Now that we have had some warmer temperatures, Mother Nature is signaling it is time to start thinking spring, thinking green; and planting trees & installing rain barrels! Mark Kautz, Chair of the local Conservation District says, “It always helps each year to add some new plants to the landscape to make things even greener when the warmer seasons arrive, and also consider collecting free water to maintain the plants with a rain barrel.” The Marion County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) is again supporting community tree planting efforts by helping provide a quality source of midsized container native trees and shrubs at a reasonable level of cost for interested landowners to use in their greening efforts”. Kautz continues, “And we are continuing the Tree Cost Share Program for larger trees (in Marion County only) as well as beginning a new Rain Barrel Sale Program!” To get more details and order blanks for the Marion County Soil and Water Conservation District’s Tree and Shrub Sale, the Tree Cost Share Program, and/or the Rain Barrel Sale contact the SWCD office at 317-786-1776 or visit their web site at http://www.marionswcd.org.
The time to make your plans and order trees for spring planting is now! The local Conservation District is accepting orders for a variety of over 24 primarily native trees and shrubs for a reasonable price until close of business Friday, May 1st, just after “Earth Day” is celebrated in downtown Indianapolis. These primarily native trees and shrubs are decorative additions to the landscape, but also help attract wildlife. Interested individuals should contact the SWCD office to obtain a list of species available. Depending on species, these container trees and shrubs are available in 1, 3, 5, and 15 gallon sizes. Prices are $18 for the 1 gallon size, $25 for the 3 gallon, $32 for 5 gallon and $120 each for the 15 gallon size. The prices include sales tax. The Tree Cost Share Program provides $60 towards the cost of qualifying larger 15 gallon trees. Rain Barrels, made from recycled barrels, are $100 each. Trees, shrubs, and rain barrels orders can be picked up on Saturday, May 16th from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Normandy Farms subdivision at 7802 Marsh Road on the northwest side of Indianapolis. Appropriate program brochures that include tree and shrub facts, selection ideas, pick up location details, order forms, etc. are available by contacting the District.
The District reminds people that, in addition to the SWCD, there are many other great sources for good high quality trees and shrubs for planting, such as local commercial nurseries, and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry which has small bare root seedlings available. Rain barrels are also available at a variety of places. So make your investment in the future today, and order some trees, shrubs, and rain barrels for your yard now!