LANDSCAPES are different than conventional lawns. Sustainable landscapes
require less maintenance and chemicals, and therefore, do not significantly
degrade natural resources. These landscapes help to restore native plant
communities, protect water quality by reducing polluted runoff, enhance
biodiversity and aesthetics, and encourage natural regulation of pests by
beneficial insects (parasitic wasps, butterflies, and bees).
Demonstration Sites: Native plants species will be planted in May 1998 at several sites along Gervais Lake to demonstrate the beauty and environmental benefits of sustainable landscapes.
Lecture Series: The lecture series will include such topics as sustainable landscape design, native plant identification, low-input lawn care, butterfly gardening, and integrated pest management. A sustainable management manual will be made available in the spring of 1998.
Research: The University of Minnesota will conduct research on the beneficial insects in demonstration sites.
HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED IN MY WATERSHED?
For more information about this project, contact:
Gervais Lake Shoreland Project