By LYNN M. CARTER
Mille Lacs SWCD
Planting trees is one of the best things we can do to protect our environment and increase the value of our property. A single tree can absorb over one ton of carbon dioxide in its lifetime and can add to the value of your home. Trees also prevent soil erosion, attract wildlife and conserve energy through shade and shelter belts. Because trees are so important, it is essential that proper care is taken in their planting and maintenance to ensure their survival.
Spring is a great time to plant trees. The ground is moist from snow melt and rain is fairly reliable in Minnesota this time of year. The Mille Lacs Soil and Water Conservation District is holding its annual spring conservation tree and shrub sale to encourage tree planting in Mille Lacs County. Each year the SWCD distributes more than 20,000 trees to over 400 residents who plant trees for birds and wildlife, shelterbelts and soil and water conservation. The SWCD is currently taking orders for late April pick up. If you need more advice on tree planting or wish to purchase economical trees for spring planting, call Lynn Carter at the Mille Lacs SWCD 320-983-2160 or get an order form at www.millelacsswcd.org.
For the full story, see the Thursday, April 12 print edition of the Times.