The City of Mankato is piloting “No Mow May,” an initiative designed to promote healthy habitats for early season pollinators, such as bees, by allowing grass to grow. During this month-long pilot program, the City will temporarily suspend part of its ordinance (for registered participants only) that requires homeowners to keep grass less than 12 inches tall. Renters must have landlord permission to participate. Noxious weeds, which are considered a nuisance, will still need to be eradicated.

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.”

The program will run from Sunday, May 1 to Wednesday, June 1. Data will be collected to help show program results. Those interested in participating may register online at Every Voice Mankato.