Hate shovelling snow and mowing the lawn? Plant a tree!
NEWMARKET, ON – January 29, 2018
Better Call Paul: Paul Cottenden, LSRCA's forest technician, is ready to take orders for its annual seedling sale.
– Trees are famous for their environmental benefits, but not everyone knows that trees can reduce the amount of time and money spent on outdoor chores like shovelling snow and mowing the lawn. That's because trees act as natural snow fences, and having less open lawn means less time spent mowing – all the more reason residents should take advantage of Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority's (LSRCA) do-it-yourself (DIY) seedling sale, open now
. Residents can purchase trees and shrubs at a discounted price to not only beautify their property, but to make it more functional as well.
“Trees are natural snow fences, which can both trap snow and prevent it from accumulating around high-use areas such as driveways and walkways," explains Paul Cottenden, LSRCA's forest technician. “This can equal increased savings and safety, with less time and money spent clearing snow. Trees can also reduce your home energy costs, with their windbreak properties keeping homes warmer in the winter and shade offering cooling in the summer. What's more, when the snow finally melts, you'll have less grass to mow!"
Even though it's winter now, spring planting season is right around the corner. Species available include favourites such as Silver Maple, Staghorn Sumac and White Cedar, to name just a few, at prices ranging from $0.64 to $1.05 each. Trees and/or shrubs must be purchased in bundles of 50, with a minimum order of 100. If that seems like a lot, LSRCA encourages splitting an order with friends or neighbours. The sale runs until March 28 or when supplies run out.
For people with larger properties, LSRCA also offers a full-service planting program. Available to residents with at least two acres of land, the Forestry team's private planting program includes a customized plan, planting and how to tend to a growing forest. There are also funding programs to cover between 50% and 90% of the planting. Paul Cottenden would be happy to take seedling enquiries at 905-895-1281, ext. 245, or toll free at 1-800-465-0437.
It is the mission of the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority to collaborate, protect and restore the Lake Simcoe watershed with innovative research, policy and action.
Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority
Phone: 905-895-1281, ext. 116
Toll Free: 1-800-465-0437
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