The Dickson County Soil Conservation District and the TN State Forestry Division will be at the Dickson Farm, Home, and Garden show this year giving away tree seedlings to promote conservation of natural resources on property including farms, yards, and lands for wildlife habitat enhancement, soil conservation, and landscape beautification .
The trees that will be available come from the TN Division of Forestry’s nursery and are approximately 18-36” tall bare root seedlings. The best time to plant trees are when the seedlings are in the dormant stage, which is between November 20 and April 1. This year the tree seedlings that will be available are White Pine, Loblolly Pine, Yellow Poplar, American Plum, Southern Crab Apple, Pecan, Shagbark Hickory, and Cherry Bark Oak.
The pine trees are useful for sites that are hard to grow grass on. They can grow on poor fertility areas and their needles fall on the soil and protect from erosion.
Poplar trees grow from 80’ to 120’ tall in moist well drained soils and produce a bright orange and green flower in the spring.
American Plum tree grows to a height of about 30’ in low areas with moist soil. They produce a red plum in the summer that are food for wildlife.
Southern Crab Apple grow only to about 15’. They display magnificent color in the fall and also produce a fruit. They grow best in well drained soils avoid planting in low areas that may stay wet.
Pecan trees can grow to 100’ and its wood is valued for floors, furniture and veneer. They typically are found in forests with loamy well drained soils.
Shagbark Hickory are large trees up to 100’ in height. The bark looks shaggy and is excellent roosting habitat for bats. The wood is used to make baseball bats and chips for smoking meats.
Cherry Bark Oak is a member of the Red Oak group. It is another tall tree that can grow to 100’ and can survive in many soil conditions except swampy areas. Wildlife utilize its acorns as a food source.
Not only are these trees beautiful, but trees create an ecosystem to provide habitat and food for birds and other animals. Trees absorb carbon dioxide and potentially harmful gasses, such as sulfur dioxide, carbon monoxide, from the air and release oxygen. One large tree can supply a day’s supply of oxygen for four people. We hope you will come and pick up some trees for your property at the Dickson Farm, Home, and Garden Show!
Spring is Coming! We hope you are getting ready for the 4th Annual Dickson Farm, Home and Garden Show, March 11th, 12th & 13th 2016 at the Dickson County Fairgrounds! Lots of things going on that weekend:
U-T Extension Seminars,
Corn Hole Tournaments,
Soil Conservation & Forestry Tree Giveaway,
Door Prizes, and so much more!
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The Dickson Farm, Home and Garden Show. It’s fun for the whole family!