Mower SWCD annual tree program taking orders for conservation
Bareroot bundles, container evergreens for sale, pickup in April
AUSTIN, Minn. — Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018 — Landowners can place orders for a large variety of trees — bareroot and container grown — through March as part of Mower Soil & Water Conservation District’s annual program aimed at conservation.
Only limited quantities, however, will be available after Feb. 28; order cancellations will not be accepted after that date.
“We strongly encourage anyone interested in ordering trees to get it done this month before the early deadline,” said James Fett, Mower SWCD’s watershed technician who coordinates the tree program. “Orders are done on a first-come, first-serve basis.”
With the tree program, Mower SWCD offers 50 percent cost-share assistance up to $500 on Mower County windbreaks designed by SWCD staff.
This year, the program has added butternut (also known as white walnut) to its extensive list of bareroot trees.
Orders must be placed and fully paid by April 1 with Mower SWCD, which then will distribute trees in mid-April (date to be determined) on the west side of the Runnings store in northwest Austin. Letters with pickup dates and times will be sent in early April to everyone who placed orders.
Landowners who have questions or need help with planning a windbreak are encouraged to contact Mower SWCD technician Larry Callahan for assistance.
Tree order forms — which include tree types, sizes and prices — are available at Mower SWCD, located behind Runnings at 1408 21st Ave. N.W. in Austin, and online at www.mowerswcd.org.
Bareroot trees are being sold in bundles of 25 and offered in three types of species: evergreens, deciduous and shrubs. The tree program no longer offers single orders for bareroots.
Evergreens also are offered in container-grown options, including 1- and 2-gallon pots for Techny Arborvitae, Black Hills Spruce and Meyer Spruce (2-gallon only).
Mower SWCD also is selling tree mats with staples and tree shelters with stakes.
Last year, Mower SWCD tried a new vendor for the tree mats and shelters but staff did not like their quality, Fett said.
“We have gone back to the previous vendor for this year and will have the quality back again for tree mats and shelters,” he added.
For more information, contact Mower SWCD at 507–434–2603, ext. 5.