WATER YOUR TREES!!!
The recent heat storm damaged many, many plants and trees in Hancock Park. In particularly, our parkway trees are really suffering. These trees need regular, deep watering particularly in the summer months. Be sure and water all your trees and especially your parkway trees once a week, a slow drip for a few hours. Your trees clean the air, cool the ground, adds value to your property and provide homes for birds and other wildlife.
Here’s how to care for your damaged trees and plants:
· Deep water, particularly if a high heat situation is near
· Don’t prune off leaves burned by the sun. They protect the healthy leaves and you don’t want to encourage new growth during the summer;
· Check trees and make sure that they are healthy. If you are concerned that a limb might be brittle, have a licensed arborist check as soon as possible.
The Association has been working with the Council Office and the City to develop plans for pruning Hancock Park’s parkway trees. The trimming began, unfortunately, right after the heat storm and the crews contracted by the city were doing a very harsh and extreme job. We’ve stopped the trimming and will work to develop guidelines that the contractors will follow, and no further trimming will be done in the summer. The city will be removing over 35 dead parkway trees and the Association (using your dues) will be replanting in the fall. If your trees were trimmed it is particularly important to keep watering them. Trimming a tree stresses it and our trees need our help. Visit our website for information about how to correctly prune a tree and when to do it
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If you plan to change your landscaping or make changes to the exterior of your house please contact our City Planner, Suki Gershenhorn (email@example.com) before starting to make sure your plans comply with our Preservation Plan. The HPOZ Preservation Plan, which regulates our HPOZ can be found at http://www.preservation.lacity.org/hpoz/la/hancock-park There is also an online form you can fill out to help speed up the process (http://preservation.lacity.org/hpoz/initial.screening.checklist). Report graffiti sightings by calling 311 or at the City’s Anti-Graffiti Request System - http://anti-graffiti.lacity.org/welcome.cfm?CFID=1007&CFTOKEN=411CDB4F-0FC3-4EE1-89DE58DCCB435538 and by calling Hollywood Beautification, 323-463-5180.