A full-time horticulturist position is shared between Leduc County and the County of Wetaskiwin. The horticulturist provides:
- advice on the cultivation of trees, fruits, flowers, vegetables
- general landscaping advice
- insects, plant diseases, and weed identification and recommendations for their control
- on-site farm visits, when necessary, to diagnose insect and disease problems
- on-site visits to provide recommendations for shelterbelt layout
Ordering shelterbelt trees
Agroforestry systems such as shelterbelts – a line of trees or shrubs planted to protect an area – have many benefits, including conserving soil and water, managing snow and wind, improving air quality, protecting yards and livestock, stabilizing crops, and enhancing habitat for wildlife.
Trees are available through a variety of sources, as detailed by the Landscape Alberta Nursery Trades Association (LANTA). Other sources recommended by Alberta Agriculture and Forestry are as follows:
- Prairie Shelterbelt Program
- Landscape Alberta
- Silviculture Contractors and Forest Nurseries
Plastic mulch can help manage a newly-planted shelterbelt, as it keeps moisture from evaporating from the soil surface, provides heat for the tree seedlings and reduces weed competition. A plastic mulch applicator is available to Leduc County residents.
Leduc County Agricultural Services also has a pull-behind tree planter unit available to Leduc County residents. The tree planter unit is suitable for small, bareroot seedling stock.