Each spring and fall the Conservation District sells a variety of trees, shrubs, wildflowers and prairie grasses which are intended for conservation uses, such as:
It is unlawful for these trees and plants to be resold with the roots attached, in accordance with the Insect Pest and Plant Disease Act, P.A. 189 of 1931, as amended.
Both individual species and plant packets or garden kits are offered, in addition to planting aids to support your planting efforts. Generally the following types of trees and plants are offered:
Note: specific species and varieties vary from sale to sale.
Your purchases support conservation work by the Washtenaw County Conservation District.
A Tree & Shrub Planting Guide is provided with all orders.
Refer to the Tree/Shrub Selection Guide or Native Plant Information Chart to help you select trees, shrubs or native plants best suited to your location based on soils, soil moisture/drainage, sunlight and desired uses.
In general, a good root system must be developed before trees reach their indicated growth rates. Most trees grow slowly for 1-3 years after planting or transplanting and more rapidly after their root system becomes developed.
Generally, trees with Rapid to Moderate growth rates reach 5-6 feet tall in 7-9 years. Moderate to Slow growth rates reach 5-6 feet tall in 9-11 years. Soils, weather, animal or other damage, weed and grass competition, and general care will also affect growth rates.
Care must be taken when selecting fall tree planting sites and soils for the best winter survival. Avoid planting in low areas that may collect water and freeze, damaging seedlings. Limit planting in heavier clay soils because they have a greater tendency to freeze and thaw, causing seedlings to be heaved out of the ground. Use mulch to help moderate soil temperatures and reduce heaving.