This spring, LHiNC’s Environment and Sustainability committee continued its work on a Soil Regeneration project on the Trolley Path at York Avenue near 44th Street. The goal of the project is climate change mitigation, as well as overall ecological regeneration.
By building carbon rich soil in the Trolley Path Garden, CO2 is pulled into the soil from the atmosphere in what is termed carbon sequestration. Using native plants, that generally have deeper roots, creates deeper soil and thus more carbon sequestration.
In addition, this means less maintenance, mainly in terms of not needing to water once plants are established and a ground cover which does not need mowing, except for once a year in the fall.
Another plus to building deep carbon rich soil utilizing native plants is that it prevents runoff into our lakes, as well as supports native ecology, which means healthier, happier wildlife (microbes, insects, pollinators, birds, squirrels, etc.)
The native plants, planted last August are starting to bloom! Name plates have been added for identification. So stop by to check it out! Thanks goes to MPRB Forestry Department for 4 trees that were recently added, and to Douglas Owens-Pike for native plant advisement..
The committee also wants to thank Russ Henry, Founder of Bee Safe Minneapolis, for excellent presentation in May via a virtual webinar on the topic of creating Regenerative Lawns.
If you’d like to start. your own soil regeneration project, please read “12 Easy Steps to Building Carbon Rich Soil”, written by committee member Ginny Halloran.