Trees & Planting

Delzer Memorial Tree Program

Since 2021, our tree program has been dedicated in memory of Blaine Delzer, who worked for the district as a technician beginning in 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.

*Now taking 2024 Tree Orders!*

Please find the 2024 tree order form here: 2024 Tree Order Form – April

  • The Dodge Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) is once again taking tree orders for spring 2024 windbreak and wildlife plantings. 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:
  • Quantities are limited so for the best selection of trees, it is best to place an order by February 28th, 2024. 

The Dodge SWCD has tree spades available to use for planting, as well as the option to rent our tree planter!

What about windbreaks?

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.

Tree Planting Guide