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Native landscape to be added near Lake Victoria, Texa-Tonka Park

Post Date:June 05, 2018 9:00 a.m.
texa-tonka-new-native-landscape-areaThe City of St. Louis Park has hired Prairie Restorations, Inc. (PRI) to convert the turf grass located along the North Cedar Lake Trail into a native landscape area to enhance pollinator habitat as part of the city’s bee-friendly resolution and environmental stewardship goals. PRI, which does all the native landscape area maintenance throughout the city’s 10 park sites, will begin work on the site mid-June.

The area is located just west of Virginia Avenue at West 28th Street and runs several hundred feet between Lake Victoria and Texa-Tonka Park. This native landscape will include mostly flowering prairie plants and some prairie grasses, and will serve as a pollinator habitat and food source for many insects, bees and birds. Pollinator areas are beneficial because they reduce the amount of mowing needed, modify the soil through deep plant root penetration, absorb water efficiently and reduce runoff. This habitat will take two to four years for all of the plants to fully establish.