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´╗┐The Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District (PCSWCD) Tree and Plant Sale pre-order deadline is Thursday, March 16th with pick-up dates from Monday, April 24th through Friday, April 28th.
This year PCSWCD will offer a variety of bare root stock trees and shrubs for landscaping, whether your passion is for flowering trees, native berry bushes or nuts. There will also be an abundance of orchard trees, including apples, cherries, peaches and pears. Also the PCSWCD will offer a hard-cider apple collection, a heritage apple collection, a grape collection as well as a hybrid plum collection, to help get a new orchard started. Companion plants will be available to help an orchard thrive. Blueberries, cranberries, grapes and raspberries are available as well as a variety of native shrubs and trees such as chokeberries, elderberries, juneberries, nannyberries and serviceberries. Additionally, flowering plants and herbs with many of these providing pollinator habitat for birds, butterflies and bees will be available. Most of the plants and shrubs offered are hardy to zone 4 so they should be well adapted to the area.
Creative and functional landscaping not only can prevent or eliminate problem areas on your land or adjacent water, but also can enhance the value of your home. Erosion control plants may be necessary for steeper areas of your property, areas adjacent to water bodies for prevention of runoff, and any area where there are no existing plants to help keep the soil in place.
The selection of native Maine plants can also be used to create beautiful rain gardens. Rain gardens are designed to utilize water from roofs, driveways and other hard areas to control runoff problems and to protect water quality. They are not only functional, but are also attractive additions for a welcoming landscape.
PCSWCD will also carry locally made bluebird houses to provide a home for the birds that visit your gardens and a number of landscape helpers and animal repellents. For more information about the wide variety of plants and products available through this fundraiser that supports educational programs or to pick-up oders, contact the district office at 564-2321, extension 3, email: or stop by the United States Department of Agriculture Service Center in the Pine Crest Business Park at 42 Engdahl Drive in Dover-Foxcroft, Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 4:30 PM.