The City of Cortland has approved No Mow May for 2023 during the Common Council meeting last night at City Hall.
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.
The City of Cortland will be inviting homeowners to be able to register their properties to participate by pledging not to mow during the month of May. The city will additionally not issue citations during the month for code violations within the city for lawn heights for those registered in the No Mow May program.