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Maplewood Parks and Recreation1902 County Rd B East Maplewood, MN 55109
2019 Buckthorn Curb-Side Pick-up and Disposal Information:
Buckthorn is an aggressive, invasive European shrub invading our woodlands that prevents the growth of native plant species. We encourage residents to remove it from their properties. Unlike native shrubs, it retains green leaves late into the fall, long after other leaves have turned color or fallen. This is the easiest way to identify buckthorn and the best time for removal. To avoid accidental removal of beneficial dogwoods and cherries, we urge residents to wait until fall before removing their buckthorn.
Tips for identifying buckthorn, effective removal methods, what to do with yard waste and other information can be found on the city?s Buckthorn Management page: https://maplewoodmn.gov/1055/Buckthorn-Program.
Maplewood residents who remove large volumes of buckthorn from their properties will qualify for free curbside pick-up of buckthorn this fall (no other trees or shrubs will be picked up). You must have enough buckthorn to fill more than a large pickup truck. If you do not have enough buckthorn to qualify, recruit your neighbors and we will include your block.
This year, pickup is scheduled for the week of October 28th. Register online by 3:00 pm, Thursday, October 24. Call 651-249-2170 if you need help registering. You will receive a confirmation with stacking and other instructions. There will be no early or late pick-ups.
Don't have enough buckthorn for a pick-up and your neighbors aren't interested? Want to continue removing buckthorn beyond the pick-up date? Bring cut buckthorn to a Ramsey County Compost site that accepts brush. Ramsey County Yard Waste Site information is found here: http://www.co.ramsey.mn.us/ph/rt/yard_waste_collection_sites.htm.
Pickup starts the morning of Monday, October 28th. The city crews will start on one end of the city, picking up each pile and moving on to the next. They may finish in one day or need continue on through the week, depending on the volume of buckthorn to be picked up.
City of Maplewood