The 2018 tree sale has begun!
Find the order form here: 2018 Tree Order Form. Print the form off, fill it in, and send it back with a check for payment. New for this year's tree sale is the addition of an online ordering system. It is still in the works, but if you are interested, check back here often to check its progress! Tree pick up will be held April 27th-28th at the Washington County Fairground.
Each Spring the Washington Conservation District holds a tree sale for county landowners to use for urban and rural conservation purposes, such as windbreaks, reforestation, erosion control, and food and cover for wildlife. The trees are sourced from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Nursery and Schumacher's Nursery & Berry Farm. The trees cannot be resold. All trees are bare root and sold in bundles of 25, with the exception of our Bird Packet - a bundle of 30 trees that are particularly beneficial to birds by creating habitat and food sources for them.
We have several varieties of trees that are native to Minnesota, including conifers, hardwoods, small trees, and shrubs; there are also varieties that are not native but work well in Washington County. For more information on the types of trees available, refer to the order form. For more information or questions about the tree sale, please contact Jessica Thiel.
Controlling Weeds in New Tree Plantations
You've just picked up your seedling trees and transplants, and you're excited about getting outside and planting them around your property. They don't look like much right now, but in a few weeks they'll kick into high gear. Unfortunately, so will the weeds!
Weed competition is probably the greatest reason why tree plantings fail. Why put all the time and effort into planting these tiny trees if you don't have a plan for managing the array of nasty weeks that will inevitably appear? Uncontrolled weeds dramatically reduce the growth of your new trees, and may even kill them.
It is important that new trees have a weed-free area that reaches out several feet surrounding the stem. If you place a seedling tree or transplant into existing sod - a lawn or pasture setting - without scalping away some of the sod, good luck. Bluegrass sod or other established, perennial grasses are very aggressive in the spring. Unchecked, they generally out-compete your trees for water, nutrients and light.
People who place their transplants into newly-tilled soil generally are quite pleased with the results until several weeks later. As the soil warms, there are a multitude of weed seeds that will begin to germinate. Unchecked, these weedy plants can outgrow your trees in a matter of a month or so. Don't expect bare soil to stay bare very long; sooner or later something will grow in this spot.
More information on controlling weeds in a tree plantation is available in the resources section below.