Are there any alternatives to having a standard lawn?
No Mow grass is a great alternative to the standard Kentucky Bluegrass you find on most lawns. No Mow grass is easy to install and grows to a limited height (approximately 8-10 inches), so you will never need to mow it, saving fossil fuels, water and fertilizer. For more information, read the No Mow Grass Fact Sheet or visit the Prairie Nursery's No Mow Lawn Seed Mix website.
Buckthorn is an invasive plant found in many areas of St. Louis Park, the metro area and Minnesota. Although it’s not required, removal of buckthorn from private property is strongly encouraged. The city loans out weed wrenches for a two-week period to any resident, to facilitate the pulling and removal of buckthorn up to one inch in diameter. To reserve a wrench, please contact Jean Zimmerman at 952.924.2562 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once you remove buckthorn from your property, bundle it for your weekly yard waste pickup, bring it to the residential brush drop-off site located at 2501 Edgewood Ave. S. (open April – October), or hire a licensed tree contractor. A list of licensed tree service providers can be found under the Tree Care section.
Can the city provide tree and landscaping advice for my yard?
The city arborist is available to answer your questions about tree care, tree diseases, landscaping or other concerns related to your yard and will even make free house calls. The city arborist can also advise you on tree and plant species that are suitable for your home or business site. Read more about selected tree species for St. Louis Park. For free tree and landscaping advice, contact the city forestry office at 952.924.2562 or email@example.com.
March 27, 2020 - Free wood mulch and compost is currently not available for pickup or delivery until further notice.
For more information, call Park Superintendent Rick Beane at 952.928.2854.
Does the city treat any areas for mosquitos?
The City of St. Louis Park does not treat any areas for mosquitos or other insects. Services to monitor and control nuisance insect populations in the metropolitan area, including St. Louis Park, are provided by the Metropolitan Mosquito Control District. For more information, visit mmcd.org.
How can I learn more about invasive species?
There are insects, plants and animals that are native to St. Louis Park and those that are not. As an example, for non-native insects, some have ample opportunity to travel to our area on lumber trucks, while some are accidentally brought over from Asia on a shipment of goods. This import of non-native or invasive insects disrupts the natural ecological cycle. For some species, there is no natural check and balance and the invasive species flourishes at the expense of native species. This pattern continues in the form of aquatic species (Zebra mussels), terrestrial plants (Buckthorn) or animals (Opossum). For more information about invasive species in Minnesota, visit the Minnesota Invasive Species Advisory Council or the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
How can I protect my trees from bur oak blight?
A new disease called bur oak blight (BOB) has been identified in the Twin Cities area and is affecting bur oak trees in St. Louis Park. BOB mimics the symptoms of oak wilt disease, with lots of brown leaves appearing in a tree’s crown and falling off during the latter half of the growing season, typically late to mid-July. BOB tends to be most prevalent during growing seasons that start out cool and wet. Successive years of BOB on your tree can kill your tree. The best treatment for BOB is a fungicide treatment administered by a St. Louis Park-licensed tree service in the early spring. Check your bur oak trees now to see if they are displaying and/or losing brown leaves and plan with your licensed tree service for treatment early next spring.
A list of licensed tree service providers in St. Louis Park can be found under the Tree Care section.
How can I protect my trees from Dutch elm disease and oak wilt?
If you have a healthy elm tree or an infected oak tree, you may wish to have your tree injected with a fungicide that prevents Dutch elm disease or halts oak wilt disease. The City of St. Louis Park will reimburse you for 15 percent of the cost of a three-year warranty injection. Download the request for reimbursement form. For questions or concerns about tree injections, please contact Jim Vaughan at 952.924.2699 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dutch elm disease. Symptoms include wilting of one or more of the upper branches (leaves on these branches turn brown, wilt and eventually fall off) and brown staining of the wood immediately under the bark (in healthy trees, the sapwood is milky white).
Oak wilt disease. A tree infected with oak wilt will have leaf discoloration, which begins at the outer edge of the leaf and progresses inward. Leaves turn a dull green, bronze or tan and finally turn brown and shrivel. Oak wilt may be transmitted from tree to tree through root grafts (root transmission), so two or more oaks growing closely together may infect each other. For more information, visit the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
How can I protect my trees from the emerald ash borer?
The emerald ash borer (EAB) is an invasive insect that could potentially kill all ash trees (except mountain ash) in Minnesota. It has not yet been found in St. Louis Park, but it has been found in several areas of the Twin Cities. To help us slow down this insect, DO NOT remove any ash trees or ash wood from your property without first contacting the city’s forestry division at 952.924.2699 or email@example.com.
There’s a lot you can do to protect your trees from EAB, including pruning, chemical injections and having your trees inspected annually. St. Louis Park has teamed up with Rainbow Treecare to offer discounted preventative EAB injections for ash trees on private property. To schedule a visit or to get an estimate, contact Rainbow Treecare at 952.767.6920 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the Rainbow Treecare website. To schedule an appointment to have your trees inspected by the city, email email@example.com or call 952.924.2562. Tree inspections are provided by the city at no cost to residents.
I need to remove a tree on my property. What are the city’s tree removal requirements?
City ordinance prohibits anyone from cutting down live trees from public land, including boulevard spaces (the right-of-way along a street). City ordinance also provides requirements for tree removal and replacement on public and private land. For more information, look for Section 36-364 Landscaping in the City Code. If your construction plans call for tree removal, contact Zoning Administrator Gary Morrison at 952.924.2592 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Natural Resources Coordinator Jim Vaughan at 952.924.2562 or email@example.com.
What is the city's policy regarding uncut grass or weeds?
Weeds and grass must be trimmed. If they grow higher than six inches, the city will cite the property owner. If the property owner continues to take no action, the city have the offending grass/weeds cut at the property owner's expense. See the city’s Vegetation Ordinance for more information. If you have a complaint about uncut grass or weeds, call 952.924.2562 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
What other gardening and landscaping resources are available?
The University of Minnesota Extension Service provides access to master gardeners who can answer questions about gardening, yard care, soil testing, composting, insects and animal predation. There is no charge for this service. Visit extension.umn.edu or call 612.596.2110 for more information.
In addition, watch the Spring Landscape Workshop for more lawn and garden tips. The presentation is given by St. Louis Park Environmental Coordinator Jim Vaughan, and it’s also available as a PDF.
What's the Adopt-a-Park or Garden Program?
We hope you’ll consider adopting a park or garden near you! Monitor one as a family, community group, neighborhood, church or business. It’s a great way to get outdoors and take pride in the community you live in. We just ask that you visit the park twice a month through September to pick up litter and check for damage. (Assignments can be arranged around summer vacation schedules.) For more information, contact Volunteer Coordinator Laura Smith at 952.928.2847 or email@example.com.
When are trees around power lines pruned?
The City of St. Louis Park does not prune around power lines; this is the responsibility of Xcel Energy. In 2017, Xcel Energy will contract line clearance (tree pruning from pole to pole) in parts of St. Louis Park to Asplundh Tree Expert Company. Xcel Energy will notify impacted property owners. If you have questions, call Excel Energy at 1.800.895.4999.
If your service line (the power line running from an Xcel power pole to your home) is being obstructed by tree branches, you need to have it cleared by a responsible tree service. Never prune around power lines yourself; leave it to a professional! View a list of licensed tree service providers in St. Louis Park.
When are trees on boulevards pruned?
Routine pruning of public property trees is handled by city contractors and is typically done during the dormant months of January – March. Boulevard trees are pruned once every nine years. The city uses a tree trimming rotational schedule to prune a portion of the city’s boulevard trees each year.
The tree service, S & S Tree and Horticulture, was hired by the city for pruning work in 2017–2019. Boulevard tree pruning is done at no cost to the adjacent property owner.
Pruning trees on private property is the responsibility of individual property owners. Property owners may only use tree services licensed by the City of St. Louis Park. The city licenses tree contractors to ensure they have adequate insurance and qualifications to perform safe and professional tree work. Pruning of trees is strongly recommended during tree dormancy (November – March). View a list of licensed tree service providers under the tree care section.
Which watershed do I live in?
A watershed is an area of land in which all of the water that drains from it goes into the same place. This place could be a wetland, pond, lake or creek located outside your back door. St. Louis Park residents live in one of two watersheds. View the watershed district map to find out which watershed you live in.