The Ardmore Tree Board and the Ardmore Beautification Council are offering a tree-care workshop beginning at 11 a.m. on Saturday in the Ardmore Chamber of Commerce, 410 W. Main St.


The Ardmore Tree Board and the Ardmore Beautification Council are offering a tree-care workshop beginning at 11 a.m. on Saturday in the Ardmore Chamber of Commerce, 410 W. Main St.


Participants should park at the back of the building and enter through the south door. The workshop will focus on how to properly plant and care for new trees. People receiving a new tree through the Neighborwoods program are asked to attend the workshop, however it is free and open to the public. Southern Oklahoma residents may attend and no prior registration is required. Educational handouts will be available. The program will be approximately one hour with additional time for questions and answers.


Kevin Keys, service forester with the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture and advisory member of the Ardmore Tree Board, will facilitate the workshop. Topics to be covered will include:    


• Selecting the right site;
• How to properly plant a tree;
• Methods of growing trees;
• Proper watering;
• Choosing the proper species;
• Proper pruning and the negatives of “hat-racking” trees;
• Mulching;
• Weather permitting, group will observe trees in Central Park.


The Neighborwoods program addresses the need to plant healthy young trees where they have space to reach their full maturity. The new trees will be approximately 2 inches in caliper. The trees have been available on a first-come, first-served basis, one tree per household, per year according to the Ardmore Beautification Council. Applicants paid a $25 tree fee, agreed to plant, water the trees and provide general upkeep.


After applications were received, the planting locations were verified as suitable and the applications approved. After the trees are planted, the Ardmore Tree Board will continue to observe the new plantings, check on the health of the tree and assist homeowners with useful recommendations, as requested.


To ask questions about this program, call (580) 223-2230 or check online at www.forabc.org under the Ardmore Tree Board section.