Dandelion's available for pollinators during No Mo May. Dan Plutchak photo.

KAUKAUNA — The City of Kaukauna Common Council has once again adopted a resolution to designate the month of May 2022 as No Mow May.

Mow May is an initiative that encourages community members to not mow their lawn during the month of May in order to provide early season foraging resources for bees that emerge in the spring.

It is meant to educate the community about the critical period of pollinator emergence.

If your residence is participating, we encourage you to sign up via the link on the city’s website so we are able to gauge the success of this program.

Click here for the adopted Resolution.

The resolution adopted last week suspends enforcement of the city’s noxious weed ordinance for the month of May and allows homeowners who choose to do so to delay lawn care practices until June.

There are multiple ways to participate in No Mow May:

  • – Forgo mowing during the month of May.
  • – Forgo mowing the first 2-3 weeks during the month of May.
  • – Forgo mowing your terrace, front yard, backyard, or any other area of your property.
  • – Forgo using insecticides/pesticides.

No Mow May is completely optional and voluntary for City of Kaukauna residents. Visit the city’s website for further details and to register your residence as a participant. https://cityofkaukauna.com/2022/04/25/no-mow-may-2022/

Appleton in 2020 as the first city in the U.S. to adopt No Mow May and recently, the council made it permanent.

In addition to benefiting pollinators, reducing mowing frequency will save water, help lawns become more resilient to drought and reduce emissions from gas-powered lawn equipment that often lacks the emission reduction equipment found on larger engines, according to Bee City U.S.A.

Wisconsin’s efforts on the forefront of the movement where profiled late last month in the New York Times in an article entitled, “In Wisconsin: Stowing Mowers, Pleasing Bees”

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By Dan Plutchak

Dan Plutchak, born and raised in Kaukauna, is cofounder of Kaukauna Community News.