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Macalester College
EcoHouse

St. Paul, MN 55105
Comments & questions to:
ecohouse@macalester.edu

Green Building Resources

Landscaping

  
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
www.bluethumb.org/

U of M –Sustainable Urban Landscape Information Series
www.sustland.umn.edu/index.html

U of M Extension Service – Using Native Plants in the Landscape
www.extension.umn.edu/pesticides/ipm/pubnplant.htm

MN DNR – Landscaping with Native Plants
www.dnr.state.mn.us/gardens/nativeplants/index.html

MN DNR – Native Plant Suppliers and Landscapers in Minnesota
www.dnr.state.mn.us/gardens/nativeplants/suppliers.html

Bachman’s Landscaping – includes DIY design center
www.bachmanslandscaping.com/index.php

U of M – Energy Saving Landscapes
www.sustland.umn.edu/design/energysaving.html

U.S. Department of Energy – Landscaping
www.energysavers.gov/your_home/landscaping/index.cfm/mytopic=11910

Pavers

PaversVAST Enterprises, LlC – Permeable paves and landscaping pavers
1828 Marshall St NE Suite 15A
Minneapolis, MN 55418
612-234-8958
vastpavers.com/products/composite_paver/permeable_composite_paver.php#

VAST Recycled Permeable Pavers at Natural Built Home Store
www.naturalbuilthome.com/outdoor/vast-pavers/vast-recycled-permeable-paver-sq-ft.html

Yellow Brick Road Pavers & Landscapes, LLC
3621 85th Ave. N. #107
Brooklyn Park, MN 55443
763-315-9090
www.paverinstaller.com/Driveways.html

Bogert Products, Inc. – permeable pavers
Use find a distributor to locate the multiple stores in this area carrying Borgert permeable pavers.
www.borgertproducts.com/products/permeable-pavement

Patio Town
Patio Town Brooklyn Park
8500 Jefferson Lane North
Brooklyn Park, MN 55445
763-488-1300

Patio Town Burnsville
2801 Highway 13 West
Burnsville, MN 55337
952-894-4400

Patio Town Oakdale
6300 Highway 36
Oakdale, MN 55128
651-770-1391
www.patiotown.com/landscaping-products/willow-creek-paving-stones/permeable-pavers

 


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