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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.

How much would you be willing to pay for a 4- to 6-foot tree through the program?

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Kent Kramer 3 months ago

I suppose it depends on the species. Maybe 20 to 25% less than going rate to be part of a bulk program.

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Claudia Pennella 3 months ago

I suppose I would pay whatever the going rate is., My guess is that these would be cheaper then anywhere else in town.

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Dietrich Nissen admin 3 months ago

Depends. Would the cost also include planting the tree?

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FC Hanson 3 months ago

$35 like St Louis Park seems acceptable.

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Mark Habas 3 months ago

$50.

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Jennifer Hennemuth 3 months ago

The price of $35 like St. Louis Park would incentivize tree purchases. Having the additional option of professional planting would also be a nice option to have. And it would be nice to have a variety of trees to choose from, i.e. Birch, maple, flowering, evergreens etc.

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Anne Salmen 3 months ago

$35 would be ideal. I'd be likely to buy more than one at that price point, too.

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Kathy Laabs 3 months ago

$35 to $50 seems like a bargain and I would buy at least 2 or 3.

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Sandy Martin 3 months ago

comment...up to $50

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Beth Helgen 3 months ago

$50-75. It would be more appealing to us if we had an option to have it planted, even for an additional fee.

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deanne miller 3 months ago

Depends on the tree - but the more affordable they are, the more we could plant - and certainly, promote to neighbors - many of my neighbors are retired and on fixed income - but I would be very willing to help them plant more trees, if they wanted them

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Anne McShane 3 months ago

Agree with $35-70, with additional for planting.

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JoAnn Knutson 3 months ago

I think it is more important to be really nice trees than to really cheap. If they were misshaped or two little I don't think I would buy them.

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Laurie Greeno 3 months ago

Price would be dependent on variety and size. We'd be interested in the option to buy larger trees ( than the 4-6ft) if that would be possible. Hope that all varieties made available would be disease resistant.

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Dianne Latham 3 months ago

$35 for a 4 - 6 ft tree is a real bargain! Moving and planting a tree that size is not a problem if a resident has access to a SUV, Outback, pick-up truck, or other such vehicle.

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Todd Schenk 3 months ago

Trees in the Mpls tree program have been $25. That seems like a good price.

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Lorraine Hanson 3 months ago

$25 to $35 seems like a good price for a 4-6 foot tree that could transported and planted more easily by home gardeners,

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Andrew Langfield 3 months ago

$35 - $50 per tree.

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Colin Peterson 2 months ago

$35-50.

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Jean Mitchell 2 months ago

It depends on the type of tree and comparable costs at nurseries. Also, is there a warranty?

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Judith Zerbe 2 months ago

A range around St Louis Park seems more than reasonable

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Rich Sinykin 2 months ago

Price similar to what St. Louis Park is charging and Minneapolis are charging.

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Luke Strauss 2 months ago

Depends on the tree and the comparable retail price, I'd be willing to pay up to $50 a tree if it made sense. I'd rather get a slightly smaller tree for less than 50, instead of paying more to get the 4-6' tall one.

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Randy Evans 2 months ago

again- depends on the tree- but $35-50 seems like a great deal. Would like to see evergreens available, although cost may be more for a tree of 4-6 feet

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