Planting Native Trees in Saratoga Springs, NY

I just found this article from the D.E.C. I had no idea the DEC was doing this: selling native trees to home owners and schools at a discount to encourage growth of appropriate habitat trees or plants for our region. This tree nursery is located on Route 50 in Saratoga, heading toward Ballston Spa.

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I’m happy to act as liason between the DEC tree nursery and Saratoga gardeners. Planting native trees is one of my favorite parts of this business. Shown in the photo is a line of Red Chokeberry trees I planted this spring for a Wilton home owner, perhaps a half mile from the Wilton Wildlife Preserve. The Red Chokeberry has a special habitat niche in the Wilton/ Saratoga area. It actually grows well in sandy soil, which this region is abundant in. The Chokeberries are eaten by the birds in the fall and winter.

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