October 2017 / Volume 127
October Horticultural Tips
Many garden tips (Turfgrass, Ornamentals, Fruits & Vegetables, Water Gardens) for the month of October can be found by clicking on OCTOBER.  

Trees and Shrubs For Fall Color

       {Harry Lauder's Walkingstick}                                    (Red Maple}
Fall is, by far, the best time of the year to plant trees and shrubs as this allows their root systems to establish and become healthy before the onset of the next growing season. But, before dropping those roots into the ground, you need to ask yourself:........  To find out what questions you should be asking and the best techniques for almost guaranteed success, c lick  HERE .
The Proper Way To Divide Peonies
Peony flowers are perennials that come back every spring to take your breath away. The plants may live longer than you do - some have been known to thrive for 100 years!   Peony plants require little maintenance as long as they are planted properly and establish themselves but they do not respond well to transplanting.  Click HERE to read about the proper way to divide and care for them.
Winter Hydrangea Care 
                       {Endless Summer}                                             {Limelight}

Hydrangeas are a favorite in many Oklahoma gardens, offering large beautiful blooms that are a showstopper in any home landscape.  Hydrangeas require little care, but there are a few important tips to keep in mind to ensure abundant blooms in the spring and summer. And, different types of hydrangeas require different types of pruning.  Do it incorrectly and you won't have any blooms next year!  For details on proper pruning,  READ ON.

Proper Hedge, Tree and Shrub Pruning

Maintaining a pristine and attractive landscape requires dedication, hard work and pruning. And when the landscape includes a regimen of trees, shrubs and hedges, you can rest assured that your landscape diet includes pruning.  Pruning helps direct growth and allows light and air to the plant while removing excess weight of damaged and diseased branches.  To learn about proper pruning techniques,  j ust   CLICK HERE. 

Bringing Houseplants Back Indoors For The Winter

Houseplants that spent their summer vacations outside are nearing time to be brought indoors.  Since tropical plants may be damaged if nighttime temperature drops into the low 40's, start bringing your plants in when nighttime temperatures start dipping below 45-50 degrees.  READ ON to find out about the proper procedures for helping your gorgeous plants make a successful transition from outside to inside.
Integrated Pest Management - What Is It All About?

{An Example of IPM as it relates to cabbage}
The IPM (Integrated Pest Management) approach was created to reduce bad pest populations AND to increase beneficial insect populations, which should then reduce plant loss and increase plant production.  This approach is for the control of pests, but not the eradication of pests.  Studies have shown that, by selecting a variety of plants that are resistant to common diseases along with correct planting locations (sun light or shade) and the use of crop rotation, the homeowner will have healthier plant growth and a much more pest-free garden.  CLICK HERE to read more about this most beneficial gardening process. 

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 majority of Tulsa's Master Gardener programs are self-funded by its members. We need your help.

Tulsa Master Gardener's fundraisers make up most of the income to cover expenses. More specifically, a significant portion comes from the Tulsa Master Gardener Annual Spring Plant Sale that is held each April. Other fundraisers include the Garden Tour (June) and "Garage Sales" that occur from time to time. Finally, one of the most important income sources that sometimes gets overlooked are the personal and corporate donations.  These are so important in helping to meet our financial obligations and we want you to know they are very much appreciated. 

Donations for this month include:

General Fund
Judy Feuquay
Green Tree Assisted Living/Kathy Black

In Memory of Sue McKnight
Elisabeth Sowder - Richmond, VA.

Amazon Smile Foundation

Please consider making an online contribution HERE. For other information on how you can help support all that the Tulsa Master Gardeners do for their community, contact the Tulsa Master Gardeners Office by calling (918) 746-3701.  Thank you! 

Got a Question? Or Maybe a Soil or Plant Sample?
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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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