The urban forest in the Bush Street/Langsdorf Avenue neighborhood is getting an update. In an effort to diversify the population of trees, the City is planting in vacant spaces along boulevards in the neighborhood which is located east of Hwy 58. Thirty five (35) trees will be planted this fall and about 40 more in 2013. Trees are a mix of tall growing species such as oak, linden, hackberry, maple and elm. Shorter species will be planted near overhead power lines.
Bush/Langsdorf is one of only a few neighborhoods in Red Wing that was planted with only one kind of boulevard tree. Streets were lined with ash trees 30-40 years ago. Now they are at risk from the exotic tree boring pest called emerald ash borer (EAB). It has not been found in Red Wing, but is spreading in the Twin Cities and Winona.
As well as planting a variety of trees in vacant spaces, the City will remove and replace some of the mature ash trees in the neighborhood. The City thanks everyone for their cooperation. The cost of new trees is covered by a Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Bonding Grant.
The City will honor requests from homeowners who want to keep their ash tree as long as possible as long as the tree remains free of EAB. Trees should not be treated with insecticide until EAB is confirmed in Red Wing, as treatment applied too soon or incorrectly does not prevent EAB and can adversely impact tree health. Trees with early EAB infestations can be successfully treated. The City will post information on treatment options once the insect is found in Red Wing.
If you have an ash tree on your boulevard and are willing to let the City remove it this winter, and plant a new tree in the spring of 2013, the City would like to hear from you. Contact the tree inspector by calling Bill Rooney, Parks and Cemetery Superintendent, at (651)385-3655.