Environment - Yard Care
Composting in Your Own Backyard
Composting is an easy way to reduce waste while improving your yard and garden soils. Yard trimmings and food scraps make up nearly 16% to 30% of waste produced by the average household. In Minnesota, 12% is food scraps and up to 18% is yard waste.
Why throw this stuff away when it can be put to good use in your yard and garden? By composting leaves (browns) with kitchen scraps (greens), you create a a dark, crumbly mixture that can be used to improve the soil and reduce your use of fertilizer and water. MORE
Shorewood is Bee Safe
Shorewood City Council has passed a resolution endorsing “Bee-Safe” Policies and Procedures throughout the city. The resolution encourages the use of bee-safe processes in our parks, education to our residents on bee and pollinator safety, and other bee safe practices. Shorewood is proud to be the first city in Minnesota to take the initiative to pass a resolution and to encourage its residents to do what they can to keep properties in the city safe for pollinators. You may email comments or questions to the city regarding the bee-safe resolution.
Rain Gardens: A Valuable Stormwater Tool
The concept behind a rain garden is quite straightforward: it is designed with a central depression to retain rainwater runoff and give it time to seep into the soil. This infiltration helps recharge groundwater and protects local water quality by reducing polluted runoff. Rain gardens can feature hardy native plant species that thrive without fertilizers and pesticides. These native plants also have elaborate root systems that create channels into the soil causing it to more readily absorb water. Adding a rain garden to your property can help with water infiltration in the city. Shorewood has the extra challenge on many properties of clay soil, making the creation of a rain garden a bit different. Get accurate rain garden information for clay soils. If you have questions, contact the city, 952.960.7906, for more information. If you add a rain garden, please submit photos!
Get information on tree care, including the Emerald Ash Borer and recommendations for new trees.
The University of Minnnesota Extension Service offers great information on all yard care subjects.
- Lawn Fertilizer
- Yard Waste
- Noxious Weeds
- Organic Lawn Care
- Water Use/Sprinkling Restrictions
Commercial Lawn Fertilizer Applicators
Shorewood Code requires commercial applicators to use phosphate free fertilizer.
Davey Tree Expert Company
Guaranteed Spray Inc.
Professional Turf, Inc.
952.469.8680 ext 203
Rainbow Lawncare 952.922.3810 Talberg Lawn and Landscape 763.428.3550 The Lawn Ranger, Inc. 952-937-6076
Tru Green Chemlawn
Yard Waste Disposal Options
It is illegal to dispose of yard and tree waste in the trash. Contact your waste hauler for yard waste service fees and information, check out various drop-off locations for Hennepin County Residents or contact the local public yard waste site listed below:
RRT - The Mulch Store, 4275 Creekview Circle, Minnetrista952-446-1056 - Call first for hours, special conditions, and fees.
Directions: a half mile east of St. Bonifacious on the North side of State Hwy 7. (Next to Widmer Construction Co.)., www.mulchstoremn.com
Compostable Bags Required for Curbside Yard Waste
Bags must be either 30-gallon Kraft paper leaf bags or compostable plastic bags, both of which are now available in most stores. The compostable plastic bags must state somewhere on the box that they “meet ASTM D6400 standards for composting” and are “compostable.” Don’t be fooled by companies trying to sell “biodegradable” or “degradable” plastic bags—they do not meet state law requirements. Compostable plastic bags are usually clear or tinted an opaque shade of green, white or pink.
Another great option is to begin your own backyard compost. For simple instructions go to backyard composting.
Lawn watering uses a significant portion of our water supply. It is important that residents and businesses follow the City's Watering Ordinance. This allows Shorewood's water system not only an adequate opportunity to replenish the supply in the City's water storage tanks, but also ensures there is enough water for all uses, some of which include vital services such as firefighting.
The City's ordinance states that residents and businesses can water before 11:00 a.m. and after 4:30 p.m.
Fees for violating the Water Use Restrictions are determined by the number of water restriction violations issued to the owner and are as follows:
- First offense - $50 fee
- Each additional offense - $25 fee increase (e.g. 2nd violation $75, 3rd violation $100, etc.)
Water Use Restrictions are enforced from May 1st to September 30th and violators will be fined. No warnings are given for violation of the watering restrictions.
EXEMPTIONS - Private wells are exempt from the City ordinance, however, the City encourages homeowners to conserve their own water resources during peak daytime hours. Activities such as play toys, car washing, and hand watering of flower beds are also exempt, as long as the activity is attended.