Lawns Reimagined Workshop

Wednesday, Oct. 25 | 6 - 7:30 p.m.

Learn how to turn your yard into a pollinator haven and create a low-maintenance lawn

Join John Stelzner with the Dakota County Soil & Water Conservation District for a free workshop about two landscaping topics, meadow lawns and pollinator lawns. 

Pollinator populations are in decline, including the endangered rusty patched bumble bee (which has been found in Burnsville). But you can help!

Meadow lawns and pollinator lawns in the suburban landscape can provide an important oasis of habitat for pollinators, while still allowing you usable yard 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." 

Workshop details:

As of 10/16/23, in-person registration has been closed. We are offering an online version of the workshop, same date and time. Please register and the link will be sent to you. 
  • Who: Burnsville residents (non-Burnsville residents can register if space allows)    
  • When: Wednesday, Oct. 25 | 6 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Where: Burnsville City Hall, Dakota Room, 100 Civic Center Parkway
  • Cost: Free
  • Registration: Pre-registration is required

At this workshop residents will learn about:

  • The benefits of meadow lawns 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.
rusty patched bumble bee on liatris
Self heal and clover. Credit - James Wolfin
Self-heal and clover pollinator lawn. Photo credit - James Wolfin, UMN.

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 (Section 7-1-9). 

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