Top 10 List: What we have learned about trees

While reading the Western Arborist, an tree industry publication, I came across a top ten list of what we have learned about trees by Nelda Matheny and Jim Clark, both very well known researchers, teachers, lecturers and industry titans. I have had the honor to meet both, read their work and attend their workshops. So when I came across their top ten list, I felt compelled to share it with you. 10. Our view of trees has evolved from being niceties to being necessities. 9. Tree preservation requires space. 8. Tree care practices can have either positive or negative consequences. … Read More

Busting Common Gardening Myths: Trees and Taproot Development

One common garden myth is trees have long tap roots extending straight down into the ground.  This is a common misconception of root growth, an incorrect perception shaped by “common sense” assumptions, not scientific evidence.  Most of us have seen seedlings germinate and immediately grown a “tap root” into the soil.  The root growth occurs prior to the seedling growing new leaves.  Once the tap root is established, new leaves begin to appear. People generally think the tap root continues to grow downward, in essence resembling an enlarged carrot or a Christmas tree form.  The misconception of the tree crown … Read More

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Is Your Tree Safe?

Jeremy Rappoport, President of Rappoport Development Consulting Services LLC, made his video presentation at the ‘Tree for Tomorrow Starts Today’ Workshop. The zoom video workshop was attended by several hundred professionals from water districts, agencies, tree service and tree consultants, landscape architects and other industry professionals. The goal of the workshop was to increase tree health and reduce impacts created by urban heat islands, and properly selecting and caring for trees today to ensure a greener tomorrow. Mr. Rappoport’s presentation, entitled ‘Is Your Tree Safe’ examines his use of tree risk assessment for forensic investigations in tree failure accidents. The … Read More

Trees for Tomorrow Start Today’ Workshop

Hello, this is Jeremy Rappoport, president of Rappoport Development Consulting Services LLC (RDCS). The workshop goal is to increase tree health and reduce impacts of urban heat islands by properly selecting and caring for trees today to ensure a greener tomorrow. The workshop is sponsored through the University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources. As an experienced legal expert witness, I consult for defendant and plaintiff attorneys and insurers in the fields of arboriculture, horticulture, landscape and land development. My credentials as a certified arborist, registered consulting arborist, tree risk assessor qualified (TRAQ), C-27 landscape contractor, and B.S. in ornamental … Read More

Tree Roots Lifting up Sidewalk?

Who is Better Qualified to Opine on Root Damage, Civil Engineer or Certified Arborist? I was retained by a defendant attorney to determine whether her client’s tree was responsible for lifting the adjacent civil sidewalk that resulted in a plaintiff trip and fall lawsuit.  Based on the photographs and tree species, White mulberry (Morus alba), I was fairly certain her client’s tree was responsible for the sidewalk damage. The attorney retained me and requested a site inspection and tree root assessment.  I trenched adjacent to the sidewalk and within a short time, encountered a three-inch diameter root growing under the … Read More

Finally, A Turf Block Driveway With Thriving Turf!

Rarely have I seen a successful turf block driveway.  Turf block, turf stone, turf pavers are systems installed as living turf driveway alternatives.  The material provides structural support via plastic or concrete cells that are filled with a soil media for turf installation.  The block is designed to support vehicular traffic on driveways while providing a green alternative to concrete or asphalt driveways. Turf blocks have been used for decades, but rarely have I seen thriving  turf grass within the block.  Not because of the product, but usually due to turf establishment and failure issues.  Due to reduced soil root … Read More

Redfin Summer Tree Care

I was a recent contributor for a Redfin summer tree care article, read about it at https://www.redfin.com/blog/summer-tree-care-checklist/

Trip, Slip and Fall Hazard: Hidden Depressions in Grade

Successful landscapes require: Proper grading, drainage and amended soil. An automatic irrigation system achieving 100% head to head coverage. Properly installed, high quality plant material. Each of these functions may require a specific type component, installed at a specific height or location to reduce the potential of creating a site hazard that may result in an accident.  In commercial applications, landscape plans usually include details and specifications dictating type of product and how it should be installed. Many common landscape products may be improperly installed including: Pop up heads may be incorrectly set to grade against a sidewalk. Valve or … Read More

A Horticulturists Local Neighborhood Walk

I took my usual walk through local neighborhoods surrounding Balboa Park in San Diego.  A glorious spring day, I couldn’t help but marvel at the beautiful ornamental landscape trees, shrubs and vines in bloom everywhere!  Very uplifting, glad plants are not affected by the virus!