No Mow May

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REGISTRATION HAS CLOSED (MAY 15) - YARD SIGNS ARE NO LONGER AVAILABLE (MAY 9)

Participate in Edina's inaugural No Mow May program 2022! No Mow May encourages residents who live in owner-occupied or rented properties to protect pollinator food and habitat during the critical transition from winter to spring by avoiding mowing their yards during the month of May. Edina City Council passed a Resolution of Support for No Mow May 2022 on March 22nd, temporarily suspending its Turf and Weed ordinances related to lawn height for participating properties. Properties must come back into compliance by June 15, 2022.

Registration closes May 15th for the 2022 No Mow May program! Sign up by May 15th to ensure your yard is included in No Mow May this year.

Yard signs are available to those who register by May 1st! Participants who register by May 1st can visit City Hall from 8am-4pm, Monday-Friday, to pick up their yard sign, Just sign in with the front desk when you arrive to receive your sign. One per household. Signs will be available to registrants after May 1st on a first-come first-served basis.

Missed out on Edina No Mow May signs this year? Participants can print a free sign from Bee City USA's No Mow May website to display.

Want to know what to do with your sign after May? Save it! The sign is meant to be used multiple years, so consider stowing it in a closet, garage or basement after May, to use again in future years. If you don't expect to participate in No Mow May again, signs can also be re-purposed for art projects or for other creative uses. The metal sign stands can be dropped off at Hennepin County Bloomington Recycling Center.

Benefits of No Mow May: Participating in No Mow May supports all of Minnesota's pollinators - Minnesota pollinators include native bees, honeybees, ants, flies, beetles, birds, butterflies and more! Avoiding mowing protects overwinter habitat for native bees, and allows plants rich in nectar and other nutrients to grow as pollinator food at a time when pollinators need it most. More, more healthy and more biodiverse pollinators help Minnesota's urban landscapes and statewide agriculture thrive.

Share your No Mow May experience as a community scientist! Join Lawrence University's (Appleton, WI) ongoing research project to study effects of No Mow May by sharing data you can gather in your front yard. The goals of this data collection are to learn about all of the flowers in your yard and how these are feeding our bees in the month of May. Learn more about how to participate in this research project by visiting https://www.byobeez.org/citizen-science.html.

June return to mow tips: When you start mowing again in June, learn from the UMN about mowing best practices for a healthy lawn. Best practices include to only take of a percentage (~25%) of the grass and mow frequently to bring it back down to the desired height. Start at the highest height of cut. Mow late in the day when the grass is as dry as possible. Transitioning out of No Mow May is a great time to permanently raise the height of cut of your lawn to 2-1/2 to 3".

Want to take steps for a more pollinator-friendly lawn year-round? Learn how to grow landscapes to help pollinators, and the basics of planting and maintaining a bee lawn. Or, attend one of Edina's Earth Month workshops:

REGISTRATION HAS CLOSED (MAY 15) - YARD SIGNS ARE NO LONGER AVAILABLE (MAY 9)

Participate in Edina's inaugural No Mow May program 2022! No Mow May encourages residents who live in owner-occupied or rented properties to protect pollinator food and habitat during the critical transition from winter to spring by avoiding mowing their yards during the month of May. Edina City Council passed a Resolution of Support for No Mow May 2022 on March 22nd, temporarily suspending its Turf and Weed ordinances related to lawn height for participating properties. Properties must come back into compliance by June 15, 2022.

Registration closes May 15th for the 2022 No Mow May program! Sign up by May 15th to ensure your yard is included in No Mow May this year.

Yard signs are available to those who register by May 1st! Participants who register by May 1st can visit City Hall from 8am-4pm, Monday-Friday, to pick up their yard sign, Just sign in with the front desk when you arrive to receive your sign. One per household. Signs will be available to registrants after May 1st on a first-come first-served basis.

Missed out on Edina No Mow May signs this year? Participants can print a free sign from Bee City USA's No Mow May website to display.

Want to know what to do with your sign after May? Save it! The sign is meant to be used multiple years, so consider stowing it in a closet, garage or basement after May, to use again in future years. If you don't expect to participate in No Mow May again, signs can also be re-purposed for art projects or for other creative uses. The metal sign stands can be dropped off at Hennepin County Bloomington Recycling Center.

Benefits of No Mow May: Participating in No Mow May supports all of Minnesota's pollinators - Minnesota pollinators include native bees, honeybees, ants, flies, beetles, birds, butterflies and more! Avoiding mowing protects overwinter habitat for native bees, and allows plants rich in nectar and other nutrients to grow as pollinator food at a time when pollinators need it most. More, more healthy and more biodiverse pollinators help Minnesota's urban landscapes and statewide agriculture thrive.

Share your No Mow May experience as a community scientist! Join Lawrence University's (Appleton, WI) ongoing research project to study effects of No Mow May by sharing data you can gather in your front yard. The goals of this data collection are to learn about all of the flowers in your yard and how these are feeding our bees in the month of May. Learn more about how to participate in this research project by visiting https://www.byobeez.org/citizen-science.html.

June return to mow tips: When you start mowing again in June, learn from the UMN about mowing best practices for a healthy lawn. Best practices include to only take of a percentage (~25%) of the grass and mow frequently to bring it back down to the desired height. Start at the highest height of cut. Mow late in the day when the grass is as dry as possible. Transitioning out of No Mow May is a great time to permanently raise the height of cut of your lawn to 2-1/2 to 3".

Want to take steps for a more pollinator-friendly lawn year-round? Learn how to grow landscapes to help pollinators, and the basics of planting and maintaining a bee lawn. Or, attend one of Edina's Earth Month workshops:

  • CLOSED: Registration for 2022 No Mow May has concluded.

    Registration for No Mow May closed on May 15th. Thanks to all participating this year!

    Register to participate in Edina's 2022 No Mow May program. Residential properties that are owner-occupied or occupied by renters who receive landlord consent can participate. All other properties must comply with Edina's City Code related to turf and weed management. The program allows residents of owner-occupied or rented homes to avoid mowing their lawns for the month of May, to support pollinators in the community. Once registered, participants can pick up a yard sign from Edina City Hall to show their support for No Mow May (subject to availability after May 1). Missed out on Edina No Mow May signs this year? Participants can print a free sign from Bee City USA's No Mow May website to display.

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