While Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) has not yet been found in Minnetonka, the city is planning for its inevitable arrival. Annual pesticide treatments are available to help prevent EAB from killing select trees, but most homeowners should also begin planting new trees. This is especially true if you have lots of ash trees and not many other tree species.
Why should you add plants to your landscaping? Trees serve many essential functions, from absorbing storm water runoff and preventing erosion to providing energy savings and clean air, habitat and food for birds and wildlife, as well as beautifying the community.
The city's annual tree sale program allows residents to pre-order and pre-pay for up to two trees per property owner, with a tree pick-up day in early spring. More than ten different species will be offered, ranging from three to seven feet tall at the time of purchase.
Watch the mail for the February Minnetonka Memo to find an order form and list of available tree species, or attend the Tree Sale Preview presentation Thursday, Jan. 17, from 5:30-7 p.m. in the Minnehaha Room at Minnetonka City Hall, 14600 Minnetonka Boulevard. Space is limited to 46, so please RSVP to Minnetonka Public Works at 952.988.8400.
Quantities are limited and some species sell out quickly, so send you order in as soon as possible. If your homeowner's association would like to order trees through the city's tree sale program, please contact the city forester at 952.988.8421 by Feb. 1 to discuss your plans and receive authorization to place an order. The city reserves the right to modify association orders to ensure species diversity and a fair distribution of tree species. For questions call 952.988.8400.