2019 Tree Program
Ordering has begun! Deadline to order is March 22, 2019. Tree pick up will be April 25 – 26, 2019 (weather permitting).
Remember species are available only while supplies last, so get your orders in early!
We will continue the sale of the Backyard Bundle, which is a bundle of 25 trees made up of a variety of our most popular species: Redosier Dogwood, Common Purple Lilac, Red Splendor Crab-apple, Sugar Maple, and Black Hills Spruce. We were also selling Prairie Seed Mixes and have added a Mesic Prairie Grass Only mix which is a native grass mixture without flowers.
The Blue Earth Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) annually makes available about ten thousand trees to county landowners. These trees are inexpensive and are of the finest stock from wholesale nurseries. We offer a wide variety of trees and shrubs mostly in bundles of 25 per species. Some come in bundles of 10 and potted trees are priced per pot.
The Blue Earth SWCD has roughly 25 species of trees, shrubs and conifers to choose from in addition to 4 varieties of Prairie Seed Mixes. The tree program was started to promote conservation and help residents create a more beautiful, healthy and ecologically balanced environment. Many of the county’s farmstead and field windbreaks, wildlife habitat plantings, and reforestation efforts have been started as a result of this program. In more recent years, housing developments and community beautification projects have been added to the list of uses under the tree and shrub program.
We encourage all residents to utilize the Tree Program to start or add to their own beautification plans by purchasing stock from the SWCD. Whether you own a city lot and want to plant a privacy hedge line or own a couple of acres and wish to plant a windbreak or shelterbelt our trees will meet your needs. We also offer technical advice on tree plantings for windbreaks and shelterbelts upon request.
How the Program Works:
The program begins in the fall of each year. People on our e-mail list will receive an order form as soon as its available via e-mail each fall. If you are not on the list you can stop into the office to pick up a form or print one off of our website and mail it in. If you would like to receive an order form in the fall, please ask to be added to our e-mail list. Our trees are sold on a first come first serve basis, if a variety is sold out you will be notified immediately and given the opportunity to either substitute or receive a refund.
Prices and varieties available are indicated on the order form. Payment must accompany your order.
Plan to pick up your trees/shrubs toward the end of April at the Blue Earth SWCD. You will receive a postcard about two weeks before delivery with the specific pick up information.
You may also want to take advantage of tree marking flags or tree protection tubes available on the order form at nominal cost.