With the recent blustering temperatures and snow flurries, it seems odd to think ahead to spring planting. Spring will certainly be welcomed and you may find yourself daydreaming about gardening and when to plant. The Scioto Soil and Water Conservation District is currently hosting their annual tree seedling sale right now.
According to released materials, the sale, always held in the depths of winter, has an order deadline of February 22. Once tree orders are placed and paid for, you can kick back and relax until the beginning of April. As you stay cozy indoors, your trees are waiting for the right time to be harvested and delivered. Proceeds from this sale go directly to the Conservation District’s educational program, which means that every purchase benefits your property with new tree seedlings and benefits the community too.
There are many tree varieties available, including great hardwoods like Black Cherry, Red Oak, and Sugar Maple to evergreen varieties such as hemlock, spruces, and pines. The hardwood seedlings typically cost $19 for a bundle of 25 and the pines are $17 for 25.
“This year we have a great offer for a pair of cherry tree seedlings: one Bing Cherry tree and one Black Tartarian Cherry for only $20.00” explained Kate Sowards from Scioto SWCD.
Sowards added, “We also have two great homeowner packets this year. We have a Native Edibles packet with a total of ten tree seedlings that includes PawPaw, Persimmon, Elderberry, Chestnut, and Butternut. Also our Birds and Bees packet is a beautiful selection of trees that benefit the pollinators and includes Dogwood, Redbud, Hazelnut, Service Berry, and Sourwood.”
The district’s sale also includes other great products like bird and bat houses, wildflower seed mixes, and even a shitake mushroom kit.
Tree Sale information and order forms can be found on the Conservation District’s website www.sciotoswcd.org and by calling or stopping by their office. Scioto Soil and Water can be contacted at 740-259-9231 extension 4. The district will even mail you an ordering packet upon request.
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