Pollinator Friendly Community
2022 marked the first year that the City of Greenfield is participating in No Mow May! What is No Mow May? It's simple - don't mow part or all of your lawn for the entire month of May!
May is the time of year where a lot of the first signs of spring start to pop up -- flowers and weeds! Letting these plants grow and bloom provides food for pollinators such as birds, bees, and other insects. These critters help keep our ecosystem healthy and increase biodiversity.
The goal of No Mow May is to provide early season forage for bees and other pollinators by reducing our mowing intensity during a month where foraging resources are limited. In the City of Greenfield, citations will not be issued for excessive weed growth during the month of May.
The City of Greenfield is dedicated to responsible land management practices, which includes being recognized as a Pollinator Friendly Community. Greenfield acknowledges the importance of birds, bees, butterflies, bats and other pollinators to local agriculture, ecosystems and economies; and recognizes the recent decline in pollinator populations due to increased use of pesticides, loss of habitat and loss of food supply.
What the City is DoingAs a Pollinator Friendly Community, the City of Greenfield will:
- Support a volunteer-lead Pollinator Protection Committee that will work to:
- Promote safe and healthy pollinator forage habitats in the community.
- Encourage local businesses, schools, neighborhoods and households to adopt pollinator friendly policies and practices.
- Establish pollinator education programs and host an annual Pollinator Celebration event.
- Maintain practices and programming necessary for Bee, Bird and Monarch City designations.
- Strive to reduce chemical pesticide use on City properties and curtail lawn mowing practices, wherever possible.
- Consider pollinator-friendly and native trees as part of its community tree selection process.
- Plant Pollinator habitats on public properties.
- As part of Greenfield’s commitment, Mayor Neitzke signed on to the National Wildlife Federation’s Mayors’ Monarch Pledge.
What Residents Can DoCommunity members are encouraged to help make Greenfield more friendly to pollinators. Here are a few ways community members can make a difference:
- Reduce the use of pesticides in yards.
- Plant native, pollinator-friendly plants.
- Remove invasive plants and protect native plant communities.
- Plant a pollinator garden and register it as part of the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge.
- Leave some areas in yards mulch-free.
- Convert portions of lawns into wildflower meadows.
Greenfield’s pollinator-friendly programming would not be possible without our generous community sponsors:
Bluemel’s Garden & Landscape Center
Partners of Greenfield Parks & Recreation
Greenfield Beautification Committee
Stein’s Garden & Home
Whitnall Park Rotary Club
Wild Birds Unlimited