Author: Invest from the Ground Up

It’s Not Easy Being Green – Tribulations of an urban tree

In urban areas around the country, trees have a hard life. On average an urban tree’s life expectancy is only 8 years. That same tree in a forest or even the countryside might easily live to be a hundred years old. City trees face hard impervious surfaces, overhead utility lines, urban infrastructure, pests and other conditions that make it tough. While most city trees don’t make it to age ten, trees CAN live to be 300 to 5,000 years old. California Bristlecone Pines and Giant Sequoias are regarded as the oldest trees on Earth and have been known to...

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Invest From the Ground Up branches out to El Cerrito

We’re proud to announce, the Invest From the Ground campaign has selected the City of El Cerrito for our fifth local community! Alongside our tree-mendous local partners—The City of El Cerrito, The El Cerrito Chamber of Commerce  and the El Cerrito Garden Club, we are working to start the conversation with businesses about the valuable benefits of well-maintained trees. We will be focusing on businesses throughout the El Cerrito business district. Down the road a few miles, Berkeley’s healthy trees show how trees help create a lively and active business district. Moreover, research has proven that trees can actually...

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Tips to help your trees survive the drought

A couple weeks ago we shared wise watering guidelines to help our trees through the drought. This week we share even more ways you can help protect your trees from drought. Mulch trees: <Place mulch over tree roots. Mulch 2-4 inches around your trees to reduce moisture loss, but do NOT allow mulch to touch the tree trunk because it can create excessive moisture, which can block oxygen to the roots or cause root rot. Use organic mulches (wood chips, bark, etc. not inorganics such as stones) in order to conserve soil moisture and moderate soil temperature. Keep well-pruned trees,...

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Watering Trees in a Drought

Guest Blogger: Dan Carney is a Landscape Architect and the Water Conservation Manager at Marin Municipal Water District According to the Department of Water Resources, California usually receives 75% of its annual precipitation between November and March, and in many parts of California landscape trees and plants need little or no winter watering during this time. When rain doesn’t show up, greenery becomes stressed – like all living things, they need at least an occasional drink to survive. If you’re trying to decide how to meet your water conservation goals, consider prioritizing trees over easier to revive lawns and...

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Be water-wise to help your trees survive the drought

As we’re sure you’ve heard, Governor Brown has now declared California in a state of emergency drought. However for those of us around the state, the cloudless sunny skies and wilting trees are already clear proof. Water is essential to life, and trees are no exception. Trees need water for photosynthesis (food production) and to replace water lost to evaporation. Since urban trees are dependent on humans, if we want to continue with benefiting from the valuable gifts of trees such as shade, fruit, increased property values etc., we need to take good care of our trees. We’ve put...

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