Native landscaping can help improve water quality as well as conserve water and improve air quality. Incorporating native landscaping provides more efficient and environmentally friendly landscapes.
Our streets connect to lakes and rivers through underground storm sewer pipes, so we can all help improve the quality of our lakes, ponds and creeks by adding these simple techniques to our landscapes.
How does landscaping improve water quality?
Design, construction and planting of rainwater gardens, infiltration basins, pollinator gardens and shoreland buffers to slow water runoff and capture pollutants that are in the rainwater allow water infiltrate slowly into the ground, just like nature does. Pollutants include things like nutrients, insecticides, pesticides, herbicides and soil particles.
Native vegetation slows down water runoff and the longer root systems help reduce erosion and absorb extra nutrients. Bluegrass has a shorter root system and does not work well in preventing erosion.
Provide Better Wildlife Habitat
Kentucky bluegrass does not provide food or shelter for many song birds, butterflies, bees or other wildlife. However, it is a favorite food for geese! Buffers will deter geese from entering your yard.
Why use native plants?
Native plants existed here prior to human influence. They developed naturally in Minnesota and are adapted to our soil, water and weather conditions. Once established the area will need less irrigation, fertilizers, insecticides, pesticides and herbicides, and less mowing is needed, which is good for air quality.
What types of landscaping qualify for rebate?
- Shoreland buffers planted at lake, wetland or creek shorelines
- Rain gardens, infiltration basins or pollinator gardens designed, constructed and planted to capture stormwater runoff
- Rebates are available to Eden Prairie residential water customers with non-delinquent accounts.
- The maximum rebate for any single project is 50 percent of the direct project costs up to a maximum of $1,500, and is subject to the participant’s commitment to complete and maintain the project. Funding is limited.
- The project must start and be completed in the current calendar year.
- Payment is issued when the project is completed and valid receipts are presented to the City.
- The project must be maintained for a minimum of five (5) years.
- City staff must inspect the project area before and after installation.
- If irrigation is installed in the project area, water-efficient methods such as drip, soaker, micro-spray or underground irrigation must be used.
- Buckthorn removal projects require a landscaping plan. Click here to learn more about buckthorn.
- A minimum of 75 percent of the plants selected for the project must be native plant species identified by Blue Thumb or the Pollinator Friendly Alliance.
- All projects must be completed in accordance with City Code section 9.71 on native landscaping
- Information regarding other grants or rebates must be provided. The City rebate cannot cover costs paid from another source of funding. A minimum of 10 percent of the project cost must be paid by the applicant. The use of in-kind labor must be proposed and approved by the City prior to starting the project.
Contact the City's environmental coordinator with questions about the City's water conservation rebate programs.