Get Help Creating a Gorgeous, Eco-Friendly Garden for Your Yard
Your garden can serve a double purpose. Sure, we all want to be the showstopper yard in the neighborhood with the dazzling explosion of color from our landscaping, but what if your garden could also do something for the butterflies, bees, and local pond? It's not only possible, but the Landscaping for Clean Water Program offered by the Dakota County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) can help you achieve it.
How to Get Started
Participating is as easy as one, two, three. First, register for and attend a free Introductory Class for an overview of how gardens can be designed to benefit water quality and pollinators; you'll see lots of beautiful examples installed right here in Dakota County. Second, attend a Design Course and submit your grant application. Third, install, enjoy, and brag about your lovely new garden!
You can register for the Introductory Class by visiting dakotaswcd.org/services/landscaping-for-clean-water-2024 or calling 651-480-7777. In-person, virtual, and on your own options are available to make it easy to fit into your busy schedule.
About 65 grant applications are approved each year for up to $250 toward a new garden. Homeowners that receive a grant from the SWCD for their garden will also receive in-person help from the SWCD laying out their garden and spot checking installation.
There's more help out there. Visit the Rosemount Rebate & Assistance Webpage for additional programs you can use together with the Landscaping for Clean Water Program to enhance your yard. Whether it's addition rebates to install a new rain garden or discounts on rain barrels, there are many programs out there to help you make green improvements to your home and yard.
Good luck on your project and happy planting!