No-Mow May: "Bee" a good neighbour
Spring is here, and with it comes the start of lawn-mowing season. But what if we told you that there's a movement to encourage people to skip the mowing in May? That's right, No-Mow-May is a campaign that encourages people to let their lawns grow wild for a month, giving nature a chance to thrive.
The idea behind No-Mow-May is simple: by letting your lawn grow, you're giving wildlife a chance to flourish. Many creatures depend on the plants in our lawns for food and shelter, and when we mow them down, we're destroying their habitat. By letting the grass grow, we're providing a safe haven for insects, birds, and small mammals.
In recent years, there has been growing concern over the decline of pollinators such as bees and butterflies. These insects are essential for pollinating many of the crops we rely on for food, but their numbers have been decreasing due to habitat loss and pesticide use. By allowing our lawns to grow wild, we're providing a valuable source of nectar and pollen for these important pollinators.
No-Mow-May is also an opportunity to save time and money. Lawn mowing can be a time-consuming and expensive chore, requiring fuel, maintenance, and equipment. By taking a break from mowing in May, you'll have more time to enjoy the outdoors and save money on lawn care.
But what about the aesthetics of an overgrown lawn? It's true that a wild lawn may not look as neat and tidy as a freshly mowed one, but there are ways to make it look attractive. For example, you could plant some wildflowers or add a few decorative features like bird baths or feeders. By incorporating these elements, you can create a beautiful and functional space that supports wildlife.
No-Mow-May is just the beginning of a movement towards more sustainable and wildlife-friendly lawn care. By adopting a few simple practices, like mowing less frequently and using native plants, we can create a healthy and vibrant ecosystem in our own backyards.
So, this May, consider taking a break from mowing and letting your lawn grow wild. You may be surprised by the beauty and diversity of the creatures that visit your yard, and you'll be doing your part to support a healthier planet. But! Be sure to let the city know by registering on the city's website: https://city.milwaukee.gov/dpw/operations/forestry/No-Mow-May