No Mow May is a campaign that asks residents to stop mowing their lawns for the month of May, to create habitat for pollinators, like bees, who become active this time of year. Municipal governments who participate choose to not enforce ordinances that require lawns to be mowed.
On April 18. 2022, Monona's City Council passed a resolution changing the City's ordinance to allow for participation in No Mow May.
Why is No Mow May important?
Not mowing your lawn during the spring months creates habitat for pollinators like bees and butterflies. These pollinators are leaving hibernation and becoming active in the spring and need habitat to thrive, but typical mowed lawns have very little biodiversity to support pollinators. Allowing your lawn to grow during May can help pollinators as they come out of hibernation.
Researchers studying lawns during No Mow May in Appleton, WI found that households who participated in No Mow May in 2021 had almost five times as many pollinators as lawns that had been mowed, and typically had higher biodiversity levels too.
You can learn more about the benefits of Now Mow May from Bee City USA.
How can you participate?
Do more by doing less: to participate, all you have to do is stop mowing your lawn for the Month of May! The City will suspend enforcement of the lawn care ordinance for the month so that residents can participate.
The City has a limited number of No Mow May yard signs available on a first come first serve basis. Sign up for them here.
If you want to go the extra mile, you could:
Talk to your neighbors about why you're participating in No Mow May and how they can join in!
Stop using pesticides and other chemicals that are harmful to pollinators on your lawn.
Swap out your turf grass for a rain garden, pollinator garden, or other native plan species.