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Are you getting excited to “dig in” to your summer yard projects? Join one of the on-line Blue Thumb workshops before you begin. These workshops will provide simple, DIY ideas that improve your yard AND protect water quality. White Bear Township, Rice Creek Watershed District, and Blue Thumb will be hosting three on-line workshops for area residents this spring.
Your landcare choices can make your lawn or shoreline resilient! Your lawn can “bounce back” from extreme weather events like heat and major storms. Knowing what to plant and where things should be planted can ensure shade and reduce the temperature around your home. Raingardens and other green stormwater practices soak in rainwater, reduce the amount of runoff entering storm sewers and our lakes and streams. A healthy lawn can also provide important habitat for pollinators and other wildlife.
These on-line workshops are being offered at a reduced cost of $5.
More details below about the upcoming workshops:
Bee Lawns: The Most Popular Turf Alternative
Wednesday, March 24th from 6pm – 8pm
This "how-to" guide on turning your turf into a healthy bee lawn expands on the most popular turf alternative from our past workshops. James Wolfin, an entomologist and Metro Blooms’ sustainable landcare manager, explains the steps for converting a traditional turfgrass lawn into a beautiful and healthy, flowering bee lawn that promotes pollinator health, protects water quality, and reduces erosion.
Tuesday, April 6th from 6pm – 8pm
Learn how to create a healthy yard that can withstand extreme weather, protect water quality, and provide other important benefits for the environment and your community. This workshop will include information on site planning, raingardens, alternatives to conventional turf lawns, trees, native plantings, and more.
Tuesday, May 4th from 6pm – 8pm
This new workshop is for every owner or manager of lakeshore property. Learn how to plan and plant for clean water using native plants and smart management on your shoreline! Lakes are greatly affected by the land that surrounds them. Shorelines that are surrounded by turf are more likely to erode and attract geese. When it rains, stormwater runoff carries lawn fertilizer, pet (or goose) waste, and eroding soil into the lake. This increases algae blooms and hurts water quality. A healthy shoreline reduces runoff, slows erosion, and improves the quality of your lake.