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No Mow May Pollinator Awareness Challenge

What is the No Mow May Challenge?
No Mow May sign

The Environmental Advisory Committee (EAC) is asking residents to help support pollinators during this crucial spring period as they are seeking their first food sources of the season such as dandelions and other flowers typically found in lawns. This movement is important as research indicates a mass extinction of insects is underway. Of particular concern in recent years, is the decline of the bee population.

Residents are asked to avoid mowing lawns until June with the goal of preventing disturbance of overwintering insects and amphibians that may be burrowed or hiding in leaves and lawns, and to increase food sources to pollinators.

How you can participate

Residents are asked to sign up for the challenge by completing this online formlinks to external site.  Those donating a minimum of $5 will receive a lawn sign to show your neighbours you’re supporting No Mow May. All donations will go to the David Suzuki Foundation Butterfly Waylinks to external siteApplication forms and donations can be made submitted two ways:

  1.  Complete the application form links to external site and credit card form online and then email them to Customer Servicelinks to external site. Ensure to mark how much your donation is for on the credit card form.
  2.  Print the application form and drop it off with a printed credit card form, cash or cheque donation in the drop box at the front of the Civic Centre. Ensure to mark how much your donation is for on the credit card form.

Once you are registered, EAC will place a sign on your lawn during the first week of May to let others know you are participating in the No Mow May Challenge and let them know how they can get involved!

Chance to win!

All residents who participate and do not mow their lawn until the end of May will be entered into a draw for a grand prize. The EAC will be confirming full participation prior to the draw. The winner will be announced on the Town’s social media in early June. 

Grand Prize 

The Grand Prize has been sponsored by Queensville Farm Supply and will include:

  • 1 Fairway Plus Grass Seed 25lbs
    1 Bee Pollinator Mix 5lbs
    1 Nature’s Gold Honey 500ml
    1 Bee Mug

Other Ways to Participate/What you can do after May?

Whether you can participate in No Mow May or not, you can help pollinators throughout the spring and summer by:

  1. Planting a pollinator garden.  Choose a variety of native flowering plants, such as Asters, Bee Balm, Milkweed and Coneflowers, with varying bloom times that last from spring until fall in order to provide food sources all season long.
  2. Choose a section of your lawn that can remain uncut all summer long.
  3. Decrease mowing frequency throughout the mowing season.  Let your lawn grow a little longer than normal, ideally mowing only once or twice per month.
  4. Mow at the highest setting.  This allows low lying flowers to continue to grow and decreases re-flower time for those that are mown.

The Canadian Wildlife Federation has a similar initiative underway.  Check it out herelinks to external siteFor more information on the David Suzuki Foundation Butterfly Way initiative, click here.links to external site