May 2017 / Volume 122
May Garden, Lawn, and Landscaping Tips
Many garden tips (Trees & Shrubs, Turfgrass, Flowers, Fruits & Vegetables, and Water Gaardens) for gardening in the month of May can be found by clicking on MAY.  
Great Upcoming Events with Tulsa Master Gardeners You Won't Want to Miss!

Lunch and Learn with Tulsa Master Gardeners

Tuesdays, April 4th - May 30th     12:10 - 12:50 p.m.    
Tulsa City County Library (400 Civic Center)

May 9th:       Seeds ( seed library to use and share)
May 16th:     Butterfly Gardening (how to protect our Monarchs)
May 23rd:     Bees (how to protect our declining bee populations)
May 30th:     Earth Kind Gardening (garden with kindness)

Urban Garden Training Series

Thursday Evenings, April 20th - May 18th       6:00 - 8:00 p.m.   
Tulsa County OSU Extension Office (4116 East 15th Street)
Five - Part Series with an Urban Gardener Certificate

May 11th, Session #4:     Growing Trees & Shrubs
May 18th, Session #5:     Lawn Management
Sessions #1 - 3 were in April - If you missed those, join us in May

***** More Master Gardener Events Listed At The Bottom *****

Well, Is The Drought Over Now?

It is official.  April, 2017 was the wettest April in 129 years of record keeping, logging a grand total of 10.44 inches.  This compared to a normal April total of 3.79 inches.  The last half of the month was especially wet, with only 4 days where no rain was measured between April 13th and April 30th.

The latest drought update, issued on April 25th, does show that parts of Tulsa County remained "abnormally dry".  However, this does not include the heavy rain that closed out the end of the month.  At this point, it's safe to say we are out of drought in the short term.

Hummingbirds - Don't You Just Love Them?

It's amazing to watch these little creatures in nature.  Want to know how to attract hummingbirds to your garden?  If so, just click  
Butterfly Garden - How To Have One

Today, over 20,000 species of butterflies are seeking sunshine, freedom and a little flower. But, what kind of flowers can you place in your butterfly garden to attract these winged beauties?  With a little research and planning, it is not difficult to provide what a butterfly needs - right in your own backyard....READ ON

Hydrangea Care


Few shrubs can rival the full form and unique bloom of Hydrangeas.  These plants are perfect for bordering from the edge of natural, wooded settings to along the side of your house.  Want to know more?    READ ON.  

Love The Tomatoes!    Hate The Diseases!


Blossom End Rot (BER) is a problem with most fruiting vegetables such as peppers and cucumbers, but especially tomatoes.  If you want to know what causes it and how to solve the problem, CLICK HERE .  

Ticks - More Than You May Have Wanted To Know

Click HERE to read about the types of ticks, tick-borne diseases, and several "Did You Know's".
Raising Backyard Chickens

Raising chickens in urban backyards is becoming increasingly popular in the state of Oklahoma.  There are many benefits to raising chickens in the backyard including a steady supply of eggs, as a backyard method of pest control, to live more sustainably, and just for enjoyment.  Many people find that by raising their own chickens they can ensure that their eggs or meat are organic and pesticide free.  READ ON to find out just how to do so. 

Tulsa Master Gardeners Are Out And About . . . 
There is always something to do in the garden during May.  It is also a very busy time for Tulsa Master Gardeners throughout Tulsa County.  We are participating in the following community events this month:
May 12th, 13th     National Public Garden Day, Tulsa Botanical Gardens
May 13th             National Public Garden Day, Philbrook

We would love to have you visit us at these events.  As always, there will be a lot of information available for various gardening interests.  Come see us!

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 own 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
Montez Mutzig
Gerald Hatfield
Judy Feuquay

Exploring Insects Fund
Oxley Foundation
The Williams Companies

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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