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No Mow May plans proceed despite warnings from university turf experts

Aim is to attract pollinators, but campaign may produce a worse lawn in the end

April 28, 2023  By Turf & Rec

Think safety first when preparing equipment for spring, suggests the OPEI. Photo: Outdoor Power Equipment Institute

No Mow May continues to be embraced by more and more municipalities, despite recent reports from turfgrass experts that leaving lawns unmowed for a month is a bad idea.

The Blue Mountains near Collingwood, Ont. has adopted the program aimed at attracting pollinators and won’t punish residents for letting their yards grow longer than normally permitted.

The municipality’s relief from the bylaw applies only to residential areas. A report about the impacts of No Mow May is expected to be brought before council.

Turfgrass experts from the University of Guelph recently noted the No Mow May campaign encourages the establishment of undesirable weeds that, once getting a foothold, are difficult to remove. They added that cutting grass back after a month’s growth is traumatic to the plant.

This article is part of the Municipalities Week.

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