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July

Ecological Restoration is really worth the Blood, Sweat, and Tears

 

Ecological restoration usually involves detailed planning, long hours dedicated to site preparation, and then time spent in awkward positions, digging holes and installing plants.  On top of it all, throw in a good deal of patience, because it can take time for a restoration project to mature and reach its full potential.  However, the results are truly spectacular and well worth the effort.  Transforming a shoreline or residential lawn can really be life-changing, both for you and the animal communities that benefit. Diverse native plant communities provide vibrant colors and textures, pollinators galore, and essential habitat for a wide range of animal species.

 

Below are a few quick examples of projects have had an amazing impact:

 

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Residential turf grass shoreline restoration

Turf grass shorelines are especially vulnerable to erosion due to the shallow roots of turf grass.  This residential homeowner made the decision to restore their shoreline and introduce a variety of deep-rooted native plant species.  The native plant community does a much better job at holding the shoreline in place. In addition, this is some of the most critical habitat that we have in Minnesota. Where water meets the land is where almost an endless array of biological and physical interactions take place.

 

 

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Commercial business turf to prairie restoration

This commercial business transformed the landscape surrounding their office by removing turf grass and traditional landscaping and introducing native plant communities.  The area now provides vibrant wildflowers and wildlife habitat, while reducing runoff and filtering pollutants.

 

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Reed canary grass shoreline restoration

Prior to the shoreline restoration work, this homeowner experienced issues with erosion, muskrat/goose damage, and reed canary grass invasion. The removal of invasive species and addition of over 30 native plant species has since provided a more solid shore, better able to cope with pesky muskrat and geese. It also looks amazing and provides that critical and essential native shore habitat.