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Planning and Design

Planning and Design

The East Otter Tail SWCD also offers free planning and design services.

We can help design any of the following practices:

  • Wildlife habitat plantings
  • Shelterbelts for building protection and energy efficiency
  • Field windbreaks to prevent soil erosion
  • Riparian buffers for water quality
  • Living snow fences for safer roads and driveways

Our technicians will complete a site visit and design a plan, at no charge to you. This plan includes the recommended types and numbers of tree and shrub species, a planting spacing and map, and cost estimates.

Tree Planting

Tree Planting

The SWCD offers a tree planting service. If you would like to have the Soil & Water plant your trees, please contact us as early as possible. 

The SWCD also has a tree planter available for rent. Please see our Equipment Rental page for more information.

Remember: It is legally required that you have your utilities located before digging. This is a free service to help prevent disruptions to utilities. Call 651-454-0002 or visit Gopher State One Call.

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Weed Matting

Weed Matting

The Soil & Water Conservation District also offers a weed matting service. Weed matting helps newly planted trees get a better start because they are not competing with weeds right away.

The SWCD will calculate the needed materials, order them, and install them to specifications.