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Tree seedlings and large stock trees are available for planting on your property through the Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority’s (LTVCA’s) tree planting program. Pick up a Tree Species List at the LTVCA’s Administration Office in Chatham, at 100 Thames Street, Monday – Friday.
The deadline to receive tree orders is mid-March, however to ensure your species numbers and selection, order your trees now. A minimum order of $100 and all tree species must be ordered in multiples of ten. The LTVCA has a variety of trees for rural landowners. Grants are available from Trees Ontario and the Natural Areas Restoration Grant Program to eligible customers with sites of a minimum of one acre or larger. Call now 519-354-7310 to find out if you qualify.
In a given year, the LTVCA is responsible for planting as many as 140,000 trees within their jurisdiction. Neighbouring Conservation Authorities supplied trees to landowners in municipalities beyond the watersheds of the Lower Thames Valley and region.
Landowners who own property within the Lower Thames Valley watershed are eligible to purchase tree seedlings to be planted by the landowners or by the LTVCA staff. Various native Carolinian species, conifers, deciduous, and wildlife shrubs are listed. The deadline for accepting orders is March 15th.
- All tree species must be ordered in multiples of ten (10, 20, 100 etc.)
- Availability – If species become un-available from the nurseries then substitutions of similar size and price will be offered.
- Warranty – There is NO warranty on seedlings purchased through this program.
- For larger orders a tree-planting machine is available for renting at a cost of $85.00 per day (plus taxes) for trees supplied by the Conservation Authority.
- Planting by LTVCA staff – On approval, larger projects may be planted by LTVCA staff at a cost of $1.00 per tree.
- Preparation and maintenance – It cannot be stressed enough that preparation and maintenance of the land is extremely important. Site preparation should commence in the Fall prior to the Spring planting. Rototilling, pre-emergent, and glyphosate treatment is recommended. The first three years are key to successful tree seedling survival. Space the trees 7.5′ x 7.5′ to allow ongoing maintenance until the trees have grown high enough to be able to compete against weeds and grass.
Technical information is available at all times. We anticipate that various funding programs will be available. For updated funding program information and to find out which programs would apply to the area you are in, please call the LTVCA Administration Office in Chatham, 519-354-7310, and speak with either Randall Van Wagner (ext 230) or Greg Van Every (ext 229).
- Make sure that when selecting tree species for your property that you pick trees that are adaptable to your soil types.The Soil Compatibility Chart showing tree species under different soil type headings will be included with your price list and agreement request.
- We are emphasizing the purchase of native trees only. These have proven to be much more adaptable to the conditions found in this area. The LTVCA watershed is in the Carolinian zone and as such has a diverse selection of trees some of which are becoming endangered .
Trees usually arrive from the nurseries around mid-April over a two-day period. However, if some of the nurseries experience bad weather two days can become two weeks. Therefore it is very important that trees are picked up for planting as soon as they arrive. When trees arrive for the Western part of the watershed, you will be contacted for pick up information and cooler location. Trees ordered from the Eastern part of our watershed can be picked up from Longwoods Road Conservation Area on Longwoods Road (Middlesex County Road # 2) near Mount Brydges.
Tree Planting Do’s and Don’ts
- Do plant the trees as soon as possible after picking them up.
- Do not store trees for more than two days and only in a cool, dry area.
- Do not keep trees in water as this drowns the trees.
- Do not spray or mist trees if they look like they are drying out.
- Do keep the trees in bags and in shade where ever possible when planting.
- Do eliminate air pockets by tamping the soil down around the tree, preferably with your toe, after planting.
- Do not lay the trees out and then go back to plant later.
- Do not transport the trees in an open truck or vehicle; keep covered to prevent windburn and /or extreme temperatures.
- Do water the trees after planting and for ongoing maintenance where water is accessible.
Forests & Habitat
- Big “O” Birding Event
- “Plan a ‘Camping Get-Away’ in Lower Thames Valley Country!” Conservation Areas Open Mid-May for Camping Season
- “Spring experiential learning opportunities” Outdoor Ed Programs ‘Step Into Nature’ at Longwoods Road Conservation Area!
- Canada and Ontario Extend Public Consultations on Draft Action Plan to Reduce Harmful Algal Blooms in Lake Erie