The City of Cornwall will be undertaking some concrete actions in May to help wild pollinators throughout public and private greenspaces.

To view a summary of No Mow 2022, please click here.

No Mow May, which was approved by City Council on in April 2022, saw the City not enforce Section 3 of the Yard Maintenance By-Law 2013-212 as amended, from May 1 to May 31, 2022. It allowed for property owners to have all grass and weeds on their properties to grow more than 15 cm for the month of May.

In addition to increasing food sources for pollinators, not mowing grass in May also prevents disturbance of overwintering insects and amphibians that may be burrowed or hiding in leaves and lawns. It should also be noted that over 80 per cent of all flowering plants rely on pollinators to produce seeds.

During the last few days of May, before you mow…

  1. Walk around your lawn and look for signs of nesting wildlife. Rabbit nests are often tucked into the undergrowth of other vegetation. They appear as regular dried patches of material and dirt. If you happen to see a heap of grass, look under it to be certain it isn’t a rabbit nest. Keep a watchful eye out at dawn and dusk for active rabbits.
  2.  If you find a rabbit’s nest…Place a protective barrier around the nest with enough entry space for the mother rabbit. Mark the nest as a reminder to leave enough space when carrying out lawncare activities. Keep in mind that mother rabbits don't want to attract predators to their babies, so they mostly leave them on their own, hidden and camouflaged. Mom will come back a few times a day, usually between dusk and dawn, to feed the babies. 
  3. Cut your grass in stages. It’s best not to go from No Mow May back to your old lawn in one cut because it could kill your grass.
  4. Mow at the highest setting. This allows low lying flowers to continue to grow and decrease re-flower time for those that are mown.
  5. Keeping your grass at the maximum allowed length has benefits. Cutting the grass too short damages root growth. Some grasses have different heights where they grow best. Leaving 1/3 of a leaf-blade length can result in the best looking full-cover lawn.
  6. Reducing the amount of fertilizer used promotes better aeration for growth.
  7. It’s ok to be somewhat lazy with your property; a manicured lawn is a desert for pollinators and most wildlife. A small pile of twigs makes a great home for pollinators. Leaving a patch of ground dry, unmulched and uncultivated is beneficial for the native bees that nest underground. All bees need a source of water with a perch. Offering a muddy spot with stones helps them out!

No-Mow May lawn sign

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