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Could Toomer's oaks survive?

Posted on: February 26, 2011 3:31 pm
Edited on: February 26, 2011 3:32 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli

I've spent a lot more time writing about trees in the last few weeks than I ever planned to, but this Toomer's Corner soap opera just will not die. Harvey Updyke, the man who poisoned the famous oak trees on Auburn's campus, goes through lawyers than Lindsay Lohan goes through rehabs. Seriously, this story is to college football what Ronnie and Sammi have become to Jersey Shore. An unwanted distraction that is taking up too much time in our lives.

That being said, there just isn't a whole lot going on in the college football world right now, so we have to make do with whatever news we get. So here's some good news for Auburn fans everywhere. It seems that the oak tree situation may not be as dire as originally believed. The soil levels beneath the surface are showing a lower level of the herbicide than expected, and there's a possibility that the trees may survive.

"The good news is the concentrations are much lower than we initially detected in the beds around the trees. The bad news is we still detected herbicide," Gary Keever told "Is your glass half full or half empty? You can look at it either way. I choose to be an optimist because we're doing the right thing."

Keever is a professor of horticulture at Auburn and a member of a task force that is studying ways to save the trees.

Since: Jan 6, 2007
Posted on: March 1, 2011 12:22 pm

Could Toomer's oaks survive?

I did read over the weekend that the affected soil had been (literally) vacuumed up and replaced with a charcoal filter of some sort to remove remaining effects of the poison.  Only time will tell how this works, but the "Austin Treaty Oak" that was similarly attacked some number of years ago now, is alive and well.  I believe Toomer's trees will follow suit, and thank Heavens for that!!

Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: March 1, 2011 8:04 am

Could Toomer's oaks survive?

I have never heard of inbreds burning coaches.  Please explain.  That sounds horrific!

Since: Mar 1, 2011
Posted on: March 1, 2011 12:21 am

Could Toomer's oaks survive?

I'm not even an SEC fan and I can say, "Grow up and get a life!".  95% of the country thinks you're a moron and the other 5% just don't like you!

Since: Dec 11, 2010
Posted on: February 28, 2011 9:31 pm

Could Toomer's oaks survive?

That's good news.

Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: February 28, 2011 8:21 pm

Could Toomer's oaks survive?

Well, hopefully one of those toothless fools from the Plains will get the chainsaw out and finish the job. Nothing says white trash like toilet papering a tree after a football game. Nearly as bad as the other inbreds that burn coaches. Auburn is a national embarassment for so many reason, it is time to take out one of the more unsightly ones.

Since: Sep 26, 2006
Posted on: February 28, 2011 2:38 pm

Could Toomer's oaks survive?

Poke chop keep the politics to yourself. This is a sports site. Take your conversation over to CNN's website or somewhere else.

Since: Feb 28, 2011
Posted on: February 28, 2011 11:44 am

Could Toomer's oaks survive?

It's really hilarious when the Barners get all defensive over a situation that they created themselves. The story of the "poisoned trees"  was over two months old but the Barn needed a deflection, or a diversionary tactic. The very day that the sports pages were filled with information on the NCAA opening up a recruiting investigation in Louisiana, with Auburn in their sights, the Barn PR department scrambles and puts out a press release about the trees.
Sorry Boogs, it didn't work. It's like George W. Bush trying to take everybody's mind off his illegal war by doing a press conference about the dangerous, evil Bird Flu. KMA Barners. You'll get yours soon enough. The right people are paying attention.

Since: Oct 12, 2009
Posted on: February 28, 2011 10:51 am

Could Toomer's oaks survive?


Really? Alabama fans dont care about tradition? And you (Auburn Fans) don't know anything about college football if you think thats the truth. You can't put this one crazy Alabama fan in the same boat as the rest of us, its a shame what happened and i hope these trees make it. I have a few Auburn friends and they know what really happened. let me guess Lisa... you became an Auburn fan this year?

Since: Feb 28, 2011
Posted on: February 28, 2011 10:51 am

Could Toomer's oaks survive?

Cam will be better qb than bammers. Heck he was only good for Satan butt spanking and get toss like rag doll. Bet. Team picks Elroy will never play him he get hit cry mommy and daddy. Lol cam will go further you will think because he works hard to win. 28-27 Never forget bammers we own you this yea.

Since: Feb 28, 2011
Posted on: February 28, 2011 10:16 am

Could Toomer's oaks survive?

It looks like to me there are a lot of ALABAMA fans that are jealous.  Just shut up you BAMA always have to be in the limelight.  This is a big tradition for Auburn and apparently you do not care for traditions.  Just quit commenting if you can't take it!!!!!!

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