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Carbondale has new policies to support sustainability

Pollinator Supportive Landscaping
City of Carbondale
Pollinator Supportive Landscaping

Carbondale has some new city guidelines to encourage sustainability throughout the city.

During the Spring the City of Carbondale changed some policies to encourage community gardens and pollinator-supportive landscapes.

Those wanting to create a community garden must obtain a zoning certificate from the city first and garden sheds and gazebos are allowed in all zoning districts.

Pollinator-supportive landscapes create habits to support and protect pollinators.

The city defined three classifications of landscapes, pollinator gardens that feature a variety of plants and shrubs to attract pollinator animals and insects to support the ecosystem and food web.

Bee lawns are like a regular lawn but adds low growing flowering plants and must be kept below eight inches.

Native planting areas which will take a few years to establish and will grow over six feet but are not allowed in the front yard.

The city recommends contacting staff and neighbors to inform them on your plan to avoid confusion.

Benjy Jeffords is a digital media production specialist at WSIU Public Broadcasting located at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Contact WSIU Radio at 618-453-6101 or email wsiunews@wsiu.org
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