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The Replacement Tree Myth

Posted on Sep 3, 2018

The Replacement Tree Myth

In response to cutting down trees for development and sidewalk repairs the City of Los Angeles has a policy of planting 2 trees for every one street tree cut down and 4 trees for every protected tree cut down. Planting trees is both good and essential in order to keep the urban forest healthy. But it is insufficient, in and of…

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Eco-Friendly Garden Tools

Posted on Jun 22, 2018

Eco-Friendly Garden Tools

Every day, we unwittingly make poor choices for the environment when we are simply trying to beautify our landscapes. Something as simple as using the right tools in the garden can greatly reduce the impact we have on the earth.   “17 MILLION GALLONS OF FUEL, MOSTLY GASOLINE, ARE SPILLED EACH YEAR WHILE REFUELING LAWN EQUIPMENT. (MORE THAN ALL THE OIL…

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WHAT IF WE DID NOTHING?

Posted on May 5, 2018

WHAT IF WE DID NOTHING?

A GARDEN IS NOT A THING TO MAINTAIN.  IT’S A PROCESS TO MANAGE.

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Bluebird In The Coal Mine?

Posted on Mar 19, 2018

Bluebird In The Coal Mine?

A growing body of work is sounding the alarm about the destructive effects of man-made noise on wildlife and our ecosystems.  Anyone familiar with the constant noisy landscape practices of leaf blowing, mowing, chain-sawing and shearing will understand the connection.  For example, noise from a leaf blower in the garden disrupts birds ability to communicate with each other and that stresses…

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Observations in the Garden: Ally or Enemy?

Posted on Sep 18, 2017

Observations in the Garden:  Ally or Enemy?

In the garden, mantids have a reputation for eating pests.  However, as generalist predators they eat whatever meal wanders by. Like most mantids, garden species are ambush hunters and can often be found hanging around flowers, a rich source of insect prey such as bees, wasps, and butterflies.   The science swings back and forth on whether mantids are truly beneficial…

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Dear Landscapers

Posted on Jul 17, 2017

Dear Landscapers

Dear Landscapers, This is a call to raise the bar of our industry. Hit and run landscaping makes a mockery of the art of landscape gardening.  The primary tool you use in your outdoor janitorial work is the leaf blower. This is one of the reasons that drove us to become dedicated ecological gardeners. We believe that the use of…

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Beauty or Beast?

Posted on Jul 14, 2017

Beauty or Beast?

Good intentions sometimes end up going to extreme.  Landscaping to save water is a good example.  Owners of some homes turn their yards into plastic grass, pavement or thinly planted rock-scapes.  Others let the plants and trees wither and die from lack of water.   Water conservation does not mean no water.  Through careful plant selection and proper watering techniques, you can save water…

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How To Find And Keep A Good Gardener

Posted on Jun 24, 2017

How To Find And Keep A Good Gardener

By Cass Turnbull Periodically, people come up to me and say that they have a hard time finding and keeping good garden help. I can imagine it would be difficult. For one thing, how are you supposed to know if they are any good? You can’t just ask them, “Are you a good pruner?” It’s like asking someone if they…

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Break From Conformity!

Posted on Jun 17, 2017

Break From Conformity!

Angelenos lead the nation in the creativity and diversity of our architecture, our fashion, our tech. So, why do we continue to dump fertilizers and pesticides around our homes in a desperate attempt to look like one another?  To look like suburban Ohio?  We can do better! Yarrow Meadow Lawn There are few lawn alternatives more visually arresting and flexible…

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The Dirt On Dr Seuss and Pesticides

Posted on Jun 5, 2017

The Dirt On Dr Seuss and Pesticides

Dr. Seuss is best known for his allegorical children’s books on themes like protecting the environment, shunning materialism, and embracing multiculturalism. But before books like Green Eggs and Ham, Seuss also worked on commercial art for a pesticide company. In particular, Seuss helped to make Flit, and the Flit gun, a household word in the “war on bugs.” Back when Theodor Seuss Geisel was…

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