Yard & Garden

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Learn how to keep your yard and garden looking great while minimizing your impact on the environment. 

Master Gardeners

Need advice? Ask Master Gardeners your questions at the yard waste sites. Contact the Master Gardeners at 651-704-2071 or visit their "Question & Answer Booths" at our yard waste sites.

Backyard composting

Home composting is an easy way to turn organic waste into a rich soil amendment. All you need is a compost bin and a pitch fork, which you can find at most lawn and garden stores. Contact your city about rules and restrictions. 

Backyard Composting "How-to" videos

Items you can compost:

  • Small amounts of leaves.
  • Grass clippings.
  • Twigs.
  • Other plant material (except weeds gone to seed).
  • Food scraps (except meat, bones, grease and dairy).
  • Coffee grounds and tea bags.
  • Soiled paper and paper products, like dirty napkins, paper plates and paper egg cartons.

Do NOT add compostable plastics. They will not break down in a backyard compost bin.

Compost bin sales

Check the Recycling of Minnesota's website for their spring sale events.

Compost more items

Learn about our organic waste recycling drop-off for residents and our business assistance program.