The Beautification Committee is happy to report that 3.3% of Elm Grove participated in No Mow May in 2022, surpassing the original goal of 1.5%! Nationally recognized studies have proven that efforts like No Mow May increase bee abundance by 5-fold and bee diversity 3-fold. Way to go Elm Grove! Are you looking forward to No Mow May 2023?
Here are a list of ways you can participate:
*Don't mow your lawn for the month *Mow your lawn later than you would have otherwise *Mow your lawn less often than you would have otherwise *Do any of the above with a portion of your turfgrass *Don't use any pesticides *Delay or minimize pesticide use *Delay yard clean up (to allow overwintering invertebrates to emerge) *Remove turf grass and plant a pollinator bed *Remove turf grass around mature trees, especially keystone species, and plant native perennials (see Heather Holm's Soft Landings) *Remove all invasive species from your property (DNR Chapter NR-40) *Consider adding plants that support pollinators by checking the National Wildlife Federation's Plant Finder. It ranks plants by the number of butterflies and moths that are supported by them.