Common Problems

Shore Lore

Restore Your Shore


illustration comparing root depth of lawn/turf (shallow) and native species (deep)

Maintenance Intensive Lawns

Extensive areas of lawn on lakeshore properties present a variety of problems:

Compare the root systems of the turf grass on the left of the illustration to the root systems of the other three native plant species.


large mowed area before restorationWith an interest in lakeshore restoration and reducing time and money spent on mowing, the City of Winona worked with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to restore 125 feet of shoreline on Lake Winona (photo right).

Native grasses, sedges, wildflowers, and shrubs were planted.

A path allowed citizens to walk through the project and enjoy the restored beauty and natural features.

restoration planting with path though center