Click Here to Download the PDF Version of This Article This Post is Part Two of a Series, Click Here to Read Part One In part one of the series Landscape Contractors Standard of Care, I discussed why a professional landscape contractor is held to a higher standard of care than an ordinary laymen. Wikipedia defines standard of care as “In certain industries and professions, the standard of care is determined by the standard that would be exercised by the reasonably prudent manufacturer of a product, or the reasonably prudent professional in that line of work.” The previous article focused on … Read More
For years, certified arborists and urban foresters have learned the many benefits of trees. Energy savings are one of the foremost known benefits of trees as they shade building during the summer reducing the need for air conditioning and deciduous tress allow sunlight to reach structures during winter months, solar radiation decreasing the need for winter heating. Another known benefit for trees are their ability to reduce storm water runoff and erosion, particularly during the winter months. Tree root systems bind soil particles and slow storm runoff from roofs and other impervious surfaces, trees act as bio filters, slowing storm … Read More
Gardeners. Yes, gardeners are one of my biggest pet peeves. Why pick on gardeners you ask? First, I want to differentiate between people who garden versus individuals who call themselves “gardeners” and provide gardening services, typically monthly maintenance gardeners. What are the qualifications to become a “gardener” and turn that into a profession? • A pick up truck. • A lawn mower. • A string trimmer. • A blower.
Click Here to Download the PDF Version of This Article It was just after Labor Day, while enjoying a walk through Morley Field, a portion of Balboa Park in San Diego; I came across an enormous limb lying on the ground beneath a 75′ tall Eucalyptus cladocalyx (Sugar Gum) tree. Fortunately, no one was underneath the tree when this limb failed, or there could have been a catastrophe. Decades ago, when Balboa Park and Morley Field were created, Eucalyptus trees were heavily planted throughout park areas. They have since grown into towering, majestic trees, many greater than 100’ tall. The … Read More
Click Here to Download the PDF Version of This Article This post is part one in a series, click here to read part two. For landscape contractors not familiar with the legal term “standard of care”, you need to understand the meaning and legal implications of NOT performing to the professional standard of care expected and common within the landscape contracting industry. Wikipedia defines the professional standard of care as “In certain industries and professions, the standard of care is determined by the standard that would be exercised by the reasonably prudent manufacturer of a product, or the reasonably prudent … Read More
I attended a recent seminar in San Diego entitled Trees and Solar Power: Natural Partners, sponsored by the California Urban Forest Council (CAUFC). It was a very informative seminar, bringing together professionals from the solar and tree industries, as well as city planners, landscape architects, arborists and related professionals. Even with decades experience as a landscape contractor, certified arborist, professional horticulturist and land development infrastructure project manager, I was not aware of the current solar and arboriculture laws. For example, the State of California and many other states enacted solar legislation decades ago. Due to the oil crisis in the … Read More
I recently read a great article by Delle Willett of the North Park News entitled Landscape Architects: Artists with the Earth as a Canvas. The article focused on three local women landscape architects who have made significant contributions to enhancing the aesthetics and functionality to the City of San Diego. While reading about the history of female landscape architects, I couldn’t help be reflect on my own background and education within the fielof landscape architecture and landscape contracting. As a college student, my path began at UC Santa Barbara and completed with a Bachelor of Science degree from California Polytechnic University, Pomona. … Read More
Those familiar with Robert Heinlein’s work, Stranger in a Strange Land will instantly recognize this excerpt: Jubal called out, “That new house on the far hilltop – can you see what color they’ve painted it?” Anne looked in the direction in which Jubal was pointing and answered, “It’s white on this side.” She did not inquire why Jubal had asked, nor make any comment. Jubal went on to Jill in normal tones. “You see? Anne is so thoroughly indoctrinated that it doesn’t even occur to her to infer that the other side is probably white too. All the King’s horses … Read More
Most people think of appearances when it comes to pruning. But there’s an important safety factor involved, too. Pruning removes dead limbs and branches and that makes for safer trees. Dead limbs and branches have a nasty tendency to fall off, particularly during high winds. If luck is on your side, there’s no damage – property or bodily. If luck isn’t on your side… Well, let’s just say it’s worth the time to do the pruning. Examine trees annually to determine whether pruning is needed. In addition to keeping your trees safe and looking good, proper pruning is good for … Read More
The picture above is taken from a recent article in the Los Angeles Times. The Silver fire burned over 20,000 acres, injured at least 8 people, some with serious burns and destroyed many structures. It also has left yet another blackened scar over a huge swath of Southern California mountainous wildland area. The article in the Times is about the state’s fire plan and what many critics contend is an outdated model that no longer works.