About Mow Less May
Mow Less May is a movement to support pollinators like bees and butterflies to help keep them safe as they emerge for the season.
What the Buzz Is About
The concept began with Bee City USA, and encourages residents to mow less, or to leave portions of a lawn with longer grasses, and allow flowers to bloom during that time.
The start of the growing season is a critical time for hungry, newly-emerged native bees. Floral resources may be hard to find, especially in urban and suburban landscapes. By allowing lawns (or parts of lawns) to grow longer and letting flowers bloom, your lawn can provide nectar and pollen to help bee neighbors thrive.
Mow Every Two Weeks
Iowa State Extension encourages participating in Mow Less May by mowing every two weeks. By mowing every two weeks (rather than not mowing the entire month) you can:
Tall Lawn Ordinance Enforcement
Other Ways to Support Pollinators
There are many ways besides Mow Less May to support pollinators. You can: