By: McKenzie Fox, Conservation Program Assistant
There may still be snow on the ground in Antrim and Kalkaska counties, but the sunshine and birds chirping give signal that spring is coming, which means it is time to place your tree sale orders with your county’s conservation district! Both Antrim and Kalkaska Conservation Districts have released their tree sale catalogs and are taking orders now. You can find the catalogs and order forms at antrimcd.com and kalkaskaconservation.org, or by visiting the respective office locations. Both conservation districts are taking orders online or through the paper order forms. Order early to secure your trees as they are first come first served at ACD, and orders are only guaranteed till April 1st at KCD (based on availability after that date). Order pick-up will be on April 26th and 27th.
There are numerous options to choose from that fit the needs of individual landowners and their property’s needs. Recommendations for wet soils include red osier dogwood, river birch, white cedar, and red mulberry. If you have dry soils, there are oaks, pines, spruces, ninebark, and Chinese chestnut. Maybe you are looking for trees or plants that can serve as windbreaks? We have you covered with white cedar, Norway spruce, blue spruce, red osier dogwood, highbush cranberry, and American hazelnut. Wildlife food and cover? ACD’s tree selection this year include everything from oaks to spruces to hybrid poplar, white cedar, and more. ACD is also selling apple trees, and KCD is offering tree packages and seed mixes that serve specific purposes. Tree protection, i.e, tree tubes and stakes, are also being offered by both Conservation Districts to protect your investment. See the respective catalogs for more information.
Antrim Conservation District will also be hosting a tree selection and planting workshop on Monday, March 18th from 6pm-7:30pm at their office, 4820 Stover Rd. in Bellaire. Learn about what trees would fit well with your property’s needs and how to plant them. Attendees will receive a 10% discount on their spring tree order from ACD. Please RSVP to McKenzie (firstname.lastname@example.org or 231-533-8363 x4) by Friday, March 15th.
For more information on ACD and/or to subscribe to ACD’s newsletter, visit our website at antrimcd.com, call us at (231)533-8363, or stop by our office at 4820 Stover Rd. in Bellaire. To order trees online, click the 'Store' tab above.
For more information on KCD, visit their website at kalkaskaconservation.org, call them at (231)258-3307, or stop by their office at 406 South Cedar St., Suite A in Kalkaska.