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January 17, 2014

Making a green thumb greener

Seeds, tree seedlings and rain barrels on sale through SWCD


Bare-rooted hardwood seedlings are generally 12–18 inches in length and are only available for purchase in lots of 25 for $35 each. Hardwoods offered this year include Black Cherry, Green Ash, Hackberry, Bur Oak, Chinkapin Oak, Sawtooth Oak, Shumard Oak, Osage Orange, Pecan, Sand Plum, and Aromatic Sumac.

Rain barrels are the district’s newest sale item.  Rainwater is naturally soft and does not have chemicals that are added to our drinking water, so plants have a tendency to grow healthier when using rainwater.  And, everyone knows that rainwater is the best for watering plants. Rainwater lacks chlorine and is chock full of nutrients and micro-nutrients essential for plant health.

It is estimated that as much as 80 percent of rainfall in an urban area runs off instead of soaking into the ground. Why?  Because much of our land is covered by concrete – roads, driveways, buildings, etc.  Rain barrels make it easy to capture and store water that can be used later.  And it is cheap – free water that doesn’t have to be paid for, just captured.

Rain barrels are available in a terra cotta color in the 50-gallon capacity for $93, the 53-gallon capacity for $103, and the 60-gallon capacity for $120.  The 63-gallon capacity for $125.00 and the 67-gallon capacity for $130 are only available in blue. Made from recycled food grade containers, rain barrels are an excellent choice for capturing runoff for summer use that would otherwise be lost. Flex elbows, barrel connectors and diverters are also available.  All prices include shipping from the manufacturer straight to the buyer’s door.

Wildflower mixes are available in one pound bags and sell for $26 each.  Mixes contain 13-17 different flowers covering an area of more than 2,000 square feet. 

Information may be obtained by calling the Parker County SWCD on Thursdays or Fridays from 8 a.m. to  4:30 p.m.  at 817-594-4672, ext. 109, or by emailing the district at Also, check out the district’s website at

The Parker County SWCD is located in the USDA Service Center at 604 N. Main St., Ste. 100, in Weatherford.

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