Grand Junction District

The annual seedling tree and shrub sales program offers eligible Colorado landowners a convenient source of high quality, affordable planting stock for conservation plantings.

Seedling Tree Program

The annual seedling tree and shrub sales program offers eligible Colorado landowners a convenient source of high quality, affordable planting stock for conservation plantings.

These plantings can include hedgerow and windbreak establishment; noise, dust and visual screening; wildlife habitat improvement; living snow fence development; reforestation and afforestation efforts; erosion control projects; and Christmas tree plantations. Native and introduced varieties of trees and shrubs are available.

Program Requirement:

  • Use seedlings for conservation purposes, cannot be used for landscaping
The CSFS Nursery grows more than 40 species of trees and shrubs. Seedlings are grown in Fort Collins at the CSFS Nursery.
The nursery grows more than 40 tree and shrub species. Seedlings are grown at the Fort Collins Nursery.

If you do not qualify for the program, desire larger trees, want landscaping plants or are interested in a species not offered, numerous commercial nurseries should be able to meet your needs.

Seedling orders are taken from November to March of each year.

Order the seedlings in the county you would like to pick up the seedlings in, you do not have to live the in county to order seedlings from them.

Seedlings are available for pick-up on ONE specific day determined by the cooperator selling the seedlings, but usually at the beginning of May.

County

Office Address

Office Phone

Delta
CSU Tri-River Area Extension
2775 Highway 50, Grand Junction
(970) 244-1834
Garfield
Garfield / Pitkin Soil Conservation District
258 Center Dr, Glenwood Springs
(970) 945-5494
Mesa
CSU Tri-River Area Extension
2775 Highway 50, Grand Junction
(970) 244-1834
Pitkin
Garfield/Pitkin Soil Conservation District
258 Center Dr, Glenwood Springs
(970) 945-5494
Rio Blanco
White River Conservation District
351 7th Street, Meeker
(970) 878-5628

Seedling Survival Supplies

Fabric mulch (weed barrier fabric) and tree guards are available to help improve the success rate of your plantings.

Since 1986, the Grand Junction District has been a single source for tips and materials to help your seedling trees survive. We buy the various Seedling Survival Supplies in quantity for our planting projects and pass on the savings to landowners. If you order seedlings from the CSFS nursery, and order the survival supplies from us, we will have your supplies available for pickup with your seedlings in the spring.

We have produced a brochure (736 KB PDF) about the supplies and equipment available to landowners. The 2014 order form (86 KB PDF)for seedling survival supplies also is available.

Tree shades are recommended for spruce and fir trees and are available for purchase. Polymer can give seedlings access to water when the soil begins to dry out.
Tree shades are recommended for spruce and fir trees and are are available for purchase. Polymer can give seedlings access to water when the soil begins to dry out.

 

All Seedling Survival Supplies orders must be received in early April, if you want your supplies available during seedling tree pickup. The order form must be mailed back with payment to the Grand Junction District.

Do not mail the supply order form with your seedling order form.

Survival supplies are available for purchase year round if we have them in our warehouse.


Seedling Planting Equipment

The district has tree planting plows available to rent for large planting projects.

The Grand Junction District has tractor-drawn implements available for a fee to landowners for installation of larger conservation plantings.

We have had these labor saving machines for years, and similar ones are used extensively for the large windbreaks planted on Colorado's eastern plains. The CSFS Grand Junction District has two tree planting plows and a weed barrier fabric laying implement that greatly facilitate planting trees on larger jobs.

The landowner is responsible for supplying the tractor and operator needed to pull these implements. If you do not own or have access to a tractor, you might consider either renting or borrowing one. Please contact the Grand Junction District for more information about using these implements. Equipment availability is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Tree Planting Plow

Planting a lot of trees is work! Planting trees by hand to the proper depth can be quite a job, especially with several hundred trees. Tree planting plows can plant 300 to 500 seedlings per hour. Even if your site prep is not the best, your whole crew didn't show up to help, and your tractor is giving you problems, you should still average more than 300 seedlings per hour!

Tree Planting Plow Pros: Tree Planting Plow Cons:
-Speed of planting 300-500/hour -Too much hassle for less than 500 trees
-Depth of planting easy to control -Not good for over 5-percent side slope
-Roots properly compacted, no air pockets -Have to provide your own tractor
-Easy to do a quality job -Need a crew of at least 3 people
-Nice furrow left for irrigating down row -Pick up & return of equipment

Weed Barrier Fabric Laying Machine

If you are doing a large project with weed barrier fabric, you will want to use this! It lays fabric over your planted row and plows dirt onto the edges to hold the fabric down. One person riding the machine marks the fabric where a seedling is located as it is laid down, while another person following behind makes a slit and pulls the seedling through.

Site Preparation

Site preparation (i.e. plowing and disking, deep rototilling, etc.) to loosen the soil and eliminate competing vegetation is necessary before using these implements. Ideally, this should be done the autumn before seedlings will be planted. Site preparation also can be done in the spring prior to planting.


What to Plant and How to Care for Seedlings in Western Colorado

Bareroot seedlings are sold in bundles of 25 per species.

Not all tree and shrub species for sale are appropriate in Western Colorado. Look at the Species Suitability Guide (29 KB PDF) to determine what species will do well in your area. Some plants thrive at different elevations; refer to this plant elevations guide (12 KB PDF) to see what plants like it cold and what plants prefer lower elevations.

Planting depth (30 KB PDF) is critical for these small seedlings. Planting too deep will kill the plant due to lack of oxygen available to the roots. The top root should be right below the soil line.

Mulch (50 KB PDF) and Polymer (50 KB PDF) can improve a seedling change at survival when used property. Here are tips in choosing which type of mulch or polymer will work best for you.

The seedlings have been pampered in the nursery and will require supplemental water once planted. Here are recommended watering schedules (PDF) for the first growing season and once the seedlings are established.

These large/regular potted Colorado Blue Spruce seedlings are packaged in a box for easy transportation. Some large/regular potted seedlings, like these Narrowleaf Cottonwoods, are packaged in styrofoam boxes.
These large/regular potted Colorado Blue Spruce seedlings are packaged in a box for easy transportation. Some large/regular potted seedlings, such as these Narrowleaf Cottonwoods, are packaged in styrofoam boxes.

Every spring, the Grand Junction District gives a one-hour workshop in Delta and Grand Junction on how to plant and care for the seedling trees. View the workshop presentation (5.4 MB PDF).

For more information, contact the Grand Junction District or visit the CSFS Nursery.


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