UPDATE: We are fully sold out! We will be expanding the sale next year due to the interest and success this year!
The City of Richfield is starting a pilot tree sale to offer trees at a discounted price to residents. We encourage residents to especially replant a tree after one is lost to disease, emerald ash borer or storms, or just to increase our urban canopy!
How to Order:
- Order online
- Phone or In-Person at the Community Center (7000 Nicollet Ave):
Orders must be submitted before Friday, May 5, 2023. Quantities are limited, and orders are processed on a first-come, first-served pre-pay system. Purchasers will be notified by email confirmation. Trees sold through this sale are not under warranty.
Trees will be available for pickup on Saturday, May 6, 2023 from 9 am -12 pm at Richfield Public Works (1901 E 66th St). Residents must be able to transport the tree home (trees are a max of 6 ft tall).
Trees available for sale:
- Hackberry - $43.95 (sold out!)
- Bur Oak - $42.95 (sold out!)
- Red Oak - $51.95 (sold out!)
- Swamp White Oak (sold out!)
- River Birch - $37.95 (sold out!)
- Blue Beech - $49.95 (sold out!)
- Serviceberry - $52.95 (sold out!)
For species selection, planting, and tree care information, see the information below and view the site selection chart.
Choosing a Tree and Ordering:
- Trees offered in bare root form are light weight and easy to transport. They should be kept in a cool and moist place (but not directly into water) and planted within 1-2 days from pickup to ensure roots do not dry out.
- Trees offered in pots (containers) should be “box” cut with a hand saw prior to planting. If they are kept in a cool spot and watered, they can be planted as time permits.
- Not sure it’s worth buying a “smaller” tree instead of hiring a contractor to install a larger tree? Consider that for every inch in stem diameter, the tree will go through a year of transplant shock where it will only grow roots. Smaller diameter trees establish root systems and start growing taller/wider faster. In many cases because of their exceptional root systems, bare root trees can outgrow their “larger” tree counterparts simply due to the number of roots present at planting time and their ability to establish.
- Call Gopher State One Call two full business days before you dig to get underground utilities marked: 651-454-0002.
- Written planting instructions will be provided with the plant order or you can download them now from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources' website.
- View this video to learn how to plant a containerized tree.
Care and Maintenance:
- Planting is a stressful experience for the tree being planted. It takes time for the tree to start growing new roots and establish in its new landscape.
- A rule-of-thumb is that it takes 1 year for every inch of trunk diameter for a tree to establish in the landscape. For a 2-inch tree, it may take 2 years for the tree to establish its root system and start growing more branches and increasing in trunk size.
- Consistent watering and mulching can help trees better establish.
- Newly planted trees need to be watered 15-25 gallons of water each week, watering can be skipped if it rained 1 inch or more that week. If you have heavy clay soil that does not drain well, you can kill the tree roots by over watering and need to monitor soil moisture more closely.
- Consider using a gator bag to water your new tree.
- Stop watering your tree once the ground freezes and remove gator bags if you are using them.
- Rodents and other animals may try to climb your new tree or peel its bark during the winter, you can use a tree guard to protect it from this type of damage.
- For guidelines on watering and mulching your new plants, watch videos created by the Minnesota DNR.