What Is No Mow May And How Does It Help Pollinators?

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Colony collapse and disease have decimated our honeybee populations. These important pollinators and others require human support to maintain healthy numbers. From this notion, No Mow May was born. The No Mow May movement was started in the U.K. by Plantlife, an organization that supports a healthy environment. The concept is simple: refrain from mowing your lawn in May to encourage certain plants that are important food to pollinators. Does No Mow May work, and what are the aftereffects? You don’t have to be a lazy gardener to want to participate in No Mow May. It’s actually very proactive. Allowing certain weeds in the lawn to flower will encourage and feed beneficial insects. So instead of lopping off the flowers with the mower, they are allowed to persist and bloom. Plants such as dandelions are important food sources for bees and other insects. Of course, there are pros and cons […]

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