Insect Adventure
October 2016 / Volume 115A
Most insects found in our landscapes are harmless and often serve an essential function for us. An estimated 80% of the food world-wide is dependent on insect pollination. Only about 3% of all the insects are considered "pests" for mankind. However, this small fraction of insects can cause many millions of dollars of damage to agricultural crops, fruit and shade trees, ornamental plants, buildings and other materials valued by man. In the Tulsa area specifically, two known pests are creating quite the buzz. Here's what you need to know.
Emerald Ash Borer
Oak Leaf Itch Mite Presentation
Emerald Ash Borer
Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is now considered one of the most destructive forest pests ever seen in North America. The scope of this problem will reach the billions of dollars nationwide if not dealt with appropriately.  State and federal agencies have made this problem a priority.  Homeowners can also help by carefully monitoring their ash trees for signs and symptoms of EAB throughout the year.  Learn More about what is being done in Oklahoma to prepare for EAB.

Oak Leaf Itch Mite
There have been many recent complaints concerning bites around people's neck down to their extremities. While the suspected pest was considered the Oak Leaf Itch Mite, the only indication that this was the pest responsible were the bites on the individuals. Numerous oak leaves with galls in the Tulsa area were examined, but there were no mites found.  Finally, some leaves were sampled in the Pawnee area with the leaf marginal roll and the Oak Leaf Itch Mite was found. Learn More about the Oak Leaf Itch Mite.

Thank You for Your Support!
The Tulsa Master Gardener Foundation receives no city, state or federal funding for its programs. In fact, the majority of Tulsa's Master Gardener programs are self-funded.

Tulsa Master Gardener's own fundraisers make up most of the income to cover expenses. A significant portion comes from the Tulsa Master Gardener Annual 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 other income source that sometimes gets overlooked are personal and corporate donations.  These are so important in helping to meet our financial obligations and are very much appreciated. 

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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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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