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It's ordering time for conifer and hardwood tree seedlings and wildlife shrub packets.

From now through March, the Saratoga Tree Nursery will accept seedling orders in lots of 100 or more. A packet of 25 mixed plants that feed and shelter wildlife also will be available. They can be ordered by phone during weekday business hours at (518) 587-1120 or by writing the nursery at 431 Route 50, Saratoga Springs, N.Y. 12866.

Since it began selling them in 1902, Saratoga Tree Nursery has distributed 1.2 billion seedlings. The nursery advises landowners to select varieties compatible with soil types in which they are to be planted. It also says that the planting and caring of hardwoods require more labor than planting conifers.

Local state forestry offices and the "Trees and Shrubs" publication contain lists of available species and their prices.

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