Op-Ed: How Drought-Tolerant Landscapes Can Cool LA

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Los Angeles is a very unique place with complex challenges when it comes to both water and climate. Moving toward a more climate-resilient LA is a complicated task with a multitude of paths towards a solution. Looking further into how water is used, either through landscape transformations or how water use will affect local temperatures in the future are a step in the right direction for LA. Thankfully, a study by Professor George Ban-Weiss from the USC Viterbi School of Engineering about how changing from traditional lawns to drought tolerant landscape could have an effect on temperatures in LA has been released to assess if changing to drought tolerant landscaping will change temperatures in LA.Read more >>

3 Water Saving Tips You’ve Never Heard Of

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“Flat is so passe…until 1825 it was seldom, if in any year, that the river discharged even during the rainy season its waters into the sea. Instead of having a river way to the sea, the waters spread over the country, filling the depressions in the surface and forming lakes, ponds and marshes. The river water, if any, that reached the ocean drained off from the land at so many places, and in such small volumes, that no channel existed until the flood of 1825, which, by cutting a river way to tide water, drained the marsh land and caused the forests to disappear.”

-Colonel J.Read more >>

5 Ways to Be Cool and Stay Cool this Summer

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Many people falsely assume that LA is a desert. It’s not. Actually, we are one of the few places on Earth that enjoy a Mediterranean climate. That’s one of the reasons we all love living here. Mediterranean climates enjoy mild winters and warm summers. But you may have noticed that summer feels extra hot lately!

Well, with the ever increasing threat of climate change, extreme heat is in our future. Plus, we’re in our fifth year of drought. Even with increased rainfall over the winter, we’re still facing unprecedented times.… Read more >>

DON’T Make This Tree Pruning Mistake: To Prune or not to Prune

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This is the second blog in a three part series. Visit part one here and visit us soon to see the third installment.

Have you seen trees like this in your neighborhood?

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Tree topping is a pruning practice that could cause long-term damage to your trees. With that in mind, it’s important to know when and how to prune your trees. While it’s important to check your trees yearly, they don’t necessarily need to be pruned each time!

How often should I trim the tree and when?

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Roll Out Your Rain Barrel to Protect the Ocean!

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Summertime is in full effect, which means we’ll all be flocking to the beach here in LA!

While you’re soaking up the sun, you might notice that our oceans are looking extra clear. Studies have shown that our beaches are cleaner during this time of year because of an unintended consequence of the drought– reduced stormwater runoff– keeping pollution, toxins and trash out of our waterways.

Of course, there are other ways to reduce runoff that benefit our city and help fight drought.… Read more >>

DON’T Make This Tree Pruning Mistake

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This blog is the first in a three part series. Check back soon for updates!

The ever-famous Whomping Willow from Harry Potter

The ever-famous Whomping Willow from Harry Potter

Have you ever driven down the street and seen a tree that looks more like the  “Whomping Willow” than “The Giving Tree”?

Sorry to inform you, it’s not a sad attempt to recreate a beloved fictional tree. What you see is actually a pruning practice often referred to as “tree topping” — and it is very harmful to trees.Read more >>

4 Plants that Heal — And How to Use Them!

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People have been using plants for our health and well-being for thousands of years–even to this day. For instance, we consume super foods like avocados or goji berries to strengthen and nourish our bodies. But how often do we overlook these plants when we’re sick?

Some plants–even those abundant in our landscapes–have been known for their healing properties by people around the world for centuries. Incorporate them into your garden this year and improve your wellness!*

Rose

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Rosa californica; Photo credit via Las Pilitas Nursery

Roses offer us all kinds of relief–whether sipping rose hip tea or spritzing rose water.Read more >>