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Discussion: Municipal Tree Sale

It’s only a matter of time before Emerald Ash Borer begins killing the more than 1,600 Ash trees on public property in Edina. It’s estimated there are two to three times that many Ash trees on private property. To keep the tree canopy in Edina strong, the City of Edina is looking to gauge resident interest in the City partnering with an organization, such as Tree Trust, to bring discounted trees to residents. Currently in cities such as St. Louis Park and Minneapolis, residents are able to purchase trees at a deeply discounted price through the program. In St. Louis Park for example, the trees cost residents $35 each and measure 4 to 6 feet. Residents can select from seven trees purposely selected for their tolerance and environmental impact. The trees can be ordered online. Residents are asked to pick up their trees from a specific site during specific dates and times.

Would you be interested in purchasing a tree through this program? If so, why?

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Kent Kramer 7 months ago

Yes, I like shade.

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Karen Bertulli 7 months ago

Yes, trees are vital to the health of our city.

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Claudia Pennella 7 months ago

comment...I would be willing to purchase seveal trees

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Dietrich Nissen admin 7 months ago

Sure! Oxygen = Good!

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FC Hanson 7 months ago

For all of the above reasons, I would be interested in purchasing a tree. Also, we have an Ash that we might have to replace.

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Mark Habas 7 months ago

Yes. We had to have a tree removed and want to replace it.

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Jennifer Hennemuth 7 months ago

Yes, I would be interested.

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Marilyn Christensen 7 months ago

Yes, I would like to purchase a tree. We have a lovely ash tree in our yard. A new tree could be growing just in case something should happen to the ash.

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Anne Salmen 7 months ago

Yes!! I used to live in Mpls and have always admired their strong arborist programs. They replace lost trees, plant for beautification and make it easier for citizens to plant trees (via discounted sales, etc.). With all the infill construction and the trend toward a warming plant, it seems especially imperative that Edina adopt a more aggressive program. It's good for our health, it's good for our environment and it's likely good for property values as it enhances the beauty of our homes and neighborhoods.

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Kathy Laabs 7 months ago

Yes!! We have a very large yard and very few trees. This has been something my husband and I have been discussing.

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Sandy Martin 7 months ago

comment...Yes! The trees selected will do well in the area and are affordable.

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Beth Helgen 7 months ago

Yes. We have removed several trees and need to replace them.

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deanne miller 7 months ago

Yes! I would love to be able to purchase affordable Trees

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Anne McShane 7 months ago

Yes. We had 3 ailing crabapples we had to take down last summer. We want to plant native species to support other native plants, animals, and insects.

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Laura Kondrick 7 months ago

I think city should also coordinate with Arbor Day Foundation. They offer free tress with membership.

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JoAnn Knutson 7 months ago

Yes we want to replace two trees that are gone.

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Laurie Greeno 7 months ago

Yes, we have lost 3 elms ( despite treating them) the last 3 years

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Jan Johnson 7 months ago

Yes. We have taken down a few trees and replaced them already. We have a few more older trees that we would like to replace as they come down.

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Dianne Latham 7 months ago

This would be an outstanding program which the Edina Energy and Environment Commission (EEC) asked the city to implement some years ago when I was on the commission. EEC suggested that Edina use the successful St Louis Park program as a model and I am happy to see that is being done!

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John King 7 months ago

No one has mentioned SAVING the existing Ash trees from the Emerald Ash Borer. All of the arborists like Davey Tree offer injections that will save the Ash trees. Each injection lasts two years and costs about $82 per year. That way you can keep your full size tree rather than plant a small one and wait for it to mature.

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Jon DeMars Victorsen 6 months ago

We have been having a very large Green Ash for about eight years. Its every-other year cost is about $480. In 2010-2011 it was given Xytect Soil Injections. 2012 & 2014 it was given TREE-age Injections. 2016 & 2018 it was/will be injected with Emamectin Benzoate. It's costly, but a magnificent tree if we can keep it!

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Jeff Waychoff 7 months ago

I would definitely be interested in this. Keep us apprised of where to purchase if all moves forward.

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Todd Schenk 7 months ago

We'd like to replace trees that a former owner removed. We would purchased from a tree program, and have done so at previous residences.

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Lorraine Hanson 7 months ago

Yes, I would be very interested in this and want to replace our ash trees with other, more suitable trees.

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Andrew Langfield 7 months ago

Yes we would be interested in purchasing trees. We had to remove two trees over the last 3 years due to carpenter ant damage.

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Michelle Grey 7 months ago

Yes, would be interested in adding more trees to our yard, especially fruit trees.

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Jean Mitchell 7 months ago

It depends, probably.

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Colin Peterson 7 months ago

Yes. The city should start this program as soon as possible.

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Joan Wallner 7 months ago

We'd be interested in buy at least 3-4 trees!

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Judith Zerbe 7 months ago

We would be interested in buying a couple of trees

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CHase Peterson 7 months ago

For sure! This would be a great program for the city of edina to offer to its residents.

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Peggy Smith 7 months ago

Yes.

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Rich Sinykin 7 months ago

Yes

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Adam R 7 months ago

Yes please! We have space for trees and some trees that it would be great to replace (box elders and other "undesirable" trees.

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Lisa Ellison 7 months ago

Yes, we need trees

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kristen rice 7 months ago

Yes

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Jami Bly 7 months ago

Yes, trees make our city beautiful, give us clean air, and provide shelter for birds.

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Luke Strauss 7 months ago

Absolutely yes, I would buy several.

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Randy Evans 7 months ago

yes- I participated in the program in SLP years ago and it's a great idea- long overdue.

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Jon DeMars Victorsen 6 months ago

I have participated with purchasing and planting trees in bulk, and will probably do so again. I would caution folks that these may not be the specimen-quality tree that you would expect to plant in the middle of your front yard; maybe the supplier and trees will be top-notch.
My second caution is of Ginkgo trees. They are well suited for their "tolerance" of harsh urban sites. I am not an expert, but I am avoiding this species because of reports that they have nasty allergenic qualities, both from contact with their leaves and with the sap when cutting limbs.

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