Trees pay us back! According to the US Forest Service, a healthy, mature tree can add an average of 10 percent to your property’s value. With the serious threat of Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) in our communities, it’s more important than ever to plant diverse species of trees in your yard. EAB, along with stronger storms, is expected to eliminate one-third of Minnesota’s community tree canopy in the next 20-30 years.
Minnesota community foresters are a great resource for information on EAB and tree planting and care. Most larger cities have a city forester on staff. Minneapolis and St. Paul actually have a team of foresters who can help you select the right trees and guide you on planting and caring for them. The Minnesota DNR also has a great resource for you. It’s called The Pocket Guide to Tree Planting. Click here to access it, along with a lot of other valuable information on tree planting and care.