No Mow May: Lazy? Nope, just supporting pollinators
What if you just DIDN’T mow your lawn for the entirety of May? For starters, the bees would thank you. That’s the whole premise of No Mow May, a movement that aims to raise awareness of habitat loss for the planet’s smallest creatures.
“Lawns cover 40 million acres, or 2%, of land in the US, making them the single largest irrigated crop we grow. Lawns are mowed, raked, fertilized, weeded, chemically treated, and watered—sucking up time, money, and other resources,” according to Bee City USA. “Grass-only lawns lack floral resources and nesting sites for bees and are often treated with pesticides that harm bees and other invertebrates.”
Why May? The start of the growing season is a critical time for hungry, newly emerged native bees. By allowing your lawn to grow longer, it can provide nectar and pollen to help your bee neighbors thrive.