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No matter in what neighborhood you live, it’s hard to imagine Mecklenburg County without trees.

What would Freedom Park be like without mature trees to provide shade in the summer? Where would the thousands of animals in Reedy Creek Nature Preserve live without the mixed pine and hardwood forests?  And how would we prevent flooding at the many lakes, streams and creeks in our area without trees to hold on to water and soil?  Life in our County would be very different, that’s for sure.

As residents we appreciate the benefit and need for trees in our rapidly developing region. That’s why Mecklenburg Soil and Water Conservation District and Charlotte Storm Water Services are teaming up again for their annual tree seedling and rain barrel sale.

Seedlings and rain barrels will be available for purchase Saturday, February 22, 2014, 9 a.m. - noon. at Hal Marshall County Services Center, 700 North Tryon Street.

Seedlings are $2.00 each and include a choice of Beautyberry, Buttonbush, Hazelnut, Oakleaf Hydrangea, Spicebush, Chickasaw Plum, Eastern Redbud, Flowering Dogwood, Shadblow Serviceberry, Sweetbay Magnolia, Pecan, Red Maple, Sassafras and Waxmyrtle. Eastern Red Cedar seedlings are also available for $1.00 each.

In addition to planting more trees, consider saving water to use for your plants and gardens during the next dry spell by purchasing a rain barrel. Two sizes are available: a 60-gallon barrel for $95.00 and an 80-gallon barrel for $110.00.

For more information about the seedling and rain barrel sale, including conservation tips visit: or call 704-336-2455.