Summertime Is Lookin' Good - 
Is Your Garden?

July  2018 / Volume 136
July Horticultural Tips
All kinds of garden tips (Trees & Shrubs, Turfgrass, Flowers, Water Gardens, Fruits & Vegetables and other information) for the month of July can be found by clicking on JULY.

Interested In Becoming A Tulsa Master Gardener?
The Tulsa Master Gardener program is looking for active adults that enjoy interacting with people, get along well with others, are life-long learners and are ready, willing and able to volunteer their time to enhance the numerous Master Gardener community outreach programs.
If you are interested in learning how to become a Tulsa Master Gardener, click 
for more information.
True Or False?

Oklahoma has poisonous snakes.  Click HERE to find the answer that may surprise you.
Summertime Lawn Care - Simplified
Lawn care can be a seemingly complicated process of dethatching, aerating, watering, fertilizing, mowing, controlling pests, etc.  And, the unseasonably hot and dry conditions we are experiencing do not help matters.  However, with just a few simple rules to keep in mind, lawn care can be much simpler than many people think.  

Click on SUMMER LAWN CARE to read about the few key, simple things that each of us as homeowners can do to make our lawns look great.....even through the heat and drought.  
Oklahoma's Heat-Loving Plants
They scoff at the heat. They laugh at drought. They flourish in the beastly Oklahoma days of July and August. What are these creatures?
They are the heat-loving plants of Oklahoma. Most are Oklahoma natives. Some are Oklahoma Proven*. You will love them in your gardens and landscapes. Deep-rooted, they require minimal watering, minimal maintenance. Colorful, they attract a bevy of pollinators from native bees to butterflies and moths. They provide seeds and nesting sites for songbirds. Many even provide blooms for your bouquets.

To find out what these jewels are, click on  HEAT-LOVING PLANTS    
Crapemyrtles Come In All Sizes
                                                                       {Crapemyrtle Bark Scale}
While driving around Tulsa County, you will notice the "flowering queen of the state," the Crapemyrtle. They are deciduous, sun-loving plants that can be considered either shrubs or small trees and will bloom from midsummer through the first frost.  And, they come in a multitude of sizes, from the mini's to standards to large, and in colors of pink, white, purple or red.  Click HERE to learn more about them and the various varieties that do well in the Tulsa area.       
Some Common Tomato Problems - Part 2

{Blossom End Rot}                                    {Tomato Cracking}
Tomatoes are clearly most gardeners #1 choice of vegetable to grow (technically, it's a fruit).  But, Oklahoma's weather is anything but accommodating to growing tomatoes.  However, that does not stop most of us from at least trying.  In last month's edition we explored some common tomato diseases.  This month we will continue our exploration of issues in much greater depth, thoroughly explaning why this occurs, and specifically how to deal with such problems.

Click on TOMATO CHALLENGES for a comprehensive discussion of some more of the common tomato issues we Oklahoma gardeners face each year and what to do about them.  
Oh, Those Hydrangeas!

     {Smooth Hydrangea}                                     {Oakleaf Hydrangea}       
Hydrangeas are a favorite in many Oklahoma gardens, offering large beautiful blooms that are a showstopper in any home landscape.  Hydrangeas come in many different forms and varying colors but generally require little care.  There are a few important tips to keep in mind to ensure abundant blooms throughout the spring and summer.

Click on HYDRANGEAS  to learn more about the various types and WHEN to prune them.
Patio Gardening - What A Variety!
Anybody Can Do It
Gardens come in all shapes, sizes and colors. There's everything from perennials, mixed with brilliantly colored annuals, to xeriscape plantings that provide low maintenance options and a mixture of shrubs and dwarf trees.

It's easier than you may think, and very rewarding.   Click on PATIO GARDENING  to read about some options and key tips to success.
Deer and Rabbits Are Eating Everything - What Can I Do?
Cute rabbits and elegant deer can quickly loose their popularity ranking in your ratings book when they start feasting away on the greens in your yard.   Unfortunately, there is no single solution, but there are many options to try and still maintain your good karma with mother natures' animals.

 to learn about effective control measures.

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!

For this month, the following are being recognized for their much appreciated donations:

General Fund
Helen Huntington

Trivia Night Fundraiser
Sheryl Chadd

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?
law n fertilizer
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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