Municipalities across the Eastern Townships are hopping on board with the increasingly popular concept of no-mow May. Promoted in Quebec by Miel & Co, a Portneuf-based bee farm, under the name of the “defi pissenlit” or dandelion challenge, the concept being encouraged by communities like Granby, Sherbrooke, and Windsor, involves holding back on lawn maintenance until a few weeks later into the spring in order to support pollinating insects.
By not mowing lawns or pulling up early flowering dandelions, the hope is that pollinators are provided with additional sources of food earlier in the growing season, helping to bolster their strength and numbers before summer really gets going.
The creators of the challenge note that Pollinating insects play an essential role in nature by promotes the reproduction of plants and the formation of fruits and seeds.
Aside from encouraging citizens to join in on the initiative, the participating municipalities are informing the public that they will be putting off the first mow of their various parks and public lawns except in certain situations, like on sports fields.
Townships communities jumping on no-mow May