Early Summer Has Arrived - Time To Get Things Going In The Garden

May 2018 / Volume 134

May Horticultural Tips
All kinds of garden tips (Trees & Shrubs, Turfgrass, Flowers, Water Gardens, Fruits & Vegetables and other information) for the month of May can be found by clicking on MAY.
Monarchs, Milkweeds and More!
Brought To You By Your Tulsa Master Gardeners
Everything you'd like to know about increasing the Monarch population
and Gardening for Butterflies and Pollinators!
Saturday, May 26, 2018   9 am - 3 pm
Exchange Center, Tulsa Fairgrounds ( Gate 12 from 21st Street)
9 am DOORS OPEN for PLANT SALES (featuring Larval & Nectar Plants) , EXHIBITS & KID ZONE!
Presentations by SANDY SCHWINN, Monarch Watch Conservation Specialist
     There will be 4 Presentation Topics beginning at 9:30 am:

1)   Overview of Oklahoma's Important Role in the Monarch Preservation: Migration, Monarch Life Cycle and Advocating for Monarchs


2)   Creating a Butterfly/Pollinator Garden: Best Nectar and Larval Plants, Certifying a Garden as a Monarch Waystation and Growing Milkweed from Seed

(Free milkweed seeds while supplies last!)
 LUNCH BREAK: Bring your own lunch or a Food Truck will be available

3)   How to Successfully Raise Monarch Butterflies


4)   Identifying and Resolving Monarch Butterfly Health Issues

Activities 9 am - 3 pm: Presentations, Plant Sales, Exhibits & Kid Zone!
  3 pm - Drawing for Free Door Prizes!

Tour Tulsa County Master Gardeners Demonstration Instruction Garden Located at:   4116 East 15th Street
Event Hosted by Tulsa County Master Gardeners
www.tulsamastergardeners.org  (918) 746-3701

Where Will You Find The Master Gardeners In May?

The Tulsa Master Gardeners will be out and about during the month of May at various events around the Tulsa area.  We attend the events to strengthen our partnerships with the various nurseries and clubs around the area and to be publicly available to answer any and all of your gardening and horticultural questions you may have while attending these events.  Here's where we'll be in May:

April 12                       National Public Garden Day @ Philbrook, Gilcrease, and Tulsa Botanic Gardens


Saturday, May 12
Gardens throughout Tulsa join forces for a special event for National Public Gardens Day 2018.

Get on the party bus.  Enjoy special curated experiences at Philbrook, Tulsa Botanic Garden, Tulsa Garden Center/Linnaeus Teaching Garden, and Gilcrease.

Enjoy wines and beers from local breweries and vineyards, pizza from Prairie Fire Pie, and a few surprises.

$30/person. Limited to 70 spots. Ages 21+ only.

Note that some details are subject to change.  Check Philbrook.org for further details and updates.
Moving Houseplants Outdoors
Why move indoor houseplants outside for the summer?  The most common reason is that many of us are spending more time outside with the popularity of outdoor living centers such as outdoor kitchens, covered patios, pergolas and decks. Houseplants can be used as part of the decor in these places as long as it is well shaded.  Your plants may actually thrive out there.

 HOUSEPLANTS OUTDOORS to find out more about the Do's and Don'ts surrounding this annual practice.
Spring Lawn Care
As we approach the summer season, there are many things to do that will aid and help our lawns to be improved. The most important things are: Dethatching, Aeration, Fertilization and Proper Watering.   Click LAWN CARE to learn more about each of these four valuable practices that will help to make your lawn the best it can be.    
Proper Mulching Tips & Techniques

{HINT: Do NOT do this!}
As you look around town, you will find so many opportunities to provide trees, shrubs and flower beds mulch. Although mulching has many benefits, such as helping to reduce soil moisture loss and minimizing weed germination and growth, there is a tendency to misuse this beneficial landscaping resource.   Click MULCHING to learn more about what to do and what not to do.
Hummingbirds - Nature's Little Beauties
Looking for some really cheap summertime entertainment?  Hang a hummingbird feeder and watch just how much they eat!

These endearing miniature dynamos are ready to put on a show of acrobatics in your own yard.  Consider their size.  A ruby-throat weighs about one-ninth of an ounce. That's lighter than a nickel. At rest, they may breathe four times a second and their heart may beat more than 20 times per second. During their high-speed action, their wings may beat 80 times per second.

Click on HUMMINGBIRDS for more interesting information and how to be their best buddy this summer.
Creating A Butterfly Garden

The key to attracting butterflies is to see a garden through their eyes, not through yours. While their bright colors and dancing movements may attract us to their presence, the elements that provide for a full life attract them to our gardens. The more elements you provide, the more species you'll attract. But even a container on the balcony of an apartment can still encourage butterfly visitors by offering a necessity or two.

Click BUTTERFLY GARDENING for more valuable information.
Gophers and Moles - A Yard's #1 Pest!
{Pocket Gopher}                                                        {Eastern Mole}
In addition to beautiful spring blooms, many residents have noticed some unwanted visitors in their lawns. Oklahoma is home to two very widespread and abundant ground-dwelling creatures.  Both pocket gophers and moles can wreak havoc on even the best-maintained lawns.  Being able to distinguish between the two animals and then subsequently establishing a method to eliminate your particular pest will put you on the road to a more pleasant gardening season.
Want to know more?  Click GOPHERS-MOLES for access to more information on these pesky rodents.
Chickens - It's All The Craze, But Are They Right For You?

The backyard chicken craze is sweeping over Tulsa and surrounding areas, and the storm of cute little flocks popping up in the suburban backyards shows no signs of stopping.  There are a lot of questions and things to think about before you decide that chickens are right for your family.  As chicks, they are cute.  But, before long, they do grow up.  On average, it takes about 6 months from the day of birth until they lay their first egg, and 1 year until they are laying regularly.

Click on CHICKENS to learn about all of the pros and cons of raising a flock of cuddly little chicks in order to decide if it's right for you.  
Oklahoma Mesonet - Technology To Help Us Gardeners
The Oklahoma Mesonet is a world-class network of environmental monitoring stations.  The network was designed and implemented by scientists at the University of Oklahoma (OU) and at Oklahoma State University (OSU) and  consists of 120 automated stations covering Oklahoma. Click on  MESONET  to learn more about how today's environmental data can help the average gardener.

The Tulsa Master Gardener Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) organization.  As such, it receives no city, state or federal funding for its Tulsa community outreach programs. In fact, the Tulsa's Master Gardener programs are self-funded by its own fundraisers, from member donations, and from public donations.

The main Tulsa Master Gardener fundraiser is its Annual Spring Plant Sale that is held each April.  Other fundraisers include the Garden Tour and Garage Sale in June.  And, one of the most important income sources that sometimes gets overlooked are the personal and corporate donations.  These are so important in helping us to meet our financial obligations and we want you to know they are very much appreciated. 

MG Endowment Fund
Did you know that we have been around for over three decades, since 1983?  And, we plan to be around for many more decades.  Did you know that  we are one of the top five Master Gardener county programs in the entire nation?  We are, indeed, because of the size of our Foundation membership as well as the diversity and activity level of our community outreach programs!  
So, we are pleased to announce, in partnership with the Tulsa Community Foundation, the Master Gardener Foundation recently established an Endowment Fund to ensure our long-term financial strength.  Our plans are to build this fund for many years before making any withdrawals from it.  Please consider us as you make your annual gift giving as well as longer-term estate planning decisions.  Remember, all donations are fully tax deductible! 
If you wish to make a tax-deductible donation to help fund the long-term success of the program, click on   TULSA MASTER GARDENER ENDOWMENT FUND.
If you wish to make a tax-deductible donation to help fund our annual expenses, click on  TULSA MASTER GARDENER AGENCY FUND.
We thank you for having been such faithful contributors both in the past and in advance for your future consideration and participation!
Got a Question? Or Maybe a Soil or Plant Sample?
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Our Master Gardeners are on hand to assist you with even the toughest gardening questions. Visit us in person, by phone, via email or online! Hours of operation are Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m.

Address: 4116 E. 15th Street, Gate 6 at the Fairgrounds
Phone: (918) 746-3701

Need More Information?
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All about butterfly gardening in Tulsa County.

How to Take a Soil Test
How to collect a good sample of soil from your lawn or garden and get it tested at the OSU lab.

Once you have collected your soil test and gotten the results back, now what? Find out here. 

Show and tell.
Cool Season Lawn Care (Fescue)
12-month maintenance calendar.
State horticulturists, nurseries and growers pick favorite plants, shrubs and trees for use in the Oklahoma landscape. See the winners for this year and years past.

A list of recommended trees with descriptions. 

A list of over 60, by size and color.

Visit our demonstration garden on  15th Street, open 7 days a week. 

Current and historical source of rainfall, air temperatures, soil temps and much more. Click on Bixby station.  

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