Extreme Green Makeover
2010 EXTREME GREEN Yard Makeover
The Extreme Green Makeover is a City of Maplewood initiative to demonstrate sustainable landscaping in
a residential front yard.
Location: 2211 Ariel St, Maplewood
Viewing: Head east on County Rd. B from White Bear Ave. Left on Ariel Street to #2211.
In March 2010, Maplewood's Extreme GREEN Makeover was launched with a Kick-off event at the Maplewood Library. Thirteen qualifying classes and events were attended by over 600 residents Maplewood Nature Center received 31 applications from homeowners interested in applying for a $15,000 GREEN makeover for their front yards. The Judging Panel chose 14 yards for site visits. Four finalists were interviewed and asked to submit a video answering the question, "Why does does your yard need an Extreme GREEN Makeover?"
Maplewood residents Michele and Michael Tibodeau won a $15,000 Extreme GREEN Makeover!
These Maplewood homeowners were awarded a
$15,000 front yard makeover featuring GREEN
landscaping. Their site was chosen based on their
understanding of the Five GREEN principles, and
the ability of the site to showcase a channel drain,
raingardens, and native plantings.
Landscape Plan for Winning Yard
The EGM design was guided by the GREEN principles:
- Virtually all rain that falls on this front yard is captured and infiltrated by the raingardens. (This is a green alternative to allowing runoff to carry fertilizers, pesticides, oil and other chemicals down the streets to area wetlands, lakes and streams.)
- The front lawn was reduced by half, reducing the need for fertilizer and chemicals.
- Native plants and cultivars replaced lawn. Long rooted native plants take up excess water and nutrients and provide habitat for birds, butterflies and beneficial insects.
EGM Yard includes these SUSTAINABLE LANDSCAPE FEATURES:
- 3 Raingardens
- Channel Drain
- Wildlife Habitat
- Pervious Pavers
Rain Barrel Installation Demonstration Video
Thank You Sponsors & Partners!
Here is the video submission of the winners!
EGM SPONSORS & PARTNERS
Major funding was provided the Ramsey Washington Metro Watershed District. For more infomation about the watershed district visit www.rwmwd.org.
Earthworks Landscaping worked with the homeowners, the city and the watershed district to draw up a sustainable design. The installation of 3 raingardens, a trench drain and native plantings was completed in October, 2010.