Halloween Horrors of Tree Planting

Since trees should be planted in the fall, and since fall coincides with Halloween, I thought it might be appropriate to mention some of the horrors brought on by incorrect tree planting decisions an...

Coral Trees

The coral is the official tree of the city of Los Angeles, perhaps because – like the fame and fortunes found here – it grows quickly but is often short-lived. The coral tree’s root...

How to Select and Plant a Tree

Since trees should be planted in the fall, and since fall coincides with Halloween, I thought it might be appropriate to mention some of the horrors brought on by incorrect tree planting decisions an...

Carob Trees and Vegetable Gardens

Walking under a carob tree the other evening, I smelled a strong scent of chlorine bleach. This unusual fragrance is emitted by carob flowers when the nights turn cool.   In the San Fernando Val...

Ideally, Trees Should Never Be Pruned

Whenever I hear a complaint about trees, I am reminded of our precarious relationship with them. As part of our immediate environment, we demand that trees should be as close to us as is physically p...