Soil. Water. Life

Soil is life

Soil moisture: why is it important for you and and your garden? Why it is important for LA and its issues with the urban heat island effect and other challenges?

Soil, Water, Life

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Here at TreePeople, we sometimes wonder where the tree ends and the soil begins.  Fallen leaves and branches decompose and  create soil, which creates trees, which drop branches and leaves creating more soil.

We also love to think about the tree-water-soil connection. Where does water end and soil or tree begin?Read more >>

Los Angeles Needs Stormwater Infrastructure

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As a lifelong Los Angeles resident, I understand the extremes that mother nature can throw at us. I recall the droughts of my youth, when we were all urged to be thoughtful about our water use and conserve. I also remember vividly the opposite extreme, when that scarcity turned to plenty, neighborhoods flooded and streams and beaches poisoned by a toxic stew of polluted runoff.

Years later, as Assemblymember representing the San Fernando Valley and then as a LADWP Assistant General Manager, I began to look upon these weather extremes with a sense of obligation.… Read more >>

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 >>

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 >>

LA is Greener Thanks to LA Galaxy

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Last month, all of us at TreePeople had a blast watching Team USA and LA Galaxy’s own Gyasi Zares compete in the international soccer tournament, Copa America Centenario. We were brimming with hometown pride watching Zares represent Los Angeles on an international playing field.  

Photo via The Bleacher Report

Photo via The Bleacher Report

But we have more reasons to cheer for the LA Galaxy: their commitment to create a more sustainable Los Angeles!

Over the past year, LA Galaxy has partnered with TreePeople for Foundation Fridays, where they cared for trees at Edward Vincent Jr.… Read more >>

6 Tree Facts Every American Should Know

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It’s the Fourth of July! America is known for many things: freedom, baseball, diversity and more. But when you think of America, do you think of trees? You should!

With a vast variety of climates, America offers tree-lovers all kinds to celebrate today. So, in honor of America’s many trees, we bring you 6 fun tree facts to inspire your patriotism.

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1. Did you know that 55% of our population gets their drinking-quality water from forested watersheds? Trees help keep our local water clean and free from pollutants!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 >>