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Minnesotans encouraged to observe Emerald Ash Borer Awareness Week

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, May 20, 2013

Liz Erickson, Communications Coordinator

Minnesotans encouraged to observe Emerald Ash Borer Awareness Week

MDA encourages the three P’s of EAB – Prepare, Protect, and Plant

St. Paul, Minn. – Governor Mark Dayton has proclaimed this week Emerald Ash Borer Awareness Week. The designation is part of a nationwide effort to raise awareness of the destructive nature of emerald ash borer (EAB) and to share with Minnesotans the “three Ps of EAB” – prepare, protect, and plant.

During EAB Awareness Week, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is urging residents and cities to prepare for EAB by knowing the signs and symptoms, and being ready to act if their trees become infested. Management options for EAB-infested trees include removal, treatment, or taking no action. If a property owner choses to take no action for an EAB-infested tree, it should be noted that local governments often require removal of trees deemed hazardous.

MDA is also advising residents to protect areas not yet infested with emerald ash borer by not moving firewood as EAB can be transported from one location to another via firewood. Residents are also asked to be aware of the restrictions associated with the EAB quarantines now in place for Hennepin, Ramsey and Winona Counties. Precautionary insecticide treatments are an option to protect at-risk ash trees, but MDA recommends that consumers only treat trees within 15 miles of a known infestation.

Finally, MDA is advising residents to react to EAB and other invasive tree pests by planting a variety of native trees.

EAB has been found in four counties in Minnesota: Hennepin, Houston, Ramsey and Winona counties. Winona County is partnering with MDA to host EAB tours at Great River Bluff State Park. The tours will take place on Saturday, May 19 at 10:00 a.m. and again at 12:00 p.m. and on Tuesday, May 21 at 10:00 a.m.

MDA will place signs around ash trees on the Capitol grounds to help raise awareness and help others identify which trees are ash trees and therefore susceptible to EAB.

“With nearly one billion ash trees in Minnesota, EAB is a major threat to our tourism and lumber industries, our natural landscapes and our recreational areas,” says MDA Plant Protection Division Director Geir Friisoe. “It’s important for property owners to know what management options are available, and be prepared to act when EAB attacks their trees.”

For more details on EAB, visit MDA’s website at Or contact us at

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Rochester, you Rock! The customers of Andre’s Arbor Artistree are the best! And that goes for all of Southeastern Minnesota too! Every now and then on a cold day, one of our customers will offer us hot, fresh brewed coffee. That will just warm up our day as were doing our tree work. It’s the simple efforts that mean so much.

When I moved to Rochester, Minnesota, back in 1998, I was unknown, but you embraced me as one of your own. And I embrace you now as one of my own too. I’ve married my lovely wife from Rochester and we are raising our family. I like the slogan that the city has adopted – that we are inclusive. Everyone matters. Even the geese at Silver Lake want to stay around all year round. So what’s good for the goose is good for the gander. And I’m sticking around to take good care of you, as you do for me, Rochester.

If you have any tree trimming needs or tree problems, we’re here for you. You can call to tell us what it is you want. If you want Spring clean up, because your yard is overgrown with weeds, shrubs, and buckthorn, or if you have an unsightly tree blocking your view or its grown too close to the house, or if you hear that cracking sound when a big wind blows and you’re fearful that a tree limb is going to crash down, we can take care of it. Did I mention, we do tree planting too?

Call us. You’ll find a friendly person to talk with you about your options, and we’ll wish you a nice day too. For superb customer service in the tree business, Andre’s Arbor Artistree is here for you in Rochester and Southeastern Minnesota. See our testimonials page to hear more about what our customers say.

Call 507-202-2211.

Thank you for being here!

I’ve been tree trimming for 15 years and I’m still as impassioned about it since the day I started. I’m a true outdoorsman and entrepreneur. I bring that spirit into my business, Andre’s Arbor Artistree. I have what it takes to help you make your property look its best.

I want you to be assured and feel carefree, so I offer tree services at affordable rates. I am skilled and experienced in these areas:

– Tree trimming
– Tree removal
– Tree climbing
– Tree bucket work
– Tree raising
– Tree beautification
– Tree planting
– Tree pruning
– Shrub and bush pruning

Other services that we offer are: stump grinding, landscaping, snow plowing and more

Additionally, in this do-it-yourself era, don’t get yourself into trouble. If you are unsure about doing something or have an emergency situation like a large tree limb dangling over your house, talk to me and I’ll be happy to help.

Call me at 507-202-2211.

Andre Schmidt

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