• Shelby Roberts

Lawns to Legumes Program in Scott County

Updated: Sep 30, 2020

The Scott SWCD and partners are happy to debut Scott County's Lawns to Legums program! The program will provide technical assistance and funding for pollinator habitat in residential neighborhoods.

If you're looking to participate in the program and plant pollinator habitat on your property, there's a couple places you can start. To view the recorded Lawns to Legumes Program overview webinar, see the bottom of the article.

Downloadable Lawns to Legumes Grant Application

What is a Demonstration Neighborhood?

Lawns to Legumes is a unique funding opportunity for homeowners and residents. Rather then focusing on individual plots, or one single pollinator planting, Lawns to Legumes will build pollinator habitat throughout entire neighborhoods. each application to the program will build a "demonstration Neighborhood"

Demonstration Neighborhoods are neighborhoods consisting of 3-5 landowners willing to install a pollinator planting or practice on their property.

These smaller "pocket plantings" will create food and habitat for endangered and at-risk pollinators in Minnesota. When these smaller plantings are put close together--within a pollinators flight range--the area for potential habitat for that species increases far beyond the boarders of one individual planting; thus, creating a demonstration neighborhood.

What Types of Pollinator Plantings can I do?

Project types include raingardens, pollinator lawns, pollinator meadows, flowering trees and shrubs, and more! Plantings can be any size and are designed to be functional in residential yards.

To learn more about the specifics on planting types and what exactly a pollinator lawn in, visit BWSR's planting for pollinator guide.

A special note, to participate in this programs, all plants must be native to Minnesota.

What are the Grant Requirements?

Participants interested in Lawns to Legumes must submit an application for planting. Application require a minimum of 3-5 interested neighbors within half of a kilometer (~4 city blocks) of each other to be considered.

All projects must be approved by a Scott SWCD technician and follow BWSR Planting for Pollinator's Guidelines. Pre-existing plantings are not eligible for reimbursement. Plantings must be kept in place and maintained for a minimum of ten years, and educational signage that will be provided to you is required.

Ultimately, whatever techniques you use, adding pollinator plantings will provide essential pollinator habitat and food, improve local water quality, and provide beauty and color for years and years to come.

Our office provides technical assistance to landowners interested in the Lawns to Legumes program. If you have a project you want to get started, give our office a call!

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