Auburn University determines next steps for Toomer’s oaks; asks fans not to roll the trees

AUBURN – Auburn University has formed a task force to help save its famed Toomer’s Corner oak trees, bringing together experts in horticulture, agronomy, civil engineering, forestry, chemistry and landscape services.

– The task force (members list here) asks fans not to roll Toomer’s Corner or walk in the bedding area, which could further harm the trees.

– On Friday afternoon, workers put a tarp over the bedding area to keep rainwater from going into the roots. A fence was constructed around the bedding area as well.

– Soil removal begins early next week, and more soil samples will be taken during the process to determine the concentration of the herbicide at different depths. A tent will be constructed over the dig area to contain dust.

– Civil engineers will install small cylinders to monitor the downward spread of herbicide.

Future actions will be based on results of these steps. Updates will be added to the Toomer’s Oaks webpage at as work continues.