Get your seedlings now for spring planting

By Roderick Benns

An old Chinese proverb notes “the best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” Kawartha Conservation wants to make it easy with the 2018 Tree Seedling Program.

Designed for landowners in rural, agricultural and shoreline areas of the Kawartha watershed, the tree seedling program provides an inexpensive way to plant a selection of tree seedlings and native shrubs on their property.

“The tree seedling program is a great opportunity for landowners in the Kawartha Watershed to purchase low-cost seedlings,” says Stewardship Coordinator Holly Shipclark.

“Bare root one to three year old trees and shrubs are priced from $0.75 to $1.95 per seedling, with minimum orders of 100 seedlings.”

From saving money on heating and cooling, to blocking highway traffic noise, greater privacy, and contributing to higher property values, planting trees is not only great for your health, but also makes smart financial sense.

“Deciduous trees planted on the south and west side of a home can decrease a homeowners’ cooling costs by up to 50 per cent, while evergreen trees planted as wind breaks around homes can decrease heating costs by as much at 30 per cent,” says Shipclark.

Over the past 36 years, Kawartha Conservation has distributed more than 600,000 seedlings across the Kawartha Watershed.

Contributing to the success of the seedling program is our partnerships with both the Kawartha chapter of the Ontario Woodlot Association and Willowtree Farm near Port Perry.

For orders exceeding $250, a payment of 50 per cent is required at least two weeks prior to the pickup date, tentatively scheduled for the end of April at Ken Reid Conservation Area (277 Kenrei Rd., Lindsay) and Willowtree Farm at 975 Regional Road 21, Port Perry.

The 2018 order form, as well as guidelines for selecting the best plants for their properties, can be found

To place an order or to seek guidance about your tree planting project, contact Holly Shipclark at 705.328.2271 ext. 240 or

The deadline to place an order is March 31.

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