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More Trees, Please! Wealthy neighborhoods have the most trees!
by RachelleN
Jun 18, 2015 | 69287 views | 2 2 comments | 904 904 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

 "God has cared for these trees, saved them from drought, disease, avalanches, and a thousand tempests and floods. But he cannot save them from fools." ~John Muir

If you'd like to request a tree planting on your street or want to report illegal tree cutting or damage, visit this page:


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May 20, 2015
Dear Frankie,

Yes, allergies are horrible. I suggest that you visit your doctor to see what solution he can find.

However, trees do cleanse the air so that you are breathing less polluted air. Also, they reduce energy bills by as much as 20%.

Sometimes, you have to take the good with the bad. I live on a tree-lined street and my car isn't covered with pollen. It depends on the type of tree that is planted.

The city is now planting a variety of trees. Perhaps, one day you will find a tree that doesn't make you sneeze, and I promise that living near it will make you healthier!

Dirty Little Secrets Your Landscaper Won't Tell You
by RachelleN
Jun 18, 2015 | 22470 views | 0 0 comments | 228 228 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

If you hire a landscaping company to maintain your lawn, there are a few things you REALLY ought to know.

 1) Less mowing is BETTER for your lawn and saves you $$$. Multiple academic studies have proven that you should let your lawn grow to 2" to 3" in height before cutting it. Here's a link to one of those studies. http://www.colostate.edu/Dept/CoopExt/4DMG/Lawns/leavelie.htm

2) A leaf blower can cause permanent hearing damage after just 60 seconds. Why are these things still not banned? Read more here: https://www.marshfieldclinic.org/healthy-living/ask-the-expert/ask-the-expert-hearing-loss

Ask your landscaper to MULCH instead. Mulched leaves are fertilizer for your lawn. Of course, if you get natural fertilizer, the lawn care companies can't sell you fertilizer so they don't promote MULCHING! 

There is a ton of evidence (just Google the phrase "leaf blower dangers") that leaf blowers are dangerous to our health. Gas powered blowers spew out toxic pollution and can also damage hearing. Leaf blowers were originally created for agricultural commercial use--not private home use!  If there are twenty houses on a street and half of those houses hire landscapers, the residents are subjected to ten individual episodes of ear-blasting NOISE EACH WEEK!

For those who enjoy their weekend sleep, please note that, by law, landscapers can't start their EAR-BLASTING noisy racket until 9am on Saturday in NYC.

  3) Insects NEVER CAUSE CANCER but the toxic pesticides landscapers sprinkle on your lawn have been heavily linked to the development of all types of  cancer. If it's strong enough to kill, it's strong enough to have harmful long-term effects on your health. 


4) Grass takes a lot of water, time, and effort to maintain. Consider planting more bushes. Once established,  they don't need as much care or as much watering as grass--just a trim now and then. Unlike a lawn, they also buffer street noise and ensure privacy. Trees are another good option. They provide shade and reduce your energy usage by 20%. Or, consider planting a diverse garden filled with native, drought resistant plants that don't require too much water. How about a lawn filled with wildflowers? You'll be treated to a wonderful bird show on a daily basis if you select the right wildflowers. 


5) Potted plants get root bound and are hard to maintain. Yes, they look great on your steps or garden path but plants and flowers that are planted directly into the soil are easier to maintain and won't get root bound. 

6) As pesky as it is to take care of a lawn, we do need them. Don't even consider replacing your lawn with cement or rocks. That option can lead to flooding because when it rains heavily the rain won't be absorbed. Plus, urban birds and wildlife depend on your lawn to find food to survive and thrive. Your trees are their homes and  nesting places and your lawns are their supermarkets. 

Knowledge is power.  Use this knowledge to DEMAND lawn service that protects your lawn and your health. When consumers are informed, companies must conform to consumer demand.   

Tell your landscaper that you wish to use organic pest control and manual methods for managing leaves. Mow less often and don't BLOW your leaves. if you must blow, use an electric blower--not a gas powered one. 

Do not hesitate to contact your elected officials to let them know how you feel about the dangerous noise levels and fumes generated from gas leaf blowers. Circulate petitions to ban their use. If you suspect a landscaping company is using banned pesticides or toxic chemicals without proper notification via yellow flags, please report them. 




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"Before" & "After" Man
by RachelleN
Sep 23, 2014 | 46309 views | 0 0 comments | 1050 1050 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
Hurricane Sandy has nothing on people! Here's a before and after video of the tree, bush and flower slaughter in one Queens yard. Do you realize that one tree has the cooling power of 10 air conditioners, plus they provide privacy and buffer noise from the street? Plant, don't plunder! 

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Timing Is Everything
by RachelleN
Sep 11, 2014 | 64600 views | 0 0 comments | 1001 1001 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

     While I was living in Nashville, I was continually learning about different plants and flowers that were native to the region. As I walked through a field one day, I spotted a cluster of dainty mystery plants sprouting soft downy globes of milky white seeds perched high atop long slender green stems. I experienced my usual “wished I’d brought my camera along” angst and thought about returning to photograph them.

       Fast forward to the next morning. I grabbed my camera and headed out to revisit the striking plants. Huh? The wind had beaten me to them.  Spare strands of filmy translucent wisps remained intact but the bare plants that had been artfully revised by nature looked nothing like the striking delicate beauties I had glimpsed the day before.

      Although similar opportunities would present themselves in the future, I knew that the sunlight would never again shed light on those fragile white blooms in exactly the same manner. Dozens of other changes would also occur over time. The moment had passed. A creative opportunity slipped through my hands because I hesitated when I should have acted. Lesson learned. 

      Have you ever missed out on a creative opportunity because you hesitated when you should have acted?

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