Take the opportunity also to educate friends and neighbors about pollinator health! We encourage you to put up a sign to pique the curiosity of passers-by and to communicate to neighbors that you are not just being lazy, but engaging in a month of purposeful inaction. You can download the printable sign above from Xerces Society here.
Learn more about No Mow May here. For additional bee-friendly advice, including native lawn alternatives, click here. Also, see our April newsletter with links to other sources of information and advice.
When you do start mowing again, return your lawn to its regular condition gradually. Lawn experts recommend that you not remove more than a third of the grass blade at once, if possible. Set your mower to its highest setting, and then gradually lower the blade height over several weeks.
If you have ticks in your yard, you may be concerned that high grass will make it easier for ticks to find you and other family members. If so, there are several things you can do. For No Mow May, choose an area that isn’t regularly played in by your family. The Cooperative Extension Service on Cape Cod (an area with a lot of ticks) has a great website with lots of good advice.
Good luck and have fun with No Mow May! Afterwards tell us about your experience at email@example.com.