The Artifice of Artificial Turf

Dominic Alves via Flickr Creative Commons

You may have been hearing a lot of praise for fake grass in the media lately, but I’m here to set the record straight: Fake turf does more harm than good.

I’m not sure when I started hating artificial grass. Maybe it was when my beloved grandmother planted fake flowers in her garden beds so the Easter photos would “turn out nice.” For the record, I tried to pick them, and everyone laughed at us.


But I think it has to do more with the sheer fact that fake grass, or it’s trendier name—frass—has no place in a sustainable landscape.… Read more >>

Integrated Water Management: A Framework for Collaborative Governance


Increasing Agency Collaboration for a Better Water Future

For the past two decades, TreePeople has been advocating for Los Angeles’ watersheds to be managed in a more integrated way. Our recent report, Moving Towards Collaboration: A New Vision for Water Management, lays out a path to achieve this and overcome common barriers to implementation.

After researching examples of integrated management from around the world, we developed a framework, focused on stormwater, as a resource for agencies and other leaders to consider future approaches that could positively impact their organizations and work.… Read more >>

I Am TreePeople: Janie Thompson


Without the hard work of community, we couldn’t do what we do. This month, we’re spotlighting a volunteer whose love of trees lead her to water. Meet Janie Thompson, TreePeople Citizen Arborist and advocate for water conservation, whose home has been called a model of water conservation practices by LA Councilmember Paul Koretz and the LADWP.

When Janie moved to LA in the 1980s, she was amazed at the variety of plants and trees that would grow here. “Had I been given that knowledge [which plants are climate-appropriate] that would have been so valuable,” she says now, but back then she planted on her Encino property without much regard for the local climate.… Read more >>

5 Reasons We Can’t Live Without Soil


We love to sing the praises of our friends the trees, but we often forget about the critical resource right under our feet: the soil. Trees and other plants need healthy soil to thrive, but the scope of soil benefits go beyond planting.

Soil influences the life spans of our roads and highways. Healthy soil is the foundation for food, animal feed and fuel. Lumber, bricks and textiles all come from soil. Even important discoveries in the field of medicine can be linked to soil. … Read more >>

Cómo Regar un Árbol


¿Sabe lo que se necesita para cuidar árboles en la ciudad? Arboles urbanos no sobreviven cuando reciben demasiado o poca agua. Mire este video para aprender la manera correcta de regar un árbol joven para que crezca para darnos los regalos de belleza, sombra y aire limpio.

Desea darle a su hogar el tratamiento verde? Visite nuestro Centro de Acción para algunas guías útiles de “How To” para un jardín sostenible.… Read more >>

Don’t Let LA’s Trees Become Casualties of the Drought


An Urgent Arbor Day Message from TreePeople Founder and President, Andy Lipkis

As I drive through LA this beautiful spring my heart is breaking. In every street, in every block, I see trees in decline.

This is a quiet crisis, and it’s accelerating.


Andy Lipkis spoke at the City’s Save the Drop campaign launch in April.

Earlier this month I sat in a presentation by the Urban Forester of Santa Monica. He said that after four years of drought, our trees’ ability to take up water has atrophied, especially in trees not native to our region.… Read more >>

Forbes: Why Does California Let Billions Of Gallons Of Fresh Water Flow Straight Into The Ocean?

Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images

LA has the capability to truly be livable, resilient and water-secure if we work together, and TreePeople is proud to partner with the people to make this vision a reality. We can adapt in the face of our changing climate, but we must support enabling policies while also being change makers in our own homes. Read on to see how in my interview with Ashoka for Forbes below:

A Q&A with Ashoka Fellow and urban water expert Andy Lipkis

If you’ve been paying attention, you know that California is in the midst of a severe multi-year drought.… Read more >>