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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.

Topic: Workshop

If the city were to hold a tree planting workshop, for participants to learn more about tree plantings and maintenance, would you be interested in attending?

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Kent Kramer 4 months ago

Sure, meet more of my neighbors and arrange a planting party on my block.

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Karen Bertulli 4 months ago

Yes.

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Dietrich Nissen admin 4 months ago

Sure!

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FC Hanson 4 months ago

Is there a fee or does this come with the tree purchase so we don't kill it? I would be interested in attending. I would like more than one date option to be made available.

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Mark Habas 4 months ago

yes

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Jennifer Hennemuth 4 months ago

Potentially, yes.

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Anne Salmen 4 months ago

Potentially, but I have small children and a busy schedule. I would highly recommend also offering an online tutorial via YouTube for those who want to do it right but can't attend.

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Kathy Laabs 4 months ago

Absolutely - I would like to make sure that the trees survive and I do not have a green thumb;)

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Sandy Martin 4 months ago

comment...no, I will read instructions and follow them

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Beth Helgen 4 months ago

Probably not. I like the idea of an online tutorial and, as I said in a precious post, this program would be especially appealing if there were a way to arrange to have it planted.

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Laura Kondrick 4 months ago

No

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JoAnn Knutson 4 months ago

Yes but I like the idea of an online class if I couldn't make the class when it was offered.

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Laurie Greeno 4 months ago

Potentially yes depending on specifics ( date, amount of time, time of day). Assume it would be free of chargw

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Dianne Latham 4 months ago

There is already much information on-line. Just google How to Plant a Tree. Nevertheless, a live workshop is important so that participants can ask questions. In addition, the workshop can be geared to those trees selected for the program. Although I would not attend such a workshop because we already have all the trees we need in our yard, I feel it is very important for those who may not be experienced at tree planting. This would help insure that the tree would not be killed in the first couple of years. Local organizations such as the Edina Garden Council would be sure to promote such a workshop among their membership.

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Todd Schenk 4 months ago

Sure. Mpls requires going to the tree workshop to get a good price for the tree.

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Lorraine Hanson 4 months ago

I think I'm able to plant the tree, but if attending reduces the price, I would consider attending a class.

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Andrew Langfield 4 months ago

Yes to attending. Having a YouTube tutorial as backup makes sense.

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Jean Mitchell 4 months ago

Probably not.

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Rich Sinykin 4 months ago

Would prefer instructions with the tree or an option to have the tree planted.

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Adam R 4 months ago

I'd be interested in attending as I'd like to learn more about trees from experts, including where/how to plant and how to maintain.

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Luke Strauss 4 months ago

I'd be interested in attending, but as a working professional with a kid, it would almost certainly need to be a weekend workshop for me to be able to make it.

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Randy Evans 4 months ago

sure! want to make sure the trees are panted correctly and survive.

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Jon DeMars Victorsen 3 months ago

If only to suggest that residents notify Gopher State One Call at least two working days in advance before digging in their yard to plant the tree(s). I wouldn't mind clarification about mulching around the trunk of trees. I understand it's harmful to the trees, yet it's so popular?!

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