CANOPY BLOG

New post (at least!) every first and third Monday.

8 Steps to Plant a Tree

October 17, 2016

At Canopy, we’re pretty proud of our tree-planting track record.

Thanks to our rigorous planting protocols (and our awesome volunteers!), trees planted by Canopy have exceptional rates of establishment and survival. If you’re getting ready to plant a new tree, we […]

The Fight Against Phytopthora

September 24, 2016

Last month, the Palo Alto Weekly ran a series of important articles about Phytophthora, a waterborne mold that causes a deadly “root rot” in woody plants and trees. The disease first appeared in the U.S. in the early 2000’s and has […]

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Even During Drought, Trees are Worth the Water!

August 1, 2016

It’s been a mild summer on the Peninsula, but many trees still need water. Here are 3 tree care tips to help your tree(s) thrive:

1. ASSESS soil moisture

To check if your tree needs water, probe the soil 6-12 inches […]

Rolled-curb Street Tree

Shorter pruning cycles, healthier trees

July 14, 2016

Palo Alto approves shorter pruning cycle—and safer, healthier trees.

On June 28th, the Palo Alto City Council voted to maintain the city’s 7-year pruning cycle, rather than switch to proposed 10-year or 15-year pruning cycles.

The pruning cycle determines how often city trees […]

4 Tips to Save Water and Save Trees

July 4, 2016

There’s no question that Californians still need to save water. Long-term water deficits persist and longer dry spells are likely the new normal in our state.

Locally, Palo Alto’s water supplier has requested a 10% reduction in Citywide water consumption compared […]

recycled water purple pipe

Recycled Water: Safe for Trees?

June 20, 2016

As California’s drought persists, many people are concerned for the well-being of their trees, but are also concerned about reducing their water use. One way to cut water use is by applying recycled or gray water in outdoor landscapes. But are […]

Nature stewards in the making

June 6, 2016

We’re so proud of our Willow Oaks Junior Foresters!

These 4th and 5th graders at Willow Oaks Elementary School in Menlo Park explored and cared for trees on their school campus all year long as part of a Canopy pilot program.

The group […]

tussock moth on a leaf

Here Come the Bugs!

May 2, 2016

Have you noticed crawling caterpillars, delicate chrysalises, or fluttering moths around oak trees?

Spring is the season for a variety of insects, including the California Oak Moth, Western Tussock Moth, and Leafroller. They attack oaks primarily, and occasionally wander onto other […]

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