Buckthorn Pick Up Programs
How to Identify
Removal Method - Pulling
Removal Method - Cutting and Herbicide
Take Back Your Woods
Tips for Using Herbicide
Disposal of Buckthorn
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Depending on how long buckthorn has been established on your property, you may want to jumpstart your native plant
community back to life by purchasing native plants. There are several companies that specialize in the growth and care of native plants.
You may also want to plant herbaceous native plants in the area. There are a wide variety of options, including Jack in the Pulpits, Zig-Zag Goldenrod, Wild Ginger, fern species, ect. Click
for a handout with some native plant ideas for buckthorn removal areas. You may also want to describe your site to your native plant supplier and ask for their recommendations.
Annual City Tree Sale
Every spring the City holds a tree sale, where bare root trees are sold at cost. When available, the City also sells herbaceous ground cover plants as well. The tree sale information page is available
Native Plant Market
The City hosts a native plant market each spring. At the market, native plant vendors set up farmer's market style event consisting of all native plants. For more information on the plant market, click
Scott County SWCD Tree and Shrub Sale
If you are unable to participate in the City of Burnsville’s tree sale, you may wish to participate in Scott County Soil and Watershed Conservation District’s annual sale. You do not have to be a resident of Scott County to participate. This is a pre-order sale. Orders are accepted starting in late fall and pickup of plants occurs the following April. It is recommended to order as early as possible. Please click
for more info.
Where else can I buy native plants?
The best place to buy native plants is a store that specializes in their growth and care. The DNR has an updated list of approved native plant venders and landscapers, which you can view
. (Click on central region)
The information provided in the links below will walk you through identifying, removing, treating with herbicide and what to do when buckthorn is gone. Want a shortened version? Click
for a two page identification and control guide.
Removal Method – Pulling
Removal Method – Cutting
Tips on Herbicide Use
Disposal of Buckthorn
Take Back Your Woods - Identification and Control Guide
Still have questions? Contact the City Natural Resources Department at 952-895-4543 or
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