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No Mow May in Madison, WI

Madisonians can help out the environment by participating in Low or No Mow May this month.

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Help out the bees and spend less time mowing, it’s a win-win. | Image via Bee City USA.

No Mow May is an environmental movement that encourages homeowners to refrain from mowing and fertilizing lawns during the month of May. This allows pollinators to thrive during early spring, a time when flowers aren’t always as abundantly available as they are during late spring and summer.

Due to its commitment to preserving native pollinators, the City of Madison has been a certified Bee City since 2017. This year, locals are encouraged to only mow their lawns twice in May, if at all.

Don’t worry, you won’t get in trouble. During No Mow May, the city’s tall grass ordinance — which requires lawns to be cut to 8 inches or less — will not be enforced.

Spread the word by printing off a few yard signs for you and your neighbors, the bees will thank you.