Sales & Products

Rain Barrels & Composters

Rain Barrels & Composters

In an effort to reduce stormwater runoff and reduce our everyday waste, the Henry County Soil and Water Conservation District promotes the use of rain barrels and composters.  The SWCD will have a spring and fall rain barrel sale that will correspond with the tree sale. 

A rain barrel is a system of collecting and storing water from the roofs of homes, barns and sheds. Rain barrels prevent water from attaching to soil or pollutants and being carried away and washed into storm drains. Reducing stormwater runoff reduces the amount of pesticides and fertilizer that impact our water supply.

Collecting rainwater saves water for a future use—watering landscapes and gardens, washing cars and windows, and decreases your water bill. Depending on the amount of rainfall and the size of the roof, a large amount of water can be collected. For every inch of rainfall on a 1,000 square foot roof, equals a savings of 600 gallons of water with the use of a rain barrel.  Learn how to install and maintain a rain barrel with this useful guide, Rain Barrel Instructions.

Composting is a great way to help lessen the amount of waste that ends up in the landfills.  Many kitchen wastes can be added to compost along with yard clippings and leaves.  With the tumbling composter you no longer have to break your back to turn the piles, just give it a few turns ever couple of days.  In about four weeks you can have fertilizer that will help your garden flourish.

The Spring 2014 Rain Barrel & Composter sale will be held on April 10-11th, in conjunction with the Spring Tree Sale. 

The order deadline is March 24th. Check out our  Rain Barrel & Composter Order Form. Or check out our 2014 Spring Tree Sale Fillable Brochure to place your orders.

Below are some helpful resources for composting:    



Every spring and fall, the Henry County Soil and Water Conservation District holds a tree sale. The Henry County SWCD promotes the enhancement and improvement of wildlife habitat through the bi-annual tree sale.

The Tree Owner’s Manual for the Northeastern and Midwestern United States is an informative and useful reference guide on tree planting, tree care, and maintenance. Wanting to plant a windbreak around your home, buildings or farm? Farmstead Windbreaks: Planning is a beneficial guide in developing and establishing a windbreak.   

The Spring 2014 tree sale will be held on April 10-11th.  The order deadline is March 24th.  Check out our 2014 Spring Tree Sale Fillable Brochure.

Thank you to those who purchased trees in the past and plan on doing so in the future! The Henry County Soil and Water Conservation District greatly appreciates your business! Contact the Henry County SWCD for more information regarding the tree sale or to be added to the emailing list.

One of the three R’s of Recycling is ‘Reduce’.  In an attempt to ‘Reduce’ Henry Co. is lessening the amount paper it prints.  Instead of mailing brochures we would like to use email.  Help us ‘Reduce’ by providing your email address if you are interested in any of our sales (trees, rain barrels, fish, or bulbs).



Interested in purchasing fish to restock your pond or to stock a new pond? The Henry County Soil and Water Conservation District holds a fish sale each spring and fall.

Contact the Henry County Soil and Water Conservation District for further information regarding the fish sale or to be added to the emailing list!

The Spring 2014 Fish Sale will be held on May 5th @ 7:00 A.M. at the Henry County Fairgrounds. NOTE: THIS IS NOT AN ALL DAY EVENT. 

The order deadline is April 11th for Triploid Grass Carp. All other fish orders due April 21st.

Check out our 2014 Spring Fish Sale Fillable Brochure.

The Henry County Soil and Water Conservation District thanks you for your support through this year's spring fish sale!

Have a question about fish, aquatic plants, or management of ponds? Information regarding ponds and fish is available at the office for your reference.
Aquatic Plants - their identification and management
Management of Small Lakes and Ponds in Illinois
What Fish is This?

Flower Bulbs

Flower Bulbs


Wanting to surround your home with beautiful flowers?

The Henry County SWCD holds a flower bulb sale every spring and fall.  For further information on the spring and fall flower bulb sale, contact the Henry County Soil and Water Conservation District.

Use these helpful instructions for successful flower bulb planting. Download and print the Spring Planting GuideSpring Planting Instructions, and Fall Planting Instructions.

The Henry County Soil and Water Conservation District and the Henry County Natural Area Guardians thank you for your support of the flower bulb sale.

 The spring order deadline is March 10, 2014. Bulb pickup will be April 18, 2014 at the office.

Check out our 2014_Spring_Flower_Bulb_Fillable_Brochure



Native Plants

Native Plants

A native plant sale is held every summer. Native plants are available for sale in a wide range of colors, heights and bloom dates. A variety of wildlife is attracted to prairie.  

Would you like to start a native plant garden? Native plants create a desirable habitat for wildlife. Bees, butterflies and birds are attracted to native plants. Find out how to prepare a site for planting, plant, and maintain native plants: Planting Instructions.

The next Native Plant Sale is being planned.

Find detailed information about the native plant species offered for sale.

Nature Field Guides

Nature Field Guides

Nature field guides are sold to promote education of our ecosystem. A variety of nature field guides are in stock at the Henry County SWCD office. Click on this link to view a description of the nature field guides. Topics include trees, native plants, fish, mammals, insects, and birds. Stop by the office to browse through the field guides!

  Download and print a field guide order form!

Marking Flags

Marking Flags

Marking flags are available in the colors of blue, orange, pink, red, white, and yellow.

  • $0.25 per flag
  • $10 per bundle of 100
  • $95.00 per box of 1000

Tile Probe

Tile Probe
  • 5' Tile Probe
  • Tile Probes are made of quality spring steel
  • Ball on end of tip makes for easy penetration and removal of probe
  • $25 each

Soil Analysis Kits

Soil Analysis Kits

Soil Analysis Kits are available for purchase to promote water quality and soil health. Kits are in stock at the Henry County Soil and Water Conservation District office. Download and print a Soil Analysis Kit brochure and order form!

Soil Analysis System Brochure
Soil Testing Kits Order Form
Soil Testing Kits Flyer

Contact the Henry County SWCD for detailed information on the Soil Analysis Kits!