This page contains information about the City of Plymouth's tree replacement program for residents who have ash trees on private property.
Step 1: Remove
Emerald Ash Borer was confirmed in Plymouth in 2015. The small, invasive insect 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.
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.
Step 2: Replant
Once you remove an ash tree from your property, the City of Plymouth will provide a free replacement tree of your choice, while supplies last. Residents may receive up four free replacement trees per property per year.
To qualify, the removed ash tree on your property in Plymouth must be greater than or equal to 5 inches in diameter.
After removal, fill out the form below. A contractor invoice or time-stamped before/after pictures must be provided as proof of removal. If you are unable to attach proof of ash tree removal to complete the online application below, you may pick up a paper application form and provide proof in person 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday at the Plymouth Maintenance Facility, 14900 23rd Ave.
To pick up new trees in the spring of 2020, ash trees must be removed by late spring 2019. Trees removed next winter will qualify for free replacement tree(s) in the spring of 2021.
Yard Waste Site Disposal
Residents who cut down their own ash trees may bring the wood/brush to the Plymouth Yard Waste Site, 14900 23rd Ave. N. For more information about the site, visit plymouthmn.gov/yardwaste.
- Normal Hours:
In November, the Plymouth Yard Waste Site is open 3-6 p.m. Wednesday-Friday and 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The site is closed Monday and Tuesday.
- Extended Hours:
December through March, the Plymouth Yard Waste Site will be open the second Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Step 3: Restore
Selecting and providing a variety of trees to residents as replacements for ash trees will contribute to the diversity of Plymouth’s urban forest. Trees provide numerous benefits, including storm water filtration, shade and habitat for wildlife.
Low-Cost Tree & Shrub Sale
For more tree options, the city's annual low-cost tree and shrub sale is set for March 1 through May 1. View more information at plymouthmn.gov/treesale.