The Troy Garden Club will hold their annual Arbor Day Celebration promptly at 1 p.m. on Thursday, April 12 at Sacred Heart Catholic School 110 Thompson Drive, in Troy.
The public is invited to the ceremony. The club will be sending pin oak seedlings home with all fourth grade students on the Troy R-III schools. Watch for your student to bring seedling home April 11 or 12. Please plant them as soon as possible.
Pin oaks are hardy and one of the fastest growing oak, growing 70 ft. tall, 40 ft. wide at maturity. They prefer full sun with any oak tree to prevent the occurrence of oak wilt. Prune during mid-late summer. The pin oak requires regular watering. It is a suitable disease resistant oak variety for urban landscapes. Spring leaves are yellowish in color, changing to a dark glossy green in the summer and become bronze in the fall. The small acorns are eaten by mammals and birds and important for migrating water fowl.
Garden club members would love if any home school students would come to the ceremony and receive seedling. If you wish to have a tree planted in honor of the memory of someone this year please contact Mari Blossom at (636) 528-8244.
People forget how much is lost when the trees are gone. They provide shade during the summer and provide homes for wildlife. When these losses are realized outdoor enthusiasts want to correct them and sometimes want to try the ‘art of achievement’ which can be brought about by the art of selection.’ For shade there are maples, ash and oak. For spring color there are dogwood apples and red bud. For fruits there are apple, cherry and pear trees. Winter protection for birds would be evergreens.
Get it in the ground as soon as possible. It can be put in water for no more than, two hours. Dig a hole about one foot deep and wide, place the tree in the hole then mix either compost or old manure with the soil. Pat the soil down gently to get all the air pockets out. Place mulch on top without having it near the truck of the tree.