Minneapolis property owners prompted to enter lottery to buy $30 trees

Minneapolis property owners can enter a lottery starting Feb. 1 to buy a $30 tree for their Minneapolis property. The tree sale is so popular, a lottery will determine who can buy a tree this spring. The City will offer 2,000 5- to 8-foot shade, fruit, evergreen and flowering trees.

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Lottery open Feb. 1-March 31

Minneapolis property owners can enter the lottery from Feb. 1 through March 31. One entry is allowed per Minneapolis address.

Those selected in the lottery will get an email in April with the date when they can order.

Those who buy a tree can pick it up May 20, 21 or 22 (subject to change). The location is to be determined and will be emailed to people who bought a tree.

In the past 18 years, the City Trees program has provided more than 25,000 trees for planting on private property. Since 2006, the City of Minneapolis has funded the City Trees program, a low-cost way for folks to help the city’s tree canopy grow and enjoy all the benefits of trees.

Benefits of trees

Trees help clean the air and reduce outdoor temperatures in the summer. They save energy and lower utility bills by providing shade in the summer and protecting against wind in the winter. Trees reduce the amount of stormwater runoff into lakes and rivers. They even help reduce stress. Larger trees provide more benefits than smaller trees.

To register for the lottery, see what kinds of trees will be offered and get more information on the program, visit mpls-tree-sale.myshopify.com.

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