Summer Is Definitely Here And The Pests Are Out

 What To Be Watchful For Around Your Garden

June  2018 / Volume 135
June Horticultural Tips
All kinds of garden tips (Trees & Shrubs, Turfgrass, Flowers, Water Gardens, Fruits & Vegetables and other information) for the month of June can be found by clicking on JUNE.
Dealing With Summertime Outdoor Critters
 {Ticks} {Mosquito} {Chigger}
Throughout spring, summer and well into late fall, unwanted pesky insects find their way into our landscapes, camp grounds, sporting venues and even inside our homes.  These uninvited, winged guests are single-minded, when it comes to their human prey.  From the low flying ticks and chiggers to the high-flying mosquitos, all are relentless and can be bothersome with their bites.

 OUTDOOR PESTS to find out more about the Do's and Dont's of dealing with these summertime pests.
Leaves of Three . . . Let It Be!

While most of us love to be in the outdoors adoring the scenery, nature does have some bad actors out there.  This is especially true for those who like to hike in the woods.  The #1 bad actor that all of us know about is poison ivy.  But, exactly what does it look like?  Where does it grow?  How do I control or get rid of it?  You can access the answers to these questions, along with two additional reference articles by clicking on  POISON IVY    
Is It A Termite . . . Or, Is It An Ant?
Eastern Oklahoma has had unusually warm temperatures through March, April, and May. Because of this, you may have noticed an increase in insects and pests in your lawns and gardens. This has also caused an increase in the swarming of ants and termites. But, which is it . . . ants or termites?  Knowing which can potentially save you thousands of dollars if identified and treated early enough.  Click on ANTS OR TERMITES  to learn more about what to do and what not to do.
Designer Bags (Bagworms)

June is the month to scout out and remove those pesky bagworms that appear on our evergreens.  Look for small (~1/4 inch) cocoons decorated with organic material from the host tree.  These bags protect the caterpillar or larvae, pupae, female adults and eggs throughout the year.  The designer bags almost look like they have ornaments attached with silk-like threads.  A happy home to lady bag worms! 

Click on BAGWORMS  to learn about their life cycle and effective control measures.
Some Common Tomato Problems

{Blossom End Rot}                                    {Tomato Cracking}
Most gardeners will have their tomatoes planted at this time and may be suffering with some tomato problems.  Varied temperature, sunlight, and moisture conditions can significantly affect the growth of tomato plants as well as help to develop diseases under these conditions. 

Click on TOMATO CHALLENGES for additional reading on some of our more common tomato issues/challenges we Oklahoma gardeners face each year.  

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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complex leaves
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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