Think Spring! Even with the snowflakes falling, spring is not that far away. The Chautauqua County Soil and Water Conservation District will again hold its annual tree and shrub sale. This year, the District is featuring twenty-five species that are native to Chautauqua County and thirty-three species that are native to New York State.
The Chautauqua County Board of Supervisors declared Chautauqua County a Soil Conservation District in 1944 by determining that “conservation of soil resources and control and prevention of soil erosion are problems of public concern in the county.” Conservation districts are a local governmental subdivision established under state law, and adopted by the county, to carry out a program for the conservation, use and development of soil, water and related resources.
Landowners can practice conservation by planting seedlings and wildflowers to support pollinators and provide food and shelter to wildlife, reduce heating/cooling expenses, protect water quality with buffers, reduce air pollution and stabilize eroded land. Seedlings are an inexpensive way to replace trees that have been damaged, harvested or lost to disease.
For the sale, thirteen evergreens, eighteen hardwoods, seventeen shrubs, five berries, three hosta varieties, as well as, conservation seed mixes and wildflower seed mixes will be available in 2020. Plant species are available in lots of 10 or more. The District will continue to offer larger stock fruit tree packages that include apple, peach, pear, and a “fruit cocktail package”. Wildlife fruit tree packages will also be available. Please note that all stock is bare root, meaning the plant is harvested with little or no soil attached to the roots. Due to our stock being bare root, the plants must be harvested and replanted while in a dormant state and while soil conditions are still moist.