The official start to spring is just around the corner! Which means it’s time to start planning for your yard and/or gardens and to consider Macomb County’s tree and plant sale. In partnership with the City of Sterling Heights, Green Macomb and the Blue Water Conservation District recently announced the return of this annual event, an opportunity for the public to purchase young trees, fruit trees, flowering shrubs, wildflower seed and other fruits and vegetables at reasonable prices. The sale kicked off with a pre-order period that will run through April 4, so today, we’d like to highlight another individual that participated in the pre-sale last year by purchasing plants for his backyard. Below you’ll find a Q and A with John.
Q: What interested you in the sale? Why did you decide to make a purchase rather than go to say, Lowe’s?
A: I was in desperate need of some taller growing shrubs for my backyard fence line. Some of the things that were important to our family in deciding on a plant type was that the plant would need to be native and non-invasive to our southeast Michigan region, that it would provide habitat for little animals, and that it could potentially help some pollinators. Further, I did not want to pay an arm and a leg for these plants – all of these factors led me to the Green Macomb plant sale because they do the due diligence for me. They ensure that the plants they sell are appropriate for our community and that they are sold at a reasonable price – all of which aren’t necessarily true for major plant retailers like a Lowe’s or Home Depot.
Q: What did you purchase from the sale?
A: I purchased 10 Ninebark shrubs from the plant sale.
Q: What was the quality of the product received? Were you happy with what you got?
A: Honestly, at first, I didn’t know what to expect. I heard bare root shrub, but I couldn’t picture what it would look like. So, I cleared out a bunch of space in my trunk for the 10 shrubs I was picking up, little did I know – the plants would all fit on my passenger seat. They were very efficiently packed and included planting instructions. While the size of the package was surprising, they were high quality and ultimately what I needed.
Q: Did you receive assistance from the experts on hand at the sale? If so, were they helpful? Did they give you good insight into plants/planting?
A: Yes, they gave me some good insight on the planting, including a couple tips to improve the success rate of the planting. It was worth the discussion.
Q: Was it easy to plant what you purchased? Did the plants do well over the summer?
A: Very simple. No different really than planting any other type of plant except for the bit of bone meal you should mix with the dirt and the dirt ring and mulch you should place around the plant to help with water retention. My 10 shrubs took me about an hour to plant by myself. Not too bad!
Q: Do you think that the additional greenery in your yard had a positive effect on you/your home?
A: The plants did help with some drainage issues I was having along the boundary of my property, and they really beautified my fence line. I look forward to seeing how they look in year 2!
Q: Will you make additional purchases at this year’s sale?
A: We just might! My wife and I are considering buying a couple different trees for our backyard. We thought our previous years’ experience was great and now we plan on buying all of our trees and shrubs from the Green Macomb plant sale.
Q: Would you recommend the sale to others? Why?
I’d recommend the Green Macomb plant sale all day and every day. It really is the best way to get the best plants for your specific environment/ecosystem at the best prices. I’ve told all of my friends and family and now they are purchasing from the sale too.
The moral of this Q and A: Don’t wait! Purchase your trees, plants, shrubs, etc. today! Click here to browse for product and to place your online order. And mark your calendars for the plant pick up days – Friday, April 26 and Saturday, April 27.
For more information other Green Macomb initiatives, click here. And to learn about the Blue Water Conservation click here.
Megan Ochmanek is a communications specialist for the Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development.