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Macalester College

St. Paul, MN 55105
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LandscapingProper planning can lead to water use reduction, increased energy savings and storm water runoff quantity and quality improvement.  The Minnesota DNR and University of Minnesota provide information on selecting native plants, invasive species, design, nurseries and landscaping contractors.  Blue Thumb provides information about native gardens, rain gardens and shoreline stabilization.

Turf lawn is not native to Minnesota and requires more water, fertilizer, and maintenance than using native plants.  Xeriscaping is a landscaping method that uses native plants therefore decreasing the amount of irrigation needed.  Using compost and mulch in the soil can also reduce evaporation loss.  Decreasing the amount of impervious surfaces such as driveways and patios helps with storm water quantity and quality.  Pervious pavers allow rain water to flow down and slowly be absorbed by the ground instead of flowing directly to the storm sewer.

Blue Thumb – Resource for Native Gardens, Raingardens, Shore Stabilization

U of M –Sustainable Urban Landscape Information Series

U of M Extension Service – Using Native Plants in the Landscape

MN DNR – Landscaping with Native Plants

MN DNR – Native Plant Suppliers and Landscapers in Minnesota

Bachman’s Landscaping – includes DIY design center

U of M – Energy Saving Landscapes

U.S. Department of Energy – Landscaping


PaversVAST Enterprises, LlC – Permeable paves and landscaping pavers
1828 Marshall St NE Suite 15A
Minneapolis, MN 55418

VAST Recycled Permeable Pavers at Natural Built Home Store

Yellow Brick Road Pavers & Landscapes, LLC
3621 85th Ave. N. #107
Brooklyn Park, MN 55443

Bogert Products, Inc. – permeable pavers
Use find a distributor to locate the multiple stores in this area carrying Borgert permeable pavers.

Patio Town
Patio Town Brooklyn Park
8500 Jefferson Lane North
Brooklyn Park, MN 55445

Patio Town Burnsville
2801 Highway 13 West
Burnsville, MN 55337

Patio Town Oakdale
6300 Highway 36
Oakdale, MN 55128


Macalester College · 1600 Grand Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55105  USA · 651-696-6000
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