11 Dec 2013

Mulch Matters

What if I told you that buying mulch is the same as buying your tin cans back from a recycler? When we go prune trees, we tend to chip up a lot of tree limbs and logs. After we leave a property we drop those chips off at a recycler. The recycler will combine them with other recycled woods, grind them down to a uniform size, add dyes to darken their color and sell the resulting "processed mulch" back to the same people who paid us to take it from them. Wait... what? There is no practical difference between chipped...

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11 Dec 2013

Winter Soil Therapy

It's long john season here in California and you aren't the only one freezing. While you've been cozied up to the nearest heater vent your trees have been getting ready for winter. The first cold snap has come and gone and everything is going dormant, amending your soil this season will allow for the maximum growth and vigor of your trees in the coming spring. The growing season is the most important time of year to have good nutrient levels in the soil. Urban soils are notoriously sterile due to topsoil removal during construction and regular cleaning of organic debris...

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