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Minnesota Property Owners Can Convert Land to Bee-Friendly Native Plant Habitat with Funds from New State Program

Rusty patched bumblebee feeding on flower
The rusty patched bumblebee, one of the threatened pollinator species targeted for support by a recent Minnesota grant program.

As a Minnesota native landscaping company with a passionate commitment to encourage natural habitat for threatened pollinators like bees, we were thrilled to see that the Minnesota legislature has allocated funds to enable those who own property to convert portions of their turf grass to bee-friendly areas. The program – called ‘Lawns to Legumes’ – took effect in May of 2019 and will help with the purchase of seed for native wildflowers and grasses.

Application for this current round of funding are due by February 28, 2020. Applications are available by clicking here.

Grants will cover between 75%-90% of the cost of conversion, depending on the area. One particular species of bee that is targeted by this program is the rusty patched bumblebee, currently threatened with extinction. It is hoped that the grants in this program will reverse that trend by providing much-needed food sources.

Our company specializes in restoration of land to native vegetation, and we can assist property owners in converting their property under this program. We also offer a variety of pollinator-friendly seeds in our online catalog or our retail Native Plant Center in Princeton for those who wish to do the work themselves. We even have complete seed kits designed for pollinator habitat through our “Sowing It Back Together” packages.

You can find out more about the grant program in this article in the Minneapolis Star Tribune. And if you have questions about where to begin with a native plant restoration project, we’d be happy to help. Give us a call at 1-800-837-5986.