Emmet Conservation District
3434 M-119, Suite E
Harbor Springs, MI 49740
Emmet Conservation District Mission Statement
Our mission as stewards of the Environment is to improve the quality of life for residents of Emmet County, by protecting and conserving our natural resources, promoting sound sustainable agriculture practices, and providing educational opportunities for the community. Please check our Web site regularly for the latest information on upcoming workshops, spring and fall seedling/transplant sales, products for sale year round, and other valuable resource information at www.emmetcd.org.
The Emmet Conservation District Spring Tree Sale is now underway!
The District has a diverse selection of conifer seedlings and transplants, hardwoods, fruit trees, shrubs, and seedling packages for sale. Most of the species offered are native to our area and should grow well with proper selection and care.
When deciding what to plant, keep in mind the phrase “right plant, right place.” Native trees planted in an appropriate site are usually the best option. Trees planted on unsuitable sites suffer high mortality, poor growth, and are more susceptible to disease and pests. To help ensure a successful planting, consider and evaluate the soil composition before trees are purchased and planted. Tree growth is most rapid where soil drainage is good and competing grasses, shrubs, and weeds are controlled. Also, look and see what is already successfully growing at the proposed planting site. Most conifers, which include pines and spruces, are more commonly planted on drier, coarser-textured and less fertile soils. However, white spruce, and the deciduous conifer known as American larch/tamarack, will also do well in moist soils. Hardwoods, or deciduous trees are usually better suited to loamy and clay/loam soil types where soil moisture and fertility are generally higher.
We have a variety of shrubs available which can be used for landscaping as well as in wildlife plantings including red-osier dogwood, Michigan holly, and ninebark. We also offer small trees/shrubs that produce edible fruits such as black elderberry, highbush cranberry, black chokeberry, and American hazelnuts. These plants also provide important food sources and habitat for a variety of wildlife, including pollinators and birds.
We will take pre-orders through Friday, March 31, 2017. If there is a tree or shrub variety you would like to order, but we are not currently offering it, we may be able to special order it for you if you give us a call. Tree pick-up will be at the Emmet Fairgrounds Friday April 21st from 10am-2pm and Sat. April 22nd from 8am-12noon. All of our trees are all sold bare root and should be planted promptly after pick-up. The public is welcome to stop by during the tree-pick up to purchase any extra trees that may be available as well as planting products.
This (and more) information is also available on the District website (www.emmetcd.org).
Call Jackie at 231-439-8977 to have information mailed to you or to place an order by phone.