Insects and diseases can hitchhike on trees and holiday greenery brought into Minnesota from other states. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture warns that the following invasive species and diseases can be carried into Minnesota through holiday greenery: elongate hemlock scale, boxwood blight, oriental bittersweet, gypsy moth, and many more.
To do your part to protect our environment when the holiday season is over, take these simple steps:
- Check with your garbage hauler about the collection of trees; a list of Arden Hills garbage haulers can be found here.
- The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has a map of yard waste compost locations. Contact locations directly to see if they accept trees and greenery.
- Do not toss trees and greenery into backyard woods or your residential compost pile, which could allow hitchhiking pests to escape.
- Wreaths and other decorative greens can be disposed in trash cans; do NOT put them in your recycling bin.
For more information, read the MN Department of Agriculture’s Holiday Greenery Best Management Practices flyer.