The City of Hutchinson’s Forestry Division has a long tradition of supporting a robust community forest which currently consists of over 13,000 public trees.
It is a model program for the MN DNR and has been awarded the Tree City USA designation for 40 years. That makes Hutchinson the 2nd longest consecutive award winner in Minnesota!
Forestry operations are provided through the combined efforts of the Public Works and Parks Departments who prune, remove and plant trees while also providing educational outreach to local schools and civic groups.
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March, 2020. The City of Hutchinson was recently awarded a tree planting grant through the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The grant is being funded by the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund. Grants were awarded to several cities in Minnesota to help mitigate the impact of Emerald Ash Borer.
This funding will allow the City to plant about 275 trees over the next two planting seasons. Trees of other species purchased with grant money will be replacing ash trees that have already been removed or those selected for removal in the very near future.
City crews have accelerated efforts to remove low quality ash trees. Selected ash trees in areas with high numbers of ash trees have also been targeted for removal. Under this grant, City planting efforts will be focused in parks and other public areas. Some of the trees will also be planted as boulevard replacements.
Pruning is considered a preventative maintenance technique in the field of horticulture. Pruning can be done to remove dead, dying or diseased branches, or to remove branches that obscure vision at intersections. Pruning is especially important on young trees to ensure proper structure and growth into maturity.
The City of Hutchinson is responsible for pruning boulevard trees. If you would like to request your boulevard tree to be pruned, please call Forestry at 234-4459. The “Ask a Question” form, at the bottom of this page, is also available for your use. If you have questions about pruning your private tree, find out more information at the University of Minnesota Extension web site.
As sure as the spring and summer storms come, so does the damage to our trees. If you experience damage to your boulevard trees due to a severe storm, the City will pick up and dispose of those limbs and branches. You may call your boulevard storm damage in to the Street Department at 234-4219. If you experience damage to private yard trees, the CreekSide Organic Compost Facility is available free of charge for you to dispose of your tree material.
The City plants boulevard trees each year in Hutchinson. When a tree is removed on the boulevard, we will plant a tree the following year to replace the tree removed. If you have an area on the boulevard that is appropriate for a new planting, please call Forestry at 234-4459.
When a new home is constructed in Hutchinson, two new trees are planted by the City in the boulevard. New construction trees are generally planted in the fall on all properties that were completed that year. Trees will only be planted if the turf/sod has been installed. On properties that can only fit one tree, the second may be planted elsewhere in the development.
There are several aspects to consider when planting a new tree, i.e.) proper planting depth and width, removal of encircling/girdling roots, mulching, watering, etc. It is very important to keep in mind these techniques to ensure the health and vitality of your newly-planted tree or shrub.
Why are some species not recommended for planting? The City of Hutchinson has chosen not to recommend certain tree species for planting because of their susceptibility to particular insects or diseases. For instance, the City is currently recommending that homeowners do not plant ash species because of the potential threat of emerald ash borer – a non-native, invasive insect that kills only ash trees. Another example would be the recommendation to not plant bur oak since bur oak blight – a leaf blight disease – is currently present in Hutchinson. So before planting a species that is not on the Recommended List, we advise that you do a little research on your tree of choice
Trees planted within a city provide many benefits, including economic, environmental and social benefits. Utilizing a free software suite – i-Tree – from the USDA Forest Service, Green Corps member, Kirstin Taggart, calculated the benefits that Hutchinson’s street trees provide. The following infographic details these benefits,
Click here for or additional benefits illustrated by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.
Tree Disease and Infestation Concerns
Starting in 2014, the City of Hutchinson will be implementing a forestry management plan in response to the threat of emerald ash borer. The plan, better known as the Forestry Diversification Project, consists of several small tree removal and replacement projects that will occur on an annual basis, increasing tree species diversity to reduce the risk of loss to our ash tree population. Here is a general project overview:
- Projects will target ash trees in the publicly-owned right-of-way;
- Priority project areas – areas in which a project will occur – have ash populations above 20% and are areas of high visibility, i.e.) parks, main thoroughfares, playgrounds, etc.;
- All publicly-owned, ROW ash trees have been identified and inventoried. Project areas that are found to have more than 20% ash will have a certain percentage of ash trees removed and replaced with an alternative species known to do well in Hutchinson. Trees found to be in poor condition will be prioritized for removal;
- Projects will occur on an annual basis until the desired ash population has been reached, or until emerald ash borer arrives in Hutchinson, whichever comes first.
If you have questions or are wondering whether or not this project will take place in your area, please contact Forestry at 234-4459 or use the “Ask a Question” form below.
To learn more about the symptoms, signs and current status of emerald ash borer, visit the MN Dept. of Agriculture.
Here are a few ways to ensure that your elms or your neighbor’s elms have a better chance of surviving:
- Any elm firewood with bark intact is dangerous to other elms. Debark or burn the firewood by April 1st.
- Notify the City Natural Resource Specialist of yellow leaves in the upper crown of elm trees, especially in mid-June and July.
- Notify the City Natural Resource Specialist of any elms that do not leaf out by May 20th.
Every set of eyes looking for diseased elms is a great help. Mature trees are a valuable asset. Keeping them as long as we can is nothing more than common sense.
In 2010, Bur Oak Blight, better known as BOB, was discovered in Hutchinson. BOB is a leaf blight disease that occurs only in bur oaks and has been reported in several Midwestern States since the 1990s.
For more information on symptoms and management, visit the University of Minnesota – My Minnesota Woods.
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University of Minnesota Extension
Research-based information for landowners, loggers and industry professionals to help protect and improve Minnesota’s woodlands.
University of Minnesota – My Minnesota Woods
U of M Forest Resources Extension – home to all of the MN tree-related information you may need as a homeowner or industry professional.
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources – Division of Forestry
Learn more about what’s going on in the field of forestry here in MN. Topics include fire management, state land management, education and assistance, and more!
Minnesota Department of Agriculture – Plants, Pests and Pest Control
All of the information you need to know about tree pests and diseases in MN You can also find out more information about the emerald ash borer quarantine.
International Society of Arboriculture – Trees Are Good!
Resources on how to properly care for urban trees and what benefits these trees are providing. Reliable tree care information is provided by the International Society of Arboriculture and other industry organizations.