"Alert!!! Tree Planting and Care During Drought Conditions!
Because of current drought conditions please plant the trees very deep i.e.: the full root plus two inches of the stem under ground. Give a 45 degree heel kick at the soil near the base of the seedling on one side to make sure it is sealed and firmly planted. If you pull on the tree stem, it should break off rather than pull out of the ground if you have anchored the seedling properly. Create a couple inch depression around the base of each tree seedling so that any rainfall or watering goes into this depression. Also please provide two gallons of water per seedling once per week during a drought year like this ...unless the soil is moist.
If laying plastic mulch film over the tree seedlings, place a fist size stone or large on top of the plastic next to each tree to ensure the hole in the plastic is the lowest portion of the plastic. This helps ensure that rainfall and watering onto the plastic will go down the tree hole. It also ensures that moisture from under the plastic cannot evaporate through the tree hole in the plastic so that a green house effect is created under the plastic."
For watering, consider buying a 1/2 to 3/4 inch hose or water pipe and lay next to the trees. Consider drilling a 1/16 inch hole in the hose or pipe at the location of each tree (hole pointing downward to the base of each tree). Water for a hour once per week. I suggest you do NOT use a soaker hose as a soaker hose can use thousands more liters of water per watering as the droughted landscape drinks up the water.
CEO Notice for May 10, 2018
There has been a huge un-expected run of large purchases of HELP tree stock over the past ten days in addition to the regular winter sales. However, HELP still has vast quantities of trees but they are restricted to the following varieties:
Larger Deciduous Trees: White Willow (Very fast growing: Becomes 30 ft high x 30 ft wide tree) Mixed Golden and White Willow (Very fast growing: 30 ft high x 30 ft wide tree) Mixed Poplar: Combination of Walker, Hill, Assiniboine and Tristis varieties of hybrid poplar growing to 40 to 50 feet tall with water support. Growth rate with water support is 0.8 to 1.2 meters per year.
Shelterbelt Shrubs: Common Cluster Shrub Willow (fast growing becomes one meter cluster up to 12 ft high) Sherbert Chokecherry (tap rooted good drought resistor: grows to 18 feet high)
Note: Shelterbelt Design Based Upon the above varieties can consist of:
Outside row: Cluster Shrub Willow OR Sherbert Chokecherry planted at 1 meter spacing in a row provides a very good wind and snow stop for ground and mid story wind and snow.
2nd row: Mixed Poplar planted at 2.5 meter spacing (this row should optimally be 4 meters away from the shrub row and 5 meters away from the large willow inside row)
Inside Row: White Willow or Golden/White Blend Willow planted at 3 meter spacing in second row with water support during establishment creates a wide canopy for optimal middle and partial upper story wind stoppage. "
Now Taking Orders for Spring 2018 Delivery!!!
Plants Available for Spring 2018
Willows: Golden Willow Silverleaf Willow Laurel Leaf Willow Pussy Willow White Willow Mixed Willow
Hybrid Poplars: Okanese Poplar Walker Poplar Mixed Poplar (Mix of Walker, Assiniboine and Hill Poplar)
Brush Trees: Velosa Lilac Cluster Shrub Willow (Several additional native shrub Willows available for fall planting as well)
Evergreens: Colorado Blue Spruce) White Spruce Scot's Pine
Plastic Mulch Film: 1,500 foot rolls; four feet wide; 2.3 mil thickness: $175 each 2.8 mil thickness $200 each $30 shipping per roll
10 mil Plastic Mulch Pads: two foot x two foot with a hole for the tree seedling; $2.50 each plus circa 28 cents shipping.
NOTICE TO ALL CUSTOMERS REGARDING SHIPPING
Spring 2018 Tree Shipping: For Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Alberta; Our truck will deliver twice in the spring to 60 major points for pick up in each of Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta within 50 km or less from your home location. Customers will be called with pick up locations prior to delivery. Where more convenient we will ship by bus or truck.
Date of Shipping: Three Options: 1st Week of May Shipping. 1st Week of June Shipping Weyburn Shelterbelt Center/Tree Farm Pick Up: Any Date or Time By Appointment Weyburn Pick up Suggested for June 15 onward for late spring and summer deliveries. 10% Reward for Weyburn Pick Up (In addition to 5% extra for each species you ordered you will receive an additional Bonus of 5% of your global order given in Golden, White or Shrub Willow which we have in surplus supply) Customers picking up in Weyburn also receive the larger containerized roots we have available i.e.: if we have 250 ml container root size in a variety ordered then we will provide these to pick up customers. This size is not typically available from nurseries for commercial sale.
Tree Costs: 50 to 299 trees (do not have to be of the same variety) $2.50 each 300 trees or more is $1.50 each (Can be 20 trees of one variety, 120 of another, 170 of another to make up 300 or more to get the lower price of $1.50 per seedling)
Shipping Cost: Shipping: 25¢ per seedling (minimum $40 charge) No shipping charge if trees picked up in Weyburn SK except packaging charge of 2.5 cents per seedling.
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
PRICE and PAYMENT Regular seedlings sold at $1.50 for global orders over 300 or $2.50 for orders less than 300. Payment can be made by credit card or cheque made out to HELP International
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 6% discount on tree orders in October, 5% for November, 4% 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.