State nursery has plants available for fall planting

CARSON CITY, Nev. — The Nevada Division of Forestry’s Washoe State Tree Nursery has a good selection of low cost, conservation plants available for fall planting.

Plants must be purchased for conservation purposes such as windbreaks, stream bank stabilization, wetland and riparian restoration, reforestation, wildlife habitat enhancement or rehabilitation of disturbed sites.

The nursery closes to public sales for the winter on October 18. The nursery reopens May 14, 2009. The nursery’s custom growing services are available year-around.

Warm soils encourage root growth before the ground freezes, allowing for earlier, more vigorous root- and top-growth in the spring. Fall plantings, however, with an already established root system, will be more tolerant of the summer heat than those planted in the spring.

The Washoe Nursery provides technical assistance and native or adapted plant materials — tree and shrub seedlings — to meet the conservation and fire-wise planting needs of private landowners and public land management agencies. The nursery also grows plants on TRPA’s approved species list.

Plant species and sizes vary. Call   775-849-0213   to check availability. The Washoe Nursery is open 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, and is located at 885 East Lake Boulevard in Washoe Valley.

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