Is My Yard Tree Worth Money?

This handout was developed by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to help landowners determine if there is wood product value in their yard tree. Not all hardwoods including walnut are valuable. Only yard trees of exceptional quality and significant volume have value.  Due to the cost of removal, only quality hardwoods have enough potential value to be considered. Download […]

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Minnesota Law and Trees

A Layperson’s Guide Note: These fact sheets pertain to the law in Minnesota at the time of their writing in the mid 2000s. The information they contain may not necessarily apply in other states, and they have not been updated since their initial publication. The information included in the fact sheets is intended to be educational, not legal advice. If you have […]

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Will Fill Kill?

The truth about adding soil over the roots of existing landscape trees. By Rebecca Koetter and Gary R. Johnson No, the title “Will Fill Kill?” has nothing to do with people’s propensity to stuff their digestive systems during Thanksgiving! Instead, it directs attention to the three most common questions from homeowners about relandscaping and construction activities around their trees: What […]

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Firewood: 6 Questions to Answer Before you Purchase

By: Adam Flett, Department of Forest Resources Extension and Outreach, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities Technical Advisor: Harlan Peterson, Extension Specialist in Bio-Based Products, University of Minnesota. This document answers six common questions of firewood consumers: How much firewood am I buying? Firewood pricing: What is a fair price? What are BTU’s? Things to look for in firewood: Which wood is […]

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Fertilizer and -Cide Application

Fertilizer Applications: Tree Fertilization: A Guide for Fertililzing New and Established Trees in the Landscape This page provides information to determine the need for a fertilizer, the right time to apply and how much at a given time. Manufactured vs. Natural Fertilizers   Pesticide/Insecticide/Herbicide Applications: How to Calculate Herbicide Rates; Calibrate Herbicide Applicators Insecticide Suggestions to Manage Landscape Tree and […]

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Tree Planting Glossary

ANSI: American National Standards Institute writes specifications and standards for many professions and products through committees of experts in that field (e.g. planting stock, climbing equipment etc.). At Grade: Even with the top of the soil. Backfilling: Refilling the planting hole, done after the tree has been stabilized. Balled and Burlapped: Planting stock that has been dug from the field […]

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Growing Trees from Seed

By Dan A. Meyer, University of Wisconsin Extension and College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Growing trees directly from seed can be more rewarding than planting two- or three-year-old seedlings purchased from a nursery– especially if you collect and prepare the seed yourself.  It is, however, more difficult and time consuming to cultivate trees from seed than from seedlings, and […]

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How to Plant a Tree

Stephen Schott, Graduate Research Assistant, University of Minnesota Department of Forest Resources Planting a tree is a great investment that pays off in many ways.  Trees add value to property, lower utility bills, and are beautiful to look at.  However, for a tree investment to pay off, it needs a strong start.  This begins with a good planting.  If poorly […]

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The Well Planted Tree

A document produced by Krystal Schaufler, Doug Courneya, Gary Johnson, Jeff Gillman, Patrick Weicherding, Carole Kinion Copeland Click to view document as a PDF: The Well Planted Tree This document touches on the following tree planting topics: How to plant containerized trees How to care for a new tree What happens if a tree is planted too deep? What are […]

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The Road to a Thoughtful Street Tree Masterplan

By Ken Simons and Gary R. Johnson Download the entire document: The Road to a Thoughtful Street Tree Master Plan (PDF, 6.9MB) and see the accompanying slideshow series, added in December 2011. Down through the ages, the roadside planting of trees has mirrored the order, prosperity and achievements of civilized societies. Man-made row plantings of uniformly spaced trees are evidence […]

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