Environment, a division of the Operations & Recreation Department, is the keeper of St. Louis Park’s natural resources. We work to protect and restore our varied natural resources, including a diverse urban tree population, a wide array of wildlife, 28 water bodies and Westwood Hills Nature Center. Stewardship of these resources is vital...
updated: Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Standing water, saturated building materials, and furniture within your basement, whether there is six inches of standing water or a small amount in a few isolated areas, can spur the growth of mold. Mold is a type of fungus that is present in our environment and flourishes in wet basements. Eventually, mold will damage building materials, personal...
updated: Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Newly planted trees: Immediately after planting, all tree roots are in the original root ball area. Until new roots grow into the soil of the planting site, water the original root ball area and just beyond this area. The root ball area may dry out faster than the surrounding soil, so check the moisture in this area frequently for the first growing...
updated: Wednesday, November 05, 2014
Pay Attention to the Public Right-of-Way
The strip of land along the curb (typically 6-8 ft. deep) is reserved for public use (i.e. sidewalks, snow pushed by plows, etc.). Do not install fences, underground irrigation lines, or plant shrubs in the public-right-of way.
Don't Rake Leaves and Grass Clippings onto the Street
Raking leaves and grass clippings onto the streets is a violation of the City of St. Louis Park Erosion Control Ordinance. If you employ a lawn service, make sure they keep leaves and grass clippings off the street as well.
When rainwater carries leaves and grass clippings down streets and into lakes and ponds, they harm water quality. When leaves and grass decay, they release phosphorus which results in excess algae growth and scum. Leaves, grass clippings, fertilizers and pesticides can be harmful to our lakes and streams.
Clean Out Catch Basin Grates
If your home is next to a catch basin (the grate covering the opening on a curb), remove leaves clogging the catch basin opening so water doesn't pool up and create slippery spots.
Never Dump Leftover Pesticides or Chemicals onto the Sidewalk, Driveway or Street, or Down the Storm Sewer
Rainwater will carry these chemicals - directly and untreated - into area ponds and lakes where they harm water quality!