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Let's Grow Native!

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Native plants are best adapted to the local climate and soil types. Once native plants are established they generally need very little care. Their deep root structures prevent soil erosion, increase soil fertility and moisture-holding capacity, and filter pollution. Native plants will not threaten to take over our natural communities -- unlike some non-natives such as European Buckthorn and Purple Loosestrife.

Native plants provide habitat for butterflies, bees and birds. Growing interest in native plants for rain gardens and pollinators gardens has led to more native plants being offered at local garden centers and native plant markets.


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Every little bit helps when it comes to adding native plants to your property. You could keep it simple by enhancing your existing landscape with some native plants or create a whole new garden with a variety of plants so there's always something blooming. Below are resources to find out which native plants might work in your garden space.




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Thinking big? If you want to convert a large section of your yard into a native planting, such as a prairie, you'll want to plan ahead to make sure you're meeting standards for the City's native plant ordinance, which includes creating and submitting a landscape plan for approval.
Planned well and maintained, a native planting can provide abundant habitat for wildlife and be an attractive feature in the neighborhood. Learn more by checking out these resources:


Pollinators
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Pollinators such as bees and butterflies play an essential role in the natural environment. Without pollination, many plants cannot produce fruit or seeds. Check out the links below to learn more ab
out creating your own pollinator-friendly oasis:


Events
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Pollinator Workshop on August 9, 2018
The City of Burnsville is hosting a Planting for Pollinators Workshop on Thursday, August 9, 2018, at 6:15 p.m. The guest speaker will be award-winning author Heather Holm and this year's presentation will focus on attracting pollinators to fruit and vegetable gardens. The event is FREE but registration is required. Learn more or register online.

Native Plant Market on May 19, 2018
*2019 date to be announced this winter*
Once again, the City will host the annual 
Native Plant Market as a way to encourage people to grow native plants in their yards. In addition to beautifying the community, native plants provide food for pollinators, help improve water quality, and require less care than traditional garden plants. Go to the Native Plant Market page for more details about the event.



For more information about native plants, contact Caleb Ashling at  or (952) 895-4543.

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