Research has shown that trees provide tremendous monetary, environmental and social value. They reduce storm water and utility bills, increase air quality and property values, along with a long list of other benefits.
Before you start digging a hole in the backyard for a new tree, here’s what you need to know:
What kind of tree should I plant?
You should always plant a tree that fits the site, e.g., do not plant an oak 10 feet from your house. Determine how much space you have for a tree and pick one that fits there at maturity.
Here is a list of recommended species for our area:
- Recommended species list [PDF] or [Excel], derived from University of Minnesota Extension documents
- Tough trees and shrubs for tough sites
How do I plant a tree?
Giving your tree the best shot at a long, healthy life starts early. Many trees are planted improperly and end up dying at a young age or falling and causing damage. A great concise resource for tree planting and maintenance is the Tree Owners’ Manual.
Remember to always contact Gopher State One at (651) 454-0002 prior to digging or planting to have underground utilities located.
What’s wrong with my tree?
Are leaves falling off your tree in the middle of summer? Is the foliage of the tree off-color or different than it was last year? Are there strange bumps or ragged edges on the tree leaves? Have you noticed an increase in insects or caterpillars on your tree? The University of Minnesota has created a very user-friendly website to diagnose plant problems: What’s wrong with my plant?
If you would like additional help diagnosing what is wrong with your tree, please contact the Natural Resources Division for a site visit at (952) 233-9371 or email jbusiahn@ShakopeeMN.gov.
There are many common tree problems that occur within Minnesota. Diseased trees within the City are managed according to the Shade Tree Disease Control and Prevention ordinance (City Code 130.15). Diseased trees within City property such as parks, open space areas and road right-of-way are managed according to the ordinance. The cost for the removal and stump grinding of these diseased trees is paid by the City. Diseased trees identified and marked on private property are the responsibility of property owner.
Common tree problems: