Minnesota Will Pay Homeowners to Replace Lawns with Bee-Friendly Wildflowers, Clover and Native Grasses

Bees play an essential role in our eco-system and without them, the balance of the planet would be threatened. Unfortunately, because of all the environmental changes and use of pesticides, more and more bee populations are dying each year.
To prevent this from happening, Minnesota allocated a large number of funds for saving the bee population and encourage locals to turn their laws into bee-friendly zones.

People are encouraged by the state to invest in and grow wildflowers, clover, and native grasses, but also to stop using herbicide and let the laws grow more naturally.

The main purpose is to provide nutrients for pollinators of all kinds, but with a special focus on bumblebees which seem to be on the brink of extinction. Since there are mass deforestations and a loss of native prairies in the country, pollinators started to become more dependent on the green zones of urban areas, such as suburban lawns and flowers.

Research made by the University of Minnesota shows that 55 of the areas 350 bee species depend on white clover.
There are several grants which can be accessed by the citizens, depending on the areas they live in and if they are considered bumblebee zones, but the amounts vary between $150 and $500.

This is such a great initiative and an amazing example of how a state can improve not only the lives of its citizens but also protect the environment.

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