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Posted on: June 1, 2021

Buckthorn Pickup and Disposal Options


The Problem with Buckthorn

Buckthorn is an invasive plant species that grows aggressively, crowding out and displacing beneficial native shrubs and trees. Some of the negative traits of buckthorn include degrading wildlife habitat, contributing to erosion, and creating a breeding ground for pests such aphids and fungi that attack other plants.

To help combat this backyard nuisance, Public Works staff will pick up buckthorn from the curbs of residential homes in Arden Hills between the months of May and October. 

To schedule a pick up

Please call City Hall at 651-792-7800, or fill out the online form to schedule a buckthorn pick up. Residents are required to place the buckthorn in neat, manageable piles along the street curb. Please note that only buckthorn will be accepted, and the deadline for same week pick up is 12 p.m. on Thursdays. Pick up procedures must be followed. 

Buckthorn removal tool 

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

You can take buckthorn to the Ramsey County Yard Waste collection site off of New Brighton Road at 3530 Hudson Avenue.

The site is open April–November:
Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 11 a.m.–7 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
Closed on Tuesday and Thursday

For more details on buckthorn pickup procedures, please contact Public Works Superintendent Jeff Frid at 651-792-7852 and view the City website. For more information on how to identify and remove buckthorn, visit the Minnesota Department Natural Resources website.

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