Tree, shrub seedlings sales under way

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservations annual sale of tree and shrub seedlings is underway and will continue through May. DECs Saratoga Nursery produces more than 50 species of trees and shrubs, many native to New York, for planting on public and private land. The objective of the program is to provide low cost planting material to encourage landowners to enhance New Yorks environment for future generations. The minimum order for conifers and wildlife shrubs is 100, 25 for hardwoods, and 50 for container stock. Mixed packets of 30 to 100 wildlife shrubs are also available for homeowners to attract wildlife. Schools across the state can receive free seedlings for spring planting through the program. The program provides 50 tree seedlings or a mixed packet of 30 wildlife shrubs to any school that would like to participate. The seedlings can be planted on school grounds or other community space. Teachers and students are encouraged to plan the project ahead of time by discussing the values trees contribute to the environment to determine the objectives of the planting such as erosion control, wildlife enhancement, windbreak and other conservation practices. Planting 50 seedlings will require approximately 1,800 square feet, while the shrub planting will require about half that space. To order seedlings, call Saratoga Nursery Seedling Stock Ordering, weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at 587-1120. Planting advice may be obtained by calling 581-1439.

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