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St. Louis Park sponsoring Metro Blooms resilient yard workshops

Post Date:March 05, 2018 1:00 p.m.

Increasing changes in Minnesota's weather patterns are impacting all of us. Impermeable surfaces (roads, roofs, parking lots and unhealthy compacted soils) soak up and retain heat from the sun, contributing to large amounts of runoff which carries pollution into our waters. Resilient yards do the opposite. They shade the sun’s heat, soaking up and infiltrating stormwater, cleaning and using it to help cool the surrounding landscape. A resilient yard not only survives extreme weather—it also helps us thrive in spite of it.

Metro Blooms is offering two resilient yard workshops this year — Creating Your Resilient Yard and Installing Turf Alternatives.

  • Creating Your Resilient Yard: This workshop provides a framework to understand the importance of resilience and how it can be fostered in your yard through a variety of practices, including how to install your own rain garden. Following the presentation, attendees receive one-on-one design assistance from Blue Thumb Landscape Designers, Hennepin County Master Gardeners and Master Water Stewards to create a plan for your own yard.
  • Installing Turf Alternatives: This workshop is your guide to a low-maintenance lawn. This presentation overviews the benefits and options before providing step-by-step instructions to establishing water- and pollinator-friendly perennial ground covers. Suggested turf alternatives minimize the need for irrigation and chemical inputs while maintaining a useable lawn. The presentation is followed by a group discussion to identify and overcome common obstacles faced by homeowners.

All workshops attendees receive information about installation cost share programs and Blue Thumb resources to help get a project in the ground.

St. Louis Park will be hosting the Creating Your Resilient Yard workshop March 29, 6-8:30 p.m. The city will also host the Installing Turf Alternatives workshop April 12, 6-8:30 p.m. Both workshops will be held at city hall.

Online registration is available, or you can call 651.699.2426 to register.

For more information or to see a full list of workshop dates and locations, visit the Metro Blooms website.

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