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 methods of removal, please read our Buckthorn Brochure Friends of the Parks - A Guide to Buckthorn Busting (PDF).
By request, the Public Works Department will pick up buckthorn from residential homes on Fridays from the end of May 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 from the end of May through the end of October, please complete the Buckthorn Pick Up Request form. Alternatively, Ramsey County's Arden Hills / New Brighton compost site will take buckthorn. They are located off of New Brighton Road.
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.