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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 cost 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 Brayden Anderson at the Yellow Medicine SWCD today!

We offer a variety of bareroot trees along with potted conifers at reasonable prices.  Trees can be purchased and planted by the purchaser, or the tree planting service can be utilized for larger plantings, if you wish (see below).  


The SWCD provides a tree planting service, using our tractor drawn tree planter.   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.  The 2023 tree order form provides a complete list of trees available and ordering information.

The SWCD provides a tree matting service, using the SWCD's tree mat machine.  Fabric is a continuous mat, usually 6' wide.  The project is charged out at a rate per foot, along with an installation fee.  Individual fabric squares are also available for purchase.

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.


  • Trees are ordered in winter from our nursery sources for delivery the following spring. The earlier the order, the better chance of receiving the varieties you want.

  • Any orders placed after Feb 1:   While specific varieties can not be guaranteed beyond this date, the District still has trees available.  Call our office for species availability.
  • IF  there are leftover trees after scheduled plantings and tree order pickups are complete, remaining trees are made available to the general public for purchase.



Have a tree project or planting in mind?

Here's what you need to know:

Want more details about a species? 

 Click HERE to get more detailed descriptions of the trees we offer.



             WHAT's WRONG with my tree?

 Click   HERE   for U OF M extension's tree & plant problem diagnosis on the web.

Limited species still available for the 2024 tree season. Check with our office for availability.

Species selection limited after FEB 1.

  • Click below to open the tree order form.  Make your selections and send to Brayden at our office.

  • Your order will be confirmed when we send you an official invoice and request your 25% deposit in early 2024. 



4' Tree Tube with stake...$5.00 each

Tree Tube Installation...$1.00 each .

 (if installed at the time of the planting or fabric installation)

                    (prices are subject to change without notice)

Contact Brayden Anderson for more information at (320) 669-4442 ext 3.
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