Fayette SWCD kicks off annual tree sale

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The Fayette Soil & Water Conservation District (Fayette SWCD) is holding its fifth-annual seedling tree sale.

Members of the public have the opportunity to purchase tree seedlings at very reasonable prices, according to Chet Murphy, director of Fayette SWCD.

“We have a nice variety of trees again this year, including flowering, edible, wildlife, wet areas and pollinators,” said Murphy. “New species added this year are American Basswood, Bur Oak, Buttonbush, Pin Oak, Red Maple, and Sweet Shrub. Trees may be purchased in lots as small as five seedlings of any species. This makes it easier for the customer to create a custom packet. All trees being offered are native to Ohio, except Norway Spruce.”

Murphy added that there are many reasons to plant trees: Bedsides being aesthetically pleasing, they protect our environment by filtering pollution from the air and soil, helping to recycle water, slowing water runoff, and preventing soil loss. They also improve our surroundings by creating shade, giving shelter from wind and rain, providing homes for animals, making food for humans and wildlife, and providing an interesting, soothing, learning environment for our children and community.

Individual species are available in quantities of five, 25 or 100. The deadline for ordering is March 24. The trees are schedule for pickup on April 8.

“We are also offering native plant plugs this year during our tree sale,” said Brigitte Hisey, Fayette SWCD natural resource specialist. “The kits are $100 each and include 50 plants. There are 10 plant varieties in each kit. Four different kits are being offered. These kits are: Xerces Society Pollinator, Wetland, Butterfly/Bird, or Rain Garden. In addition, we have milkweed plugs for sale for $2 a plug. These milkweeds will attract monarch butterflies. Since the plants are native, they require less care than many non-natives. The plants should be in by late April or early May.”

Go to the Fayette SWCD Facebook page to download tree descriptions and order forms. For more information or to place an order, visit the Fayette SWCD office at 1415 U.S. 22 Southwest, Suite 500, in Washington C.H.

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