From the drought of summer to the never ending cold snow of winter, this has been the year of extremes and in Iowa, snow is a BIG concern. It ends up in places we drive making very dangerous driving conditions.
Trees and shrubs can help in these extreme weathers with their diverse uses. They provide energy savings by offering protection from the wind and snow in shelterbelts and windbreaks and provide shade in the summer. They provide habitat and food for wildlife and barriers to sound and smells and unsightly vistas and most importantly, they hold soil in place and stabilize stream banks. In dealing with the blowing snow, living snow fences keep snow from blocking our roads.
If you are interested in saving the earth, conserving soil loss, or just want to plow your drive way a little less, see the Grundy County Soil and Water Conservation District. The district is selling trees and shrubs to raise money for its ongoing programs which include educational venues, scholarships, field days, newsletters and awards to honor the achievements of local conservationists.
The district offers a variety of conifers, shrubs and deciduous trees. They order from a reputable and trusted nursery in Minnesota. The trees and shrubs we are offering are commonly used in windbreaks and shelterbelts. If the list doesn't include trees you want or need, be sure to ask about any other available trees. They order potted conifers, of which you may order singles and bundles of bare-root stock which come 25 to a bundle. Contact the Grundy County SWCD at 319.231.7672 or stop in anytime at 805 W. 4th Street for orders, questions or concerns. They will be taking orders until April 3rd.