Friday, August 2, 2013
Furthermore, I think these really are happy trees. I painted at Cresenta Valley Park, at the suggestion of another painter. It was my first visit there, and I was very impressed. It was easy to get there and easy to park. The mountains are very close and the views are beautiful. There's a dog park, and while I'm pretty dog park -phobic, it is a clean and happy dog park. There's a lovely shaded walking/running trail. Best of all are the trees. There is a veritable forest of large lush healthy oak trees. Over the course of my life I've seen countless beautiful oak trees sacrificed to development, utilities, and over-watering.
In case you don't know, improper watering is about the worst way to treat a tree. Sprinklers that spray the trunk of a tree cause the bark to stay wet in summer, which leads to rot, which can kill the tree outright, or weaken it so it's susceptible to pests and disease. These California oak trees don't take well to much water in the ground either. Lawns and trees don't always coexist well. So let the grass go brown and keep the trees happy.