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Resident Tree Planting Guide

Boulevard Tree Planting
The residents of Saint Paul are encouraged to add to and maintain our beautiful urban forest. City ordinance requires a free written permit from Saint Paul Forestry before any work takes place on a boulevard. Each year the Forestry Unit grants planting permits to residents who understand the importance of a healthy urban forest.

Please follow these steps if you would like to plant a tree on the boulevard:
 
  1. Apply for a free permit and Email your permit to:  or fax to (651)632-5115
  2. Locating Utilities-  It is very important to have utilities located on the boulevard and in private yards before any digging begins.  The depth of these utilities does vary so it is not safe to assume that they will be missed by your spade.  It is free to have utilities located on your property so please: Call the Gopher State One Line to determine the location of underground utilities on your boulevard before planting your tree: (651) 454-0002 or (800) 252-1166 or visit their website: http://www.gopherstateonecall.org/
  3. Consultation with Forestry- Forestry will make an assessment of the boulevard and contact the requesting party with recommendations on planting location and tree type.  Requests will be denied if the boulevard does not meet the minimum planting criteria.
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Private Property Planting
No permit is required for planting trees on private property, however property owners should also be aware of the following considerations: planting location, tree type, cold hardiness zone, soil type etc.
  • Consult the United States Forest Service Tree Owner's Manual for all the information you will need to know for selecting, planting, and maintaining a tree.
  • Consider the available Nursery Tree Packages
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