State tree nurs­ery tak­ing or­ders for shrub, tree seedlings

The Enterprise - - Real Estate -

The John S. Ay­ton State For­est Tree Nurs­ery, man­aged by the Mary­land Department of Nat­u­ral Re­sources, is cur­rently ac­cept­ing shrub and tree seedling or­ders.

The nurs­ery of­fers more than 50 species of trees and shrubs to meet a wide va­ri­ety of land­scap­ing pref­er­ences and con­ser­va­tion needs. Pop­u­lar this year are the many trees and shrubs that are ben­e­fi­cial for pol­li­na­tors. Any­one in­ter­ested in help­ing cre­ate much-needed pol­li­na­tor habi­tats can look for plant­ings listed as “pol­li­na­tor friendly” in the nurs­ery cat­a­log.

“Our cus­tomers are mostly in­di­vid­ual landown­ers who look for­ward to plant­ing trees and shrub­bery on their prop­er­ties to en­hance the beauty of the nat­u­ral land as well as con­trib­ute pos­i­tively to the en­vi­ron­ment,” said Richard Gar­rett, Mary­land State For­est tree nurs­ery man­ager. “The plant­ings pro­vide habi­tats for nu­mer­ous for­est crea­tures, in­clud­ing pol­li­na­tors as well as birds and mam­mals.”

The nurs­ery is now tak­ing or­ders for largescale plant­ings on pri­vate lands. A min­i­mum or­der of 25 seedlings per species is re­quired, and sup­plies are lim­ited. To choose trees and place an or­der, go to http://nurs- ery.dnr.mary­land.gov/. For more in­for­ma­tion, call 410-673-2467.

The state tree nurs­ery pro­duces mil­lions of tree and shrub seedlings each year for re­for­esta­tion and other plant­ings across Mary­land and Delaware. The nurs­ery is lo­cated near Pre­ston on the East­ern Shore.

Ninety per­cent of Mary­land’s for­est land is owned by pri­vate wood­land own­ers, ac­cord­ing to the Department of Nat­u­ral Re­sources web­site.

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