The Doomed Fig Trees of Long Beach

Long Beach has quite the urban canopy, for which the local residents should be proud. However, a new and particularly troubling group of organisms have begun popping up throughout southern California, and they are poised to decimate the beloved and beautiful Indian laurel figs (Ficusmicrocarpa) that comprise much of the city’s urban forest. Meet Botryosphaeria…

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The Soil Compaction Problem

A variety of soil characteristics influence the health and vigor of trees. Soils that lack sufficient moisture are obviously problematic, as are those without enough nitrogen. Improper pH can also be troubling for trees, and reduce the rate at which they can absorb vital nutrients. But one underappreciated soil characteristic that can influence the health…

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