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Utility Bill Stormwater Credits

A City of Minneapolis Stormwater Credit Application is an involved process. It requires an application, a site plan, a management plan, a maintenance plan with schedule; and all these plans require the certification of an accredited Engineer or Landscape Architect.

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If the grass is greener on the other side of the fence, then it's possible your neighbor has been watering their lawn. Watering bans are common because of 2005 Minnesota legislation requiring Metropolitan Council municipalities to formulate all-encompassing water usage and conservation plans.

This action was largely driven by the discovery of groundwater contaminated with the chemical PFC in Cottage Grove. Additionally, in 2007 the Federal Government mandated water consumption be reduced by 16 percent from the 2007 baseline level as part of the Energy Management Executive Order.

Sprinkling bans were an obvious municipal action to meet both these required reduction goals. Now, homeowners need to be aware of landscaping alternatives to grass, because future water consumption regulations and their attendant costs will only escalate. What options are available to homeowners aside from letting the grass die and letting weeds grow?

"The grass is six inches high, I want to mow the lawn." No, it's not the grass that's six inches high, it's the weeds!

A well-thought out landscape plan requires time and budget. A homeowner spending time thinking about repairing a drought damaged lawn, or planting and thinning bulbs and perennials now may rather consider water conservative lawnscaping options. An excellent resource is The Cutting Edge, an educational display that is part of the 2009 Minnesota Landscape Arboretum’s Waterosity Educational Exhibit.

Before you plant thistle to attract Gold Finches, or packets of wildflower seeds, check the Minnesota Noxious Weed List.

WHAT IS A WEED? An acquaintance allowed Creeping Charlie to cover the sharp slope in one corner of her yard. Why? It was the only thing that would grow there and prevent erosion. On that hard to plant boulevard easement, a neighbor planted clover. Another neighbor loved violets and let them run riot. The task of weed control is to identify the soil problem a weed indicates; soil compaction, shade or improper mowing. The City of Minneapolis issues citations for allowing noxious weeds, or weeds taller than 36 inches, to grow on your property.

DECEMBER 1, 2009 IS THE DEADLINE to take advantage of the $8,000 homebuyer federal tax credit. Call Rose Hart now 612-250-0119 to get your pick of excellent home buys! Don't wait until all that remains are "weeds!".

In late summer aphids feed on plants and excrete honeydew which feels like sticky sap. The honeydew attracts yellowjackets, and if left on automobiles and deck furniture can be difficult to remove, but the aphids won't hurt plants and their activity diminishes as plants go dormant for winter.

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