The Yellow Medicine Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) Tree Program began in 1961.  The SWCD sells and plants trees for landowners in Yellow Medicine County for conservation purposes only.
Tree Prices Tree Varieties  
The following practices have a variety of funding options available,
please contact Kurt Johnson for further information at (320) 669-4442 ext 3.


The SWCD provides a tree planting services, using our tree planter shown to your left.  Charges for the tree planting services are $.35 per bareroot 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.


The SWCD provides a tree matting service, using the SWCD's tree mat machine.  Charges for tree mat services include: $.55/foot for 6'wide continuous mat and $.35/foot for 4' 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.



Farmstead shelterbelts can be used to improve an existing grove or creating a new one.  Shelterbelts are three to eight row tree plantings that provide wind protection for homes, farm building, feedlots and livestock enclosures.  The coldest and the most damaging winds come from the north and west.  You would want to locate your shelterbelt perpendicular to the wind on the north and west sides of your home or farm.  A good shelterbelt will help reduce heating and cooling costs.  It will also help trap snow before it fills in the yard and driveway.



Living snowfences are one to three rows of trees or shrubs planted to keep roads clear of drifting snow and increase driving safety.  Living snowfences can greatly reduce the time and money spent on snow removal.  The benefits include:  controls blowing and drifting snow in critical drifting areas, increases driving safety, reduces snow removal cost, reduces wind erosion, and creates habitat for wildlife.



Field windbreaks are one to three rows of trees planted in a cropped field. The purpose of a field windbreak is to slow the wind enough to control wind erosion. The benefits include: protecting crops from damaging winds, increased yields,  snow management over protected fields, and creating wildlife habitat and travel lanes.  Windbreaks are planted at right angles to the prevailing winds.



Wildlife habitat plantings provide food sources and nesting areas for a variety of wildlife including pheasants and deer.   A good wildlife planting should be at least 250 feet long and 10-15 rows wide. The rows should be spaced 12-15 feet apart. At least four of these rows, generally on the leeward side, should be a variety of conifers. The remaining rows should consist of a variety of small trees and shrubs.  Wildlife plantings, if properly designed, can protect wildlife through the most severe winters.