UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State Extension’s Master Watershed Steward Program will hold its third annual native tree and shrub sale this fall in 22 locations across the state. As a fundraiser for the program, the sale offers 28 varieties of native trees and shrubs. Organizers will accept orders through Aug. 31, with curbside pickup available in September or October. Pickup dates and times vary by location.
Master Watershed Stewards plant trees to intercept and infiltrate stormwater, stabilize soils, and filter pollutants. Whether residents seek trees for privacy, foliage, shade, attracting pollinators or creating a beautiful landscape, organizers note that the program offers a variety of trees and shrubs to meet a wide range of needs.
Trees and shrubs will be available in one-gallon containers for $20, two-gallon containers for $28 or three-gallon containers for $40. For example, the high bush blueberry shrub will be offered in a one-gallon pot. Red maple, sugar maple, black chokeberry, river birch, redbud, silky dogwood, sycamore and elderberry are among the plants available in two-gallon containers. Some of the plants in three-gallon pots include witch hazel, tulip poplar and swamp white oak.
Master Watershed Stewards guarantee a healthy specimen at pickup. Due to variations in planting, site conditions and care, no guarantee or refunds are possible after tree pickup.
Organizers encourage gardeners to consider above and below-ground utilities and mature growth size when choosing a tree for their property and to always call 811 before digging.
Orders can be placed online for a one-day curbside pickup in the fall. All items must be preordered. Plants will not be available for purchase at pickup sites. Funds from the sale will support the Master Watershed Steward activities in that region.
The program offers pickup locations in the following counties: Allegheny, Berks, Bucks, Chester, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Erie, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lebanon, McKean, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia, Schuylkill, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Warren, Westmoreland and York.
More information is available on the Penn State Extension website.
The Penn State Master Watershed Steward program provides extensive training in watershed management to volunteers who, in return, educate the community about watershed stewardship based on university research and recommendations. The program was established to strengthen local capacity for management and protection of watersheds, streams and rivers by educating and empowering volunteers across the commonwealth.
–Alexandra McLaughlin, Penn State University