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Minnesota will pay residents to make their lawns bee-friendly

Melanie Wong | Jul 1, 201904:42 PM    

" . . . Minnesota Governor Tim Walz signed a series of budget bills that included the provision of $900,000 for helping homeowners populate their pristine lawns with bee-friendly plants, like native grasses, creeping thyme and dutch white clover.

'When people look at these flowers, they see a nuisance, they see a weed,' James Wolfin, a graduate student who works at the University of Minnesota’s Bee Lab, tells Esme Murphy of the local WCCO. 'I see a forage for pollinators'. . .”

“One third of every bite you eat is due to a pollinator pollinating that plant. . . ”

Minnesota Will Pay Residents to Grow Bee-Friendly Lawns

Leaving lawns untreated and allowing flowering plants to grow can help support the endangered rusty patched bumblebee

www.smithsonianmag.com
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