Trees

Boulevard Trees

Trees are a valuable commodity because they provide shade, enhance beauty, and increase property values. South St. Paul has developed a policy governing the planting and removal of boulevard trees. Call the Engineering Department at 651-554-3210 to find out more.

The Public Works department trims boulevard trees and may remove dead boulevard trees. Please contact the Public Works at 651-554-3225 for more information.

Xcel Tree Trimming

Xcel trims trees annually during the winter months. Trees are trimmed to help prevent power outages from tree damage to power lines during storms. Any brush/branches will be stacked at curb to be hauled away in a few days. Larger tree limbs will be cut, stacked and left. Any questions or concerns, you can contact Xcel's contractor, Wright Tree Service at 651-768-5113.

Emerald Ash Borer

Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is an invasive insect accidentally brought to the United States from Asia in the 1990s. Although it can fly short distances on its own, much of its spread is due to humans transporting it as larvae burrowed under the bark of firewood or landscape trees.

In North America, EAB only kills ash trees. EAB has killed millions of ash trees already. It is expected to have a huge effect on Minnesota's landscape and the 937 million ash trees that grow in our cities and forests.

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is a good source for more information. Check out the Emerald Ash Borer Program for more information and how to identify it.

Neighbor's Trees

Questions often arise between neighbors concerned about overhanging tree branches, dead trees, or even leaves or fruit that may fall from trees. Nuisance Trees: Encroaching Branches and Tree Roots (PDF)and an article from OVERSTORY - Trees, the Law and You (PDF) may be good articles to help you answer these questions.