It's that time of year: Minneapolis offers deal on trees for property owners

The City Trees program sells trees for $25 from March 8 to April 16, or until trees run out.
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Once again, Minneapolis property owners have the opportunity to snag a tree for $25 — about $100 less than the average nursery price — on a first come, first serve basis.

The purchasing window runs from March 8 through April 16, or until trees run out. This year, the city has organized tiered purchasing windows, prioritizing property owners in the city's "Green Zone," rental owners and those who haven't bought a tree in the last two years.

Here's a look at the Green Zone.

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About 20,000 trees have been purchased since Minneapolis began its City Trees program in 2005. This year's selection of 2,000 trees come in 24 varieties, including fruit, evergreen and small flowering trees. The trees benefit the city by filtering pollutants out of the air, providing shade canopies, blocking wind and absorbing stormwater runoff. 

At pick-up time, volunteers will help load the trees. Complimentary bags of mulch will also be available on request, according to a city press release.  

The purchasing tiers are as follows: 

– Beginning Monday, Green Zone property owners can order up to three trees and rental owners can order up to one tree per property. 

– March 15, any property owner who hasn't gotten a tree in the past two years can order up to one tree per address. 

– All other property owners can order one tree per address beginning March 22. 

More details can be found on the purchasing webpage.

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