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SWCD now accepting tree orders for 2014

With winter just around the corner, now is the time to prepare for your spring tree and shrub planting needs. 

The Becker Soil and Water Conservation District’s (SWCD) 2014 Tree Order form is now available.

Landowners interested in ordering trees or shrubs for next spring delivery can contact the Becker SWCD office at 218-846-7360 to request a tree order form, or go to the SWCD web page on the Becker County web site to download a order form. 

Each year the SWCD provides tree planning and planting assistance to residents of Becker County desiring to establish windbreaks, and wildlife plantings or stabilize shoreland. 

“For years now landowners have ordered tree stock and received planning assistance from our technicians,” says District Administrator Peter Mead. 

“We also offer cost-share assistance to defray establishment costs for qualified plantings” Mead continued.

New this year, the district is offering Shoreland Packets — 25 shrubs including 5 varieties of low growing, deep rooted shrubs well suited to lakeshore areas.

SWCD staff will be happy to discuss options with you and make recommendations on designs to minimize erosion while maximizing wind control and snow drift management. 

The SWCD can also recommend tree types from a variety of species that will be suited to your soil types while meeting your functional needs.

The Becker SWCD has been providing tree services to county residents since 1951, when the District purchased its first tree planter. 

Over the years literally hundreds of farmstead windbreaks, field windbreaks and wildlife plantings have been established in Becker County through the District tree program.

Trees ordered for 2014 spring planting will  arrive in late April. 

Remember, “the best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago, the next best time is now”

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