Author: Invest from the Ground Up

Trees are the Lungs of the Earth

Here at Invest From the Ground Up, we are always talking about all that trees do for us. You may have seen our many articles and resources showing how trees help our communities in so many ways from increasing property values to reducing our stress; today we recognize one of the most basic reasons we need trees and should take care of them—they provide the very air we need to survive. Trees provide the air we breathe: Simply put, we humans use our lungs to breathe in oxygen and breathe out carbon dioxide. Trees do a similar activity transforming...

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Five Tips for selecting the right tree for the right place

Guest Blog: Bill Spiewak is a consulting arborist and  owner of Bill Spiewak and Associates, a small consulting practice. He is a Board Certified Master Arborist #310B though the International Society of Arboriculture and a Registered Consulting Arborist #381 through the American Society of Consulting Arborists.   Choosing the right tree for the right place is critical to avoiding long term problems. The first step is to clarify your basic objectives for your new tree: Are you looking for shade, fruit, color etc?  Next, it’s important to seek out sound information about the trees you are considering. For example,...

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The Fruits of Christmas

Guest Blog: Christine Kish is a passionate lover of food and author of MyMothersSecrets.com, a website with recipes and tips for cooking and living a delicious life.    I just absolutely love this time of year. As a child I loved knowing that there would be a warm loving hug and a cup of hot lemonade or chocolate waiting for me after walking home from school. Every once in a while I was also greeted by the wonderful smell of my mother baking her grandmother’s nut roll. I marveled at the fact that it was always coming out of...

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Sustainability Demystified: The Value of Trees

Guest Bio by Michael Heilpern of The Tree Action Group (TAG) of Sustainable Claremont, a grassroots organization dedicated to education about the care and value of trees, and improving the policies and practices concerning the trees of Claremont’s urban forest. For more information, or to join the TAG mailing list, email trees@sustainableclaremont.org.  Remember the old adage about the man who knows the cost of everything but the value of nothing? Many of the most precious things in life — fresh air, natural beauty, cohesive communities — are given less attention in decision making because they cannot easily be assigned...

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Reaching Out to Public Officials

Guest blog by Nancy Hughes, Executive Director of the California Urban Forests Council     Can you imagine a great neighborhood without trees?  We can’t. It’s a simple truth that great neighborhoods have character, rooted in the trees, parks and green spaces that help make the places we live feel like home. Unfortunately, when decisions are being made about what’s best for our communities to thrive, the true value provided by these basic resources—and the return on the investment we make in them—is often overlooked. In challenging budgetary times, elected officials have a tough job prioritizing expenditures.  Everything is...

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