SCOTTVILLE — The Mason-Lake Soil Conservation District is currently holding an adopt-a-tree sale. Administrator Jordan DeVries said several local nurseries are offering seedlings and transplants at an 80 percent discount. “Because this cool spring gave them a lot of cancellations, they have about 20,000 trees that will be thrown out once their coolers warm up,” DeVries said. “They have to shut the coolers off this weekend because the cost is too high to keep them running.
“The bare root trees are dormant and in good health. The forecast this week calls for cooler temperatures which will be great for planting.”
DeVries said a 3-foot white pine transplant that is normally sold for $2 can be purchased for 25 cents or less. The district also has rose of Sharon, lilacs and butterfly bushes on sale for 20 cents each. They will be on sale through Friday, June 7.
The district’s native plant sale pre-order is also taking place. The deadline is also Friday, June 7 with pick-up on June 15.
“We have native wildflowers like butterfly weed, black eyed Susan, cardinal flower, coneflowers, asters, goldenrods and blazing stars. We also have a limited supply of woodland plants like ferns and white trillium and grasses like bluestems, Indian grass and wild rye.
“Native plants are more tolerant of cold snaps and/or dry spells than garden center plants and they do much better at attracting beneficial pollinators and providing cover and/or forage to wildlife.”
Call 231-757-3708, ext. 3 or email [email protected] for more information.