Environment - Yard Care

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.

Home and Garden Pests

 

 

  • 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

763.553.9740

Fertilawn 952.884.7331

Guaranteed Spray Inc.

952.941.2900

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

952933.7360

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
952-476-1373

Aslundh Tree Expert Co.
763-785-2300

Conservation Corps
651-209-9900

Davey Tree Expert Co.
763-553-9740

F.A. Bartlett
763-253-8733

Family Tree Service
763-439-0380

Four Season's Tree Service
952-938-7708

Holtz Firewood & Tree Service
320-632-1593

Kraft Tree Service
952-406-8788

Landberg's Tree Service
612-581-9084

Lawn Ranger
952.937.9076

Majestic Tree Care, Inc.
612-522-3210

Neiberger's Superior Tree Care, Inc
952-470-8733

Ostvig Tree, Inc.
763-479-4090

Picture Perfect Tree Care
320-360-2381

Plum Tree Service
320-420-3608

Rainbow Treecare
952-922-3810

Reliable Tree Service
763-691-5168

Schmidt’s 4-Season Service, Inc.
952-470-1832

Shorewood Tree Service
952-955-3018

St. Croix Tree Service, Inc.
952-881-3779

Tree Expert Company
763-553-9740

TreeCare, Inc.
612-719-8733

The Tree & Stump Co., Inc.
952-447-6187

The Tree Squad
952-888-8733

Treecology
612-237-2184

Viking Land Tree Care
952-474-6651

 

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.