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Current Special Event: 
2018 Buckthorn Curb-side Pick-up and Disposal

Week of October 29

Maplewood Residents, register online by 3:00PM Thursday, October 25,  Buckthorn Pick up registration link,  or call 651-249-2170. Activity Registration #16063

Buckthorn is an aggressive, invasive European shrub invading our woodlands that prevents the growth of native plant species.  We encourage residents to remove it from their properties.  Unlike native shrubs, it retains green leaves late into the fall, long after other leaves have turned color or fallen.  This is the easiest way to identify buckthorn and the best time for removal.  To avoid accidental removal of beneficial dogwoods and cherries, we urge residents to wait until fall before removing their buckthorn. 

Maplewood residents who remove large volumes of buckthorn from their properties will qualify for free curbside pick-up of buckthorn this fall (no other trees or shrubs will be picked up).  You must have enough buckthorn to fill more than a large pickup truck.  If you do not have enough buckthorn to qualify, recruit your neighbors and we will include your block.  This year, pickup is scheduled for the week of October 29th.  Register by 3:00 pm, Thursday, October 25that www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com. Click on the RegisterOnline-Go button, or call 651-249-2170.  You will receive a confirmation with stacking and other instructions.  There will be no early or late pick-ups.

• Don’t have enough buckthorn for a pick-up and your neighbors aren’t interested?  Want to continue removing buckthorn beyond the pick-up date? Bring cut buckthorn to a Ramsey County Compost site that accepts brush.  Ramsey County Yard Waste Site information is found here: http://www.co.ramsey.mn.us/ph/rt/yard_waste_collection_sites.htm

• Tips for identifying buckthorn, effective removal methods, what to do with yard waste and other information can be found on the city’s Buckthorn Management page: https://maplewoodmn.gov/1055/Buckthorn-Program. Activity Registration #16222.

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