Macon State College Oak revived after six years of work
A landmark tree on the Macon State College campus in Warner Robins is alive and healthy after years of work to revive the dying Oak according to Macon State College Arborist Derrick Catlett.
When construction of Oak Hall began in 2008 Catlett and Plant Operations Director David Sims noticed the Oak tree, which the building was named after, was showing signs of stress.
After consulting Bartlett Tree Experts, Catlett took on the task of of reviving the 45-foot tall tree, which is an estimated 75-years-old, not even middle aged for the tree which can live for more than 200 years.
Over the years Catlett used an air spade and fertilization techniques, along with lots of water to reintroduce air back into the root system, and feed the tree much needed nutrients.
"This tree, many years ago, looked this time of year as if it were mid-fall, dropping leaves, you could see through it, and to look at it today and not be able to see the sky through it, it's amazing," Catlett said.
To ensure the tree's longevity Catlett is still treating the Oak with fertilizer once a year and making sure it has plenty of water using a drip system.