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City offers free replacement trees for ash tree removal

Post Date:11/13/2018 1:35 pm
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Emerald Ash Borer
 Emerald Ash Borer Tree Replacement Program graphic with slogan, "Remove, Replant, Restore."

The City of Plymouth is offering an incentive to residents to help combat Emerald Ash Borer – a free replacement tree for each ash tree removed.

Winter is the best time to remove ash trees. There is less damage to lawn and landscaping, and since borers are dormant in the winter, they are more likely to remain in the tree, which will help prevent them from spreading.

Once a resident removes an ash tree, the City of Plymouth will provide a free replacement tree of his or her choice, while supplies last. Residents may receive up four free replacement trees per property per year.

“If residents are not treating their ash trees, they will eventually be infested. We’re offering an incentive for residents to remove their private ash trees now to help slow the spread of Emerald Ash Borer,” said City Forester Paul Buck.

To qualify, ash trees must be greater than or equal to 5 inches in diameter. A contractor invoice or time-stamped before/after pictures must be included with the application.

To pick up new trees in the spring of 2020, ash trees must be removed by March 2019. Trees removed next winter will qualify for free replacement trees in the spring of 2021.

Residents with a city-owned boulevard ash tree slated for removal will be contacted by the city to select a free replacement tree.

Confirmed in Plymouth in 2015, Emerald Ash Borer is a small, invasive insect that infects ash trees and spreads quickly, typically killing a majority of ash trees in its path. There are two options for property owners with ash trees – begin a course of treatment immediately, or plan for the tree to be removed. For those who choose the former, treatment is typically necessary for the rest of the tree’s life.

For more information or to fill out an application, visit plymouthmn.gov/eab.

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