Container-grown evergreen trees sold through Mower SWCD’s annual tree program.

Tree orders being taken for Mower

SWCD offering annual program focused on windbreaks

AUSTIN, Minn. — Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020 — A large variety of trees for creating windbreaks are available to order this winter through Mower Soil & Water Conservation District’s annual program.

Bundles of bareroot trees and shrubs (mostly sold in bundles of 25) and three types of container-grown evergreen trees sold individually are offered through the SWCD tree program focused on conservation.

Only limited quantities will be available after Feb. 28; order cancellations will not be accepted after that date. All orders must be placed and fully paid by April 1 with Mower SWCD.

“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 leads the tree program. “Orders are on a first-come, first-serve basis.”

James Fett, Mower SWCD tree program coordinator

This year, the program’s extensive list of bareroot trees has three new species: Ponderosa Pine and Scotch Pine (evergreen trees); and Buffaloberry (shrub).

Mower SWCD will distribute trees in mid-April (date to be determined) on the west side of the Runnings store in northwest Austin. Letters will be sent in early April with pickup dates and times to everyone who placed an order with Mower SWCD.

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, 1408 21st Ave. N.W. Order forms also are available along with the ability to place an order online at: mowerswcd.org/tree_seed_sales/

Bareroot trees are sold in bundles of 25 in two types: evergreen and deciduous. Bareroot shrubs are sold in bundles of 25, except for two types sold in bundles of 10. 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 sells tree mats with staples and tree shelters with stakes.

For more information, contact Mower SWCD at 507–434–2603, ext. 5.

Mower Soil & Water Conservation District

Since 1953, Mower SWCD has provided land and conservation services to Mower County landowners to help manage lands in a way that promotes a sound economy as well as sustains and enhances natural resources that are key to the state’s environmental health. Mower SWCD is one of Minnesota’s 89 SWCDs each are governed by an elected board.

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