Minneapolis property owners can
sign up for lottery to buy a low-cost tree
Enter lottery any time now through March 13
Thanks to overwhelming popularity, the City’s low-cost trees program operates by lottery. Minneapolis property owners can enter the lottery any time now through March 13. Lottery entrants will hear back March 18. About 800 property owners will each be able to order a 5- to 8-foot tree to plant in their yards. Large species shade trees are $30 each. Fruit trees and smaller species are $40 each.
The 14 varieties available this year include large species, flowering trees and several kinds of fruit trees. Any Minneapolis property owner can register in the lottery to order a tree to plant on private Minneapolis property this spring. Comparable trees cost about $125 at a nursery.
- Property owners can register for the lottery any time now through March 13. The last people to register will have the same chances as the first.
- Low-cost trees are available for Minneapolis residents, businesses and nonprofits.
- Limit one tree per address.
- Trees must be picked up May 18, 19 or 20 at the City of Minneapolis Impound Lot.* Volunteers will be on hand to help load each new tree and a complimentary bag of mulch into vehicles.
- Enter the lottery here.
In the past 13 years, the City Trees program has provided approximately 14,000 trees for planting on private property. The City Trees program helps meet Minneapolis’ health goal focusing on the well-being of people and the environment. Since 2006, the City of Minneapolis has funded the City Trees program, a low-cost way for folks to help build the city’s tree canopy.
Share this video and spread the word about helping our urban forest
Healthy trees are an important part of our quality of life in Minneapolis, but they need our help. Share this short video about some of the benefits of our urban forest and how we can help.
Critical need for planting more trees
For anyone who has any ash trees on their property, now is the time to make a plan. Insects called emerald ash borers are on track to kill all ash trees in Minneapolis. Once emerald ash borers kill an ash tree, it quickly becomes brittle and dangerous – a hazard to people, properties and neighborhoods.
What can property owners do?
- Have their ash tree evaluated by a certified arborist or Minneapolis-licensed tree care company.
- Plant a new tree or two.
The City of Minneapolis does not recommend using pesticides. Anyone who does treat their tree should make sure to work with a licensed arborist.
Trees help pull ozone, fine particulates and other pollution out of the air. Trees also reduce the heat island effect in a city and reduce stress. For people who have heart or lung disease, trees do save lives. And larger trees do more than smaller trees. Counties around the country that have already seen emerald ash borers wipe out their ash trees have also seen increased mortality from heart and lung disease.
*Pickup dates and location subject to change. Anyone who orders a tree can check treetrust.org after May 1 for confirmed dates and location.
Feb. 1, 2019
Published Feb 1, 2019