Thank You For Your Support!
Thank you to everyone who purchased and planted trees and shrubs from our Spring Tree Sale Fundraiser! Your purchase supports conservation programs and projects across the county that benefit our shared water, land and wildlife resources.
Thank you to all of our hard working volunteers, board members and staff. We couldn’t do what we do without your dedication, time and expertise.
Stay tuned for our annual Fall Conifer Sale.
We will begin taking orders in July, with a September pick up date.
We will also be taking pre-orders for an assortment of unique apple trees in October.
Trees will be distributed in April 2020.
- Deer Hunting
- Game Bird Hunting
- Cider Apples
- Invasive Species Replacement
- Planting Near Walnut Trees
- Planting in Challenging Sites
The following species will attract deer:
- Apple, crabapple, and pear trees
- Balsam fir
- Northern white-cedar
The following species provide food and/or habitat for game birds (turkey, grouse, pheasants):
- Fruit bearing shrubs – including highbush cranberry and winterberry
We offer the following apple species, which may be of interest for you to press:
- Ginger Gold
- Pink Lady
- Winter Banana
The following species attract pollinators, such as bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, etc.:
- Lilac, common
- Red Osier Dogwood
- Variety of fruit trees
For a great PDF informational resource on other pollinator trees and shrubs, click here.
The following species are recommended to replace certain invasive species after they have been removed, or to be planted to avoid the planting of invasive ornamentals:
- Red osier dogwood to replace invasive autumn olive and Russian olive
- Serviceberry to replace invasive bush honeysuckles, Amur honeysuckle, and callery pear
- Spicebush and nannyberry to replace invasive buckthorn
See “Landscape Alternatives for Invasive Plants of the Midwest” for a complete list of alternatives. See “Plan Before You Plant: Native Alternatives to Invasive Ornamentals” to learn what ornamental species are invasive and what native species you can plant instead.
Black walnut trees are allelopathic, which means they can inhibit the growth of nearby plants and trees. Juglone is the allelopathic chemical that is exuded from all parts of the walnut tree. Plants located beneath the canopy of walnut trees are most at risk because juglone from the roots and fallen leaves accumulates there. So what can you plant beneath your walnut trees? A list of some juglone resistant trees and shrubs are listed below. For more information, visit https://www.mortonarb.org/trees-plants/tree-and-plant-advice/horticulture-care/plants-tolerant-black-walnut-toxicity.
Red and White Oak
Dry, Wet, Sun, Shade, Deer…there are many factors that can make a site “challenging” for selecting trees and shrubs. Here are a few recommendations for those tricky spots.
Hot, Dry and Sunny Sites
Try serviceberry, gray dogwood, junipers (including red cedar), ninebark, bur or Chinkapin oak, sumac or pines
Dry and Shady Sites
Serviceberry will also do well under these conditions, paw paw is another option. Keep in mind that fruit production will be impacted by shady locations.
Moist, heavy soil
Try red or silver maple, yellow or river birch, gray or red osier dogwood, winterberry, tamarack, willows, swamp white oak, white cedar or highbush cranberry.
Deer are generally put off by vegetation that has sharp or very textured foliage or by plants with a strong odor. Keep in mind that deer will eat almost anything if they get desperate enough, but the following items have shown to be deer resistant.
Maples, paw paw, birches, witchhazel, winterberry, junipers (including red cedar), tamarack, spicebush, spruces, oaks and viburnums
Read more about deer resistant varieties at http://www.wildoneslansing.org/deer-management.html.