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City of Cortland to Take Part in No Mow May Once Again


The month of May residents in the City of Cortland will have an option to let the grass grow as the Common Council has voted to approve the city to take part in No Mow May once again. Councilperson Schutt and Beckwith voted against. Councilperson Schutt noted the constituents he had spoken with were against it as his reasoning for voting no.

No Mow May is designated to help pollinators as they emerge from hibernation during the winter. This time during the year food is scarce and residential yards can be a helpful stopgap nectar source for pollinators if they are left to grow naturally.

Lawn mowing by residents or businesses removes many flowers of violets, dandelions and other types of flowering plants, which can lead to food sources for pollinators slim.

Residents who are interested in participating in the “no mow” are asked to register with the Code Enforcement Office online at Cortland.org or in-person no later than April 30th. All participating property owners must register. The city will not issue citations during the month for code violations within the city for lawn heights for those registered in the No Mow May program.

All properties must return to code compliance for their lawn by June 7th.

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