No Mow May
REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED
No Mow May is a conservation initiative that encourages people to stop mowing or less often for the month of May to create habitat and provide resources for bees and other early-season pollinators. This is particularly important in urban areas where floral resources are often limited. First popularized by Plantlife, an organization based in the United Kingdom, No Mow May is gaining traction across North America.
During the month of May, the City of Green Bay will relax the enforcement of long-grass rules, allowing Green Bay residents to delay or reduce lawn cutting as a way to promote pollinator-friendly habitat early in the growing season. Participation is voluntary; however ONLINE REGISTRATION AND POSTING A CITY-ISSUED YARD SIGN IS REQUIRED.
Follow the steps below to become a 2022 No Mow May participant:
- Green Bay residents must register online no later than May 7, 2022. Registration is now closed.
- Once registered online, obtain a City-issued* yard sign at one of the following locations:
*Displaying a City-issued yard sign is required and signifies participation in the month-long program. Please allow at least 1 business day from the date of registration before picking up a city-issued yard sign.
Conclusion of No Mow May
Grass may be quite long at the conclusion of NO MOW MAY. Keep these tips in mind for encouraging pollinators and maintaining a healthy lawn throughout the growing season:
- Do not use pesticides on lawns when encouraging pollinators.
- Adjust the mower to the highest setting and make the first pass to reduce the grass height. After you’ve reduced the grass to a more manageable height during the first pass, change the mower setting by lowering the height of the blade before making a second pass.
- Do not cut more than one-third of the grass blades at a time in a single mowing. For example, if your lawn is six inches tall, do not remove more than two inches of length off the leaf blades. This helps prevent root stress and promotes turf vigor.
- Rake out and/or remove grass clipping clumps that may result from mowing to promote lawn health.
- Reuse your sign! Consider saving your yard sign for No Mow May next year or for different future use. You could attach a new message to them, use in school projects or use it to promote a special event. At the very least, save the wire stands to use for the next time you need to post signs or donate them to an organization that will use them.
Please read the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) or contact the Public Works Department if you have questions at (920) 448-3535 or email DPW.
- What if I'm not a City of Green Bay resident and want to participate?
- Is participating in NO MOW MAY mandatory if I live in the City of Green Bay?
- Where do I register for NO MOW MAY?
- How does NO MOW MAY help pollinators?
- Will the City deliver a yard sign to my residence?
- Am I required to mow the grass in the City-owned terrace (the area between the sidewalk and the curb)?
- What can I do with my grass clippings at the conclusion of NO MOW MAY?
- Where can Green Bay residents take grass clippings at the conclusion of NO MOW MAY?
- At the end of NO MOW MAY, how long do I have to cut my lawn before enforcement of municipal code 24-84, Noxious Weeds and Maintenance of Vegetation ordinance goes into effect?
- What may happen if I let my grass grow during May, but my property is not registered for NO MOW MAY?
- What if I’ve registered my property for NO MOW MAY, but I’m not displaying the City-issued yard sign?
- How do I register my vacant parcel for No Mow May?