Tree giveaway planned for Arbor Day |

Tree giveaway planned for Arbor Day

California observes Arbor Day during the week of March 6-10. This means that the Nevada County Resource Conservation District and Natural Resources Conservation Service in partnership with Pacific Gas and Electric Company will be giving away native plant and tree seedlings.

The native plant and tree seedlings will be given away on March 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the NCRCD/NRCS office. Wildlife boxes will also be available for purchase, and we will supply free information on many resource conservation topics (planting to attract wildlife, nectar producing plants for pollinators, soil stabilization, pond management, etc.) The NCRCD/NRCS office is located at 113 Presley Way, Suite One, Grass Valley (at the corner of East Main Street and Presley Way).

The NCRCD will give away 400 Spice Bush seedlings. Planting native nectar producing plants, such as Spice Bush, promotes healthy populations of native pollinators. Spice Bush is a favorite of the Swallowtail butterfly. One Spice Bush seedling will be given to each household on a first-come, first-served basis, while supplies last.

Spice Bush is a round, 5-10 foot tall deciduous shrub with year-round aesthetic value. The dark red flowers appear in late spring and continue to bloom well into summer with an exotic spicy fragrance. The glossy leaves are bright green in the spring and turn pale golden in the autumn, and the decorative woody fruits remain into winter. Spice Bush grows at elevations below 4000 feet and likes sun to partial shade and moist soil. It’s well suited for a sunny garden/lawn boarder, to cover or soften a fence/wall, and along creeks.

As a bonus, Pacific Gas and Electric will be giving away 1000 Ponderosa Pine tree seedlings and hand-out materials to educate customers about wise planting choices and techniques near power lines. One seedling will be given to each household, while supplies last. The utility reminds customers to plant the “right tree in the right place” during this Arbor Day and upcoming spring planting season. Customers are urged to visit and for additional information regarding proper tree selection and landscaping tips.

Planting instructions will be provided. For more information call 272-3417.

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