We’re enjoying some mid-winter rain right at the moment in the Conejo Valley, but before you know it the time will be right to start spring planting.
If your landscaping plans include planting a tree or two, you’ll want to review these tips for choosing the right tree for your yard.
Winter is upon us here in the Conejo Valley, and we can expect some high winds along with rain sometime over the next few months. Rain and wind work together to do some mischief, softening the soil to make it more likely wind will knock down a tree. All that means it’s time to think about what you should do if your trees are damaged in a storm. (more…)
Having some remodeling or major yard work done around your house? Here’s something you may not have thought of: tree damage during construction.
The good news is that with a bit of planning it’s pretty easy to avoid damaging your beautiful trees during your construction project.
Trees in the forest do quite well with just a little help from nature. That isn’t quite the case for the landscape trees that surround our homes and beautify the Conejo Valley’s streets and boulevards. Landscape trees require a more stringent level of maintenance to keep their beauty and structural integrity. The simplest description of the maintenance required is simple pruning, but that hardly captures the complexity required to prune properly, beginning with an understanding of tree biology. (more…)
It’s almost goes without saying – spending time in nature just feels good. Hiking through a forest is calming and peaceful. So, does the simple presence of trees in your yard have an equally healthful effect? Not so amazingly, research says yes — trees around your house can actually improve your health. (more…)
Whether you care for your trees yourself, or have a landscaping service handle things for you, it’s important to take care how you use mulch around your trees’ root flare. The problem is that the roots that are just above ground (the “root ball”) actually need to breathe. Many untrained lawn and yard care services get carried away with mulch around the base of your trees, piling up mulch so high it covers the root ball. (more…)
The beautiful oak trees that Thousand Oaks is named after are under attack. The pest causing problems is the Western oak bark beetle (WOBB). It’s a small beetle that burrows through the oak’s bark, digging shallow tunnels under the surface. After digging their tunnels, female beetles lay eggs in the tunnels, and the developing larvae then dig their own tunnels at right angles close to the surface. (more…)
Officially named a Tree City USA city, Thousand Oaks has throughout the years shown a commitment to trees in general and oaks in particular. Which leads the city to once again celebrate Arbor/Earth Day 2018 with an impressive program. (more…)
On April 8, the city of Thousand Oaks will celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Arbor Earth Day. And the city is going all out for the celebration.
The Arbor Earth Day festivities will be held at Thousand Oaks Community Park on 2525 North Moorpark Road from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and admission is free. (more…)
Do you know what a Hardiness Zone is? It’s a way that the geography of the United States and Canada has been divided up into 11 zones to reflect differences in temperature. Each zone has a 10-degree difference in annual minimum temperatures. For example, the minimum average temperature in our area, the Conejo Valley, is 30-40 degrees, which puts us in zone 10a. (more…)