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converting lawn to all native, local laws regaurding it

Posted by ficus-spider-man (My Page) on
Sat, May 26, 07 at 17:11

I live in St paul MN, Do you know what the city would say if later on (when my dad moves out, I plan to stay here possibly when that happens), I converted the front and back yard to pure Native plantings, A shade garden, a shady prarie garden and a carifious forest loor. Our property has large trees, A norway spruce, a ironwood and a ormental elm. I dont like lawn work and we have a weed city in some areas.


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RE: converting lawn to all native, local laws regaurding it

Google only came up with an ordinance about the height of plants allowed on boulevards.

But I know they have regulations about height of weeds and lawns. I received a warning about the height of some weeds along a fence in the alley one year, but they have never said anything about the ornamental grass elsewhere in the yard that grows over five feet tall.


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The MN DNR has some websites showcasing landscaping with native plants in the Metro area... never could put up a link that actually worked, but try www.dnr.state.mn.us/gardens/nativeplants/index.html

You've probably run across most of this in your "idea stage" for converting to natives, but in all the available info from the DNR there must be a key to local regs or at least as to what is generally considered acceptable on one's own property.

We had a few hotly contested incidents when I lived in Maryland. And it was decided that there was a big difference between simply letting a yard revert to unkempt weeds and gardening with native plants.


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I am in the process of converting my yard to natives as well. So far so good. I know Minneapolis encourages it, but I have never really looked that up. I do know about the 3' rule on boulevards and that no edible plants. I would suggest not to many grasses that spread fast. They end up looking like a weed patch to your neighbors. I have native beds and have gotten blooming boulevard awards from the city so they don't seen to mind.

I posted to your question about nurseries and was then going to send you an email to see if you wanted to arrange a trade. Since you don't have an email address here I couldn't if you care to make a trade email me.


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I think your safest bet is to call the city and ask them. Giving them a head's up rather than surprising them could also save you a little difficulty later on.

I have a half acre yard in the western 'burbs and it's all garden, no turfgrass. I worked with my city to insure I had no problems, even though one sourpuss neighbor tried to give me some grief over it. Oh, I fully informed the neighbors too and took into account the impact of my plantings on their yards (unlike the idiots that planted a willow where it will eventually shade out the only place I have for a vegetable bed).


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RE: converting lawn to all native, local laws regaurding it

I've been talking to a couple of landscaping firms about doing just that, and they told me they've worked in St. Paul (where I live) without issue. I have discussed my plans with my (city lot) neighbors because I know full well the lawn will look like $@#& for a few years and I want them to be prepared for that. They've been positive about it. I've decided to wait until next year, though, for the conversion from lawn to native plants.


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