‘No-Mow-Could’ Let’s Pollinators Play!
By Brooke Decker, VAAFM Apiary Program Supervisor
An more and more common conservation initiative known as ‘No-Mow-Could’ is blooming throughout the nation. This initiative follows the ‘less-is-more’ knowledge we regularly hear from our dad and mom and is now a preferred environmental mantra of the day. By merely eliminating or sharply lowering the mowing of your garden and permitting extra flowers to bloom presents bees and different pollinators a beautiful playground of floral assets at a important time of their lifecycle. Research have proven this straightforward act can enhance abundance and variety of wildlife in your yard, particularly pollinators.
‘No-Mow-Could’ will enable you the time to get pleasure from observing the variety of nature in your garden. Dandelions are sometimes probably the most noticeable of the spring garden flowers. They supply plentiful dietary assets for pollinators, particularly bees. Observing flowers throughout a sunny day will show quite a few insect visitors. Honey bees, bumble bees, or a few of Vermont’s different 400 native bee species are possible guests.
Because the love in your garden flowers grows, you would possibly take into account mowing much less ceaselessly the remainder of the 12 months. When mowing turns into vital, setting the reduce top of 4-5 inches permits for higher habitat regrowth and continued pollinator advantages through the summer season months. Think about turning your garden right into a “bee garden” by seeding Dutch clover and different low rising flowering vegetation like creeping thyme, self-heal and native violets.
For a real-life pollinator paradise, take into account ‘No-Mow-Could’!