According to honeylove.org, bees pollinate 80% of the world’s plants and are responsible for 1 out of every 3 or 4 bites of food you ever take. But these crucial pollinators are being threatened by the progress of industrialization, with more than 1 in 3 of the existing bee colonies in the U.S. dying in just the past 3 years.
British environmental group Plantlife has issued a challenge they’ve called “No Mow May” in an effort to bring back some flowers for our honeybee buddies. According to a study done by Plantlife, “The highest production of flowers and nectar sugar was on lawns cut once every four weeks. This gives ‘short-grass’ plants like daisies and white clover a chance to flower in profusion, boosting nectar production tenfold.”
It may be difficult to resist cleaning up that wild grass as it crowds your lawn, especially when we’re stuck at home during quarantine for the Coronavirus (COVID-19). But consider taking just one month off from mowing the yard (if you can get everybody in the house to agree), you may just find that a symphony of wildflowers may appear by the garden.