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The Greener Guide: Rethinking the 'No Mow May' Movement

May 01, 2024 12:43PM ● By Patti Beres

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No Mow May encourages gardeners to let lawns grow! The practice originated in the UK for pollinator support and has become a major worldwide movement. While the goals are admirable, the practice isn't without its pitfalls.

Grass thrives with proper mowing (4" height). Skipping care can stress and weaken the lawn, leading to long-term damage. Tall grass may also attract pests and promote fungal diseases due to increased moisture and reduced airflow, all of which are unhealthy for pollinators. Furthermore, it can exacerbate allergies in humans and pets. Extending lawn growth can cause further issues with clumps and thatch when mowing begins again.

Mow regularly to keep turf strong, and instead, consider interspersing gardens with dedicated zones for wildflowers and native plants. Early-season gardens are pollinator havens that deliver nectar and pollen.

Scientists and ecologist agree that growing a traditional lawn and native plant areas foster a diverse, pollinator-friendly environment. Such a balanced approach enhances a healthy landscape while ensuring your lawn and your pocketbook will thank you!

Patti Beres is the owner of Be Green Pro LLC, in Delafield. For more information, call 262-361-4034 or