Your Yard

What is a raingarden?
Raingardens protect our lakes and rivers. In Fridley that includes the great Mississippi River! Raingardens are shallow, bowl-shaped depressions that are designed to capture rainwater and allow it to soak into the soil and filter naturally through the ground. The idea here is to reduce the rainwater runoff that would otherwise carry pollutants from our yards, houses, driveways and streets directly to our lakes and rivers through the storm sewer system. By capturing the polluted water and allowing ti to filter naturally through the soil, it reaches our local water bodies clean and cool. Plus, raingardens are beautiful!

Raingardens and Landscaping Workshops are offered periodically throughout the year. These workshops teach you about the different types of raingardens, what plants to use, offer sample plans, maintenance advice and more inspirational ideas and information. Watch for news on upcoming raingarden workshops in the community.
What do I do with yard waste? How do I compost?
Anoka County offers two compost sites that accept twigs and leaves. The closest one is the Bunker Hills location at 13285 Hanson Blvd in Coon Rapids. Click here for hours, fees and additional information.

You can also try composting at home. Compost adds needed nutrients and water holding capacity to sandy soils. For clay soils, organic matter breaks up the clay and increase the soil pore size, making water absorb better, with less runoff. Fridley has both these soils. Click here for a fact sheet: the University of Minnesota Composting Guide.

Order a Compost Bin or Rain Barrel:
Residents have the option to pre-order a compost bin or rain barrel online today for pickup at the distribution event of their choice. Recycling of MN has links to the various events on their website.  The Anoka Conservation District also has a link to the event on their website as well.

Common Code Violations
Yard Storage / Outdoor Storage: According to City Code, outdoor storage must be in the side or rear yard. Neatly stacked firewood is allowed, as is a trailer or boat. Items such as extension ladders, lumber (not associated with a current building permit), and machinery are not permitted.
Waste and Recycling Containers: These can be outside and in view of the street, provided they are not in the front yard. The front yard is defined as the area between the street and the front-most building edge. If your home or garage has an overhang, these containers can be stored under that overhang. They can also be placed on the side of your home.
Other common yard code violations: Unlicensed or inoperable vehicles cannot be openly stored in your yard. City Code also has policies against weeds and long grass, and brush piles.