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‘Dandelion Challenge’ launched in Quebec for second straight year in hopes of encouraging pollinator populations

Public encouraged not to mow in May


April 27, 2022
By Turf & Rec

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A program dubbed the “Dandelion Challenge” has returned for a second year in Quebec with several municipalities encouraging the public not to mow their lawns during the month of May.

The program, launched in 2021 by Portneuf-based beekeeping company Miel et Compagnie, brings awareness of the role pollinating insects play in the landscape. Dandelions are typically the first plants to emerge in spring and provide an important source of pollen and nectar for bees and butterflies.

Bee populations are dwindling, however, in large part due to the Varroa destructor – a mite that attacks and feeds on honey bees.

By opting not to mow in May, the public will be giving bees and other pollinating insects a chance to rebuild their numbers.

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