1. Show some TLC to the trees in your yard!
- Look for damaged branches that may have broken under weight of the snow, and prune them using clean tools. We recommend cleaning tools with Lysol or a 10% bleach solution to prevent your tools from spreading disease, and fungus.
- Freshen the mulch around your tree, being sure not to put the mulch against the tree trunk.
- If you’ve wrapped your trees for sunscald, leave them wrapped until there are not significant swings between nighttime and daytime temperatures.
- Keep the big trees in your yard healthy – they will be more and more important as we lose ash trees to emerald ash borer in the coming years.
2. Add Trees to the Urban Forest
- Volunteer Tree Plantings: we provide all the tools, training, and oversight you need to make an impact on your community’s urban forest!
- Help 1,300 new trees make it to their forever home by volunteering at one of our Tree Distributions
- If you plan to plant trees in your yard, check out our video for the latest techniques to plant a tree to ensure it is happy and healthy for decades to come!
3. Fight Emerald Ash Borer
- If you know or suspect you have an ash tree in your yard, you may wish to hire an inspector or look yourself for signs of EAB early this spring. The easiest way to identify if your tree is infested with EAB is to look for woodpecker flecking in the upper canopy of the tree before the leaves grow.
- Ash trees with EAB can be treated as long as no more than 30% of the canopy is dead. If you’ve decided to protect your ash tree, now is a good time to schedule your treatment with a certified arborist for later in the spring.
- When it comes to EAB, if your ash tree is not part of the solution, it is a part of the problem. Untreated ash trees in the infested area will harbor EAB beetles and help spread the infestation faster. If you do not want to treat your tree, consider planting a buddy tree and removing your ash as soon as possible.
4. Get Involved
- If your community has a natural resources or tree board for citizens, consider joining!
- If your workplace has a workplace giving campaign, encourage your staff to add the Minnesota Environmental Fund as an option, so your workplace giving donations can go to MN-based environmental nonprofits!
- Donate to Tree Trust’s Green Futures campaign, which helps us plant trees the next generation of trees.
5. Get Outside
- Unpredictable weather doesn’t stop Minnesotans from enjoying our parks and trails! Check your local parks for upcoming activities like The ALS Association Super Hero Dash in St. Paul, The Lions Club Egg Hunt in St. Louis Park, The Annual MayDay Parade in Minneapolis, and the Arboretum Bud Break 5k in Carver County.
- In Earth Month and Arbor Month (April and May), the metro is full of family-friendly opportunities to give back to the environment. Check the MN Environmental Fund Event Calendar for volunteer activities from more than 15 local green nonprofits.
- Be sure to take advantage of Minnesota’s beautiful state parks system!