FABRIC AND STAPLES
Fabric is woven, black polypropylene 18 mils in thickness, 6 feet wide by 500 feet long roll, and can be purchased by the roll or per foot.
Price: $0.35 per foot or $135 per roll
Staples are used to secure weedbarrier fabric to the ground. 10x2x10 8-gauge staple
Price: $0.15 each or $65.00 for box of 500
Acorn Brand tree shelters are a product the Soil Conservation District offers. They are designed to protect newly planted trees from deer browsing and rubbing. An additional benefit is protection from herbicide drift from nearby fields. The shelter acts as a mini greenhouse, giving the tree accelerated growth the first few years. The shelters may need to be checked periodically and re-staked if deer have pushed them over from constant rubbing. The shelters may qualify for cost share assistance. Shelters are 3-4 inch diameter and cost $5 each. Shelters are 5 foot in height. Stakes are sold separately if needed.
Your tree shelter installation is only as good as the stake you choose for the job. The district offers durable, virtually unbreakable, and reusable SunFlex™ stakes. SunFlex stakes flex in the wind to help seedlings develop stronger stems and are engineered to stand tall with built-in super strong “memory” to return to a straight position even on the windiest sites. Stakes are sold for $4.50/piece.They are 6 feet in length.
COVER CROP SEED
We sell cover crop seed—forage radish, turnips, sugarbeets, sunflowers, peas, millet, rape, barley, oats, grain sorghum, lentils. We also sell inoculant. Call for prices and mixes.
Benefits of cover crops include:
· Improve overall soil health
· Increase crop diversity
· Increase organic matter
· Improve water infiltration
· Reduce soil compaction
· Improve nutrient cycling
· Reduce fertilizer needs
· Provide additional grazing
· Reduce late season herbicide needs
· Improve soil structure