In harmony with the Village of Riverside's commitment to nature, the Landscape Advisory Commission (LAC) worked with the Public Works department to designate a 400 square foot patch along the west end of the library as a 'no mow' area.
Why support No Mow May? The decline of pollinators, especially native bees, can have far-reaching effects on natural and agricultural ecosystems. By mowing less and allowing weeds to reach their full potential, it has been shown that biodiversity for pollinators was up to three to five times higher than on manicured lawns.
While there are ordinances to keep our lawns well maintained, community members are encouraged to look at other ways to help our pollinators. For example, reducing or eliminating pesticides and planting spring bloomers now can make life for a bee much better. Check out https://beecityusa.org/no-mow-may/ for more information.
The photo included here was taken on May 31.