Environment - Tree Care
It is the policy of the City of Shorewood to recognize and preserve existing natural resources of the community. In its effort to maintain the wooded character of the area, the city finds that trees provide numerous benefits including: stabilization of the soil by the prevention of erosion and sedimentation, reduction of storm water runoff, improvement of air quality, reduction of noise pollution, control of urban heat island effect, protection and increase of property values, protection of privacy, energy conservation through natural insulation, providing habitat for birds and other wildlife and conservation and enhancement of the city’s physical and aesthetic environment.
Shorewood established a Tree Preservation Policy that applies to all new construction within the city. The purpose of this policy is to preserve and protect significant trees or stands of trees whose loss due to land disturbances associated with development or construction would negatively affect the character of our community.
Buckthorn: What to Know; What to Do.
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture has declared common buckthorn and glossy buckthorn as restricted noxious weeds. This means that the sale, transport, or movement of these plants is prohibited statewide. If you have buckthorn on your property, you are encouraged to remove it. The city has a weed wrench to pull buckthorn from the roots available for loan at no charge. Call 952.960.7900 to reserve the wrench.
Once buckthorn is removed, please mulch heavily or landscape the area to prevent the return of buckthorn, or the introduction of another invasive, garlic mustard.
Emerald Ash Borer
There is so much information on the Emerald Ash Borer that it is hard to know whether or not you should remove your trees, protect your trees, or just leave your trees alone. Although the Ash Borer has not yet moved to Shorewood, we know it is only a matter of time. It is recommended that property owners be proactive and begin to remove small ash trees and plant other native trees to add to the property landscape. If you have large ash trees, you might want to begin to investigate your options.
Research the cost of removal and replacement verses the cost of treatment over an extended period of time. Treatments performed by a contractor vary in price depending on the application type. Soil drenches cost about $5 to $9 per diameter inch each year, and stem injections are about $9 to $12 every 2–3 years. Also look at the value of the tree to your home and family, since mature trees provide more in energy savings, shade, privacy, wildlife value, and increased property value than young, newly planted trees.
The University of Minnesota Extension Service offers great information on all tree care.
- Tree Trimmers
- Oak Trees
- Emerald Ash Borer
- Gypsy Moth
- Pine & Sawflies
- Trees for MN
Licensed Tree Trimmers
Tree Trimmers who work in Shorewood are required to be licensed by the City. By hiring a city licensed tree trimmer you can be assured that their insurance and state licensing is up to date. Licenses must be renewed yearly. Please report unlicensed trimmers to the city, 952.960.7900, so they can get the proper license.
Aaspen Tree Service
Bartlett Tree Experts
The Davey Tree Expert Co
Dynamic Tree & Landscape
Holtz Firewood & Tree
Jeff Hoheisel Professional Tree Care
Kraft Tree Service
Landberg's Tree Service
Neiberger's Superior Tree Care, Inc
Ostvig Tree, Inc.
Schmidt’s 4-Season Service, Inc.
Simmons Tree & Landscape
Tree & Stump Co
Viking Land Tree Care
Vineland Tree Care
The City has purchased a tool designed to help remove buckthorn. The tool is available to residents for use on their private property for a two day rental period. A replacement/damage deposit fee of $20 is required.
Oak trees are a popular shade tree in the area, and care should be taken to prevent oak wilt. April marks the time oak tree pruning should end in order to avoid this fatal oak disease. If you need to cut a living branch or remove an oak tree from April through October, it's important to spray the pruning cut or top of the stump immediately with latex spray paint.
November through March is the best time to prune oak trees. This is actually true for most trees, since insects and diseases are not active. Get more information on oak wilt from University of MN Extension Service.
|Hennepin County, which includes all of Shorewood, is part of the quarantine area, which restricts wood from being removed from the county. Because we are so close to Carver County, care must be taken to keep from transporting wood across county lines.|
EAB is one of America’s most destructive tree pests. Its larvae kill ash trees by tunneling into the wood and feeding on the tree’s nutrients. Since its accidental introduction into North America, EAB has killed tens of millions of ash trees in 18 states. Infestation signs include one-eighth inch, D-shaped exit holes in ash tree bark and winding tunnels under the bark. The biggest risk of spreading EAB comes from people unknowingly moving firewood or other ash products harboring larvae. There are three easy steps Minnesotans can take to keep EAB from spreading:
1. Don't transport firewood. Buy and burn local firewood to prevent the spread of EAB.
2. Be aware of quarantine restrictions. If you live in a quarantined county, be aware of the restrictions on movement of products such as ash trees, wood chips, and firewood. Details can be found online.
3. Watch your ash trees for infestation. If you think your ash tree is infested, go to www.mda.state.mn.us and use the “Do I Have Emerald Ash Borer?” checklist or call MDA at 888-545-6684 to report concerns.
If you have pine trees in your yard, stay on the lookout for the pine sawfly. The larvae of this non-native insect feeds on living (green) pine needles from the previous year’s growth. New needles will grow each year at the branch tips; however, the older needles that were eaten will not grow back. Continued feeding can slow tree growth and cause the tree to appear thin if the number of feeding larvae is high, but tree loss from sawflies is uncommon. Get more information and learn management recommendations from the Unviversity of MN Extenstion Service.
Trees shade and cool us in the summer, protect us from cold winter winds, supply us with clean air to breathe, beautify our communities and provide habitat for wildlife. Selecting the trees that will survive and grow into healthy urban forests requires a thorough analysis of the planting site and a careful match of the trees to that environment.
The University of MN has put together a list of recommended trees for our part of the state. These recommendations take into consideration our soils, weather, landscape and other factors that affect the growth of trees. Recommended trees for each region perform reliably in that environment, and should thrive for many years.