Trees, shrubs now on sale

WESTPORT - The Essex County Soil and Water Conservation District is now holding its annual seedling sale.

Available is a large selection of bare-root tree and shrub seedlings and transplants for erosion control, wildlife habitat improvement, windbreaks and reforestation. Groundcovers and wildflower seed mixes can also be purchased

The tree and shrub seedlings and transplants are sold as bare-root stock. They are not potted, nor balled in burlap; such as from a commercial nursery.

Six different wildflower seed mixtures are available. Blends can be purchased for sunny or shady areas and for attracting birds, butterflies and beneficial insects to your gardens. An annual wildflower seed blend can be used to add color to an established wildflower garden or be planted by it self to create an annual wildflower bed full of color.

New this year are seedling packets. The packets include nut trees, wildlife and evergreen. The packets give landowners a selection of two seedlings of five different varieties for a total of 10 in each packet.

Also available are slow release fertilizer tablets that will provide necessary nutrients for up to two years, and water gel, which helps to retain moisture around the roots - especially important during a dry spring and summer.

Order deadline is March 19. Orders will be available to be picked up the last week of April in Westport. To get an order form or more information call 962-8225 weekdays, E-mail essexswcd@westelcom.com, go online at www.co.essex.ny.us or visit the office at the Cornell Cooperative Extension Center (second floor), 3 Sisco St., Westport.

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