Environment - Yard Care

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 Barrel and Compost Bin Sale

Order rain barrels or compost bins online. Cost is $69 plus tax for a rain barrel $55 plus tax for a compost bin. Orders will be accepted online until sold out. The Recycling Associations of Minnesota (RAM) will be offering sales throughout the spring. Be certain to mark your calendar with the correct pick-up date/times and location you select when you place your order. No refunds are available. For questions visit www.recycleminnesota.org or contact RAM.

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

shovel with compost

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
  • Tree Trimmers
  • Buckthorn
  • Yard Waste
  • 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


Fertilawn 952.884.7331

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


Licensed Tree Trimmers

Tree Trimmers who work in Shorewood are required to be licensed by the City. By hiring a city licensed tree trimmer you can be assured that their insurance and state licensing is up to date. Licenses must be renewed yearly. Please report unlicensed trimmers to the city, 952.960.7900, so they can get the proper license.

Aaspen Tree Service

Aslundh Tree Expert Co.

Conservation Corps

Davey Tree Expert Co.

F.A. Bartlett

Family Tree Service

Four Season's Tree Service

Holtz Firewood & Tree Service

Kraft Tree Service

Landberg's Tree Service

Lawn Ranger

Majestic Tree Care, Inc.

Neiberger's Superior Tree Care, Inc

Ostvig Tree, Inc.

Picture Perfect Tree Care

Plum Tree Service

Rainbow Treecare

Reliable Tree Service

Schmidt’s 4-Season Service, Inc.

Shorewood Tree Service

St. Croix Tree Service, Inc.

Tree Expert Company

TreeCare, Inc.

The Tree & Stump Co., Inc.

The Tree Squad


Viking Land Tree Care


Buckthorn Wrench

The City has purchased a tool designed to help remove buckthorn. The tool is available to residents for use on their private property for a two day rental period. A refundable replacement/damage deposit of $20 is required.

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, Minnetrista

    952-446-1056 - 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.).

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.


Commit to caring for your lawn in an eco-friendly way, by eliminating synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, using push and/or electric mowers, and watering and planting responsibly. Every acre of turf managed responsibly captures carbon that would otherwise make global warming worse. There are over 40 million acres of turf in the USA. Every acre that can be converted to earth-friendly landscaping and lawn care makes a difference! Thanks for joining us and seeing what you can do to help!

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.