MGFKC Newsletter

Nov 2015 The Connection newsletter





MGFKC Newsletter – The Connection

  • Pat Surr and the Teaching Kits Program
  • The Education Committee
  • Garden Spotlight: Magnuson Children’s Garden
  • Clinic Spotlight: West Seattle Clinic
  • Update on the Clinics’ refresh – Gary Scheider
  • Board Spotlight on new members
  • 2015 Recognition Dinner Honorees


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Seeds for Thought

November 2015 Seeds for Thought newsletterNovember 2015 Newsletter from the Master Gardener Foundation of Washington State.

Read in this issue:

  • Message from Nicole Martini, WSU MG Program Leader
  • 2015 Master Gardener of the Year
  • 2015 Media Award
  • Mow the Moss – Dennis Tompkins
  • Bountiful Education Harvest – Fran Hammond
  • Biodegradable Plastic Mulch Reseathc – Mark Amara

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Will My Tree Blow Over?

It’s not unusual to find an assortment of large trees in residential landscapes throughout our coastal region.  Many of these trees are native to the area and undoubtedly not much thought was given to their eventual size when they were planted. As a result, towering one-hundred foot plus Douglas firs, Western Red Cedars and gigantic big leaf maples along with other tree species often dominate the garden landscape.  With meteorologists predicting a stormy winter, the question is often asked, just how safe are these huge trees?  Is there a chance they could lose major branches or even blow over?

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Cedar Flagging

Cedar flagging is a natural process that is often confused with a disease.  Evergreen plants, including conifers and broad leaf types, naturally shed some old foliage each year. Stress factors, such as insufficient water, hot winds, construction damage or other root disturbance, poor planting procedures, or recent planting can promote flagging.  It is being seen more often this year because it is more common when there is hot weather followed by cold weather.

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