ST. PAUL NOTES | Fruit trees in Hamline-Midway


Hamline Midway residents can get $5 fruit and native trees, as long as the supply lasts. The trees are made available through the Hamline Midway Environmental Group, and will be available for planting in September. Trees are offered first-come, first-served based on availability, limited to one tree per property, and include cherry, plum, apricot, hackberry, birch, swamp white oak, dogwood and serviceberry. Trees cannot be planted on the boulevard.

Here’s how it works:

Reserve your tree by September 1st! Contact Hamline Midway Coalition at 651-646-1986 or Prepayment required. Send your name and choice of tree along with a $5 check or cash to:

HMC at 1564 Lafond Ave., St. Paul, MN 55104.

Recipients MUST pick up their tree on September 17 at:

Eggplant Urban Farm Supply, 1771 Selby Ave., St. Paul.

between 10:00am – 6:00pm.

Be sure to call Gopher One before you dig: (651) 454-0002!

Worried about planting in September? Don’t  be — we planted a red birch in September 2009, and it’s going great. From the HMEG website:

Fall planting of containerized trees can be quite successful. Roots will continue growing until the soil freezes though watering up until ground freeze is an important step. A nice layer of mulch will ensure the freeze happens evenly. There are a couple of MN extension publications that describe tree planting through November even. Here is one:

Spring and fall are the best time to plant trees in Minnesota, because temperatures are neither too hot nor too cold and soil moisture is plentiful. Trees planted during the summer need more regular watering.

Spring Planting Season: April to early June

Fall Planting Season: late September through November

As far as we researched, fruit trees don’t really have any other particular planting demands in this regard than other trees and shrubs (we did ask). Regardless of the time of planting, fruit trees owners should consider installing rodent protection because winter bunny chewing can destroy a tree.


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