Brian Ruble of Grover Hill was reelected to a second three-year term on the Paulding SWCD Board of Supervisors. He was sworn in recently by Board Chairman Matt Stoller at the Paulding SWCD Office. Pictured is Stoller (left) swearing in Ruble (right). Landowners are elected to serve on the board to conduct business of the Paulding SWCD and Ditch Maintenance Offices.
Brian Ruble of Grover Hill was reelected to a second three-year term on the Paulding SWCD Board of Supervisors. He was sworn in recently by Board Chairman Matt Stoller at the Paulding SWCD Office. Pictured is Stoller (left) swearing in Ruble (right). Landowners are elected to serve on the board to conduct business of the Paulding SWCD and Ditch Maintenance Offices.

By Patrick Troyer

Education Specialist

Paulding SWCD patrick.troyer@pauldingswcd.org

PAULDING — Winter is here and most might have snow shoveling on the mind and be wrapped in a blanket inside to escape the cold. Why not think of some warm thoughts and begin thinking about spring and how you want to spruce up your home with native trees, shrubs, and plants. Where can you get those trees and shrubs? Why the Paulding SWCD Annual Tree Seedling Sale of course. Our annual event is running now through March 15 and features a return of many favorites with the introduction of some new species as well.

The following species are making a return to the annual sale:

• American Arborvitae

• Eastern Red Cedar

• Colorado Blue Spruce

• Norway Spruce

• Eastern White Pine

• White Oak

• Sugar & Red Maple

• White Flowering Dogwood

• Tulip Poplar

• Highbush Cranberry

• Black Cherry

• Redbud

• Lilac

• Ohio Buckeye

• Dwarf Red Raspberry

• Butterfly bush

New this year, the Paulding SWCD is offering buttonbush, pin oak, sycamore, silver maple, silky dogwood, domestic apple, and strawberry plants. Tree seedlings are priced per seedling with the exception being the strawberry plants that will be sold in bundles of 10. Planting trees are a true investment in not only our environment, but your property for the future.

This year’s sale will offer over 24 different varieties of trees to meet your needs. The Paulding SWCD can work one on one with landowners to help determine the trees that best fit for your own unique soil types based on the location of the property. Order forms for the 2017 Tree Sale will be due no later than March 15.

There are many advantages to planting trees on your property. Trees are a vital part of our community and wildlife in Paulding County. Trees can provide you with shade, a serene atmosphere, provide natural cover for vital wildlife, as well as increase your property value. According to the USDA Forest Service, “Healthy, mature trees add an average of 20 percent to a property’s value by as much as $1,000-$10,000.” Trees can also break cold winds to lower heating costs in the winter.

The benefits of trees to the environment far outweigh the work involved with planting them. The Arbor Day Foundation writes that trees placed properly around buildings can help reduce air conditioning needs by as much as 30 percent, which translates into a lot of savings! Trees help fill the air we breathe with oxygen and take out carbon dioxide which contributes to climate change. One acre of forest takes in six tons of carbon dioxide and releases four tons of oxygen in return which is enough to meet the needs of 18 people annually according to the US Department of Agriculture.

Have a noise problem? North Carolina Extension writes that a well-placed tree can help reduce noise around your home by as much as 40 percent. Trees also help to reduce surface water runoff from storms and reduce soil erosion and pollution accumulating in streams. By planting a tree, you can do your part to keep our streams, rivers, and lakes clean for all to enjoy. As an Ohioan, you can show your true spirit for the Ohio State Buckeyes by planting an Ohio Buckeye tree seedling around your home.

North Carolina Extension notes social benefits of trees such as adding music to your life by attracting birds and other animals. Trees are the most inexpensive plants that can be added to your home when considering the impact they will eventually have when considering their size.

Order forms for the 2017 Tree Sale will be due by March 15. Orders can be picked up on April 4 from 12 - 4:30 p.m. and April 5 from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at the Black Swamp Nature Center, 753 Fairground Drive in Paulding.

If you would like an order form or a sales guide of all trees/plants available, you may stop in our office (900 Fairground Drive), call 419-399-4771, visit our website at www.pauldingswcd.org or “Like Us” on Facebook at Paulding Soil and Water Conservation District. We look forward to working with you to help with your tree planting needs. Hang in there, spring will be here before we know it.