Bee populations can increase tenfold during No Mow May, Wasaga Beach council told
Municipality amends bylaw during May to allow grass and weeds to grow
April 17, 2023 By Turf & Rec
Wasaga Beach, Ont. has endorsed the No Mow May campaign aimed at allowing grass and other vegetation to grow, which allows bees and other pollinators a chance to build up their food reserves following the winter season.
Town council has exempted a section of its clean yards bylaw that requires residents to maintain their lawns of grass and weeds so that they don’t exceed a height of 30 centimetres. The exemption will stand from May 1-31.
Council learned that not mowing for the entire month can provide sufficient nectar to increase bee populations tenfold.
Declining bee populations led to the No Mow May campaign which has been adopted by a growing number of municipalities in Canada.
Residents will be reminded in early June to resume regular maintenance of their lawns to comply with the existing bylaw.
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