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City of Lakeville Ordinance requires the lot purchaser to plant at least two trees on every lot in the plat unless the lot already has two existing trees. One of these trees must be planted in the front yard. For more information, download this handout (PDF).
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During development, all trees greater than 6 inches in diameter are tagged and surveyed. They are protected for you by Environmental Resources staff throughout the development process. Before removing any tags, contact building inspections at 952-985-4440 to determine if a final inspection has been completed for your lot.
As rainwater flows over lawns and hard surfaces it picks up nutrients and pollutants that are then captured in stormwater ponds to protect our lakes and streams. Due to the purpose of ponds, it is not surprising for ponds to turn green over time.
There are three main types of organisms that can make a pond look green. To determine what might be happening in your pond, review the information below:
The best thing you can do to prevent a green pond due to any of the above organisms is to reduce the amount of nutrients in the water body by practicing environmentally safe lawn care practices. By you and your neighbors sweeping up grass clippings and fertilizers from paved surfaces and making sure erosion and piling of vegetation near the pond isn’t occurring, you will help to eliminate the main food source for these organisms and reduce the pond’s green appearance. For further information about what you might be able to do to help your pond or wetland, download the brochures below.
Visit our Forestry webpage to learn more about how we can help with sick trees.