Mowing to Monarchs


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Program Goals

Mowing to Monarchs is a program local to Dubuque County educating residents about planting, care, and benefits of small prairie patches planted on their land, also known as "pocket prairies".  You can find the informational materials of the program efforts below. 

This program is a partnership between Dubuque County Conservation that supplies a set of free prairie plants for each participant and the Dubuque County Master Gardeners that supply information and mentorship on growing the plants.

Resources Shared with Participants

The Dubuque County Conservation board has funded planting a series of pocket prairies in homeowners yards since 2021.  The Dubuque County Master Gardeners have thoroughly researched and advised the homeowners planting the pocket prairies on how to achieve a healthy thriving habitat servicing local pollinator insects.  Below are the step-by-step publications shared with homeowners on how to approach their prairie establishment.

Mowing To Monarchs Video Resources

These videos were created for Mowing to Monarchs participants using real pocket prairie sites.

Other Helpful Native Plant Resources

All of the resources listed below were created by our dedicated hardworking Dubuque County Master Gardeners educating the community about native and sustainable  landscape choices.

Going Wild with Native Plants

Written in 2022 and is series of  articles appearing in the local Telegraph Herald newspaper raising awareness about native plants themed Going Wild. The published articles are below.

Yard Enhancing Native Plants

Unknown Native Bees

Attracting Birds

Creating a Healthy Yard for All

Bring on the Insects

All About Trees

All About Mowing to Monarchs

Restoring the Woodland Understory

Eco-Friendly Home Landscapes

Great Ground Covers for the Tri-States

Written in 2019 and is a series of articles appearing in the local Telegraph Herald Newspaper raising awareness about ground cover options to protect soil themed Great Ground Cover Resources.  The published articles are below.


Mulch, Part 1

Mulch Part 2

Shaded Ares

Part Shade to Full Sun

Full Sun

Street Side Planting

Frequently Asked Questions

This page was last updated by Ray Kruse on 3/2/2023


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