Low-cost trees and shrubs available
The Kansas Forest Service has begun taking orders for low-cost tree and shrub seedlings offered annually through its conservation tree-planting program.
Approved uses for these plants include habitat creation for game birds, song birds and wildlife; barriers to reduce noise pollution; home or livestock windbreaks; living snow fences; Christmas tree plantations; firewood lots; ugly view screens; and property line marking.
Prices range from $16 to $85 per bundle. The deadline to order is May 2, but landowners are encouraged to place orders as early as possible to ensure they get the plants they want.
Shipping will begin March 14, weather permitting, allowing landowners to plant seedlings during the optimal planting season of late March through early April.
For more information or to order, go online to www.kansasforests.org/conservation/index.shtml or call Rick Miller, agriculture and community development agent for Johnson County K-State Research and Extension, at (913) 715-7000.
According to information from the Research and Extension office, many new homes are being built on small-acre lots that used to be cropland. Owners are quickly finding they have many of the same issues associated with large farms, but on a smaller scale.
Tree and shrub plantings can improve landowners’ quality of living as well as help conserve natural resources.
The forest service offers more than 30 one- to two-year-old species selected for hardiness in the central high plains.
Seedlings are mostly 12- to 18-inch tall bare-root stock. Containerized species are also available for eastern red cedar, ponderosa pine, southwest white pine and Austrian pine.