"HELP is now offering unprecedented incentives for pick up customers. If you pick up your trees at Weyburn in the spring HELP will provide the following:
i) 10% bonus in large mixed wilow (for example if your tree order is 300 trees of combined tree kinds then you will receive an additional 30 large mixed willow)
ii) you will receive the larger root balls of 170 ml or 320 ml instead of the industry standard 110 ml root balls"
In addition, if you agree to transport one or more orders for other customers on your same route or destination, HELP will pay you for this uber-like service PLUS provide you with yet another 5% of your order in large mixed willow! When you assist in uber like services you help ensure larger tree seedlings and better tree quality for everyone because pick up orders allow trees to travel in open containers.
Please check off the appropriate options on your on-line or paper order form:
''I will pick up my trees at Weyburn"
"I am willing to provide Uber-like service by delivering one or more customer tree orders to hand over enroute at a major truck stop of other agreed locations"
"Please ship my trees to my destination or for more remote locations within 50 km of my home for me to fetch them"
"Suggested time of Shipping and Pick Up
Tree Pick up will be May 21 onward Suggested tree Shipping will be also be May 21 to June 7th"
"Trees in Full Leaf Establish Better" Field research shows that container root tree seedlings planted in full leaf establish at higher rates than tree planted while dormant especially on drought years. For this reason HELP has modified the tree pick up and shipping timeframe to allow trees to come into full leaf prior to pick up and shipping."
"Larger Seedlings: Late May and early June pick up and shipping allows HELP to put the seedlings through a process in the early spring we call 'hyper growing' which gives all customers larger up to 50% larger seedlings."
Willows for Towns Program Due to the unprecedented success of HELP's first Willows for Towns Program announced two years ago, HELP is extending the program to another year. HELP is offering large mixed willows for an unprecedented $1 per seedling for these deep root seedlings for orders of 300 or more. The Willows for Towns Program is for pick up ONLY (at Weyburn). When ordering for this program please write under "notes to vendor": "Our large mixed willow order is under WILLOWS FOR TOWNS for $1. Please refund me the difference"
HELP is proud to introduce three additional varieties of hybrid poplars to the shelterbelt program. These include:
Prairie Sky Poplar: Bushy against the ground; tear drop shaped that will not loose branches in windstorms; good branch structure for winter wind and snow protection; no seeds nor fuzz; very fast growing. Tristis Poplar: Most resistant against the cold, bushy against the ground, no seeds nor fuzz, leaf shape is similar to common lilac leaves, Tristis Poplar emits a mild pleasant fragrance especially in the spring; very fast growing; rectangular full body Hill Poplar: More full bodied poplar, more cold resistant than most poplars, medium fast growing, no seeds nor fuzz. Walker: bushy against the ground; produces minor amounts of fuzz/seeds; very fast growing Okanese: slighter in structure; no fluff nor seeds; very fast growing; less cold tolerant (can more easily loose leaves during frost events in spring and early fall) All the above are upright poplars rather than the broad canopy except the Hill is more full bodied in the center.
Willow Varieties Available: Large Mixed Willow (Include a random mix of Golden, White, Cherisima, Peachleaf Willow and Others) Acute /Vogel Tall Cluster Willows: Dense multi stem willow from the ground to 25 feet height. These provide dense wind and snow protection from the ground up to 25 feet. Very fast growing.
Golden Willow: very fast growing; gold color branches in Winter; vulnerability: looses minor branches easily in wind.
Laurel Leaf Willow: medium fast growing; requires slightly more water support to establish; glossy green leaves; most cold and wind resistant willow; leaves remain green into November.
Pussy Willow: Size is between tree and a shrub; gold colored stems; known for picturesque 'fur ball' catails in early spring. Very fast growing after initial establishment.
Shrub Tree Varieties: Cluster Shrub Willow, Sandbar Willow, Beaks Willow
Note: Evergreens are NOT recommended for fall planting so HELP is not making these available.
Two Ways to Order:
i) Online Ordering → Go to www.help-shelterbelt.com and click on "store" Under Notes to Seller Write: I would like: "Weyburn Pick Up" or "Shipping in 1st Week of May" or "1st Week of June" (only write ONE option) If you note : Weyburn Pick Up then we will refund your shipping within two business days of your tree purchase. We will call you a week or more prior to shipping to confirm shipping date and place for tree pick up at a city nearest you.
ii) Telephone Ordering → you can call us at (306)-842-2433 to place a telephone order. We will need: your name, telephone number, email for follow-up receipt, credit card information, name town or city nearest your residence and your preference for shipping date option or Weyburn pick-up. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Planting Advice → Spring Planting can be carried out any time from when you can first pre-work the land in early May to mid June. Mid June to mid July you can plant but you MUST be prepared to give regular water support when planting after mid June. → if soil moisture is low on day of planting make sure to water seedlings 10 liters each immediately after planting. → to enhance drought resistance, plant all tree seedlings and especially willows with the entire 5 inch root plus 2 to 3 inches of the stem underground. i.e. plant each tree seedling in a hole that is 8 to 9 inches deep (establishment is all about water availability!) → to know if willows and poplars thrive in your area check to see if yard sites in your region have willows → Adequate soil moisture is the main determinant of tree establishment → Willows do best on sites with higher water tables or where land owner can provide watering during first couple years of tree establishment. → Willows are NEVER recommended for drought prone sites such as; hilly lands, top of valley escarpments, or high plateaus If you wish shrub willows and any shrub to make impenetrable security fence please cut the shrubs back to six inches from the ground in the fall so they come up more intensely from the ground. If you want a lower shrub that tops off at five to eight feet consider dogwood. It is known for its attractive white flowers in summer and scarlet red branches in winter. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Advantages of Willows If adequate moisture exists naturally or if land owner installs drip line for irrigation support, willows grow faster than most poplars. The willow canopies is far wider than shelterbelt poplars; this means that willow trees stop much more mid-story winds and snow. Shrub willow grows two to three times faster than other hedge trees. Willows live far longer than most hybrid poplars. However hybrid poplars will grow higher than most willows by ten feet or more. Willows are not suitable for hilly areas, valley tops nor on edges of escarpments. Poplars are more suited to drought prone areas.
Shelterbelt Planting Advice Please go to www.help-shelterbelts.com to see Frequently Asked Questions and Shelterbelt Planning links. It is highly appreciated if you can visit the site first and phone for additional advice that you cannot find on the site. If you are not good on the internet just give us a call and we will be able to assist you. Shelterbelt Tree Planting Services for Spring and Fall: Sign Up Now for an On-Site Planting Planning Session In addition to tree seedling sales, HElP International provides tree planting services in Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Alberta. Trees available for contract planting are Hybrid Poplars, Willows, Spruce, Pine, Maple, lilac and Dogwood. HELP is an international voluntary organization hosting volunteer forestry students from across Canada and around the world who come for apprenticeship training and certification at HELP. In 2016 HELP hosted 15 interns from six countries and Canada. HELP has just moved onto its new 160 acre tree farm near Weyburn which works to keep a constant year round stock of 600,000 container root trees ready for distribution. In addition we have planted 24 km of shelterbelts and stooling beds which are harvested for the 2nd time in November, 2017.
Contacts: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 306-861-0814 Fax: 306-848-0902 Email: email@example.com For other HELP programs not related to trees please see HELP's main website at: www.help-international.com
A Quick Note: HELP International is a federally incorporated non-for-profit corporation and a federally registered charity. As a volunteer organization HELP operates with volunteer forestry interns and apprentices from North America, Europe, Asia and Africa.
HELP International was the recipient of two significant Achievement Awards
'Saskatchewan Environment Industry Leadership Award': for environment industry innovations in Canada
SCIC 'Global Citizen Award': for our national agro-forestry program achievements in Kenya
"HELP CEO Inspecting Hybrid Poplar Stooling Beds"
You can shop online for trees at our STORE For those who wish to download and fill out a paper form (to be paid by cheque or credit card), you can find it HERE
TREE ORDER POLICIES: 1. Trees will be filled on a first come first serve basis 2. Each customer's trees shall be separately packaged for shipping 3. Trees purchased early receive a 5% discount on tree orders in October, 4% for November, 3.5% discount for December and decreasing by one percent per month in discount value. 4. Because we made a legal commitment to the private green house industry not to allow orders less than 50 trees, to ensure this is obeyed we charge for minimum 50 trees for any trees ordered less than 50. It shows up in the shipping charge.
Any questions you cannot find answers for on this website under 'frequently asked questions', 'technical tree information' etc can call the HELP office at (306) 861-0814. Customers appreciate that HELP is a wholely volunteer organization. Customers are asked to limit cumulative telephone consultations to thirty minutes per customer in the interests of HELP assisting all customers.
Policy on Non Viable Trees i) HELP tests each batch of trees for viability between mid winter and spring. ii) HELP usually adds 5 percentage extra trees to each order without charge to compensate for initial tree losses during establishment. iii) If an entire batch of a particular species is non viable then HELP will not distribute this non viable variety and will call the customer to arrange a substitution. iv) If ten or more clients confirm that an entire variety was non viable then HELP will replace or substitute an equal number of trees within a year, but preferably as soon as possible. This applies if there is lack of establishment only when drought or other extreme climatic conditions are ruled out. The Shelterbelt program receives no government funding and survives 100% on the proceeds of tree sales and HELP's contract plantings revenue.