Weeping Trees Bring Smiles

How is it the thought of a weeping tree can provoke a smile? This phenomenon is but additional proof that gardeners are an iconoclastic, rebellious and “au contraire” sort of group. Tell ...

Just Let Sycamore Trees Be

I have planted a small sycamore tree that is about 1 foot tall. It is in the sun and doing fine, with new growth on it already. My question to you is: Besides topping the tree, is there some way I ca...

From Dallisgrass to Leyland Cypress

Q: My home was a rental for 15 years. When I actually moved in here a few years ago, I noted that dallisgrass had taken over the front lawn. I first plied a little trowel and hand hoe – neither...

China Dolls & Coconut Palms

Q: I bought a China doll (Radermachera sinica) about six weeks ago. It lost a great many of its leaves at the beginning. I have it on a table near a sliding glass window where it gets bright light bu...

Turn Lawn Into Forest

It always happens about this time of year. In the midst of what seems to be an endless heat wave, people start noticing how often they have to water – that is, almost daily – in order to ...

Italian Cypress

My neighbor has a 40-foot Italian cypress that stands like a solitary sentinel, guarding his pool and hot tub and my garage and basketball net. The majestic presence of this tree and its unidirection...

Arboreta, Patience, & Australian Trees

If you want to learn the meaning – that is, the beauty – of patience, visit a botanical garden or arboretum. I recently had the opportunity to do so in Arcadia, where the Los Angeles Coun...

Wandering Roots

Q: My pool deck is lifting in several places as a result of the invasion of roots from my neighbor’s tree. The tree is 50 to 60 feet tall with a canopy at least 70 feet wide. It is deciduous wi...