Elaborate order forms from county soil and water conservation districts and the Department of Environmental Conservation Saratoga Tree Nursery offer a surer sign of spring’s arrival than sunlight on an emerging groundhog.

Invasion of the emerald ash borer has prompted nurseries to raise tree stock that will suitably grow in areas where ash trees may be killed by borer infestation.

Erie County Soil and Water Conservation District provides numerous ash alternatives for tree growers as well as sizeable mature, conifer transplants to speed evergreen growth. Black chokeberry and spicebush have been added to the shrub listing to attract pollinators to your property.

Erie County accepts orders to March 14 for pick-up on April 12 except for the American chestnut stock set for April 26.

For more details, call 652-8480 (ext. 5) or go to

Chautauqua County Soile and Water Conservatin District has a new fruit-tree package of note. Stock size and varieties of fruits are worth checking out along with items and tips on wildlife planting. The ordering deadline is March 15. For a copy of the county’s detailed ordering brochure, call 664-2351 (ext. 5) or go to