Trees & Planting

Trees Available For Windbreak & Wildlife Plantings 

The Dodge Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) is once again taking tree orders for spring 2022 windbreak and wildlife plantings.

Our tree program is now dedicated in memory of Blaine Delzer, who worked for the district as a technician since 2011. Unfortunately, Blaine passed away unexpectedly in May of 2021. Blaine had a passion for getting conservation on the ground in our communities, and greatly enjoyed working with local landowners. He is greatly missed.

Tree varieties available this year are:

Eastern Arbor Vitae, Eastern Red Cedar, White Pine, Black Hills Spruce, White Spruce, Paper Birch, Rubrum Maple, Bur Oak, Red Oak, Norway Poplar, Midwest Crabapple, Golden Currant, Redosier Dogwood, White Lilac, Ninebark, & American Plum

Quantities are limited so for the best selection of trees, it is best to place an order by February 28th, 2022. The SWCD has tree spades available to use for planting. 

A well designed windbreak is a useful tool for snow management, wildlife food and shelter, energy conservation, livestock protection and aesthetics. A successful windbreak planting depends on proper establishment and proper care during the first several years after planting. Layout, site preparation, tree selection, pre-planting care, planting techniques, grass and weed control and correct pruning are all important factors to consider for establishing an effective and healthy windbreak. A windbreak is also an investment towards the future value of your property.

Common mistakes that will kill young trees are: not planting trees at the proper depth, allowing roots to curl back toward the top of the hole or trench thus not allowing proper root spread, leaving tree roots exposed to the sun and wind during planting, planting directly into sod, lack of watering, planting trees where they won’t receive sufficient sunlight and keeping trees packaged for more than a few days without cold storage and water.

If you are interested in placing a tree order, please return your completed order form to our office via email or mail. Order forms can be mailed to: Dodge SWCD, 916 2nd St SE, Dodge Center, MN 55927. Email submissions can be sent to: tree_info@dodgeswcd.org.

Tree Planting Guide 

2022 Tree Order Form