La Crosse Parks Department encourages ‘No Mo May!’ to help pollinators such as bees

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Yard signs let people know you're not mowing for a reason this season.

LA CROSSE (WKBT) — The city of La Crosse Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department is inviting residents to join its new sustainable initiative, “No Mow May!”

The initiative, which lets residents off the mowing hook during May for a good cause, is intended to provide early season foraging for emerging native pollinators during a time when such resources are limited.

Registration is required, which can be done over the phone by calling (608) 789-7533 from 8 to 4 p.m. Monday -Thursday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday. You also can register in person at City Hall at 400 La Crosse St. from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday -Thursday or online at the parks/rec website.

Forgoing mowing allows for early-blooming plants such as dandelions and white clover to grow to let bees start earlier on their foraging efforts.

The longer grasses provide a crucial habitat for many insects and small animals without having to travel far distance through the city, according to a department news release.

Routine cutting weakens the grass root system, while letting the grass grow helps develop a great root system, which improves water retention and drought resiliency. When cut, the longer trimmings will help the soil by returning the nutrients, promoting healthier, thicker grass and lessening the need for fertilizers.

A limited number of yard signs will be available beginning April 25 to city residents who have registered. Signs can be picked up at City Hall from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday -Thursday and the Black River Beach Neighborhood Center from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The signs are not allowed on city boulevards, so place them on your private property.

More information on the initiative is available on the department’s sustainability page.

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