Fredericksburg Area: Spring Seedling Sale & VCE Lawn and Home Landscape Programs

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Posted by justtracy | Posted in Gardening, General Interest, Lawn Care, Plant Sale, Trees | Posted on 13-03-2014

I just wanted to share a few local items of interest for those in the Fredericksburg (Virginia) area.

1) The Tri-County Soil &  Water Conservation District is holding their annual Tree Seedling & Rain Barrel Sale. Visit their website for more information and for a pre-order form (must be received by March 28, 2014). The pick up date is April 5th and you can choose from 4 area locations to pick-up. I have purchased the rain barrel previously and it’s better than others I have owned. Easy to install, nice capacity, and less expensive than the same one available at box retail stores.  The seedlings are between $10-$20 in bundles of 3, 6 or more and include a lilac, dogwoods, birch, indigobush, pines, redbud, and more.  Reminder, these are little seedlings. But a great opportunity to plant with children that love to watch things grow! Or for the new homeowner that wants a lot of trees and shrubs and doesn’t mind the wait of them to mature.

If you are not in the Fredericksburg area?  Many soil and water conservation districts across the country have spring seedling sales so search for your state and local soil and water conservation district. They are a great resource for information, education and programs on water conservation and other environmentally friendly best practices that relate to lawns and gardening.

 

2) The VCE Stafford County Office will be offering their very popular Smart Green Lawn Program again this year.  When a homeowner submits the enrollment form with a nominal fee, a master gardener will come to your home and take soil samples and measure your lawn. After the soil test results, you will receive a lawn care handbook and a customized lime & fertilizer plan for your lawn.  Reminder: it is always best to do a soil test before applying any fertilizer. It saves you money and saves the environment too.

 

3) The VCE Stafford County Office is also offering an 8 week program, The Home Landscape Course for the Gardening Novice for homeowners. Topics include soils, fertilizing, pruning, lawn care, composting, plant pests and more.  The course is Thursday evenings (6:30pm-8:30pm) from April 3-May22. Contact the  VCE Stafford County Office for more information and to register. 

 

Check out these great local resources and remember, it’s almost Spring folks! 

 

 

 

 

 

March 23: Native Plant Sale at US Arboretum, D.C.

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Posted by justtracy | Posted in Gardening, Plant Sale | Posted on 19-03-2013

I can’t wait to check out the Native Plant Sale this weekend at the US Arboretum.  The sale is a free event and open to the public.  Admission to the Arboretum is also free.  The sale is held in conjunction with their 27th Annual Lahr Native Plant Symposium. 

From the US Arboretum (Washington, D.C.) website:

Native Plant Sale 
March 23, 9:30 am – 2:00 pm

Get a jump-start on spring by shopping at this annual sale featuring local nurseries that offer an extensive collection of high quality, locally-grown native plants. Growers will be on hand to provide expert gardening information. Held in conjunction with the Lahr Native Plant Symposium. Free admission.