Buckthorn Program

Why Is Buckthorn a Concern?

Buckthorn is an invasive tree that has degraded many local woodlands. Its seeds are spread by birds and once established it outcompetes native plants. An area infested with buckthorn often has bare soil and no native ground covers or shrubs. As plant diversity declines, these areas are less resilient and less able to support wildlife. Learn more about buckthorn:

Residents can receive a discount on buckthorn herbicide products. Coupon found in the August or September edition of the Maplewood City News. 

Annual Free Buckthorn Pickup Day

Maplewood residents who remove enough buckthorn to fill a pick-up truck from their properties will qualify for free curbside pick-up this fall (no other trees or shrubs will be picked up). If you do not have enough buckthorn to qualify, recruit your neighbors and we will include your block.

Pickup is scheduled for the week of October 30.  Register by 8:00 pm, Monday, October 23 by emailing recreationonline@maplewoodmn.gov or calling 651-249-2111. Leave your name, address, email and phone number.

Buckthorn Drop-Off Sites & Other Disposal Options

Residents who do not meet the volume requirements for pick-up may bring buckthorn to one of the Ramsey County Compost sites that accept brush (see link below). Check for requirements and times prior to your visit.

If you are unable to haul your buckthorn, don’t worry, there are many ways to use your buckthorn! See our What To Do With Yard Waste flier below for ideas.

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