CF experimenting with No Mow May to protect pollinators

Mowing the lawn can be a tedious chore, but some iowans are refusing to do it for the entire month of May this year. No Mow May is a challenge in which the individual does not mow for the entire month of may and recently the mayor of Cedar Falls addressed this by saying that they will not enforce the city’s 8inch grass and weed ordinance. 

This is to help provide a habitat for pollinators like bees and butterflies. Although this does not apply to everything. Residents still need to mow the grass by sidewalks and trails due to safety concerns.  

Mayor Rob Green said, “I hate dandelions, and so having been one who would have the yard herbicides and just make it as pristine as possible, like a golf course. It just takes me some time to realize that that kind of approach of lawn care is damaging to the environment.” 

Cedar Falls residents are encouraged to share their mowing status with their neighbors by posting signs in their yard. Mayor green calls this a “community science initiative.”

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