To celebrate National NeighborWoods Month the Savannah Tree Foundation has several activities on the calendar this month. Help Savannah Tree Foundation help our urban forests, learn from knowledgeable leaders, and earn community service credit. Learn how to plant and mulch trees and more about the beautiful urban forests of Savannah/Chatham County. See the calendar for more details.
Last week we said our goodbyes, signed the guestbook and read Joyce Kilmer’s poem, Trees:
I Think that I shall never see a poem lovely as a tree. A tree whose hungry mouth is prest against the sweet earth’s flowing breast; a tree that looks at God all day, and lifts her leafy arms to pray; a tree that may in summer wear a nest of robins in her hair; upon whose bosom snow has lain; who intimately lives with rain. Poems are made by fools like me, but only God can make a tree.
Read in the Connect the propert way to prune your crape myrtles this spring.
Support community tree plantings and urban forestry this holiday season
Download the order form here or click on the tree above to order Holiday trees with your credit card.
From UGA Chatham County Extension Agent David Linville:
We are in a serious drought. I have not had a drop of rain at my house in 6 weeks. I know some places got an inch or 2 a few days ago. I am getting phone calls about the leaves of trees and shrubs yellowing up and then dropping. This is a survival mechanism of the plants when they are without water. If this drought continues, I am afraid we are going to see a lot of dead trees and ornamentals next spring. Weakened trees and shrubs are also susceptible to beetle and bore damage. The plants no longer have the strength to protect themselves.
Tip #1. DO NOT FERTILIZE! Many people then put down fertilizer to help the plant and this is absolutely the wrong procedure. Fertilizer forces plants to grow which means the plant needs even more water.
Tip #2. I do not have an irrigation system but I am strongly suggesting you water your trees. Hook up the water sprinkler to your garden hose. I place the garden hose about 15 feet (give or take some) away from the tree and I let it water for 4 hours in a complete circle. You need to do a deep watering. This is not the time to be worried about your water bill. Taking down a dead tree can cost way over one thousand dollars. You want to put out more than one inch of water. Remember a 100 foot tall tree will send out roots 4-5 hundred feet from the trunk. A mature oak tree will use more than a thousand gallons of water on a hot day. Water your trees right or don’t water at all.
For more information from the UGA Extension Service, visit http://www.ugaextension.com/chatham/anr/CoastalHomeownerLandscapeTurfMonthlyUpdate.html
For more information on outdoor watering, visit http://www.gaepd.org/Documents/outdoorwatr.html
More watering tips from Friend of Trees in Portland, OR
Savannah Tree Foundation is pleased to announce that its new Guide to Planting & Caring for Trees in Coastal Georgia is now available online and in print. For your printed copy please stop by the office at 3025 Bull Street. Be sure to send us your Tree Planting Pledge Form on page 23 of the guide and let us know where you have, or will, plant a tree. (Remember, November to March is the best time to plant trees in Coastal Georiga.)
There are many events in Savannah to celebrate Arbor Day.
Saturday morning in Forsyth Park there will be a tree planted in honor of Mary Helen Ray.
At 9am Saturday volunteers will be mulching trees at East Broad Street Elementary School; and over the weekend professional tree climbers will be competing in Forsyth Park.
Read the coverage on WTOC http://www.wtoc.com/global/story.asp?s=14056111.
Celebrate Georgia Arbor on Friday, February 18th by planting a tree or mulching an existing tree! Georgia Arbor Day is always celebrated on the third Friday in February, which is the perfect time of year to plant a tree. For information on planting the right tree in the right place go to the LEARN page, or join us on Saturday, February 19th at 9 a.m. to mulch trees at East Broard Street Elementary School.