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Edina adopting 'No Mow May'

The city will temporarily suspend laws requiring residents to mow their properties so that yards can grow and provide food and shelter for pollinators.
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EDINA, Minn. — Edina is stepping up to help bees and other pollinators, and asking residents to do their part by waiting to mow their yards until the end of May. 

During "No Mow May," the city will temporarily suspend the laws requiring residents to keep their yards trimmed, in the hope more pollinators will find a welcoming habitat in the growing turf. 

“Participating in No Mow May supports all of Minnesota's pollinators – native bees, honeybees, ants, flies, beetles, birds, butterflies and more,” said sustainability manager Grace Hancock. “Avoiding mowing allows plants rich in nectar and other nutrients to grow as pollinator food at a time when pollinators need it most. More healthy and more biodiverse pollinators help Minnesota's urban landscapes and statewide agriculture thrive.” 

To participate, residents must first register their lawns. 

Find the online registration form here.

Once registered, you can pick up a lawn sign at city hall to show your support for "No Mow May." The sign doubles as an easy explainer for any nosy neighbors curious about your lawn's less groomed appearance during May.

According to information from the city, Edina's turf and weed laws will be back in place on June 15. 


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