What’s the Deal with “No Mow May?” (Which the city hasn’t adopted.)

Editor’s note: The following press release was received from UW Madison Extension. There is a Zoom webinar on Wednesday, April 3, and an in-person presentation on Saturday, April 6 at the UW-W Community Engagement Center. In June, 2022 the City of Whitewater Common Council considered adoption of the No Mow May program. After considerable discussion the members voted 4-3 not to adopt the program. Among the concerns that were expressed were that long grass would not present a favorable impression of the city on visitors, and an understanding that most of the vegetation to which pollinators are attracted actually does not exceed the 7″ height that is allowed before grass must be mowed per the city ordinance. It was also suggested that residents could plant bushes that might be equally effective in providing for pollinators.

“No Mow May” has become a catchy phrase in Wisconsin, encouraging homeowners to allow their lawns to grow during May. But does this practice actually support pollinators? Join Julie Hill, Horticulture Educator for Walworth, Rock and Jefferson counties to learn about how an unmowed lawn impacts (or may impact) pollinators and how you can support pollinators all year long.

April 3, 12:00 p.m. *via Zoom Webinar

April 3, 3:00 p.m.
Jefferson Public Library
321 S. Main Street, Jefferson

April 6, 10:00 a.m.
UW-Whitewater Community Engagement Center
1260 West Main Street, Whitewater

April 6, 12:30 p.m.
Community Room, Dwight Foster Public Library
209 Merchants Avenue, Fort Atkinson

April 11, 12:30 p.m.
Matheson Memorial Library
101 N. Wisconsin Street, Elkhorn

April 16, 6:00 p.m.
Hedberg Public Library
316 South Main Street, Janesville

For more information or questions, please contact Julie Hill, Email: julie.hill@wisc.edu ,
Office: 262-741-4958 or Cell/Text: 262-374-4191. Events can also be found at UW-Madison Extension Event Calendar: extension.wisc.edu/events/

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