Why It’s Hurtful To Our Trees
Buckthorn is an invasive species that negatively impacts local plant life diversity. Buckthorn was originally imported to Minnesota as an ornamental border plant. It spreads very quickly through its roots and berries and overtakes all other native plants. To get rid of it, you have to pull it up by the roots or cut it down and spray the stump with a powerful herbicide that will prevent it from coming back and spreading.
What You Can Do
The city encourages residents to remove buckthorn from their own property. To do this, become familiar with buckthorn and methods of removal. For tips and removal methods, please read our Buckthorn Brochure Friends of the Parks - A Guide to Buckthorn Busting (PDF).
Schedule Buckthorn Pickup: Begins May 7
By request, the Public Works Department will pick up buckthorn from residential homes, on Fridays, May 7 through the end of October. Residents are required to place the buckthorn in neat, manageable piles along the street curb. Please note that only buckthorn will be accepted. Pick up procedures (PDF) must be followed. To arrange for a pick-up (available May - October only), you must complete and submit the Buckthorn Pick Up Request form. The deadline for same week pick up is 12 p.m. on Thursdays. If a form is submitted after 12 p.m. on Thursdays, the buckthorn will be picked up on Friday of the following week.
Buckthorn Removal Tool (Weed Wrench): Begins May 7
Arden Hills residents can reserve a buckthorn removal tool (weed wrench) that can be used for one week at a time. You must complete and submit the Buckthorn Removal Tool (Weed Wrench) Request form in advance. City staff will confirm your reservation and availability upon receipt of the request. There is no fee for use of this tool.
Resident Drop Off
Ramsey County’s Arden Hills / New Brighton compost site accepts buckthorn. They are located off of New Brighton Road at 3530 Hudson Avenue. Please remove any roots from the buckthorn plants that are to be picked up or brought to the yard waste site. The Ramsey County yard waste collection sites do not accept buckthorn plants with roots attached. Please place the roots in a yard waste container provided by your garbage hauler. Call your hauler for more information.
For More Information
For more information, please contact Jeff Frid at 651-792-7852. For more information on what Buckthorn is and why it is a problem, please view the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources website.
Public Works Superintendent