December 16, 2019 – Kawartha Conservation’s 2020 Tree Seedling sale is now open with a great selection of Evergreens, deciduous trees and shrubs. The program offers native species as well as advancing species which aren't currently found naturally in the Kawartha Watershed, but they are migrating from the South as the climate warms and are becoming more suitable in the Kawartha watershed.
“The Tree Seedling Program helps property owners across our watershed with purchasing tree seedlings in bulk,” explained Stewardship Coordinator Holly Shipclark. “This annual sale is always popular and is an easy way to purchase different types and varieties of trees, which support our environment, our communities and also our Stewardship programming.”
Coniferous trees (evergreens) are usually the easiest to grow. They are the best option for planting in open areas where seedlings will be exposed to sun and wind. If you are planting a large number of trees, it is recommended that you plant 70-80% coniferous trees.
Deciduous trees lose their leaves in the fall. They are usually less hardy during the seedling stage. Generally they do best in areas of low exposure - such as an area that is already forested. With extra care and protection, they can be nurtured to become large, beautiful shade trees.
Shrubs are typically shorter than trees. They offer a great way to provide diversity and habitat on your property. They are an option where hydro wires and other overhead utilities are a concern.
“Healthy forests provide many important functions on our landscape,” said Ms. Shipclark. “They improve air quality, surface and ground water quality, and provide wildlife habit.”
Large connected forests are important for maintaining good watershed conditions. Additionally, new forest growth can help mitigate climate change by creating carbon sinks that absorb more carbon than they release. Landowners can contribute to the health of our watershed by establishing and managing forest cover.
Tree seedling orders will be available for pick-up at the Kawartha Conservation administrative office at Ken Reid Conservation Area on Friday and Saturday, May 1 and 2 and at Willow Tree Farm in Port Perry on Friday, May 1.
“Tree seedlings can now be paid for online when placing the orders, making it even easier for people to select the seedlings they’d like and paying in advance,” explained Ms. Shipclark. “It will make the pick-up process much smoother for everyone and we hope to continue building on the success and great feedback we’ve received from prior years.”
The Online site can be accessed 24 hours a day, seven days a week so watershed residents can browse the available seedlings and place their order when it is convenient for them.
“Don’t wait too long though,” Ms. Shipclark recommends. “The deadline for the 2020 Tree Seedling program is March 15, so you’re not going to want to miss out.”
To learn more about the 2020 Tree Seedling program and to place your order, go to https://www.kawarthaconservation.com/seedling-distribution.