The tree seedling spring planting program through the Parker County Soil & Water Conservation District has been a yearly offering since 1991. Orders for evergreen and hardwood seedlings can be made until Feb. 8, with pickup being on or after Feb. 16. But, if you forget to order, a limited number of evergreen seedlings will be available Feb. 16 through Feb. 21. The best part is – free delivery.
All trees and shrubs have a beneficial purpose in nature. After the drought of 2011, many homeowners and landowners did not replace dead or damaged trees because they worried what 2012 would bring. But, planted in the right place for a specific purpose, trees and shrubs will grow to save energy when installed as windbreaks, will better crop or livestock production by protecting the area against the effects of wind, be a riparian buffer that improves water quality, all while providing shelter such as nesting sites, and possibly providing food for different types of wildlife. Looking around, many trees that catch the eye were planted 10 – 15 years ago and are still hale and hardy. Trees planted today will grace the future with there leafy boughs and bountiful beauty and shade.
Evergreen seedlings are sold in boxes of 25 for $75 or individually for $3 and have a root volume of 10 cubic inches. This year the available selection is: Afghanistan Pine, Bald Cypress, Catalpa, Cedar Elm, Fourwing Saltbush, Green Ash, Italian Stone Pine, Lacebark Elm, and Oriental Arborvitae.
Hardwood seedlings are shipped bare rooted in gel packing, and are 18 to 24 inches tall and come in bundles of 25 for $38. This year the available selection is American Plum, Bur Oak, Chinkapin Oak, Shumard Oak, and Little Native Pecan.
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The ever popular "Range Plants of North Central Texas" can be your for making a minimum donation of $25 to the District. Donations are important to the District as it is a political sub-division of the State of Texas without taxing authority. A true grass roots organization working for Parker County residents for the past 76 years.
For more information on purchasing seedlings or to obtain an information packet, come by the office at 604 North Main, Suite 100, call 817-594-4672, ext. 3; or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Information is available at: parkercountyswcd.org and on Facebook.