The Spirit of Place

Working at TreePeople, if I am going to talk the talk, I felt I needed to walk the walk.

Some years ago I began converting my traditional lawn-covered yard into a more sustainable, climate-ready version. My husband was game, thrilled that he would not have to mow anymore! In addition to removing the lawn, we also redirected our existing garage downspout into a front yard rain garden to capture precious rainwater, planted natives and other low-water-use plants, and added fruit trees (yum!).… Read more >>

The Shape of the Landscape

As of the end of January, LA had seen just 28% of its average precipitation since October – the official beginning of our region’s rainy season. On the heels of another incredibly dry winter, 22% of California is still in “severe drought” – so doing what we can in our yards is essential!

Mother Nature Knows Best

In natural areas, the landscape is perfectly laid out to reap all the benefits of rainwater. During storms, rain falls to the ground and flows through the hills and valleys of the land allowing it to slow down, spread out, and then sink into the soil.Read more >>

Cause a Chain Reaction: How To Install a Rain Chain

As we all wait patiently for winter rains, installing a rain chain will add a fun, new aesthetic to your garden to make stormy days a little more fun. Wildflowers popping up from the warmth of the spring will love them too!

Install a rain chain!

Rain chains are functional, beautiful alternatives to downspouts. Instead of the tinny sound of water rushing through enclosed metal in a downspout, rain chains softly direct rainwater down creating a lovely feature for your garden, and a soothing sound in the process!Read more >>

7 Perfect Native Additions to Your Garden

What’s your favorite California native plant?

If you’re drawing a blank, then this blog is for you. Not only are these native plants a beautiful addition to any garden, they provide a sense of place.

California natives are perfectly suited to our Mediterranean climate. They thrive in the cool, wet winters and dry summers– making them a water-wise gardener’s best friend. What really makes native plants such a lovely addition is their ability to connect us to the land– to the smells, textures and beauty of the surrounding mountains and open spaces that are “native” to our area.Read more >>

What to Do with Your Christmas Tree After the Holidays

While none of us want the holiday season to end, there comes a time where we must take down our lights, pack away our decorations 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.

Mulching all the way

Did you know you can turn your trees into mulch? Think about how happy your garden plants and trees could be!

California Christmas Tree Recyclers is here to help!Read more >>

Celebrating the Holidays Nature’s Way

“You’ve been playing outside a lot lately, huh?” Candice asked Eden while she played in TreePeople’s outdoor picnic area.

Eden gasped and shot up from the wooden bench, “Does that mean the fairies will leave me a gift?” Her eyes danced and wonder spread across her face with a big smile.

“We’ll see when we get home!”

We are all drawn toward nature, especially when we are young.

Here in the Yurt Village, TreePeople tries to feed this natural curiosity, and our Director of Environmental Education, Candice Dickens-Russell and her 6-year-old daughter, Eden are shining examples.Read more >>

10 Sustainable Gifts to Scratch off Your List

Have you started your holiday shopping yet? Not sure what to get that person who already has everything?

Well, look no further! We’ve  selected some of our favorite climate-conscious gifts for everyone in your life. Sustainable gifts help create a better future for us and the lives of generations to come. Plus, who doesn’t want to be the envy of fellow tree-volutionaries?

For the Tree Person:

Give a Tree

Gift giving got you stumped? Branch out and surprise loved ones in your life with a tree!Read more >>

7 Tips for a Sustainable Thanksgiving

Fall is one of our favorite times of the year here in Yurt Village!

It’s a time for us to look back on the year to give thanks and reflect on all the hard work we’ve accomplished. It’s also a great opportunity to give thanks back to Mother Earth by celebrating Thanksgiving in a sustainable way!

Not sure where to start? Here are seven small, easy steps you and your family can take:

1. Ditch the flimsy single-use products this year.Read more >>

4 Gardening Tips to Fight Runoff

Water is precious.

Especially as temperatures rise and the rainy season takes a vacation. Often in the grips of the summer heat, people will douse their lawns with their sprinklers causing “dry-weather runoff” to rush onto the pavement, into the street sweeping up pollutants along the way, into stormdrains to be dumped in the ocean.

Want to learn how you can make a difference? Follow these climate-ready solutions to keep any runoff out of the street and help water your plants and trees all summer long instead.Read more >>

LA’s Drought Conundrum

So the drought is over, right?
The short answer is well, maybe.

As the summer season swings into action and temperatures start to rise, it’s the perfect time to remember that as Angelenos, we all have the responsibility to act as stewards for our water and urban trees — even during a record-wet year like this one.

Whether or not we are “in drought” depends not only on the amount of rain we receive but also on temperature — as Peter Gleick, one of the brilliant minds at the Pacific Institute in Oakland has noted.Read more >>