Environmentalists are encouraging Americans to take a break from mowing lawns in May. The initiative has the name - No Mow May.
During Spring, nature and your garden revive, become green, and need maintenance. This season means heading into garages or sheds for lawn mowers or weed whackers. Some see this as a chore. Others view it as a rite of passage as a homeowner. (source)
Everyone has a different opinion about the chore. But an environmental program hopes you hold off your landscaping for one more month. "No Mow May" will give the bee population a fighting chance. Your participation in the initiative will provide bees with a helping hand. (source)
No Mow May
Plantlife is an organization in the United Kingdom that started the campaign. And the drive has spread to America under the guidance of a group called Bee City USA. The movement suggests avoiding lawn cutting in May to help the bee population thrive. (source)
How does the movement help bees?
Plantlife cites research that says 80% of lawns support 400 bees per day. The bees get nectar sugar produced by flowers. The most popular plant sources are white clovers, dandelions, and self-heal. Research in other geographical regions suggests that 20% of lawns support up to 4,000 bees a day. These figures prompted the "No Mow May" movement. (source)
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