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Planting for Pollinators

  • April 22, 2020
  • by Eliza Mark
  • bees, butterflies, earthday, earthweek, pollinator,
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Promoting Pollinators 

Just what ARE Pollinator Species, you may ask?
We are talking mostly about bees–of which there are a massive variety–but also butterflies and other insects that move pollen from plant to plant, allowing those plants to reproduce (fruit). These guys are VITAL to the overall health of OUR environment; their populations are threatened and we need to pay attention and support them.

Lawns to Legumes Program

The State of Minnesota has started a project that provides both education and resources to residents about how they can turn their existing lawns into pollinator friendly habitats. There’s a funding component to this program as well and if you qualify you can get up to $350 to reimburse the cost of turning your lawn into food and habitat for pollinators.

Follow this link for more information about Lawns to Legumes

Because of the immense popularity of this project, the State is on it’s second round of applications and is accepting them though June 2. Funding is awarded through a randomized drawing, with priority will be given to certain areas; Red Wing is in a number one priority area.   This program represents a goal to reimagine what our landscapes can look like going forward to provide critical habitat for pollinators and still meet the esthetic desires of homeowners.
There are a many things we offer here at Sargent’s that would qualify for this funding and also be beneficial for pollinators. 

Bee Lawn Mix

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We carry a Bee Lawn Seed Mix in two sizes 1lb, which will cover 200sq ft, is $19.99
and 5lb, which covers 100 sq ft, for $99.99.
5% of sales of this mix go to U of M Bee Lab!

Pocket Gardens

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Another way you can help pollinators is to plant a ‘pocket gardens’. These are small gardens filled with flowering plants, trees and shrubs that pollinators love! Sargent’s has most everything you need to design and build one based on your needs. Below are links to four types of pollinator friendly gardens that you can build based on your yard. These templates are a wonderful resource to help you get started!

New Methods. Traditional Look

Sargent's Legacy Beautification Project

We want everyone to know, too, that Pollinator friendly gardens don’t have to have a wild, native prairie aesthetic…they sure can, but you can also have a much more formal, or tidy and traditional look if that’s what appeals to you.

When Sargent’s planted the Legacy Garden down at Bay Point park in 2018-2019, this is exactly what our designers had in mind. We donated this garden with the idea that it could show our community a really tidy take on a critical way for everyone to support habitat for bees and butterflies. Take a drive and check it out!