Sales Representative & Gardening Coach
TEICH GARDEN SYSTEMS
By Barbara Hobens
Feb. 18, 2012
Q. What are the best trees and shrubs I should add to my property?
A. Get low-cost, quality native seedlings and plants for private, public and schools from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s Saratoga Tree Nursery. Their selection enhances the environment, provides erosion control, increases reforestation and improves the wildlife habitat on your property. Add Toringo crabapples for a perfect winter food source for wild turkey, grouse and deer. A personal favorite pick? Northern Red Oak (Quercus rubra).
See this brochure for minimum order amounts for bare-root stock. A few species are greenhouse grown and available as containerized stock. Check out the whole list of descriptions and call in your order until mid-May from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 518-587-1120 or print out the order form An invoice will be mailed for you to approve, sign, and mail back a check. They ship between mid-April and mid -May. Check out and “Like” their Facebook page. Are you a teacher or youth group leader? Call 518-581-1439 for free seedling or mixed shrubs.
Email your gardening, landscape or wildlife questions to email@example.com. Barbara Hobens is a property evaluator, garden designer and consultant, lectures on wildlife gardening and White-tailed deer, and is the author of Garden Your City.
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