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Hi my name is Chris Imhoff. I'm the director of education and program development here at Tree People. Tree People are a non-profit organization. It’s been around for almost 35 years, and I'm introducing you to our home here at cool water Canyon Park here in the heart of Los Angeles in the midst of Sta. Monica Mountains.
Here we are standing in the middle of our urban watershed garden basically, we created the garden in a circle, right here what we’re showing is a very clear visual representation of this half of the garden represents our urban urgencies, over here we’ve got the sides that represents breaking up that concrete and asphalt till our water to actually sip down into the earth to make its way to fill aqua first not wasting water, but allowing it to be a part of a great storage that we can actually tap into for water.
On this side of our circle, we have what we call our sustainable solutions. I pointed it out that the area different pathway that water takes to in urban system, so let’s see what we can do to that urban system to perhaps make it a little more sustainable.
So what I have here is the demonstration of what we can do when we can break up concrete, asphalts surfaces to allow water to break away, so as you can see here with actually broken up a concrete channelized river and turn it back into more of a natural river that allows water to flow through but also sip down on the upper part.
Also in urban landscape there are many benefits the trees provide. You know breaking up those concrete sidewalks, and actually having open areas of trees. One way that tree help in a water capturing system is it trees are like giant water tanks. On their branches and leaves and on their trunk when it rains that structure captures rain, allows it to slowly drip down and enter below in a nice thick layer of mulch. This mulch acts like a sponge below the tree to allow the water to soak in, and slowly make its way down into a nice structure of soil that is air raided with nice pumice and the mulch, and all the microorganisms and worms that create this huge tank underground.
So what you have here is our sustainable solution to that average L.A. home. If you remember before I was talking about one that typically has it thirsty lawn with sprinklers that spray out not only on the lawn, but on your sidewalks, and a capturing system of the roof. It sips water basically onto your driveway and into the storing drainage system industry.
Here we have a variety of solutions for you. On this side is we have a water at the gutter system across the top of the roof that’s hooked up to our downspout, but rather than flowing off onto a concrete driveway into the street. What we’ve done is we’ve actually created a landscape to hold the water, detain it and allow it to make its way down into the aquifer. So what we’ve done is we build up a burn area to help detain that, and then we covered it in with the landscape with California friendly plant, so we don’t need much water to begin with.
And then around them we have again that thick layer of mulch that also holds water and allows it to sip in.
Right here, we have another water capture system rather than using a hose that has a water source from your city which cost money instead when it rains water is captured into a rain barrel. This rain barrel, we can attach your hose to the bottom here, and use water from the sky to water our landscape as supposed to water from the city system. This rain barrel in particularly I like because it’s a recycled pickle container. At one point it was use to carry pickles, and instead of going into the landfill it’s being converted to hold rainwater.
Here instead of a concrete driveway we’ve used a pebble system that has sand or gravel, or you can play on using a nice ground cover, but basically our driveway is a permeable surface instead of a solid concrete surface that would send water into the street.
So thank you for coming along for this walk through the Tree People site as you know it’s still a little fitting construction, but hey, come on down and take a look in a matter of probably by mid-November we should be all set ready for visitors, so come on up and see us, and you can see this step first hand for yourself. To get involve or become a member you can visit our website at www.treepeople.org there you’d be able to learn a lot more about our history, you’ll be able to get more information about this very different systems that I went through today. We have a variety of workshops also that happen here including pruning, fruit tree pruning and care, and basic maintenance of the yard like this, so please come on down and see us we’d love to have you.
Don’t have much luck when it comes to growing fruit trees. Well, let’s change your luck. Hi this is farmer Fred and I want you to click on davewilson.com that’s DaveWilson Nursery. The first name on fruit trees.