You may or may not know that Sudden Oak Death is very much a part of our Fountaingrove forest life, unfortunately. The Fountaingrove II OSMA has several confirmed sites within our 200 acres of open space. It’s a very serious disease that is threatening the survival of many oak species in Sonoma County, and if you have any oaks on your property, you should become educated and aware of its very real dangers – to your trees and to you!
The threat of a large limb or an entire tree falling onto your property or people you love is very real – and it’s frightening because infected oaks do not readily display signs of imminent death to those without prior knowledge of the symptoms.
This Saturday, May 19th, the University of California Extension is offering a “Sudden Oak Blitz” – a 30-minute community meeting to educate you to recognize symptoms of SOD and to tell you how you can collect samples for lab testing (samples you collect should be returned on Sunday, May 20th).
For more information and/or to sign up, visit the Sonoma Master Gardeners at http://ucanr.org/sonomasod or call 707-565-2608.
Also, a reminder that your weeds should be cut by June 1st!