SWCD Now Accepting 2013 Tree and Plant Orders

Post date: Jan 14, 2013 3:58:44 PM

The Crow Wing Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) is inviting participation in its 13th annual tree and plant pre-order sale program.

The SWCD sells low cost native tree seedlings, flowers, grasses and seed mixes. The public may pre-order and purchase plants until March 1. Pre-orders before Feb. 9 receive the discount of $5 off every $50 spent.

“This year the sale features 16 tree species, nine shrubs species and 18 plant species,” said District Technician Darren Mayers, who ordered the plants. “We also sell planting kits and seeds for landowners who want more variety. Kits contain 36 plugs of six plant species. Seed packets contain dozens of species in each bag and cover 500 square feet. Three mixes include: urban habitat oasis, shoreline buffer, and rain garden. We only sell native plants from businesses in Minnesota.”

“Local residents often ask me how to protect the lake. Healthy plants help keep lakes and river clean,” said Beth Hippert, district technician, in a news release. “Plant roots filter polluted runoff. Plant roots help shorelines resist ice heave. Properly planted and managed trees can also block winter winds, so you save on your heating bills. A $28 bundle of trees is one of the best investments you can make in your home.”

To pre-order trees and plants: complete the SWCD order form, submit payment and order form to SWCD Office, 322 Laurel St., Suite 13, Brainerd. To receive the discount Early Bird Bucks, orders must be placed by Feb. 9.

To receive an order form:

- visit http://www2.co.crow-wing.mn.us/swcd

- email robert.bauer@crowwingswcd.org

- or call 828-6197.