City Trees pickup is May 21-23

Minneapolis property owners who ordered $25 trees from the City Trees program will pick up their trees May 21-23. The 1,500 trees sold out, so only people who ordered will be able to get one. Trees are approximately four to six feet tall with a one-inch trunk. Trees may be up to seven feet tall, so property owners should make sure to bring a suitable vehicle.

Tree pickup
Minneapolis Impound Lot, 51 Colfax Ave. N.
7 a.m. - 3 p.m., Saturday, May 21
8 a.m. - noon, Sunday, May 22
3 - 7 p.m., Monday, May 23

In past years, Saturday morning has been the busiest time for folks to pick up their trees, making for the longest wait.

People picking up the trees they ordered should bring the postcard from Tree Trust or some kind of identification (driver’s license, email receipt, etc.). Volunteers will be available to help load the new tree and complimentary bag of mulch into vehicles. There will be no refunds for trees that are not picked up or for trees that die.

It’s the law to call Gopher State One Call (651) 454-0002 at least three days before digging. They will mark buried utility lines for your safety.

This year 1,500 trees were available for property owners – whether Minneapolis residents, businesses or nonprofits – to order and plant on private property in Minneapolis. The varieties available this year were Honeycrisp apple, blue beech, Kentucky coffee tree, Welchii juniper, sienna glen maple, regal prince oak, redbud (Minnesota strain) and autumn brilliance serviceberry.

Healthy trees are beautiful, increase property values, help improve air quality, reduce greenhouse gases by absorbing carbon dioxide, save energy, keep the city cooler, provide homes for wildlife and help manage stormwater.

Since 2006, the City of Minneapolis has funded the City Trees program, a low-cost way for folks to help build the City's tree canopy. The City Trees program is a partnership between the City of Minneapolis and Tree Trust, a local nonprofit that works to improve the community environment. Research has proven that trees are a valuable investment that improves urban quality of life, and Minneapolis City leaders have made a priority of trees, a solid green investment.

For pickup details, planting instructions and more, visit www.treetrust.org.

Published May 18, 2011

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