Beginning this fall, Winona County will be offering a handful of qualifying county residents a 50 percent cost-share, up to a maximum of $250, to install rain gardens in their yards. The mini-grant initiative is intended to demonstrate the purpose and value of rain gardens and encourage others to construct their own. Rain gardens provide multiple benefits, including reducing soil erosion on slopes, retaining soil moisture on the landscape, and increasing a home’s curb appeal with beautiful, pollinator-friendly native wildflowers.
Grant applications will be available at the upcoming Creating Resiliency through Improved Landscape Practices seminar, being held at the Winona Middle School on Tuesday, October 3, at 6:30 p.m. The seminar will cover a variety of landscaping topics, including rain garden construction and maintenance advice, and good rain garden plant choices. Attendees will also have the opportunity to ask questions of area rain garden experts! Applications and more information regarding the grant and requirements will be available on Winona County’s website later in October.
There is no charge for the Landscape Resiliency seminar, but attendees are asked to register beforehand by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling 507-457-6468.