Plan now for county tree and shrub program

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Jim Baumgart  Sheboygan County Supervisor

An age old question has long been around the world’s forests: If a tree falls in the woods and no one is present to hear, does the tree make a sound? Well, this writer will not try to answer the question but he will be glad to explain how you and/or your neighbors can become the proud owners of your own trees.

Since about 1996 the Sheboygan County Land and Water Conservation Division has sold over one million trees to people from Sheboygan and adjacent counties. It’s goal? Improve the area’s soil, water and air, save on building heating and cooling costs, provide living fences from the affects of wind and blowing snow, improve the habitat for things wild, provide healthy crops of fruits and berries, grow the next generation of fireplace wood, and so much more.

You can go on line to get the tree and tree planting information needed by going to: www. co.sheboygan.wi.us, connect to Land and Water Conservation

Division, then click on Tree and Shrub Program. You will be provided all the information you need. If you don’t have a computer, you can call (920) 459-1370 and request a Tree and Shrub Program package.

The catalog information provided will ask why do you want the trees and then provide information on what are the best uses for the trees available. Although most people will want to plant their own trees, you will even be given a list of Southeast Tree Planters and their telephone numbers as well as county staff (number is listed above) who can help answer a difficult question.

But most of the information you need will be included in the catalog.

Information will be available on each of the trees and shrubs. As for example, the Sugar Maple: it will tell about the types of fall colors you can expect, types & shade color of the leaves, growth rates, sun vs shade needs, and types of soils best suited. The same type of information is provided for all the hardwoods, fruit and evergreen trees that are sold.

They will also have on sale a variety of planting seeds for deer and other wildlife. The catalog contain a list of other products: 55 gallon blue rain barrels, fertilizer pellets, wood stakes, tree shelter tubes, weed mats and other items. The goal is to help you be successful, provide you with a product you will enjoy, and to improve the environment we all share.

The deadline to apply to purchase your trees, shrubs, wildlife seeds and associated equipment is Monday, Feb. 25. Delivery is planned for Thursday, Friday and Saturday, April 26, 27, and 28. Because turkey hunting will be ongoing and some people will have other commitments, some modest adjustments on pick-up times can be made.

One of the things I like about the Sheboygan County Tree and Shrub Program, is they provide a number of sheets detailing what landowners will need to consider. Such as planting white pine in areas that may have the right soil but too many deer - successful white pine tree growth with deer becomes a problems . And they provide suggestions for soil considerations, care of nursery stock before planting, and follow-up on caring and protection of your young trees and shrubs.

The Sheboygan County Planning & Conservation Department does provide a newsletter called Greener Acres that you may find of interest. The Fall Edition promotes this spring’s 2013 Tree and Shrub Program sale. You can get a copy off the internet through the process listed above.


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