Oklahoma has an average of 53 tornadoes annually. This results in severe damage to local trees which are very hard to replace. The Tree Bank Foundation is currently raising funds for trees to replace those lost in the May storms. If you would like to donate, please click here. Click the “In honor” category to specify your funds for Tornado Re-Leaf. Thank you!
Shade Trees on Playgrounds (STOP) is a second-year Tree Bank Foundation program designed to provide large, quality shade trees to playgrounds, parks, ball fields, trails, and other places children play in the sun. We have planted one hundred eighty six large trees at seven playgrounds in Edmond, El Reno, Lawton and Stillwater, Oklahoma.
The Apache Foundation in Houston, Texas, began partnering with the Tree Bank Foundation in 2008 to support its commitment to environmentally responsible projects. The Apache Foundation Tree Planting Program has distributed more than 114,000 trees to Oklahoma residents and communities.
The Tree Bank Foundation leads a number of beautification projects resulting in hundreds of trees planted throughout Oklahoma City and Oklahoma. We partner with local organizations and businesses to help beautify Oklahoma’s landscape.
Gary in Ada asks:
“I have young sweetgum tree, 2yrs old. Severe wind has bent the tree over. To straighten it should I dig down on one side or just put a strap on the tree and pull it back straight?”
Linda Horn from Total Environment replies:
“Depending on the size of the tree, with as wet as the ground is, you might be able to straighten by gradually pulling it and tightening it to a metal stake a little each day. Be very careful not to damage the trunk with wire, etc…put the wire through a piece of hose to buffer the point of contact with the tree. Never tie wire to the trunk directly or tie wire or string completely around the trunk! Keep it straightened to the stake into the fall to make sure that it stays. The roots will continue to grow in fall until the ground cools so that should get it stabilized.”Browse more Ask An Arborist >
Power outages can occur when branches come close to utility power lines. Trees and power lines can coexist, and potential conflicts can be avoided by selecting and planting trees with size and growth characteristics appropriate to their location.Browse more Tree Tips >