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Agency announces 2020 annual tree and shrub sale

Submitted Photo The Chautauqua County Soil and Water Conservation District is again holding its annual tree and shrub sale. The deadline to order is March 9 for fruit tree and berry orders, however berries will be sold during the entire course of the sale until they are sold out. The deadline for the remainder of the catalog is April 1.

JAMESTOWN — Think spring! Even with the snowflakes falling, a new season 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 25 species that are native to Chautauqua County and 33 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, 13 evergreens, 18 hardwoods, 17 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.

The sale is first come, first serve so you will want to get your order in as soon as possible! The deadline to order is March 9 for fruit tree and berry orders, however berries will be sold during the entire course of the sale until they are sold out. The deadline for the remainder of the catalog is April 1. Please note, orders will be available for pick-up at the Chautauqua County Soil & Water Conservation District Building located at 3542 Turner Road, Jamestown in mid-April.

Catalogs and order forms are expected to be mailed in early February. If you do not receive a catalog and would like to see what is being offered, please call 716-664-2351 Ext. 5 to request a booklet by email. You can also call to give us your mailing address and we will mail catalogs when they become available.

The district also stocks marking flags, fertilizer tablets and tree shelters to help promote the success of plantings. For pond algae control, the district offers barley straw and there is more information on this practice in the catalog. Please note that you do not need to wait until the tree sale to purchase these nonperishable items. The public is encouraged to contact Chautauqua County Soil & Water Conservation District at 664-2351, ext. 5 to check the availability of nonperishable items anytime throughout the year.

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