The Ross Soil and Water Conservation District continues their annual tree seedling sale to promote conservation. Residents can order through March 15.
"Trees are good for the soil,” according to District Administrator, Bob Neal. “Trees are good for your land because the extensive root system keeps soil in place. Trees help water quality by intercepting rain water, reducing runoff and excess fertilizer carried with it.”
The Soil and Water Conservation District sells tree seedlings at near wholesale cost to promote the benefits of trees for conservation. The District is also offering bulk wildflower seed for sale to help provide habitat for the dwindling bee and butterfly population. “Pollinators are vital to agriculture,” Neal says.
The conservation district is taking orders in person and by mail through March 15 at the Ross County Service Center at 475 Western Avenue. Residents can call 740-772-4110 (extension 116) for more information.
Residents can also order online at the secure website www.rosscountyswcd.org through April 2 “while supplies last.” The district is offering bundles of several varieties of trees including White Pine, Norway Spruce, White Oak, Black Walnut, Sugar Maple, Flowering Dogwood, and Butterfly Bush. This season’s wildflower seed mix includes Blackeyed Susan, Partridge Pea, False Sunflower, Purple Coneflower, Grayheaded Coneflower, Lupine, Showy Tickseed, Lance Leaved Coreopsis, Purple Prairie Clover, Maximilian Sunflower, Spiked Blazing Star, Mexican Hat, and Wild Senna.
Future Farmers of America (FFA) students at Adena High School assist with the annual tree sale by packing the seedlings into customer bundles. Customer pick up is on April 4 at the Ross County Service Center.
The Ross Soil and Water Conservation District has been assisting property owners with planning and implementation of conservation practices for over 75 years. Ross County residents can request technical assistance for drainage issues and other conservation questions by calling the district office at 740-772-4110 (extension 116) or visiting www.rosscountyswcd.org online.