This year’s drought is making it tough for cities to keep their young trees alive.
The challenge is especially acute in north Minneapolis. There, the city planted 3,000 new trees to replace mature trees that were killed when a tornado ripped through the area last year. The planting represented about three-quarters of the city’s $1.5 million budget for boulevard trees.
Keeping those trees alive is a priority, and the city has asked neighbors to help out.