Planting & Maintaining

A BEE LAWN

A deliberately designed mix of low-growing wildflowers and low-input turfgrass our Bee Lawn Mix supports our critically at-risk, but ever-important pollinators while also conserving natural resources and maintaining the durability and functionality of a traditional home lawn.

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What is Bee Lawn?

A defined mixture of low-growing wildflowers and low-input turfgrass designed to support our at-risk pollinators, promote the conservation of natural resources, and maintain the traditional resiliency to the recreation of a home lawn. Researchers from University of Minnesota have developed a “Bee Lawn Mix” incorporating three flowers...

when to SEED A Bee Lawn

When it comes to seeding a bee lawn, timing is critical. Northern climate grasses (think Kentucky Bluegrass, Perennial Ryegrass, Turf Type Tall Fescue and Fine Fescues) establish and grow best between temperatures of 60 and 75 degrees F.  To learn more, visit one of our Bee Lawn workshops.

BENEFITS OF A BEE LAWN

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CONSERVE OUR CRITICAL POLLINATORS

Pollinators are keystone species in essentially every ecosystem on earth. Bees transfer pollen between flowers, enabling more diversity.

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ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY

Bee lawns are managed using low-input methods that generally use less water and require less frequent mowing, fertilizer and pesticides.

3

LOW MAINTENANCE; DROUGHT TOLERANT

Watering is absolutely needed when establishing in spring, but after that first season, very little supplemental irrigation should be needed.

4

STRONG SHADE TOLERANCE

Our Bee Lawn Mix is slower growing than a typical lawn. It requires at least four hours of sun a day and can thrive in various mixes of sun/shade. 

QUESTIONS?

Meet James Wolfin, our resident Conservation Specialist passionate about Bee Lawn and practices that help support pollinators and sustain our natural resources. With a BS in Ecology and an MSA in Entomology, he has the answers!

information and resources

TCS Bee Lawn Brochure

The Twin City Seed 4-1-1 on all things Bee Lawn Mix: when to install, how to seed and how to care for once it is established.

professional installation

What to talk to a professional about installing a Bee Lawn? Hear from a featured landscaping partner.

blue thumb pollinator lawn

From Blue Thumb's Turf Alteratives Series, this great reference sheet gives you the fast facts on Bee Lawn.

u of m Flowering lawn toolkit

All the tools you need to get the most out of your Bee Lawn or any flowering lawn option that supports our pollinators!