Landscape CPR: A how-to workshop to recover from the 2012 drought

The 2012 drought may turn out to be just as devastating as the 2007 ice storm when it comes to the amount of damage done to our urban forest.  While you may not see tree limbs littering area streets, the lack of rain is every bit as dire as the ice storm was for our trees and shrubs.

Tulsa is suffering because of it and our urban forest is in need of some resuscitation.  ‘Landscape CPR’ is a free workshop, on Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m., that will take a look at lifesaving measures for drought-stressed trees and wildlife habitats to ensure a healthy spring.

“Oklahoma experienced an extreme, and in some cases exceptional, drought this year which means we have a tragic loss of a large percent of our urban forest in Tulsa,” says John Kahre, Horticulture Coordinator at Tulsa Community College.  “The effects will be felt for years to come.”

Kahre added the drought doesn’t end with the transition from summer to fall.  The U.S. Drought Monitor currently lists exceptional to severe drought conditions in the state of Oklahoma.  Homeowners may not realize that even mature trees may need extra watering and care during drought conditions and those trees and other landscape that normally require little care over the winter may need extra help to make it through.

Those who attend the workshop at the Tulsa Garden Center Auditorium will learn how to evaluate the health of trees and shrubs, how to determine if a tree/shrub is still alive and how it can be saved.  The team of experts will walk you through the steps.

“We are trying to help people make wise decisions about what to do with their trees by educating them on how to recognize the signs of danger,” says Barry Fugatt, Director of Horticulture at the Tulsa Garden Center.  “We will look at practical options for those weakened trees, especially the older and bigger trees after two summers of drought and what they are saying based on their current condition.”

Sponsors and partners for the workshop include AEP-PSO, the City of Tulsa, OSU Extension Office and Master Gardeners, Tulsa Community College, Tulsa Garden Center, and Up With Trees.

Up With Trees will have several species of 4-5 foot trees in 3-gallon buckets available for a $5 donation.  The trees, which were made possible by a grant from the Houston-based Apache Foundation, will include several species of oaks and evergreens chosen as good drought-resistant species.

‘Landscape CPR’is Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. at the Tulsa Garden Center Auditorium.  The event is free and open to the public.  Those interested in attending can call the Tulsa Garden Center at 918-746-5125 to register.


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