Entries by Ruben Green

Supplemental Water During the Long, Dry Summer

Periodic drought is a way of life for those living in southern California – this means not only the people, but the plants and animals as well. Fortunately, most trees – even those hailing from faraway lands – can survive the long, dry summer with a little extra water. Home Sweet Home Most of the […]

Six Great Drought-Resistant Trees for Santa Monica Properties

Like most cities in Southern California, Santa Monica experiences a Mediterranean climate, characterized by wet, mild winters and hot, dry drought-like summers – even in good years. These dry summers can make life difficult for many of the trees growing on properties all over the city, and many die each year while trying to cope […]

The Best Palm Trees for Beverly Hills Properties

While the glitzy homes and movie stars are perhaps Beverley Hill’s biggest claim to fame, the city’s iconic palm trees aren’t far behind. Palm trees line many of the local roads and throughways, and help provide much of the city’s visual charm. But palm trees needn’t be limited to Rodeo Drive or Hillcrest Road – […]

Six Troubling Myths About Trees and Their Care

Myths arise in almost every subject area, and trees are no different. Unfortunately, belief in these myths can lead homeowners (and unqualified tree workers) to make mistakes in the process of caring for trees. To help ensure you don’t fall victim to some of these myths, we’ve outlined six of the most common below. A […]

The Surprising Simplicity of Soil Texture

Soil is often a confusing subject for laypersons and property owners, which is unfortunate, as the soil surrounding your trees is one of the most important factors influencing their health, vigor and ultimate fate. To be fair, soil science is a complicated subject, with tendrils reaching into a variety of related subjects, including chemistry, microbiology […]

The Magic of Mycorrhizae

Trees are amazing organisms that provide food, shelter and other resources for a variety of living things, including everything from mistletoe to humans. But while it is important to recognize the contributions trees provide to the rest of the planet, it is equally important to recognize the ways other species actually help trees to survive. […]

Riparian Trees for California Properties

Riparian areas – the land adjacent to a river, creek or stream – are unique and important habitats. Because of their low elevation and proximity to waterways, they’re subject to frequent (and often extended) floods. Additionally, this proximity to water increases the number of insects and fungi living in these areas. The species that dominate […]

Four Flood Sensitive Species to Watch After Last Month’s Showers

Given our Southern California service area, we talk a lot about drought-tolerant trees. In the best of years, rainfall is light; in the worst, it is nearly nonexistent. This is obviously an important consideration when selecting or caring for trees. But, as you’ve undoubtedly noticed, we’ve experienced quite a bit of rain lately. To be […]

The Native Habitat of Redwood Trees

Coastal redwoods (Sequoia sempervirens) are some of the most iconic trees in the world. They grow taller than any other living trees and more massive than all but a handful of others. They’ve shared our planet for millions of years, and over this time, they’ve played an important role in the ecosystems they’ve played a […]