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Continued: Native plants blooming in Burnsville

  • Article by: LAURIE BLAKE , Star Tribune
  • Last update: August 24, 2013 - 4:07 PM

“It is going to become the yard,” Lafky said. “We are doing almost our entire front yard and at least 60 percent of the back yard. I just killed my whole lawn to get it all down.”

The process is to kill the lawn with herbicide, then wait three weeks, till it up and dose it again with herbicide to kill the seeds in the soil. Next spring, she will plant wildflowers and grasses from seed.

“I know I am going to have people going, ‘What has she done now?’ I am believing and claiming that it’s going to be a whole lot for everyone to learn.”

For those who recoil at using herbicide to kill the lawn, sod removal is an option, but it is 10 to 20 times more expensive, Janski said. “The goal is to do it once and never have to do it again, rather than twice a year for dandelions.”

Burnsville is looking for other locations for prairie plantings because they reduce cost and benefit the environmental, Ashling said.

“We don’t want to eliminate all turf grass, because people like to look at that too.” But, he said, the prairie patch is “really very noticeable, and the wildflowers are enjoyed by a lot of people.”

 

Laurie Blake • 952-746-3287

 

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