Good for the Environment: Inside and Out

It is one thing to talk your talk, it is another to walk your walk! In a unique partnership, BIO-K+, an international, family-run biotech company that specializes in the research, manufacturing and marketing of their Bio-K+ probiotics, is working together with TreePeople to take care of our environment – inside and out!  With a goal […]

Deadheading and More!

…and we are not talking about Grateful Dead fans! As we have learned, maintenance of well-planned, sustainable landscapes not only helps decrease your water use and the amount of green waste you create, but also decreases the time it takes to maintain your yard. Here are some general plant maintenance tasks that don’t take that […]

The Wars of the Roses!

To keep or not to keep? That is the question! As more and more people convert their yards into a sustainable landscape, some are torn by their love of their favorites – such as hybrid roses – that are not “low” water- use plants. This doesn’t have to be a war of the roses! The […]

Keep Your Tools Clean = Keep Your Plants Healthy!

If you like to trim in your garden, there is nothing like a new pair of pruners when cutting flowers and pruning trees and shrubs.  They are so clean, sharp, and cut like butter! Oftentimes we don’t take care of our gardening tools—letting them get rusty, dull, and clogged with sap and sawdust, making you […]

Never Leave a Stub Behind!

Never Leave a Stub Behind! Seriously! Stubs- whether on a tree or shrub- should never be left when pruning.  Their unsightly appearance aside, they are potentially harmful to the plant, promising dead, diseased branch ends and/or sprouts of weakly-attached growth. People heal, plants seal When people are cut or injured, our bodies heal. We replace […]

Winter is Here – It’s Time to Plant!

  Southern California winter months are the ideal time to install native and climate-appropriate non-native plants into your landscape.     In Southern California, it rains in late fall, winter and spring with almost no rain in the summer. Rainfall in December is around 1.75 – 2” increasing to 2.75” in January and then begins […]

Soil Maintenance – the Secret to Healthy Plants!

One of the keys to maintaining native and climate-appropriate plants in your sustainable landscape is the health of the soil.  Plant roots utilize and store nutrients in the soil environment, so it is essential that the soil contains what the roots need!    Can’t I Just Add Fertilizer? It is not necessary to spend your […]

Sustainable Gardening- A New Maintenance Reality

As more Angelenos convert their yards from traditional gardens of thirsty plants and lawns to more sustainable landscapes, they are seeing some welcome bonuses. For one thing, weekly, lawn mowing, and hedge trimming can now be a thing of the past! Believe it or not, traditional yards take up more time and resources than those […]

Sunburned This Summer? So Are the Trees!

Driving around LA you may have noticed trees and plants all over town with entire areas across their canopy covered with dried, brown leaves. This sunburned effect can be caused by a combination of the angle of the sun and extreme heat, burning some, but not all the leaves.    This unusual combination occurred when […]

5 Ways to Be Cool This Summer – The TreePeople Way!

The hot, dry days of summer are here! As much as an air-conditioned building may seem like a great escape, there are some other ways to stay cool that are not only good for you and the environment but can also help you be cool – the TreePeople way. #1  Spend Some Time Under the […]

The 4 D’s: Dead, Diseased, Damaged, or Deranged!

Dead, diseased, damaged, or deranged – think this is not the description of a horror film character? Guess again! At TreePeople, and in the field of arboriculture, they are known as the 4 D’s. It is the simple way to remember what to prune out of a tree to help ensure it is happy and […]

Time to Plan, Not to Plant!

Are you thinking about finally getting around to replacing that brown lawn in your front yard?   Thinking of taking advantage of LADWP’s Cash for Grass rebate?   Envious of your neighbor that already has a climate-ready garden? Well, take a breath… the hot, rainless months of summer are coming, and they are not the […]