Mankato will launch NO MOW MAY next month, a pilot program designed to protect bees and other early-season pollinators.
The city will temporarily suspend part of its ordinance that requires homeowners to keep grass less than 12 inches tall.
“Pollinators are important to the environment,” says Rick Baird, Environmental Sustainability Coordinator. “Research has shown when lawns are mowed less often, pollinators benefit because their habitats significantly improve. As a result, the community also benefits.”
Renters would still have to get landlord approval, and noxious weeds would still require removal. Data will be collected during the program, which will run from May 1 to June 1. Residents can register online at Every Voice Mankato.