No Mow May

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.


Interesting links for No Mow May research:
America's Obsession with Lawns
No Mow May
Delaying Mowing

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