Replacement Trees are Here (Mostly)
Saturday, September 30, 2017 10:45 AM

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A new honeylocust

Saint Paul forestry crews are filling in those bare spots where ash and other lost trees used to exist on boulevards throughout Como. Going into the ground in October and November of 2017 fall are varieties of catalpa, crabapple, hybrid elm, honeylocust, Japanese tree lilac, Kentucky coffeetree, linden, maple, and sycamore. The only folks who have to wait: Residents along Grotto who are scheduled to get white oak planted in spring 2018.

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'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, the city decided not to pursue an option in which residents could pay more to purchase a larger diameter tree. City forestry staff say larger trees would have cost twice as much, would be relatively indistinguishable from saplings after a few years, and that sapplings actually have a higher survival rate in urban boulevards. Earlier in 2017, Mayor Christopher Coleman and parks director Mike Hahm told District 10 residents they were looking into the possibility of larger trees.

Updated Nov. 14, 2017

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