MEC's CEO Tyler Carlson (middle) stands with Bullhead City Mayor Tom Brady (far left) and Board of Director's Carlos Tejeda, Deborah Johnson and Board of Directors President Joe Anderson.
The Bullhead City Master Gardeners will be offering a workshop on how to plant your Operation Cool Shade trees and other desert-adapted plants. It will be on Thursday, October 17 from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. at the Mohave Country Library, Bullhead City branch, 1170 Hancock Road.
Whether you are new to the area or just need a refresher course, this program will cover what you need to know to successfully plant and grow your native and non-native trees and shrubs.
This presentation is part of the Master Gardener’s monthly series of programs on gardening in the Mohave Desert. They are held the third Thursday of each month and are free to the public.
BULLHEAD CITY MASTER GARDENERS
Contact: Debbie Miller, 928-754-5170
Before you dig
One week before you plan to dig, call Arizona 811 (formerly called Blue Stake) at 1-800-STAKEIT (782-5348), or go online to azbluestake.com(link is external) to create a ticket. Arizona 811 will schedule a locator to mark the placement of underground utility wires and pipes where you plan to plant your trees.
Even if you are hiring someone to dig for, it is YOUR responsibility to call Arizona 811.
Before you plant
Before planting, create a landscaping plan. Observe and take into consideration the way in which your family or business uses the outdoor space where you are thinking about placing trees. Plant at least three trees where they can provide enough shade to shield your structure and outdoor living areas. Shade the roof, as well as the east, west and south walls as much as possible.
Never plant trees where their growth will interfere with overhead power lines. A good rule to follow is, at maturity, the trunk and branches of the trees should be at least 15 feet away from overhead power lines.
"Planting and Caring for Your Desert Landscape Trees"
presented by the University of Arizona Mohave County Cooperative Extension
Bullhead City Master Gardeners
With the event scheduled for later in the fall season than in year’s past, Operation Cool Shade experienced a “breezy” pickup event on Saturday, November 18. MEC would like to thank the generosity of our community’s many volunteers who support the event, which begins with the unloading of trees from delivery trucks the Friday before – to the distribution and loading into member’s vehicles on Saturday morning.
This year, MEC would like to especially thank the Mohave High School Interact Club for their valued participation both days. On tree pickup day, some 80 volunteers and MEC employee volunteers work together to distribute the trees with efficiency in the least amount of time.
MEC truly appreciates the efforts of all of our volunteers!!