The City of Greenfield endorses Less Mow May as a conservation initiative that encourages residents to mow less often or only mow portions of lawn for the month of May. Mowing less often in spring helps preserve habitat and provide resources for bees and other early-season pollinators. This is particularly important in urban areas where floral resources are often limited. Greenfield is just one of a growing number of municipalities in Milwaukee County to recognize the importance of protecting pollinators by providing essential food sources in early spring. For a list of participating cities, please visit the Midwest Grows Green website.
During the month of May, Greenfield encourages residents to delay or reduce lawn cutting as a way to promote pollinator-friendly habitat early in the growing season. Less Mow May is a voluntary program for residents. If you wish to participate, simply give your lawn mower a break! No lawn-registration required.
Wisconsin DNR’s Native Plants for Beginners List (spring, summer, and fall bloomers!)
Wisconsin DNR’s list of Native Plant Nurseries (List of where to buy native pollinating plants!)
Xerces Great Lakes Region Pollinator Plant Guide (PDF)
Create A Rain Garden (absorbs stormwater runoff AND feeds pollinators!)
This information courtesy in part of the Zoological Society of Milwaukee.