From the New York Department of Environmental Conservation
-- The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's (DEC) Saratoga Tree Nursery has begun taking orders for its annual sale of tree and shrub seedlings. Ordering will continue until mid-May through Saratoga Nursery.
The nursery produces more than 50 species of trees and shrubs for planting on public and private land. The objective of the program is to provide low-cost, native planting materials from known New York sources to encourage landowners to enhance the state's environment for future generations.
The Saratoga Nursery also offers a few non-native species which can enhance wildlife planting. For instance, torengo crabapple provides a winter food source for wild turkey, grouse and deer.
The minimum order is 100 for conifers and wildlife shrubs, 25 for hardwoods, and 50 for container stock. Mixed species packets of 30-100 wildlife shrubs are also available for homeowners to attract wildlife. The Saratoga Nursery sells primarily bare-root stock, but a few species are available as containerized stock (grown in a greenhouse).
Landowners can get planting advice from their nearest DEC forestry office or private forestry consultant. The brochure and order form "2010 Trees and Shrubs" can be found on the DEC’s website at http://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/7127.html or by calling the Saratoga Tree Nursery at (518) 581-1439.
To order seedlings by phone, call the Saratoga Tree Nursery on weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at (518) 581-1439.
New York residents are advised to call early for best selection. Mail orders are also accepted and can be sent to the Saratoga Tree Nursery, 2369 Route 50, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. Orders may be placed through mid-May. Seedlings are shipped from mid-April to mid-May.
Trees are free to Schools
Schools across New York can also receive free seedlings for spring planting through the School Seedling Program. The program provides 50 tree seedlings or a mixed packet of 30 wildlife shrubs to any public or private school that would like to participate.
The seedlings can be planted on school grounds or other community spaces. Teachers and students are encouraged to plan the project ahead of time by discussing the value trees contribute to the environment and to determine the objectives of the planting. Trees are instrumental in helping control erosion, enhance wildlife, provide windbreaks and support many other conservation practices.
Planting 50 seedlings will require approximately 1,800 square feet, while the shrub planting will require about 900 square feet.
To participate, schools should contact DEC’s Saratoga Tree Nursery at (518) 587-1120, or the nearest DEC regional forestry office to request a “School Seedlings” brochure. The brochure contains all the information necessary to place an order. The information and application is also available online at www.dec.ny.gov/animals/9393.html.