-ther-uh) literally translates from Greek to “plant destroyer,” so we have good reason to do what we can to keep it out of the nursery.… Read more >>

Weeds of the Garden

Love ‘em or hate ‘em they are hard to ignore – whether they are producing lovely flowers or taking over the garden!

What really is a weed?

Basically, it is a plant growing where you don’t want it to grow.  When caring for your low-water use, climate-appropriate garden, weeds can overtake a garden (especially after a good season of rain) competing with your plants for water, nutrients, light and dominating the space.  

At first, they seem harmless. However, left to grow, they continue to spread their seeds each year and can take over your sustainable landscape.… Read more >>