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EAB Tree Replacement Program: Private & Boulevard Trees

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Emerald Ash Borer Tree Replacement Program graphic with slogan, "Remove, Replant, Restore."This page contains information about the City of Plymouth's tree replacement program for residents who have ash trees on private property or boulevard ash being removed by the City.

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.

Requirements
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.

For private tree removals, new orders to pick up trees in 2020 will be taken until June 1 while supplies last. Pick-up of the trees will occur at the Maintenance Facility mid-year 2020, dates to be determined. Further instructions will be emailed to you prior to these dates, and they may be subject to change as we continue to monitor the coronavirus situation. Orders placed after June 1 will qualify for free replacement tree(s) in the spring of 2021. 

For boulevard trees, orders to have replacement trees planted by the City in the fall of 2020 will be taken through the summer while supplies last. 

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.

  • 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.

Available Trees
The following trees are available, while supplies last. Please review the tree fact sheets and choose your preference below. Residents may receive up four free replacement trees per property per year.

Steps to Place Tree Order

To place your replacement tree order, please fill out the form below with the following instructions.

  • Enter your property address into the box below and click “Confirm Location”.
  • If the tree you’re replacing is a private tree, you must add an image of a contractor invoice or a time-stamped stump picture to show proof of removal. If the tree you’re replacing was a boulevard tree removed by the City, click the “No Photo” button.
  • Fill out the rest of the form, including the tree species you want and how many of each you wish to order. Click “Confirm Details”.
  • To submit the request, please select "Submit as Yourself" - your name and information will be available to city staff, but will not be visible to the public.