We’ve all heard that “April showers bring May flowers”, right? All of that April rain (or if you live in CT… snow and sleet!) has really made the trees, and our lawns, come alive. Many of you have probably even done your first full lawn mow of the year because the grass is pushing up so quickly.
However, what would happen if we put lawn mowing on hold for just one month and left our mowers in the shed until June?
Well, for one, we would get a break from the noise pollution of dozens of mowers humming in our neighborhoods. But, more importantly, we’d give the wildflowers a chance to bloom and in turn nourish the bee population with a wider selection of nectar. The more wild flowers you have blooming on your lawn, the more types of pollen and nectar they will produce.
After hearing about “#NoMowMay”, which was a campaign launched in 2019 by the UK organization Plantlife, we knew we had to jump on board. No Mow May means literally declaring your lawn a wildflower sanctuary until June 1st, and we have the perfect spot picked out on our lawn to let grow wild!
We’re excited to see what happens in our yard and will share the results with all of you! Check back here or visit us on Instagram or Facebook for updates.
If you can’t let your entire lawn go un-mowed, try to designate a portion as a No Mow Zone, and let it go wild until June (or longer if you can!). Reports show that the highest number of wildflowers, and production of nectar sugar, was found on lawns that were mowed just once a month, or every four weeks.
The Plantlife campaign discovered that 80% of lawns left wild supported approximately 400 bees a day. 20% of the un-mown lawns were supporting 10 times that number of bees! Something to buzz about…eh?
Bees are the livelihood of Little Bee of CT and so many other loyal beekeepers around the world. Without these busy, magnificent creatures, approximately one-third of our food supply would be jeopardized due to lack of cross-pollination. Don’t forget…not only do bees pollinate the food we eat directly, they also pollinate the wild plants, flowers, and clover used to feed the livestock our country depends on for meat. The pollination cycle is vast and has long-reaching implications if it’s interrupted.
We hope you’ll help us help the bees this month and give your lawn a chance to flourish!
Please share your results with us by mentioning us in your Instagram posts, or by sending us a message on Facebook. We’d love to see your photos and will choose our favorite to share on our social channels in June!
Thanks for supporting the bees and for supporting Little Bee of CT. Visit https://littlebeeofct.com/ to learn more about our company and our products.