It’s official. We’ve flipped the calendar from February to March and we’re now one step closer to spring! 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 an individual that participated in the pre-sale last year by purchasing plants for her backyard. Below you’ll find a Q and A with Maria.
Q: What interested you in the sale? Why did you decide to make a purchase rather than go to say, Lowe’s?
A: Aside from the really reasonable prices, I support the soil conservation’s mission to develop locally-driven solutions to natural resource concerns.
Q: What did you purchase from the sale?
A: Last year, I purchased asparagus, a red osier dogwood, butterfly bush and a white flowering dogwood.
Q: What was the quality of the product received? Were you happy with what you got?
A: Absolutely! Folks who are going to order need to be aware that most stock comes as bare root – it does not come planted in a pot. It is important to be prepared to plant (in the ground or in a pot temporarily) on pick-up day.
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, absolutely. And it is fun to talk to other customers on pick-up day to see what they are getting and what they plan to do with it.
Q: Was it easy to plant what you purchased? Did the plants do well over the summer?
A: Unfortunately, one plant did not survive planting day. After lovingly placing it in the ground and giving it a nice drink of water, I walked away from the dogwood tree. Next thing I knew, my son’s German Shephard was laying on top of it! It snapped in two – no fault of anyone’s but mine. I watered the doggone spot all summer, who knows, maybe it will send up shoots this spring!
Otherwise, all did well. The butterfly bush attracted dozens of butterflies (at a time!) and it was a thrill to see the hummingbirds in my Center Line neighborhood! I am hoping to harvest some asparagus in June!
Q: Do you think that the additional greenery in your yard had a positive effect on you/your home?
A: See above 🙂
Q: Will you make additional purchases at this year’s sale?
A: I already have!
Q: Would you recommend the sale to others? Why?
A: The prices are great, proceeds help support conservation AND it is fun to add new plants to my property and watch them grow. (Except the trumpet vine from a previous year. But that’s another story…)
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.
Megan Ochmanek is a communications specialist for the Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development.