Subsidized Shelterbelt Tree Sales for Fall Planting
HELP is now taking tree and plastic mulch orders for fall tree planting. Optimal dates for fall tree planting is third week of September through mid October. Same soil conditions apply for fall planting: moist soil! HELP's fall program continues its subsidized tree sales for shelterbelts and other environmental programs. HELP has a very good stock of the following superior container root trees:
Hybrid Poplars: Walker, Okanese, Assiniboine Willows: Golden Willow, Silverleaf Willow, Pussy Willow (new: Acute Willow and Laurel Willow)
"HELP CEO Inspecting Hybrid Poplar Stooling Beds"
CURRENT MESSAGE FROM HELP's CEO Updated Sept 12, 2016
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.
Temporary Labour Wanted For any time from September 12 to 23: Labour wanted to assist in moving 500,000 tree seedlings from our Queen Street location to the new tree farm. We can provide accommodation, food and $12 per hour. Must be physically fit, enjoy outdoor work. Involves lifting 30 lb planting blocks of seedlings onto and off of cube trucks with the aid of rolling ladders. Call Rodney at 306-842-2433 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org
HELP New 160 Acre Tree Farm One year ago, on January 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) Production of 600,000 poplar and willow container root seedlings produced in 2015 of which 200,000 twelve to thirty inch seedlings were distributed in spring 2016 distribution. A portion of HELP's winter nursery is shown in the recent photo above. 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. iv) 12,000 trees for multiplication stooling beds have been planted for the production of cuttings for a wide range of poplar and willow species. In the late fall we will be harvesting for 2017 production of Hill Poplar, Northwest Poplar, and Tristis Poplar in industrial quantities to be available by fall of 2017.
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.
American Elm We anticipate to build on our successful distribution of American Elm for Saskatchewan customers. Due to Dutch Elm Disease concerns advocate organizations in neighboring provinces do not wish to have American Elm distributed across provincial borders.
Status of Lilac Production HELP has experienced some limited success in starting tens of thousands of lilac. However, we have transplanted them to field where we anticipate it will take at least another year to bring them to some level of maturity. HELP will NOT have lilac available to the public for another year.
Status of Carigana and Maple Production HELP has experienced only partial success and we do not expect to have industrial quantities of these varieties available for at least another year.
2015 and 2016 tree distribution demonstrated the superiority of container root seedlings over bare root seedlings. Container root seedlings store better and can be transported and planted while dormant or in full leaf in April, May, June (and July for those prepared to water!) and late September to mid October are considered the most ideal time frames for tree planting.
New Tree Varieties to be Rolled Out by Fall 2016, Fall 2017 and Beyond HELP will be working hard to have the following additional tree varieties available on its new 160 acre tree farm:
Additional species available by Fall 2017: Northwest, Hill and Tristis Poplar
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". 2015 research at HELP made three 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 2016 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 2016 program.
Type of Trees I am pleased to inform that 100% of the trees provided for the 2016 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.
Program Roll Out Wednesday, November 4, 2015 Beginning Wednesday, November 4, HELP has been taking application for trees. 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 private greenhouse interests.
Any order of 50 trees or more is considered a shelterbelt program. So this is the simple method HELP is using to allow farms, schools, towns, and environmental organizations to qualify. That is, if someone is ordering 50 trees or more HELP assumes the trees are not being used for strictly ornamental reasons.
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 first year of utilizing 100% HELP produced trees, HELP focused on 600,000 tree production of the fastest growing hybrid poplar and willow varieties only. These included Hybrid Poplars: Walker, Okanese and Assiniboine Willow Varieties: Golden, Silverleaf and 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: Blue Spruce and White Spruce
A simple effective four row shelterbelt for a 500 meter long shelterbelt might be: Outside Row: Mixed Willow (100 Golden and 100 Silverleaf) planted at 2.5 meter spacing 2nd Row: 200 Walker Poplar with trees planted at 2.5 meter (8 foot) spacing Inside Row: 200 Okanese of Assiniboine Poplar planted at 2.5 meter spacing (Alternately one might wish to plant a similar number of Blue and/or White Spruce on the inside row)
Total Trees Required for Above 500 meter Shelterbelt Program: 800 Tree Seedlings Total Cost for Tree Seedlings for this 500 meter x Four Row Program: 800 regular size seeddlings @ $1.50: $1,200 4% discount for January Purchase: -$ 48 Sub-Total: $1,152
Packaging and Shipping: 800 Seedlings @$0.14 : $112 New Sub-Total: $1,264 GST: $63.2
Total for Manitoba and Alberta Customers: $1,327 PST for Sask Residents Only: $63.2 Total for Sask Residents: $1,390 (for 800 trees on four rows of 500 meters each)
For the above four row shelterbelt program at four meter spacing between rows, the landowner should fine till to six inch depth like a garden, 50 foot width x 500 meters long around the property.
Explanation for Above Sehelterbelt Design Willow used for outside row as willow spreads much more than poplar so requires to be on the outside or inside row. Walker Poplar is shaped like a Christmas tree with broadest branches against the ground making the Walker the only poplar with capacity to stop ground winds and snow drifting similar to the function of brush varieties. Okanese or Assiniboine Poplar is suggested for inside row as these are considered more aesthetically pleasing. Both are male clones and therefor have no seeds and therefor no fuzz. Both have branches that start a bit up the trunk allowing one to mow grass right up against the trunk.
New tree Varieties in the works at HELP: The following is the roll out for additional trees in the near future: Fall 2016: Lilac, Manitoba Maple Fall 2017: Tristis Poplar, North West Poplar, American Elm, Laurel Willow, Acute Willow Fall 2018:
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.
HELP reserves the right to cancel and refund any tree orders less than 50 trees total order and orders with less than multiples of 10 trees for any one variety
Please note that tree orders of less than 50 trees will be charged the price of 50 tree seedlings!!!
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 pre-paid before June 30, 2016 receive a 1% discount on tree orders 7. Customers not prepaying at the time of tree order pay for trees at normal rates at time of delivery 8. 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? Call the HELP office at (306) 861-0814.
Policy on Non Viable Trees i) HELP tests each batch of trees for viability between mid winter and spring. ii) HELP usually adds 3 to 5 percentage extra trees to each order without charge. 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 and drought or other extreme climatic conditions are ruled out.