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 >>

The DO’s and DON’Ts of Compost

Compost is a climate-appropriate garden’s best friend! 

Compost offers tons of benefits for your landscape. It enriches the soil, delivers nutrients to plants and keeps water in the ground to help fight drought. Who knew healthy soil could do so much?

Compost is made from food scraps and organic matter, which contain lots of nutrients and water which would otherwise be wasted. In fact, 25% of our nation’s water is wasted on food that will be thrown out. Turning waste into rich compost is a great way to combat many environmental problems at once.Read more >>

Parting Thoughts of a Volunteer Manager

I’ve been reflecting on my time as TreePeople’s Volunteer Manager as I prepare to take on life’s next adventure to pursue my graduate degree in Urban Planning at UCLA this Fall. Over the past two years, I’ve been moved by the community of volunteers I get to work with every day.

I’ll never forget the mornings I woke up bright and early, making coffee and loading up the trucks for a day out in the field with the change makers of LA– the city I call home.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 >>

Soil. Water. 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


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 >>

Commit to Healthy Soil on Earth Day

April is Earth Month–a time for us to appreciate the beauty and resilience of our world.

It’s also the perfect opportunity for us to commit to protecting our environment for generations to come, especially as we face growing concerns over our changing climate.

That’s why cultivating healthy soil matters! Believe it or not, healthy soil is one of the most important elements of a resilient planet.

Good soil is a matrix of minerals and microbial life. In fact, did you know that a cup of soil contains as many organisms as there are people on earth?Read more >>

Prevent Erosion in 4 Simple Steps


With an El Niño headed our way, erosion is rapidly becoming a topic of concern. After several years of drought, much of our soil has become dry and severely compacted. Significant storms could mean flooding, mudslides and property damage. However, there’s no need to sound the alarm. Now is the perfect time to take action.


Erosion is a natural process, but we can take simple steps to keep soil healthy and in place. If we take action before the storms hit, we can limit erosion, stabilize slopes and better manage stormwater that falls on our homes.Read more >>