NAPERVILLE, IL – The city is getting behind the “No Mow May” movement, a growing conservationist effort aimed at promoting pollinator habitat and increasing wildlife diversity. By encouraging residents to delay mowing their lawns until the end of May, No Mow May allows early flowering plants like clover and violets to grow and provide food for newly emerged bees and other pollinators.
To participate in the initiative, Naperville residents can register at Naperville.il.us/naturalresources and receive a No Mow May sign to show their support. However, it’s important to note that opting in may result in exceeding the city’s allowable height for grass and weeds, and enforcement of the height ordinance is suspended in May. But come June, participating properties are expected to comply with the ordinance.
Experts say reducing mowing frequency also saves water and promotes healthier pollinators, as lawn chemicals can have negative environmental effects. The No Mow May movement is an easy way for homeowners to support bees and pollinators and contribute to a healthier environment.
If you’re a Naperville resident interested in joining the movement, be sure to check local government ordinances to ensure eligibility. By taking part in No Mow May, you’ll be doing your part in supporting pollinator habitat and promoting a more diverse ecosystem.
If you don’t live in the city but would like to participate, be sure to check with your local government ordinances before starting.