Working with board members from the association, landscape designer Tara Kline put together a design that replaced around 3,325 square feet of turf with native plants. The swale features “thirsty” shrubs like dogwood that soak up lots of water, as well as plants like cup plant, joe pyweed, blue flag iris, and sedges that provide both beauty and habitat.
For Brown’s Creek Watershed District, nursing its namesake waterway back to good health is a top priority.
Already, the teachers are coming up with creating ways to teach about biology, ecology, math, technology and art in the prairie.
Leaves contain vital nutrients like phosphorus, nitrogen, and potassium that turf grass and other plants need to grow. Also, leaves, are free and readily available.
Bounded by the St. Croix River on the east and the Mississippi on the west, Lake Elmo and Trout Brook in-between, we were able to see how each student’s choices for land development fit in the larger landscape.