Made in the Shade

June 21 is the official start of summer with the longest day of the year. While we often get moments of cloudiness with our “June gloom,” the summer sun can beat down and heat you up. During the drought, it’s especially important to care for the trees that provide us (and our city) with needed shade. Here are some tips for keeping your trees healthy:

  • Use a soaker hose or drip system at the base of the tree canopy and not at the base of the tree.
  • Don’t overwater. Mature trees need a deep watering only one to two times per month; young trees need approximately five gallons every two to four weeks.
  • Grab a bucket and put it in your shower to catch water before it warms up for your shower. Use collected water for watering trees. (Make sure it’s free of non-biodegradable soaps or shampoos.)
  • Let them grow. Too much pruning during the drought puts stress on a tree.
  • Mulch. Four to six inches of mulch helps retain moisture and reduces water needs. The Free Mulch Giveaway program is available to all residents of the City of Los Angeles.
  • Adopt a tree and create more shade. If you live or own property in the City of LA, you are eligible to receive free trees from City Plants.  

Here are a few of our favorite parks where you can find a shady patch:

  • Echo Park: Have a barbeque, play ball or rent a paddle boat before enjoying a cool spot beneath the trees at the edge of the lake.
  • Holmby Park:  Just north of Wilshire Boulevard in one of the city’s most exclusive areas is a park that can be enjoyed by all. You’ll find a number of trees shade your path as you take a walk in the park.
  • Temescal Canyon Park: Here in Pacific Palisades, you’ll find 141 acres of oak and sycamore trees. Hike the trails or set up a picnic in a grassy area.

Want to go further out on a limb? TreeMapLA allows tree enthusiasts to learn more about the many trees in the city.

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