Arbor Day tree sale orders being taken

Coon Rapids residents in need of a new tree for their yard are invited to place an order through the city’s 2013 Arbor Day tree sale.

The city will be selling a limited number of trees to residents. The tree varieties include black cherry, prairie fire crabapple, Japanese lilac, spring snow crabapple, autumn blaze maple, accolade elm, skyline honeylocust and linden-greenspire.

The trees will be sold in bare root form, ranging from six to eight feet in height.

The cost for each tree is $25. Payment can be made on the day of tree pick-up – cash or check only.

There is a limit of two trees per household.

Trees must be pre-ordered with the city forester by April 19. Call 763-767-6455 to place an order.

The trees will be available for pick-up Friday, April 26, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the city’s Public Works Garage, 1831 111th Ave. N.W.

This is the only date and time the trees will be available for pick up. If a resident cannot pick up their own tree during this time, a friend or neighbor will be allowed to pick up the tree for them.

Trees must be planted the same day they are picked up. Contact Gopher State One Call at 651-454-0002 at least two working days in advance to have underground utility lines located and marked.

The city does not assume responsibility for the successful transplanting of these trees. Weather conditions, methods of handling and aftercare govern the results, according to City Forester Tommy Schibilla.

Trees are sold with the understanding that if they arrive in good condition and are accepted, the city’s responsibility ceases, Schibilla said.

Therefore, there are no refunds/replacements on trees that fail, he said.

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