Trees - Buckthorn, Disease & Boundary Issues
Buckthorn is an invasive shrub found throughout Edina.
University of Minnesota information on buckthorn and controlling it.
The City encourages residents to remove buckthorn to prevent its spread and keep it from choking out native plants.
Twice a year, usually in April and October, the City opens up a site near the Braemar Golf Dome for Edina residents to dump buckthorn removed from their yards.
To volunteer with removal efforts, contact Community Engagement Coordinator MJ Lamon at 952-826-0360.
For questions regarding buckthorn in Edina Parks or public spaces, contact City Forester Luther Overholt at 952-826-0308.
Trees in Edina can suffer from various infectious diseases or pests. The three most prominent ones that fall under the infectious tree code are:
- Dutch elm disease
- Emerald ash borer. Also see this interactive map of treated ash trees in Edina.
- Oak wilt
Diagnosis & Treatment
Property owners are urged to hire a professional arborist or tree company to evaluate trees for any disease and recommend treatment or removal.
A designated tree inspector hired by the City of Edina and certified by the State of Minnesota has the lawful right to go onto private property to inspect for and control the spread of these three diseases. For oak wilt, the City has hired Rehder Forestry Consulting.
If the inspector needs to enter your property to examine a tree, a tag will be placed on your front door if no one is at the home or business.
Parks & Public Spaces
The City Forester and Park Maintenance staff keep an eye out for signs of tree disease. Prominent trees are treated when possible. Trees may be removed for disease or preemptively to prevent spread or hazard. The City strives to plant at least one new tree for every removed one, and frequently exceeds that.
Boundary trees are trees that cross property lines.
The location of the trunk generally determines ownership. If two neighbors are co-owners of a boundary-line tree, they must share tree-care decision-making, expenses and responsibilities equally.
Before taking any action, be it trimming branches or seeking legal action, have a face-to-face discussion with your neighbor and try to either compromise or reconcile the issue.
Encroaching Branches or Roots
Property owners in every state have the right to trim the branches or roots of a neighbor's tree that encroach onto their property, up to the property line, at their own expense. This right is called "self-help." However if you trim you cannot:
- Harm the tree’s health, expose it to disease or destroy it
- Trespass on another’s property to trim
- Lean over the property line without permission
If the tree is on private property, any dispute that can’t be resolved by neighbors would be a civil matter. Consult an attorney.