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. 5% off for December early SPRING 2017 Shelterbelt trees purchase!!
Also: Apply now for HELP's Contracted Planting Services for May to July 2017. Package includes: Installation of Trees, Plastic Mulch Film and Living Mulch Turf Grass between tree rows for close to zero maintenance tree planting. Cost: $2.50 per meter of tree lines (plus milage) incl of trees, plastic mulch, grass seed, installation equipment and labor. Minimum 2,000 meter shelterbelt program at this price. 50% deposit to secure spring or fall HELP 2017 services. Planting services available for all three prairie provinces. TREES AVAILABLE FOR SPRING 2017 Poplars: Walker Okanese Assiniboine Hill
Willow Varieties: Larger Woody Varieties of Willow Golden Willow (largest seedlings of current crop) Silver Leaf Willow Laurel Willow Pussy Willow Shrub Like Willows: Spreading Bamboo Shrub Willow Common Cluster Shrub Willow
Evergreen Varieties: Blue Spruce White Spruce Scot's Pine
Plastic Mulch Film: 1,500 foot rolls; four feet wide; 2.3 ml thickness. $175 each plus $30 shipping.
Plastic Mulch Pads: two foot x two foot with a hole for the tree seedling; 10 ml thickness!; recycled from grain bags $3.00 each plus circa 28 cents shipping. Field tests show this mulch and its unique expanding hole design outperforms remolded shredded tire mulch rings at a fraction of the cost.
"HELP CEO Inspecting Hybrid Poplar Stooling Beds"
HELP International's Shelterbelt Program, has been re-located to HELP's new 160 Acre Tree Farm near Weyburn which is also future home to HELP's Center for Ecology Research and Training.
HELP New 160 Acre Tree Farm OnJanuary 31, 2015, 160 acres of land was purchased for HELP's new tree farm five miles west of Weyburn immediately adjacent to Highway 13.
Achievements at the New Tree Farm The following major achievements have occurred at HELP's new Tree Farm in 2016 i) a second water reservoir was constructed (the first was constructed in fall 2015) ii) a second 1,000 meters of internal roadways have been constructed and awaiting final grading and graveling...this brings to 2,000 meters our internal roadways that basically create a perimeter road going through the center of the property and accessing 14 five acre plots, the two water reservoirs and the new tree stools production areas. iii) HELP's first 2015 year of production at the new farm produced 600,000 predominantly poplar and willow seedlings. Over 250,000 of these were distributed in 2016. Production in 2016 brought stocks back up to 600,000 for the 2017 season. iv) This spring and summer, HELP produced 150,000 additional trees including the new varieties of acute willow, laurel willow, a variety of spreading shrub willow. v) This past fall HELP increased to 17,000 trees for multiplication stooling beds have been planted for the production of cuttings for a wide range of poplar and willow species. vi) HELP is currently launching its second year of winter tree nursery crops. vii) HELPcontinues to lead what it started since year 2000, the extra fall shelterbelt planting system to provide an option for farmers that are too busy with seeding to plant shelterbelts in the spring.
Status of Blue and White Spruce plus Scot's Pine We will continue obtaining these evergreen species from a partner organization for spring and summer plantings only. We do not recommend evergreen seedlings for fall planting.
Status of Lilac and Carigana HELP's new farm will not be producing these varieties for some time yet.
Maple: HELP will have manitoba maple available for spring of 2017.
Tree Pricing HELP is working to keep to our commitment that tree prices will not increase. HELP will keep to it current pricing that has been in place since HELP's prairie wide tree shelterbelt program began in spring 2014.
HELP Tree Research HELP continues its research mission: "in search of the two penny tree". Ongoing research at HELP continues to make new major discoveries. New research discovered new ways to produce viable trees from much smaller pieces of tree genetic material. A second discovery found ways to produce new tree seedlings outdoors from cuttings far into the hot season.
A third discovery found a method of producing healthy tree seedlings with a small fraction of the soil and soil amendments compared to traditional nursery methods. Lastly, HELP employs a zero tree waste system at HELP launched after an important discovery at HELP in 2015. As a result 100% of tree waste from processing tree cuttings are now placed into a 'laissez-faire' nursery system where they self proliferate into seedlings.
How You Can Assist HELP's Shelterbelt Tree Program and Research HELP operates without government funding and does not solicit private donations. The simple best way you can strengthen HELP's tree production and research program is by purchasing HELP's low cost trees and by encouraging your neighbors, organizations, schools and towns to purchase trees from HELP.
I am pleased to announce the launching of the 2017 Shelterbelt Program from HELP's new 160 acre tree farm a few miles outside of Weyburn. HELP has produced and harvested an unprecedented 600,000 container root tree seedlings for the 2017 program.
Type of Trees I am pleased to inform that 100% of the trees provided for the 2017 program are container root trees produced at HELP nurseries at Weyburn. Container root seedlings are considered by many to be far superior to bare root varieties for the reason that container root seedlings can be transported and planted while dormant or while in full leaf during the growing season. However, spring or fall planting are still considered the best options. As per promise, the HELP subsidized rate of $1.50 per seedling for shelterbelt quantities of 300 trees or more combining all varieties ordered continues. Price is $2.50 per seedling for global orders less than 300 seedlings. HELP will not consider orders less than 50 trees global order. This helps to protect smaller private greenhouse interests.
Methods of Ordering There are several ways of ordering trees. To order trees the public can: i) purchase on line atwww.help-shelterbelts.comand click on 'Store' ii) download the application form which can be manually filled out and faxed or emailed or mailed to HELP with a cheque payment or with credit card information for payment. iii) make a telephone order by calling HELP at 306-842-2433
Varieties of Trees In this second year of utilizing 100% HELP produced trees, HELP focused on sustaining our 600,000 tree production of the fastest growing hybrid poplar and willow varieties only. These included Hybrid Poplars: Walker, Okanese, Hill and Assiniboine (and Northwest and Tristis for internal production only) Willow Varieties: Golden, Silverleaf, Laurel, Silver, Clump Shrub Willow, Bamboo spreading shrub willowand Pussy Willow. These varieties, properly planned can create the quickest possible shelterbelt. In addition HELP has the following container root conifer tree seedlings available: Conifer Varieties: American Elm, Scots Pine, Blue Spruce and White Spruce.
Lowest Maintenance Tree Planting Suggestion The lowest maintenance tree planting involves planting the trees, then installing plastic mulch film by machine that HELP can loan out (HELP also sells the plastic mulch film) and lastly broadcast and harrow 30 lb per acre or more of common creeping red fescue. Costs for the 50 lb of fescue for this is about $109. Plastic mulch for this 2,000 meter (500 meter x four rows) planting woudl be 4.33 rolls of mulch ...meaning 5 rolls of mulch at $192.50 per roll including taxes = $962.50. Alberta and Manitoba customers can purchase mulch from vendors in their provinces to save on freight.
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 November, 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.