The SWCD's John Lembcke. (Photo: Marshall Hoffman

With a winter storm on the way, it’s a good time to think about spring planting. Stevens Soil and Water Conservation District has their tree order form available in their Morris office or online at www.stevensswcd.org. Jon Lembcke with the agency told the KMRS Community Connection that while orders are being taken through March 15, it’s best to order early for best selection. Besides a variety of trees and shrubs to order, Lembcke said other products are available as well, such as items to protect your trees through the winter.

“Last winter was very hard on trees with the wildlife, everything from mice to deer and rabbits,” said Lembcke. “There was just so much snow that there wasn’t the food out there for them. So, they were very hard on the trees, especially the fruit trees such as the apple trees. People lost a lot of trees. If you’re looking to protect those trees for the winter, we do have some tree tubes available that you can put around those trees and save them from some wildlife damage.”

The SWCD will hold a Tree Open House from 12 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, December 5 at their Morris office. The agency can help citizens plan their tree plantings, provide options for cost sharing, as well as estimates and assistance with the actual planting.

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