Yellow Medicine SWCD Tree Program

Since 1961, the SWCD has planned, planted, sold and established trees for windbreak rows in fields to mitigate soil erosion from wind. Today, the SWCD still sells, plans, advises, and provides for the sale and installation of products to ensure a successful planting. Much like shingles on your roof or siding on your house, a farmstead shelter belt or grove is necessary to keep energy costs low and control snow in your yard when you live in a rural setting. While field windbreaks still have their place in high erosion settings, groves and the renovation of them are the bread and butter of our Tree Program. To learn more about renovating your grove or establishing field windbreaks, Contact Kurt Johnson at the Yellow Medicine SWCD today!

Have a tree project or planting in mind?

Here's what you need to know:


The SWCD provides a tree planting service, using our tractor drawn tree planter.  Charges for the tree planting services are $.50 per bare root tree or shrub.  However, there is a minimum planting charge of $100.00 (Rates are subject to change).  The landowner must provide a tractor and driver. The landowner is also responsible for planting potted trees, unless other arrangements are made.  Fees and conditions will apply.  All trees in the project area, either potted or bareroot, must be planted the same day.  If not the $100.00 minimum charge applies to each planting at the site.


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The SWCD provides a tree matting service, using the SWCD's tree mat machine.  Tree mat services are offered at a rate of $.55/foot for 6'wide continuous mat along with a $50 installation fee.  Individual square mats can also be purchased at $1.75/mat. (Rates are subject to change). 

Benefits of installing tree mats include:

  • Better weed control -  weeds and grasses cannot penetrate the mat’s spun bonded polypropylene fabric, but allows air and water to pass through readily.

  • Plantings have accelerated growth because of moisture retention and the additional warmth and protection the fabric provides.

  • Environmental friendly - breaks down naturally, no need to remove.

Tree Tube Prices & Installation


4' Tree Tubes...$4.00 each

4' Oak Stakes...$0.80 each

4' Combi Tubes...$4.00 each

Tree Tube Installation...$1.00 each

Contact Kurt Johnson for more information at (320) 669-4442 ext 3.
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