Controlling noxious and invasive weeds is important to preserving the quality of Shakopee's existing natural plant communities. Noxious and invasive weeds are usually non-native plants that have been introduced accidentally. They typically outcompete native plants which reduce the diversity and quality of an ecosystem.
Here are some of the area’s common invasive species:
- Common buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica)
- Purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria)
- Garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata)
- Eurasian watermilfoil (Myriophyllum spicatum)
- Terrestrial Invasive Plant Early Detection Program
Controlling Invasive Plants
The City of Shakopee is working with Scott County to control the spread of noxious and invasive species. Control of these species is completed biologically, mechanically, chemically or naturally with prescribed burns.
Additionally, the City enforces a Noxious Weed Ordinance (City Code 130.17) to control the spread of noxious and invasive species. It is unlawful for property owners to allow grasses and weeds to grow to a height greater than 4 inches or to allow such grasses and weeds to go to seed. If the property owner does not comply with this ordinance within seven days of a notice from the City, the City will cut the grass or weeds and the expense will be collected as a special assessment in the same manner as real estate taxes.