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Create a lawn the helps water and pollinators

Post Date:04/29/2019 1:32 PM

Maintaining a lawn can be a lot of work. Traditional lawns often have Kentucky bluegrass, a hardy grass that can withstand lots of foot traffic, but requires a lot of upkeep like fertilizers, watering and frequent mowing. But there are other grass options for homeowners. Grasses, such as fine fescues, do well in lawns and don’t need as much input.

Fun fescue facts

Fine fescues are cool season grasses with fine texture that are shade and drought tolerant.  They are found in traditional lawn grass seed mixes but only recently available as 100% fescue mixes.

  • Fescues need less water. They often stay green during droughts where other grasses turn brown.
  • Fescues don’t need fertilizer. They prefer more infertile soil.
  • Fescues grow slower and require less mowing.
  • Fescues can do well in both shade and full sun.
  • Fescues are more pest resistant. They interlock to form a dense sod and prevent weeds from establishing.

Pollinator lawns

Along with having a lower maintenance lawn, you can also turn your yard into a food haven for pollinators.  Pollinator lawns are a mix of grasses and low-growing perennial flowers that can be used and treated much like a regular lawn. Regular lawns don’t offer any food. Incorporating short flowers like self-heal and ground plumb can provide important nutrition for pollinators and other wildlife.

Want to learn more? Attend one of the following upcoming workshops to learn how to assess your current lawn, select the right seed, plant and maintain a fescue or pollinator lawn.

Attend a workshop

A partnership of local water organization is hosting the upcoming workshops. Learn everything you’ll need to assess your current lawn, select seeds, plant and maintain a no-mow or pollinator friendly lawn.

Sustainable Lawns: Fescues and Flowers  

May 21st, 2019
6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Chanhassen Library, Wilder Room
7711 Kerber Blvd, Chanhassen

Register at

June 5th, 2019
6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Bloomington Public Works
1700 W 98th St., Bloomington
Register at

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