Replacement Trees are Coming
Friday, September 22, 2017 10:45 AM

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Those white Ts showing up on neighborhood curbs? That is where the city will plant replacement trees where ash or other parts of the urban forest once stood. Depending on the species, some trees will be planted this October or November; others will wait until spring.

Before planting begins, look for a door hanger that tells you which type of tree is scheduled for your boulevard. If you'd prefer a different option, make a request using the phone number or email on the hanger (though there's no guarantee you'll be able to switch). The city is still planning on four species of replacement trees in Como: mostly likely white oak, honeylocust, Kentucky coffeetree, and hackberry.

The city's replanting efforts got a boost this year when, for the first time, the Minnesota Legislature came through with $1.5 million in bonding money to recognize the financial and environmental impact of the invasion of the emerald ash borer on Saint Paul's boulevard trees. However, it doesn't look like the city will have a plan in place that will allow residents to pay more to have a larger-diameter tree planted. Earlier in 2017, Mayor Christopher Coleman and parks director Mike Hahm told District 10 residents they were looking into that possibility.

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