“Slow Mow” vs. “No Mow”… What’s the Difference?

Last year, the Village participated in No Mow May, which is an international movement that discourages mowing for the entire month. Following review of the public comments received and further study of the research regarding pollinators and lawncare, the Sustainability Commission made the alternative recommendation in support of Slow Mow May. 

To support pollinators, cutting your lawn once every 2-3 weeks is recommended. This is thought to be a middle ground where spring flowers can bloom, but grass is short enough that it is still navigable for insects to locate the flowers for food.

Unlike last year, registration will be required to participate. Enforcement of the grass height ordinance is waived until June 1 only for those who register.

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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?