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Soil Conservation District holding annual tree sale

Sale runs through March 17

Sale runs through March 17

January 29, 2008

The Washington County Soil Conservation District is conducting its 20th annual tree sale from now until March 17.

The district has distributed more than 280,000 trees over the past 19 years. Call the district at 301-797-6821, ext. 3, to receive a tree sale order form in the mail. Order forms may also be printed from the district's Web site at conservationplace.com.

Tree descriptions and pictures as well as information about all the products being offered are also available at the Web site. Trees will be available for pick up during early April in time for spring planting season. Anyone ordering trees will be contacted by mail with the specific days, times and location of where to pick up their trees.

The district will be offering a wide variety of evergreen, hardwood and ornamental trees. Double Red Delicious Apple, Gibson Yellow Delicious Apple, Dwarf Bartlett Pear, Dwarf Clapps Favorite Pear and Redhaven Peach trees are also being offered. One each of the apple trees has to be purchased for proper pollination.

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The Gibson Yellow Delicious Apple is an excellent pollinator for the Double Red Delicious Apple, so purchasing one of each species will ensure good fruit production. One each of the pear trees must be purchased for proper pollination. Redhaven Peach trees may be purchased as single trees and will pollinate themselves. Evergreen seedlings offered this year will be Eastern White Pine, Norway Spruce, Colorado Blue Spruce, Fraser Fir and Douglas Fir. All of these species will be three-year seedlings. These seedlings will be sold in packs of 25 trees for $15 to $16 and range in size from 6 to 20 inches depending on the species.

Transplant stock, which are older, larger trees are again being offered. These species include Eastern White Pine, Norway Spruce, Douglas Fir, Concolor Fir and Fraser Fir. These trees are 4 to 6 years old and range in size from 10 to 24 inches. These trees will be sold in packs of 10 for $18 to $20 depending on the species.

Hardwoods available are Red Oak, Pin Oak and English Walnut. Both species of oak are sold in packs of 10 trees. The English Walnut trees are sold individually and are 4 to 5 feet tall. The Red Oaks will be 2 to 3 feet tall while the Pin Oaks will be 3 to 4 feet tall. The Red Oak trees cost $12 while the Pin Oaks cost $15. The English Walnut trees will cost $15 each.

There will be two different ornamental trees sold this year. One ornamental is the Capital Flowering Pear and the other is the Red Flowering Peach. Both trees will be 4 to 5 feet tall and cost $22 each.

The district will again be offering Leyland Cypress trees. These fast-growing trees are very popular for the home landscape because of their ability to produce an effective windbreak or screen in a shorter time than many other species. The trees will be 2 1/2 to 3 feet tall and cost $12 each. These trees are potted while all of the other varieties offered are bare root stock.

Again this year is a selection of high quality wildlife products. Eastern Bluebird Nestboxes, Hanging Wren Nestboxes, Sunflower Bird Feeders and three-chambered bat houses are available. The bluebird box costs $17, the wren box costs $16 and the bird feeder is on sale for $19. The three-chamber bat house is available for $49. Promote bats on your property for natural insect control because bats can eat up to 600 small insects per hour. All of these products feature stainless steel screws, aluminum hinges and are constructed of kiln-dried cedar. Samples are available for customers to view at the Conservation District Office.

Once again this year, Plantskydd Deer Repellant is for sale. Plantskydd is considered the most cost-effective and environmentally-safe animal repellant for deer, opossum and rabbit. A one-quart bottle of Ready Mix is $21 while a 1.32-gallon bottle of Ready Mix is $52. A powder form is also available in a one-pound package for $24. New this year is the one-pound Granular Shaker of Plantskyyd for a price of $21. Fertilizer tablets in packs of 25 and 50 are also available for sale.

Anyone interested in purchasing trees or other materials should call the Conservation District at 301-797-6821, ext. 3. Please feel free to call with any questions you may have about the tree sale or stop by the office at 1260 Maryland Ave., Suite 101, in Hagerstown to pick up an order form.

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