What is Slow Mow May?

Don’t spring into mowing too fast! For pollinators’ sakes, the Village wants you to take it slow for Slow Mow May by mowing less frequently (once every 2-3 weeks) this springtime. 

In our area, pollinators start to emerge in early May. They rely on flower nectar and pollen for food, but floral blooms are scarce at this time. With reduced lawn-cutting, you are creating habitat and forage for the beneficial insects that desperately need our help due to the concerning trend of pollinator decline.

In 2023 from May 1 to June 1, the Village of Northbrook is suspending enforcement of the Municipal Code for excessive grass height and is encouraging all community members to participate in our "Slow Mow" initiative to voluntarily decrease mowing in support of wildlife. This may result in ground-cover exceeding the established ordinance height restrictions of eight inches, which is why enforcement is suspended for May.

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1. Who does this apply to?
2. Why is Northbrook doing this?
3. Is there evidence that reduced mowing helps pollinators?
4. Can I only do a portion of my yard?
5. What if I think my grass is getting too long?
6. Dandelions are non-native weeds, why should I let them grow?
7. What should I do about dandelion seed heads in my yard?
8. My neighbor is participating, and I don't like it.
9. What about ticks?
10. What happens after Slow Mow May for enforcement?
11. What else can a property owner that cares deeply about pollinators be doing?
12. What is Slow Mow May?
13. “Slow Mow” vs. “No Mow”… What’s the Difference?
14. How do I participate?
15. Does the Village grass height ordinance refer to all grasses?