Sorry, we are no longer accepting orders for the 2022 Tree Sale and Native Plant Sale.
Thank you for your support. Please check back mid-January for the 2023 sale!

Product Information:
              Monroe Conservation District offers high-quality, bareroot shrubs and trees to the community every Spring. This annual sale supports the District's ongoing programs and provides appropriate plants for various land management practices. Plants are chosen for their benefits in providing

  • wildlife habitat including food sources
  • reforestation
  • soil stability
  • riparian buffers
  • windbreak
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Suggested Planting Distances
Planting Purpose Conifers Deciduous Shrubs
Spacing # Trees/Acre Spacing # Trees/Acre # Trees/Acre
  Management, including
    thinning & weed control
8' X 10' 545 12' X 12' 303 Not Applicable
  No Management, let trees
    grow to maturity
10' X 10' 435 12' X 12' 303 Not Applicable
Erosion Control 6' X 6' 1210 Not Recommended 3' X 3' 4840
Wildlife 8' X 10' 545 12' X 12' 303 6' X 6' 1210
  3 rows recommended:
  2 rows evergreens
  1 row shrubs
16–20' between trees
16–20' between rows
NOT RECOMMENDED 6–10' between shrubs

Dig a hole using a planting bar, shovel or spade wide enough to permit tree roots to spread out in a natural uncurled position. Roots can be pruned to 8-12”, depending on size of trees, to accommodate this. Firmly pack soil around roots to eliminate air pockets. Plant trees as soon as possible after pick-up. Plant one tree at a time, keeping roots covered so they do not dry out. Small seedlings can also be planted in a nursery bed, 12” apart, until they increase in size and can be transplanted.

Fertilizing and Watering
During the first year, the seedlings should not be fertilized with standard fertilizer because it can dehydrate the plants and will fertilize the weeds. However a slow-release type of fertilizer can be beneficial, as it will release nutrients slowly over time, thus eliminating the concern of “fertilizer burn”. Slow-release fertilizer, such as that found in the fertilizer tablets sold by the district, are most beneficial on sites with a low natural soil nutrients, such as coarse sandy soils. A soil test is the best way to determine if fertilizing is required.

During the second and third year you can use 2 oz. (1/4 cup) or 12-12-12 fertilizer per tree; if you have the weeds under control. The fertilizer pellets should be spread evenly around the plant on the outside of the drip line, with no direct contact on the plant. If no rain falls and water available, the trees can be watered once a week with one inch of water. In drier soils, it may be beneficial to water more often, and in moist soils watering should be less frequent. Discontinue watering hardwoods in late August to encourage hardening off for winter.

Monroe Conservation District
1137 South Telegraph Road, Monroe, MI 48161