Trees & Community Forestry
Everyone benefits from the silent work that trees perform around the clock:
- Cleaner air
- Improved water quality
- Habitat for wildlife
- Increased property values
Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is an invasive insect pest that aggressively spreads and kills green ash trees. EAB was confirmed in Fridley in 2019, and since then outbreaks have been confirmed throughout the city. The larvae of EAB tunnel under tree bark, which interrupts the flow of water through the tree. Once symptoms are present, the ash tree typically dies within one to three years. If you have an ash tree on your property, act now to treat or remove it before the tree becomes a safety hazard.
Ash Tree ID
Ash trees are one of the most common shade trees in Fridley. An estimated 30% of the City's publicly owned trees are ash with thousands more located on private property. To tell if you have an ash tree, look for:
What to Do About EAB?
If you have an ash tree in your yard, assume that it will become infested with EAB and die without intervention. Due to the ubiquity of ash trees throughout the city, the impact of EAB in Fridley will be devastating without resident help. If you have an ash tree, you may choose to:
1) Treat your ash tree
2) Remove (and replace) your ash tree
Due to the shade, air quality, and water quality benefits provided by mature trees, the City recommends treating ash trees that are:
Although trees must be treated every 2-3 years, it is usually more cost efficient to treat the tree long-term than remove it.
Treating Your Ash Tree
You can protect your tree against EAB infestation using chemical treatment. Chemical treatment must be reapplied every two to three years. Do not wait until the tree is exhibiting symptoms of EAB to start treatment as the damage may be irreparable and the tree too far gone. Treat the tree using a systemic chemical injected by a Fridley-licensed tree company. Some chemicals used to treat EAB can be harmful to beneficial insects such as pollinators if applied improperly. Systemic injections are the most effective form of treatment and are the least likely to adversely impact pollinators. Avoid using treatments that are applied as soil drenches, which can leach into water or drift to pollinator habitat.
The City of Fridley received funding through the DNR ReLEAF grant program to provide financial assistance of up to $3,000 per tree for the removal of diseased ash trees on single and multi-family family properties occupied by income-qualified residents. All removed trees must be replaced. Replacement trees will be planted at no cost to the participant by the City's Tree Planting Contractor once the tree is removed. Only work included in a Notice to Proceed from the City can be paid for through this program.
2024 Income Qualifications
The income-qualified ash tree replacement program is only available to property owners meeting one of the following qualifications:
Annual Household Income at or below 80% Area Median Income
Rental Properties with monthly rents at or below the following amounts
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- The property owner will obtain two quotes from pre-qualified Tree Removal Contractors. Only work related to removing ash trees including site access, tree removal, material disposal, fuel, site restoration, etc. will be paid for. If other work not related to ash tree removal is performed, it should be quoted and invoiced separately to the property owner.
- The property owner will send the quotes and application materials to the City.
- The City will approve the property owner's application materials and send the property owner and low-quote contractor a Notice to Proceed based on the submitted quote and an “Acceptance of Work” form.
- The Contractor will complete the work outlined in the quote/Notice to Proceed. Only work in the quote/Notice to Proceed will be paid for by City. If work is completed that is not on the Notice to Proceed, it will be the responsibility of the property owner to pay for that work.
- Within seven days of completion of work, the property owner will return the completed Acceptance of Work form to the City indicating whether the work is/is not satisfactorily completed. If the form is not completed within seven days, the work will be considered satisfactorily accepted.
- The contractor will send the City an invoice and photos of the completed work.
- The City will pay the contractor for the satisfactorily completed work.
- The City's Tree Planting Contractor will plant the property owner's replacement tree the next fall.
Ash trees will need to removed October 1- April 30 unless given a hazardous tree exemption from the City.
Pre-Qualified Tree Removal Contractors:
The following contractors have been pre-qualified to complete tree removals as part of the program. A minimum of two quotes must be collected as part of your application:
A-Tree Service Inc.
Arbor Tree Service
Birch Tree Care
Neighborhood Tree Care
Perfect Landscape Tree and Services
Pioneer Tree Service
Precision Landscape and Tree
Urban Tree and Landscape
Application materials are forthcoming, please check back soon. Please submit completed application materials to firstname.lastname@example.org or deliver to City Hall (7071 University Avenue NE)
For questions, please contact email@example.com or call 763-572-3594.
Consider your site's availability of sunlight and soil type when selecting a tree.
Planting the tree correctly and watering it consistently will help ensure its survival.
- It’s the law to call Gopher State One Call (651-454-0002) at least three days before digging. They will mark buried utility lines for your safety.
Plant trees at least fifteen feet away from underground and overhead utilities
- Save money on energy by planting large shade trees on the west or east side of your home.
- Large trees should be planted at least 15 feet away from nearby power lines and/or buildings.
The 2024 Tree and Native Plant Sale will open on July 1, 2024. Please check back.
Fridley City Code requires the removal of trees that are diseased or that have a structural condition that poses a safety risk. If you notice a damaged or diseased street or park tree or are concerned about a tree on private property with a structural defect, please fill out a report or contact Fridley Public Works at 763-572-3566.
If you plan to prune or remove a tree, hire a reliable, insured, arborist/tree service company that is licensed with the City of Fridley. Anyone offering tree services in Fridley must go complete a police background check and obtain a city-issued Tree Management license.
If you have questions about trees in Fridley, please call 763-572-3566.