Organic Mulch

The term “mulch” applies to any material that is spread on top of the soil to retain moisture and discourage weeds. Mulches may be inorganic (gravel based) or organic (plant based).   In most cases, plant-based mulch is best for planting beds. It breaks down naturally and acts as a slow-release fertilizer for the soil. […]

The Winds of 2023

So far this year, a series of atmospheric rivers has lashed the Bay Area. The soil is soaked and the reservoirs are full. Thank you very much, Mother Nature – and enough already!    These storms have inflicted some serious damage on the local treescape. Evergreen trees in particular get repeatedly soaked and top-heavy, so […]

Volunteer Event at UC Berkeley

On March 15, a team from Terra attended an event organized by the East Bay Chapter of the California Landscape Contractors Association. This was a day of volunteer service at the world-renowned University of California Botanical Garden at Berkeley.   The project involved replacing decaying timber steps in the Garden’s Redwood Grove section, as well […]

Landscape & Nursery Show

We do our best to keep up with the latest horticultural information and landscaping trends, so a management team recently attended the Norcal Landscape and Nursery Show at the San Mateo Event Center.    On the main floor, we visited booths with information on everything from new plant introductions to the latest earth-moving equipment and […]

Holiday Party

Terra holiday party

Each year, our company throws a holiday party for all employees, including raffles, prizes, year-end announcements, and a festive meal. Of course music is always included, and this year, we had a live Mariachi band!    Our new headquarters in San Leandro offered plenty of space for tables and chairs, a catering truck, and the […]

Fifty Years and Growing

In 1972, the year President Nixon visited China and Don McLean’s “American Pie” topped the music charts, our company got its start. A young artist named Craig Lundin was studying at California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland. His sculpture teacher, John Britton, had a small tree-care company and asked Craig if he would […]

TSG Habitat Garden

When it came time to install landscaping for our new offices in San Leandro, company president Cassidy Lundin had a special request. Instead of a boring lawn edged with the usual clipped shrubs, he envisioned a habitat garden that would support local wildlife like butterflies, hummingbirds and bees. No problem!    We planted Butterfly Bush […]

Oakland Zoo Volunteer Day

On June 4, 2022, the California Landscape Contractors Association (CLCA) led a volunteer event to assist the Oakland Zoo with the installation of their new Browse Garden. The Browse Garden will grow a variety of plants and provide a local food source for animals at the zoo.   Terra Landscape partnered with other CLCA members […]

The Mighty Ginkgo

Ginkgo biloba is the only living tree species that shared the planet with dinosaurs. The fossil record shows they’ve been around for 200 million years, and there’s something prehistoric-looking about their flat, fan-shaped leaves. They unfurl a bright green color in spring, stay green all summer, and then in fall turn the most brilliant gold. […]

Earth Day and Arbor Day

Each spring, two important dates mark support for environmental protection. We celebrate these days because we take our commitment to the planet seriously.    Earth Day has been celebrated in April annually in the US since 1970 and eventually around the world. Last year, an estimated 1 billion people participated in Earth Day events. This […]