Candler Oak volunteer event, Friday, January 18 at 4 pm

January 14th, 2013 by Heather Gordon

Volunteers are needed this Friday afternoon at 4pm to help weed the Candler Oak easement. Meet new law students from the Savannah Law School and Savannah Tree Foundation members. Volunteers will learn about this unique tree which has its own conservation easement. Please bring gloves. Tools and refreshments provided.

Give a Holiday Gift that Grows

November 29th, 2012 by Heather Gordon


This holiday season give the gift of trees through the Savannah Tree Foundation’s Holiday Plant A Tree Program. Donations in honor or in memory of family and friends are used to plant canopy trees on public land throughout Savannah and Chatham County.

The Savannah Tree Foundation works to preserve, protect and plant canopy trees in Chatham County, Georgia. The Savannah Tree Foundation promotes, through direct action and education, an awareness of trees as vital environmental resources and an important part of our cultural heritage.

The Savannah Tree Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization and all Holiday Plant A Tree gifts are tax deductible. Please print the order form and return by December 17th for local mailing. Or call 912-233-TREE (8733) to order over the phone with your credit card.


Tool Trailer Needed

November 6th, 2012 by Heather Gordon

Savannah Tree Foundation’s holiday wish list includes an enclosed trailer which can be used to haul wheelbarrows and tools to tree planting and mulching events. A single axel trailer, approximately 6′ x 8′ will help us carry tools from one tree site to the next. Do you have a such a trailer sitting in your side yard? Or know a friend or neighbor who has one that is not being used? Donations are tax deductible, and will help us help Savannah/Chatham’s urban forest.

October is National Neighborwoods Month!

October 4th, 2012 by Heather Gordon

This National NeighborWoods Month event is made possible through support from Alliance for Community Trees.

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.

Good Bye to the Monterey Square Magnolia!

September 6th, 2012 by Heather Gordon

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 this week’s Connect, Jessica Leigh Lebos’ eulogy for the Monterey Square Magnolia

Dr. Coder’s Live Oak paper

March 28th, 2012 by Heather Gordon

Dr. Kim Coder’s paper on Live oaks is available here.


Treat your Crape myrtles kindly! Not like this…

February 29th, 2012 by Heather Gordon

Read in the Connect the propert way to prune your crape myrtles this spring.

Holiday Plant a Tree

October 31st, 2011 by admin

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.

Drought: Tree Watering Tips

June 8th, 2011 by Heather Gordon

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

For more information on outdoor watering, visit

More watering tips from Friend of Trees in Portland, OR

Guide to Planting & Caring for Trees now available!

April 26th, 2011 by Heather Gordon

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.)

Savannah Tree Foundation Guide to Planting & Caring for Trees