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Where to buy bare root shrubs?

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Anyone have some tips on where to buy bare root shrubs?

Seems I was able to find several good choices last year when I wasn't buying, now this year can't locate them.

They will be planted in Mcleod county for pheasant and deer habitat improvements. I also have a wholesale plant dealer cert.(Landscaper) if the seller is wholesale only.

Thanks!

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Check with the DNR and your local Soil and Water Conservation district office. They frequently give great deals on things like this, especially if they are used in habitat projects. Typically there are minimums for number of plants purchased, but thats not a big deal if you're trying to make some shelter belts or windbreaks.

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I'd check with your local Pheasants Forever and with your land management office (USDA, LMO, Whatever they call the county and fed farm office). The DNR is also a good option. Most places those groups will have good deals for you.

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Your #1 first contact would be the local Soil and Water Conservation District. Every county has one and typically they all have a tree sale. Probably taking orders already. Some of them you can hire out to actually come out and plant your trees for a minimal expense.

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Thanks for the replies.

I sent an e-mail to the county SWCD, hopefully that'll get the ball rolling.

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Mcleod County Pheasants Forever is at http://mcleodpf.org/ Contact them and they may be willing to help with the project.

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Lee Nursery in Fertile, MN, or Schumacher Nursery in western MN, these are the nurseries that the SWCD's buy from and then they tack on a mark-up. Of course if you can get cost sharing thru PF or one of the other programs that will make it cheaper. Also Lawyer Nursery in Montana if you want more variety (apples!!) and Towner State in NoDak - Towner has the best prices around but they ship in state first.

Also consider a ground fabric for weed control and for moisture retention, do a web search on 'Shaw Fabric'. These weed fabrics were developed for high plains tree plantings and will ensure a much higher survival rate. Also consider planting about 10% extra trees in a gardern spot to be used for fill-ins later.

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Thanks Blackjack

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