Native Planting and Pollinator Lawn Workshop

Want to learn how to turn your yard into a pollinator haven and create a low-maintenance lawn? 

Pollinator populations are in decline, including the endangered rusty patched bumble bee (recently discovered in Burnsville). But you can help!

Native plantings and pollinator lawns in the suburban landscape can provide an important oasis of habitat for pollinators, while still allowing you usable lawn space. They can also reduce your watering bill and time spent mowing, not to mention that they provide vibrant color and beauty to your home. There are many great reasons to make your yard "bee friendly" - register for this workshop to learn more! 

City Ordinance

Before beginning a project, please read the city ordinances related to native plantings and pollinator lawns. Understanding the ordinances is the first step in planning a successful pollinator project. Learn more by clicking this link
rusty patched bumble bee on liatris

Workshop Details

Who: Burnsville residents
When: TBD
Where: City Hall (100 Civic Center Parkway)
Cost: Free

At this workshop residents will learn about:

  • The benefits of native plantings and pollinator lawns.
  • How to install and maintain these projects step-by-step.
  • Ordinance requirements related to these projects.
  • Information on the Lawns to Legumes state funding program.
Self heal and clover. Credit - James Wolfin
Photo credit - James Wolfin. 

Turf turned native planting at Civic Center

Civic Center Prairie sized

Beneficial blooms of a pollinator lawn

Clover and self heal. Credit - James Wolfin
This pollinator oasis hosts many species, including the endangered rusty patched bumble bee. It was created by removing turf grass and planting a diverse mix of native grass and wildflower seeds. 
Low-growing grass and flower seeds were planted into existing turf to create this low-maintenance, functional lawn. It is mowed half as much as traditional turf and doesn't require irrigation or fertilization. Photo credit - James Wolfin, UMN.

All native plantings and pollinator lawns must adhere to city ordinances. Click here to learn more. 

Questions about native plantings or pollinator lawns? Call 952-895-4518 or email Natural Resources staff.