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Seedling ordering program ends March 12

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 you'd expect to buy 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 gardens.

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 12, 2010. 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 to the SWCD Web site at www.co.essex.ny.us, or come our office at the Cornell Cooperative Extension Center (second floor), 3 Sisco Street, Westport.

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