No Mow May

No Mow May
April 13, 2022 0 Comments

No Mow May is Coming Up

We’d like to encourage you to participate. Taking part in a small act of conservation can have a huge ripple effect on our ecosystem. The Nature Conservancy of Canada is asking us to help countless bees and insects by eliminating mowing of lawns for the month of May and we in turn are asking the same.

Why May – The start of spring is a crucial time for wild pollinators to collect food. One of the most crucial plants are the dreaded dandelions. Unfortunately we have been conditioned to think of these as weeds versus a vital food source for pollinators. Dandelions are not weeds but part of the sunflower family.

Dandelions are Miniature Sunflowers

Did you know that dandelions are one of the first flowering plants to appear in nature which supplies bees with rich nectar at a pivotal time. When bees awaken from hibernation they’ll seek nectar to feed on before looking for a nest. This simple change of attitude also improves the lives of many other animals and insects. The last ask would be to refrain from using pesticides. A lawn full of dandelions is a good thing for butterflies, bumblebees, insects and in turn for people.

People can play a bigger role when it comes to helping biodiversity. The fact is that reducing how frequently urbanites cut their lawns can increase the pollinators food source by tenfold.

Don’t have a yard? You can still help by putting potted plants on your balcony or having windowsill planters. Choose native plants that are part of the local ecosystem.

The No Mow May Movement

Is gaining traction each year. People are starting to understand the delicate linkage between our ecosystem and our quality of life. One simple choice like this can positively impact the pollinator population which in turn will secure and stabilize the global food source since we rely on them to pollinate all sorts of flowering foods. They do their part in helping us secure our food, should we not reciprocate and stabilize and secure their food source. 

Every Flower Counts

If you really need or want to mow your grass, consider leaving a patch untouched for pollinators. During the summer months choose to mow less often, allowing flowers to a chance to bloom.

A recent UK study discovered that altering your mowing approach and allowing flora to blossom will produce enough nectar for 10 times the number of pollinators. The greatest flower count has been observed on lawns that are mowed monthly versus weekly or bi-weekly. This allows ‘short-grass’ plants such as daisies to blossom in abundance, increasing nectar yield. Lawn care is a great way to start being eco-friendly and no mow may is the perfect example of how we can help the environment.

flowers for bees

5  Things you can do to help the bees

  • Plant a pollinator garden, choose bee friendly flowers, native flowers are a great choice.
  • Put a bee feeder outside in the spring and summer months. Change the feed frequently and sanitize it every time.
  • Provide fresh water, put some rocks in so they have something to land on, bees can easily drown.
  • Buy or make a bee house, solitary, mason and hole nesting bees will use these. They are known to be some of the best pollinators. Do your research some are not as good as others.
  • Support trusted bee conservation organizations and initiatives that help save bees.

 

Bee informed

‘Bee washing’ which is about misinformation/misunderstandings in bee conservation efforts. Also known as greenwashing, is when companies mislead consumers to use their services or buy products under the guise of helping bees, for more information: click here Be aware of deceitful marketing that are actually harmful to bees.

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