Minnesota residents who forgo grass and instead grow a lawn for bees can apply to be reimbursed for up to $350 in costs associated with establishing pollinator habitat in their yards.
The state of Minnesota has set aside $900,000 over a one year period to help homeowners turn their lawns into bee-friendly habitats. It will cover much of the cost of converting traditional lawns by planting wildflowers, clover and native grasses in an effort to slow the collapse of the state’s bee population.
It’s hoped the grants will boost all bee populations, but especially the endangered rusty patch bumblebee which pollinates tomatoes and apples. The scheme is expected to cover up to 75% of the cost of each conversion project, and up to 90% in areas with a “high potential” to support rusty patched bees.
Applications for the first round of funding will be accepted through to 28 February 2020. Funding decisions and all notifications will be emailed in March for Spring 2020 installations.
Under the scheme, known as Lawns to Legumes, workshops, coaching, and planting guides will also be available to residents.
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