City of minneapolis tree ordinance

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Boulevard Trees


Water newly planted trees thoroughly once a week during dry periods in the spring, summer and fall.

Trees younger than five years old need one inch of rainfall each week to stay healthy. If there is not enough rain you should water your trees. Slowly pour at least four five-gallon buckets of water over the tree roots, or put a hose under the tree and let it run gently for one hour.

This video demonstrates the best ways to water your tree.


Putting mulch at the base of your trees

  • Holds in moisture
  • Reduces weeds
  • Prevents damage from lawn mowing machines

Make sure your mulched area

  • Is four to six inches deep
  • Is made of coarsely shredded bark or wood chips. Finely shredded mulch can stop water and nutrients from getting to tree roots
  • Stays a few inches away from the tree trunk to stop rodent damage and too much moisture at the base of the tree
  • Gets wider as the tree grows
  • Does not have any weeds. Remove weeds with your hands, not with chemicals.

Treating a Boulevard Tree

We do not chemically treat ash trees. If you would like to treat a non-symptomatic boulevard ash tree in front of your home with insecticide, you must hire a licensed and permitted tree care company. These companies know the proper way to apply insecticides in the safest way possible.

You must pay for any and all treatments.

Licensed and Permitted Tree Care Company List

Companies are listed in alphabetical order.

Arbor Doctor: 952-334-6768
Bartlett Tree Experts: 763-253-8733
Birch Tree Care: 651-317-4080
Branch and Bough Tree Service: 651-335-8655
Bratt Tree Company: 612-721-4153
Davey Tree Experts: 612-392-2405
Elijah Tree Care: 612-242-0221
Envirolawn Inc: 952-888-7623
Great Estates Yard and Tree Service: 651-402-2393
Greiling's Tree Service: 612-824-0430
Meridian Tree Care: 651-210-8228
Morgans Tree Service: 651-210-5118
Northeast Tree: 612-789-9255
Otsvig Tree: 763-479-4090
Precision Landscape & Tree: 651-484-2726
Premium Tree Protection: 612-554-0054
Rainbow Tree Care: 952-922-3810
SavATree: 952-881-3779
Shadywood Tree Experts: 952-933-0614
Tree Quality: 612-618-5244
Tree Trust: 612-297-2703
Treehugger Tree Care: 612-444-3494 x4
Urban Foresters: 763-566-0722
Vineland Tree: 612-872-0205
Yetzer Tree Service: 612-331-1133

Note: This listing is not meant as an endorsement of a company or method of treatment. The MPRB does not endorse or discourage the treatment of elm, oak &/or ash trees with pesticides for the purpose of controlling Dutch Elm Disease, Oak Wilt &/or Emerald Ash Borer respectively. The companies named on this list are those that received a permit for treating public trees this year. There are other companies licensed by the City of Minneapolis that also provide this service on private property.

These companies may be found on the City of Minneapolis Business Licenses & Consumer Services website.

Updated: 9/14/2021

Preventing Damage to Trees

Adding Lights to Trees in Business Areas

Before you can add lights to public trees in a business area, you need to obtain an Encroachment Permit from the Department of Public Works.

Then you must request a permit from us. Call 612-313-7710 or email [email protected] to make your request.

If we approve your request to add lights to a tree, the lights must not harm the tree in any way.

Fastening Signs to Trees

You may only attach signs to public trees if you do not pierce the bark. Do not use staples, pins, nails, screws or other fasteners that will damage the tree. If you pierce the bark, we may require you to pay for the damage to the tree.

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Press release from the City of Minnetonka:

09/23/2021 12:00 p.m.

Minnetonka's trees and woodlands are an integral part of the city's identity. A 2019 tree canopy coverage study noted that 58 percent of Minnetonka's land area is covered by canopy. This leads Minnesota's metropolitan cities.

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Unfortunately, Minnetonka's tree canopy is threatened by the changing Minnesota climate, disease and pests. While climate, disease and pests are difficult to regulate locally, the city can and has regulated tree removal associated with development and construction. 

The city is looking to update its existing tree protection ordinance. The proposed ordinance would continue to focus on protecting and maintaining trees and woodlands during development and construction, as well as place new emphasis on sustainability and resilience.

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Community members are invited to learn more about the proposed changes and take our survey on

The planning commission is anticipated to review the ordinance at its Sept. 30 meeting and provide a recommendation to the city council.

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Tree & Stump Removal Services in Minneapolis

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  • Costs – Keep your trees in good condition so you have them when those cold winters and hot summers come around in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Check out our compiled statistics on maintenance and removal in the area.
  • FAQs – Learn more about the current condition of trees in Minneapolis, along with the best ones to plant, diseases to look for and treat, the tallest tree in Minnesota, the state tree and more!
  • Services – We have every professional in the Minneapolis area for you to call and talk to you. See which one is closest to your or sounds like the right person for the job and call.

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How Much Do Tree Services Cost in Minneapolis?

With the below-freezing winters and hot, humid summers Minneapolis, Minnesota is known for, it’s nice to have a tree to catch some of the snow and shade you from the sun. Learn how much you’ll pay to keep that lifesaver with these statistics we’ve provided on tree maintenance in Minneapolis below.

Minneapolis Average Price to Trim or Remove Trees & Shrubs

How Much Does Tree Removal Cost?

Removing a tree in Minneapolis will cost you between $459 to $631 when considering the tree’s height, location, proximity to power lines, and any other factors that might make it harder to take down. The average price a homeowner in Minneapolis can expect to pay is somewhere around the figure of $545.

How Much Does Stump Removal Cost?

If the tree has already been removed but not the stump, it will cost a Minneapolis resident between $200 to $250 and take about two hours of work on the part of the tree care professional to remove from the ground and haul away.

Average Cost of Tree Maintenance in Minneapolis

Although prices may vary based on the type of tree and other extenuating circumstances, most homeowners are looking at a ballpark range of $406 to $582 in tree maintenance costs in Minneapolis, with an average cost of $494.

Minneapolis Tree Facts & FAQ

Since 1979 Minneapolis has been nationally recognized as a Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation. Since 2006 it’s been working to keep its green canopy alive, planting 7,500 trees and encouraging residents to Adopt-a-Tree to continue these efforts. Find out what you can do as a resident to help out and benefit not only the city but also you with a tree.

Minneapolis Tree Rules and Regulations

If a Minneapolis resident wants to remove a tree from their property, then a permit must be requested through the tree service contractor to the Forestry Division. Exceptions to the rule are when their trees are diseased, in which case the tree must be removed within a certain number of days to prevent the spread of the disease to other private and public trees. The best time of year to remove or trim trees in Minneapolis is around February or March, when it’s still winter and the trees are still dormant. Insects and disease are less likely to be harming the trees, and they’re not growing.

According to Xcel Energy, Minnesota’s electricity utility service, no trees should be planted within 10 feet of the power lines. Larger trees must be planted even farther away. Their general rule is that the taller the tree will be, the further it should be from the lines.

Picking the Right Trees

Norway pine

Kentucky coffeetreeMinneapolis’ City Trees program is still working to increase how many trees populate the urban canopy and residential areas. Some of the trees they’re urging residents to adopt including common favorites like:

    • River birch (Betula nigra)
    • Kentucky coffeetree (Gymnocladus dioicus)
    • Matador maple (Acer x freemanii ‘Bailston’)
    • Princeton/American elm (Ulmus americana cultivar)
    • Northern hackberry (Celtis occidentalis)

The Norway pine (Pinus resinosais the state tree of Minnesota. It is also called the red pine because it has pale red wood and reddish bark. It can reach up to 141 feet tall and lives for about 500 years. It’s very common and good for anywhere in Minnesota, including Minneapolis.

While Minneapolis has a short agricultural growing season due its cold, cold winters, there are quite a few types of fruit trees it can support. Many of the locals grow fruit including apples, pears, cherries, plums, peaches, and apricots.

Tallest and Shortest Trees

While Minneapolis can boast none of the tallest trees in the state, residents can drive about an hour to see a 130-foot white spruce (Picea glauca) at White Lake State Park, the tallest tree in the state of Minnesota. The shortest tree in Minneapolis will probably be any of the new trees being planted by new owners as part of the City Trees program this year.

Difficult to Maintain Tree

The major tree suffering a lot of problems right now is the ash (Fraxinus) tree species. With the invasion of the emerald ash borer, a green beetle native to Asia and Russia, ash trees are being attacked and destroyed. Minneapolis had to take down a lot of ash trees because of this beetle, and if residents decide to take on the task of planting one, there’s a good chance it could become infected with this beetle.

Common Diseases Affecting Minneapolis’ Trees

Besides for the emerald ash borer, the other two common diseases currently affecting Minneapolis trees are Dutch elm disease and oak wilt. Dutch elm disease is caused by a fungus transmitted by the elm bark beetle and is deadly to American elms. If it’s not treated in the early stages of wilt, the tree will die. Oak wilt is the other disease that affects red and white oaks in Minneapolis, wherein the oaks wilt and eventually die if not treated properly and is also caused by a fungal infection.

Plant Hardiness Zones in Minnesota

Here is the plant hardiness zones for Minnesota as provided by the USDA:

Minnesota plant hardiness zones
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Trees are good for our environment

Our urban forest cleans the air, shelters wildlife, catches water runoff, cools our homes, provides us with food and makes our city more beautiful.

A University of Minnesota study found Minneapolis had 29.8% urban tree canopy in 2015. Excluding forested wetland areas, the Minneapolis tree canopy has decreased almost 4% since 2009 due primarily to the 2011 tornado damage as well as other extreme weather events such as the 2013 storm. Key initiatives and policies related to a healthy urban forest in Minneapolis are listed below:

City trees program

Since 2006, the City of Minneapolis has funded the City Trees program, a low-cost way for residents to help build the city's tree canopy. In the past five years, the City Trees program planted 13,000 trees in Minneapolis.


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What can I do if the roots or branches from my neighbor's tree encroach into
my yard?
If the roots or branches have encroached into your yard and become a
nuisance, you have the right to fix or "abate" the nuisance, but there are
limits. Here are some guidelines:
Trim overhanging branches up to the boundary line C at your own expense.
This right is called "self-help." [See "What is self-help?" below]
Trim, but don't harm the health of the tree or destroy it. For example,
cutting off too much of the canopy could jeopardize the tree's capacity to
photosynthesize. Cutting too much of the root system could cause the tree
to become unstable and topple over. And pruning an oak between April and
September could make the tree vulnerable to oak wilt, a fatal disease. It
doesn't matter that the tree may look funny after trimming it. The courts
look at whether or not you are harming the tree's health. If you don't know
what may harm a tree, consult a tree expert before cutting.
To find a tree expert or 'arborist," look in the Yellow Pages under 'tree
service," look for the arborist's membership in professional organizations,
such as the Minnesota Society of Arboriculture (MSA), the International
Society of Arboriculture (ISA), or the National Arborist Association (NAA) .
Don't trespass onto your neighbor's property to trim a tree or shrub. And
technically, that means don't even lean over the property line to make the
pruning cut, unless you have the neighbor's consent.
Don't cut down a tree whose trunk is on the boundary line, unless you have
the express consent of the owner on the other side of the boundary line.
Tip: Chat before you chop. Even though you are not legally obligated to
do so, talk to your neighbor before you do major trimming on your neighbor's
tree. It's the neighborly thing to do.
What is self-help?
Property owners in every state have the right to trim the branches or roots
of a neighbor's tree that encroach onto their property, up to the property
line, at their own expense. This right is called "self-help." Self-help is
an alterative to going to court. The rationale is that self-help prevents
the wasteful use of the court system to resolve comparatively minor
disputes. It's a trade-off: you have the right to cut and remove the
encroaching branches or roots of your neighbor's tree, right away, at your
own expense (i.e., use self-help), instead of having to hire a lawyer, start
a lawsuit, and wait for the courts to sort it out. Using self-help saves
you time and money, and keeps the courts from settling disputes between
neighbors. In Minnesota, you have the option of using self-help OR going to
court, when using self-help is not practical or reasonable. In most other
states, self-help is the exclusive remedy.

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