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Tree Program

Trees are a part of our future.  They provide wildlife habitat, reduce soil erosion, enhance water quality, save energy costs, help clear the air and add beauty twindbreako our homes and farmsteads.

Trees for farmsteads, forestry, field and livestock-area shelterbelts require plans. The NRD or your local Natural Resources Conservation Service Office will meet with you to discuss what you want to achieve by planting trees. A plan will be developed with the varieties of trees/shrubs needed, the number of species and the proper spacing for the desired purposes.

The trees are two-year old bare root seedlings and are approximately 12 to 18 inches tall. The seedlings are available in the spring with a variety of species offered, including cedars, pines, hardwoods and shrubs. For the best selection, placing orders in the fall and winter months are recommended.

LBNRD offers both "handplant" and "machine plant" trees. Handplant trees can be purchased in smaller quantities, but they mtree plantingust be planted by the purchaser. Tree-planting machine rental is available. For larger plantings, the NRD will machine plant the varieties. The District offers cost-share for windbreaks that are over 100 plants and are designed according to NRCS specifications.

Cost-share is also available for tree renovations. Producers can receive funding to remove the old windbreak if they are signed up for the practice before removal begins.

To contact your local NRCS office for more information:

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Weed Barrier

weed barrierWeed Barrier is a polypropylene fabric, with the appearance of tightly woven plastic burlap, used to control weed growth and help preserve soil moisture in tree and shrub plantings.  This bio-degradable fabric's life expectancey is seven to nine years.

The Barrier eliminates the need for mechanical or chemical weed control directly between and around the trees.  Supplemental water is held in the soil longer when the weed barrier is applied.  This is due to the limited amount of evaporation that occurs.  Test results indicate survival rates of 95% or better (when conditions/weather are right) Weed barrier also helps to raise the soil temperature to encourage root growth in early spring and continues root growth later into the fall.

The soil must be disked or roto-tilled to a garden-like condition for application of the fabric. The soil preparation strip must be no less than ten feet wide. There must be six feet between each tree or shrub.

The fabric will be laid on first year plantings and some smaller two-year old stock.  The older species will depend on size, spacing and ground preparation.  It is impossible to place the fabic over cottonwoods and walnut trees due to their lack of flexibility. The NRD will only install weed barrier on level or straight rows. 

The Little Blue NRD offers cost-share funds for the installation of the fabric on windbreaks that are desinged by the LBNRD or NRCS office. Landowners can also receive cost-share on drip irrigation instead of weed barrier, but not on both practices.