Low-cost native plant program opens

By Lindsay Advocate

Native plants are a beautiful addition to your property while providing habitat for local wildlife and pollinators and acting as a filter for rainwater runoff. To assist local landowners with improving their properties or shoreline, Kawartha Conservation has launched our Native Plant Distribution Program for 2018.

There will be two order deadlines and pick-up deadlines this year, one in the spring and one in the early fall, to accommodate both planting seasons.

“Native plants are a great addition to yards and shorelines and not only look great, but help support the environment,” explained Stewardship Coordinator Holly Shipclark.

Native plant root systems take hold easily, grow well, and adapt to changing conditions. As they mature, they build a complex web of roots within the soil, offering greater stability and erosion protection.

“You can enhance your property with native plants in a number of low-cost projects,” said Ms. Shipclark. “The Native Plant Distribution Program provides native plants to community members in the Kawartha Watershed for the purposes of shoreline re-naturalization, habitat creation, erosion control, the establishment of rain gardens, and low-maintenance property beautification.”

The final date to order your low-cost native plants for the spring pick-up is Tuesday, May 29, with pick up on Tuesday, June 5 from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The final date to order for the fall pick-up is Monday, September 3, with pick up on Saturday, September 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Pick-up of native plant orders is at the Field Centre at Ken Reid Conservation Area, located at 277 Kenrei Road, Lindsay.

Shoreline property owners may also be eligible to receive a matching contribution of native plants through Kawartha Conservation, up to $200, for shoreline naturalization.

For more information about the 2018 Native Plant Distribution Program or to see the plants available, visit here. If you would like to speak with a Kawartha Conservation, Stewardship Technician before placing your order or to set up a shoreline naturalization site visit, please call 705.328.2271 ext 242 or at .

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