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

shovel with compost

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


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


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.)., 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.


The Noxious Weed Law affects growing plants. Some plants are noxious because they can harm people, animals, the food we eat, and nature. Minnesota Department of Agriculture, county, city, and township officials inspect land and ask owners to destroy their noxious weeds. Destroying them stops them from spreading and harming neighbors. Land owners that refuse to destroy their noxious weeds can be forced to do so. Identification of noxious weeds in Minnesota
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 a.m. and after 4:30 p.m. daily.

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 1 to September 30 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.