The Walk to End Alzheimer Disease Was a Tremendous Success

To was the San Diego Walk to End Alzheimer Disease and it was a moving event.  Thousands showed up to support this worthy cause.  The walk exceeded the goal of raising over $150,000.  Through so many donations, WE managed to raise almost $600, and we were rewarded with a medallion for achieving “Champion Club” status. It seemed everyone their had a friend of family member affected in some way.  The feeling of community and support was very emotional for me.  I thought about my mom a lot today, at the end of the walk, I felt really good contributing to … Read More

Once Again, Fires Threaten Giant Sequoias

The Railroad fire broke out near Yosemite on August 29.  Recent humid, cooler weather has assisted fire crews achieve 43% containment, with 12,000 acre scorched.  However, dryer conditions are expected today, with the possibility of lightening strikes. The fire is burning in an area of dry pine and cedar trees, creating difficult firefighting conditions.  Tuesday, the fire burned through Nelder Grove, containing over 100 mature giant sequoias.  Fortunately, the extremely thick bark protected the trees from damage, while all the under brush was burned. Hopefully, firefighting crews can get the upper hand on the fire and prevent further damage. Railroad … Read More

The Walk to End Alzheimer Disease

While I have a rule to not use the company blog to post personal information, I decided to bend the rule for a cause very near and dear to my heart. My mother, Audrey Rappoport, suffers from Alzheimers. This debilitating disease affects millions of people and their families. I am participating in the Walk to End Alzheimer Disease in San Diego to honor my mother and help to find a cure. Please consider a donation http://act.alz.org/site/TR?px=13644019&fr_id=10407&pg=personal to a very worthy cause that will help us all find a cure to this horrible disease. Thanks for your support Sincerely, Jeremy Rappoport

Did You Take the Right Photo?

I receive inquiries about tree failures from attorneys, insurers, HOA’s, commercial and residential property owners.  Unfortunately, many inquiries concern a failure that already occurred, resulting in personal injury, property damage or both.  Potential legal clients want to know the cause of the failure and whether the Owner or contractor satisfied the standard of care. Forensic investigation to determine the cause of a tree failure may be difficult.  Whether a limb or whole tree failure, the tree is usually removed and the accident site cleaned in a short period of time.  Without actual evidence of the failed part to examine, determining … Read More

Spring Madness

The beauty of spring is all around us, take a moment to enjoy it.  Take a walk through any of our coastal canyons, parks and open spaces.  You’ll be rewarded!

One of the Best Flowering Trees!

Back in my college days at Cal Poly Pomona, I took several plant identification courses as part of the educational requirements for Ornamental Horticulture.  Two trees from the same genus always stood out for their outstanding floral display and landscape use.  Back then, the genus was called Tabebuia, since changed to Handroanthus. The two useful landscape species are Handroanthus impetiginosa,(Pink trumpet tree) and H. chrysotrichus, (Golden trumpet tree). While taking a walk, I came across a beautiful pink trumpet tree in full bloom.  I then started noticing a few other trumpet trees scattered about the neighborhoods in North Park.  I’m not to sure why, … Read More

Worried About Your Tree?

We have gone from record drought to record amounts of snow and rain throughout California.  While the winter storms have wreaked havoc on our infra-structure (Oroville dam spillway, flooding in San Jose, etc, they have been a blessing for drought starved trees throughout the west.  Years of inadequate rainfall reduced soil moisture leading to an incredible dieback of trees numbering over tens of millions within the state. The urban environment creates stresses not normally encountered in the wild.  In cities and suburbs, trees contend with confined planter area, compacted soils, improper or inadequate irrigation, poor maintenance practices, improper pruning, shading … Read More

The Scent of Spring

You’re walking along when suddenly, what is that intoxicating scent filling the air? Then, you see in full bloom the source of the fragrance. Here is a clue, it is a relatively fast growing deciduous vine that flowers right off bare branches and twigs. No foliage present, all massive bloom. Support on a trellis to create summer shade and winter sunlight when leaves drop. Then comes the showy spring! No pest or disease problems. Do you know the plant? Take a look at the pictures, if interested, comment and I’ll respond! The Scent of Spring

Cactus and Succulent Blooming at Balboa Park

A blooming hidden garden at Balboa Park Such a gorgeous spring day, had to go for a walk through Morley Field and Balboa Park. I knew it would be a busy day with lots of people seeking the beauty and sunshine at the park, so I decided to walk through some of the less visited areas of the park in search of plants. When your a horticulturist, arborist, landscape contractor and avid gardener, it is kind of a curse and a blessing. I cannot help but be drawn to looking at trees, shrubs, landscape design and contrasting plant foliage and … Read More

Trees Damaging Los Angeles Infrastructure, Who Is Responsible for Liability and Repairs?

In May and June of 2015, The Los Angeles Times published articles addressing the problem of crumbling sidewalk infrastructure within the City of Los Angeles. The articles focused on the challenges pedestrians face in this car-dominated city. After years of mounting complaints and lawsuits caused by defective, dangerous sidewalks, city officials are finally beginning to address the problems caused by trees that were planted within city parkways, medians and right of ways. After decades of deferred maintenance, the City Council, the Mayor, and public work officials are finally turning their attention toward addressing the problem, and trying to figure out … Read More