Celebrate Arbor Week
Arbor Week is the celebration of trees and the many environmental, health, social and economic benefits that they provide to our community. Edmond celebrates with events throughout the last full week of March, which falls during the week of March 20th-26th in 2022. See below for ways to get engaged in this year's Arbor Week activities.
Plant Trees for Arbor Week!
Celebrate Arbor Week by participating in a community tree planting event! The Arbor Day Tree Planting will return this year on Saturday, March 26th at 10 AM. Join Urban Forestry to plant 27 trees at the Mitch Park Amphitheatre!
Participate in a Tree Walk at the ArboretumOn Thursday, March 24th at 10 AM, Urban Foresters, Leigh and Jesse will lead an educational tour of the Margaret Annis Boys Centennial Arboretum in Bickham-Rudkin Park. Learn more about Urban Forestry's programs and services, features of the Arboretum and the species that grow there, and the many benefits provided by our local urban forest.
Participate in the Urban Forest Scavenger Hunt
The Urban Forest Scavenger Hunt is a family-friendly activity that Edmond residents may participate in to learn about trees, spend time in nature, and win prizes! Kicking off on March 26th at the Arbor Day Tree Planting, the scavenger hunt will include twenty tree stations, located in public spaces such as Downtown Edmond and local parks. Each station has educational content surrounding a theme, and participants can submit an entry at each station they visit in order to place their name in a drawing for a variety of tree-related goodies.
Tree Seedlings in Downtown Edmond
Urban Forestry is partnering with the Downtown Edmond Business Association again to offer free loblolly pine seedlings to Downtown visitors. Seedlings will be available in limited quantities at participating businesses as early as Saturday March 19th. Please check with the individual businesses about when their seedlings will be available. Participating businesses include:
- AAA on Broadway
- Broadway Antiques
- Frenzy Brewing
- Hello Love
- Personal Touch Monograms
- Silver Leaf Gems
Visit the Arbor Day Art Show
The Arbor Day Art Show puts on display the first-third place and honorable mention Arbor Day Art Contest pieces from each participating Edmond school. Using the theme "Trees in Our Town", students create artwork surrounding their interpretations of the community’s trees. Artwork for the 2022 Arbor Day Art Show will be on display at the Edmond Historical Society & Museum (431 S Boulevard), from March 11-April 30. Thank you to this year's sponsors and partners of the Arbor Day Art Contest: Edmond Historical Society and Museum, Citizens Bank of Edmond, Edmond Electric, Edmond Public Schools, Edmond Visual Arts Commission, and Edmond Urban Forestry Commission.
Plant Trees or Care for Your Trees at Home
Arbor Week is a great time to plant new trees and provide care for existing trees in your yard. View the links below for resources to use when planting and performing maintenance on your trees.
- How to Plant a Tree – Planting technique has a significant impact on tree growth and survival. Learn how to properly plant a tree through this Essentials video.
- Proper Mulching Technique – Learn how to give your trees the benefits of mulch while avoiding techniques that can cause greater harm.
- Pruning Young Trees – Late winter/early spring before buds open is a great time to prune trees to improve branching structure and remove defects.
- Hire an Arborist – Poor maintenance practices can have a lasting effect on trees, causing unnecessary stress and less than optimal branching structure. Especially after the impacts from the 2020 ice storm, Urban Forestry recommends entrusting your trees to an ISA Certified Arborist for major pruning or removal needs.
- Test your Soil before Fertilizing – People are often tempted to fertilize their trees regularly, under the belief that all trees need it. However, this should only be done when a mineral deficiency has been identified through a soil test, to prevent harmful effects of applying minerals in excess, such as reduced resistance to pest infestations. Soil samples may be sent off through a local county extension office to determine any needs for amendments.
In addition to joining in the Urban Forest Scavenger Hunt activity, here are some fun educational tools and activities for families to enjoy at home, or for teachers to use with their students: