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Native Landscaping

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native-landscapeThe City Council recently passed a new ordinance that allows residents to plant and nurture native landscaping on their properties. According to previous City Code, landscaping was effectively limited to turf grasses. This project was completed with a lot of leg work by the Environment Commission and Planning Commission. A public hearing on the proposed ordinance was held on January 28, 2020, and the City Council voted to approve the Ordinance at their meeting on February 12, 2020. If you have any questions about the changes, please reach out to Justin Markon, Community Development Coordinator. Justin’s phone number is 651-792-7613 and his email is justin.markon@falconheights.org.

Ordinance 20-02

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Education/Resources

The Minnesota Board of Soil and Water Resources promotes Lawns to Legumes, a program that offers a combination of workshops, coaching, planting guides and cost-share funding for installing pollinator-friendly native plantings in residential lawns. BWSR also awards individual support grants.

Blue Thumb, a Lawns to Legumes partner, offers many workshops for homeowners who want to learn more about native and resilient yards. A list of workshops is available here

Capitol Region Watershed District, which covers most of Falcon Heights, also has a Stewardship Grant Program to promote water quality improvement best management practices (BMPs).

Rice Creek Watershed District, which covers a smaller area of our city, offers a Mini-Grants Program to promote native plants and other projects.