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Thursday, March 13, 2008

Trees Available for Only $25

You can make your city and your yard a greener place this year by ordering, planting and caring for a tree this spring at a very affordable rate.

The City is making 1,000 trees available to residents for planting this spring, for only $25 apiece. We fund the City Trees program, which is in its third year, to provide a low-cost way for folks to help build the city's urban tree forest.

Research has proven that trees are a valuable investment and improve urban quality of life. Healthy trees increase property values, help improve air quality, reduce greenhouse gases by absorbing carbon dioxide, save energy, keep the city cooler, provide homes for wildlife and help manage storm water. They can also decrease residents' energy bills in the summer by shading our homes. But be sure to plant your tree a little south of east or west, not directly south, because a tree directly to the south can reduce sunlight in the winter, when it can help reduce heating costs.

We partner with Tree Trust, a local nonprofit that works to improve the community environment.

Ordering a tree:
The trees cost $25 each, and are approximately 6-to-10 feet tall with a
1 inch trunk. You can order one tree per household, and the 1,000 trees will be made available on a first-come, first-served basis. You can choose from five tree varieties, including Bicolor Oak, Fall Fiesta Sugar Maple, Pagoda Dogwood, Japanese Tree Lilac or Welchi Juniper. Place your order online between March 11 and April 11 here or by picking up an order form from your neighborhood group or local library.

Tree pick-up dates are May 10 and 11 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and May 12 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the former Franklin Middle School East parking lot at 1501 Aldrich Avenue N. Volunteers will be available to help load your new tree and complimentary bag of mulch in to your vehicle. Information will be available online and at the tree pick-up site that will explain how to plant a tree the right way, how to care for it, and the benefits it will provide.

For more information on how to order a tree, go here or call (651) 644-5800. You can also contact Tree Trust to receive hard copies of the applications if you would like to be able to distribute them to your friends and neighbors. Last year, the 1,000 trees were quickly snapped up, so if you're interested you should order as soon as possible.


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