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2014 Annual Native Tree & Shrub Sale
The 2014 tree sale is past (it was May 15-17). Thanks to everybody who ordered native trees and shrubs. Hopefully you got your bare-root plants in the ground promptly, before winter turned into summer! See you next year.
There are simple but important steps for properly caring for your bare-root seedlings and getting them planted. The main thing is, plant them promptly. The tiny roots are fragile and if they dry out, the plant will die. The other common mistake is to plant the long roots in a shallow hole, with the roots curving up in a U-shape. It's better to trim the roots with scissors than to bend them in the hole. View all the steps for preparing, planting and caring for your new plants in our How To Plant information sheet (pdf).
Give The Gift That Grows!
Contact our office to order this great-looking gift certificate in any amount for the spring 2014 tree/shrub sale. Give the gift that grows to your neighbors and friends! Send a check to our office in any amount, and we will send the gift certificate to you or directly to the lucky recipient! (South St Louis SWCD, 215 North 1st Ave. E, Rm 301, Duluth, MN 55802)
Emerald Ash Borer found in Superior, WI
August, 2013, Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) was found in Superior, WI. This devastating insect will certainly find its way across the harbor in coming years. Black ash and green ash are native to our area, and other varieties may be part of the urban and suburban landscape. There are two important things you can do to help slow and mitigate EAB's damage.>
1) Learn to identify Emerald Ash Borer and evidence of its presence. The Minnesota Extension has a great, step-by-step guide for identifying ash trees, the ash borer itself, and insect damage. Diseased trees may be treated or removed.
2) Begin planting replacement species. For black ash growing in moist forests, consider tamarack, yellow birch and red maple. For black ash in upland forests, consider basswood, quaking aspen, white spruce and maples. For green ash along river floodplains, consider American elm, box elder, or some of our native willows.
What might be the consequences of EAB for black ash stands in our wet, marshy areas? Read "Rising From the Ashes: What happens when the trees disappear from the forest?", published in the Fall 2013 issue of UM-CFANS' magazine, Solutions.
Get to know the local species
Tallest, oldest, reddest barked or tastiest berried – learn what each native tree and shrub has to offer. Our website features several layers of information, including soil and sun preference; best uses; and growth habits.
Begin by viewing our 2014 Tree/Shrub Descriptions & Pictures page. From there, to dig deeper into a species' character, click the underlined name, and you will get more photos, illustrations and descriptions.
Native plant species make the best neighbors
As of 2011, we offer only species native to our region. In using indigenous trees and shrubs, we help reclaim the original ecosystems of northern Minnesota. There is no worry about non-natives overtaking more sensitive natives, which happens in the plant world, just as it does among fish in our waterways. And, give them proper soil and water conditions, native species thrive, because they like it here!
Furthermore, in purchasing native plants, we are encouraging area nurseries to stock more of them. If there's a native tree or shrub you are interested in but don't see listed here, please let us know. With enough demand, supply will change.
Minnesota SWCD Tree Handbook
USDA Plants Database
Our 'Forests In Focus' Poster
Interactive Trees Poster (Mn DNR)
Online Plant Selector (Blue Thumb)
Deer: Damage Prevention
and Control Methods
Bud Capping to Protect from Deer (UM Extension video)
How to Prune (USFS)
Backyard Tree Care (Mn DNR)
Itasca Greenhouse - local seedling supplies
Emerald Ash Borer ID & Action Guide (UM Extension)
Don't Move Firewood (Mn DNR)
Firewise (Mn DNR)
Woodland Stewardship Book (UM Extension)