Central Platte NRD has sold 3.8 million trees since 1972 and 622 miles of weed barrier since 1991.
Congratulations to the 2023 Gateway Expo Tree Winners!
Mark Ogorzolka, Kearney; Gary Feldman, Litchfield; James Friesen, Kearney; Janice Lans, Lexington
Nebraska's NRDs have helped landowners plant more than 100 million trees since our inception in 1972! This tree planting tradition continues through this Conservation Tree Program. The species of trees and shrubs we offer are especially suitable for windbreaks and wildlife habitat, but have many other uses and benefits. They shade homes, reduce soil erosion, protect crops and livestock, provide food and cover for wildlife, buffer noise, provide valuable products and add beauty to our landscape.
Tree orders are accepted November 1 - April 1. The trees you order will come directly to the CPNRD office in Grand Island and stored in our tree cooler. Orders are typically ready by mid-April. You will be notified when your order can be picked up from our office or your local NRCS office.
Place your order by December 31st to receive a 10% discount on trees, weed barrier & tree planting services.
COST: $1.25 per tree, sold in bundles of 25 | $31.25 for 25 trees or $125/100 trees
Cost-Share is available for trees & weed barrier at 50%. 200+ trees must be ordered to receive cost-share funds.
Shrubs American Hazel, American Plum, Amur Maple, Caragana, Chokecherry, Elderberry, False Indigo, Golden Currant, Peking Cotoneaster, Red-Osier Dogwood, Serviceberry, Skunkbush Sumac
SOLD OUT: Common Lilac, Buffaloberry
Deciduous/Hardwoods Bur Oak, Cottonwood, Midwest Crabapple, Silver Maple, Swamp White Oak
SOLD OUT: Black Cherry, Black Walnut, Catalpa, Hackberry, Manchurian Apricot, Red Oak
Conifers Black Hills Spruce, Colorado Blue Spruce, Eastern Red Cedar, Norway Spruce, Ponderosa Pine, Rocky Mountain Juniper, Southwestern White Pine
A complete tree planting service is available for orders of 200+ trees. Service includes a tree crew with all necessary equipment. When arrangements are made for the NRD to plant the trees, the tree planting crew will deliver them to the landowner at planting time.
Cost: .50 cents/tree planted The minimum charge is $200.
It is the landowners responsibility to prep the site. The area to be planted should be prepared as if a garden or field crop were being planted. Plowing and then disking or roto-tilling the ground will establish an excellent seedbed. Survival of your trees greatly depends on excellent ground preparation. Autumn is the best time to begin preparing the soil for tree planting because the winter weather allows the soil to mellow.
Spacing Between Rows
Fabric weed barrier is offered for long-lasting protection against weeds without constant effort and damage to the seedlings or the environment. The black polypropylene fabric has the appearance of tightly woven burlap that allows water and nutrients to absorb into the soil. The material has a minimum service life of 5 years guaranteed.
NOTE: As your trees grow, it's important to cut the fabric back to allow the trunk to have sufficient space and to prevent girdling. VIDEO