Research suggests that our urban gardens and lawns are a valuable, dependable resource for bumble bee populations – just as much as rural green spaces! By planting and growing native pollinator-friendly plants you are directly contributing to habitat restoration for the pollinators we depend on. The more homes that participate, the more habitat we are able to provide.
No Mow May encourages you to rethink yards and green spaces as habitat for pollinators, which is especially important because studies indicate that pollinator species have experienced significant population decreases (Zattara et al, 2021). A 2023 study of flowering lawns found that florally-enhanced lawns supported more diverse bee communities and more visitation by native bees (Wolfin, et al 2023). Converting monoculture green lawns into flowering spaces is one of the best ways to support pollinators in your backyard. For more information on what to plant, scroll down to find links to native plants lists.
Del Toro, I., & Ribbons, R. R. (2020). No Mow May lawns have higher pollinator richness and abundances: An engaged community provides floral resources for pollinators. PeerJ, 8, e10021.
Tew, N. E., Baldock, K. C., Vaughan, I. P., Bird, S., & Memmott, J. (2021). Turnover in floral composition explains species diversity and temporal stability in the nectar supply of urban residential gardens. Journal of Applied Ecology.
Wolfin, J., Watkins, E., Lane, I., Portman, Z. M., & Spivak, M. (2023). Floral enhancement of turfgrass lawns benefits wild bees and honey bees (Apis mellifera). Urban Ecosystems, 1-15.
Zattara, E. E., & Aizen, M. A. (2021). Worldwide occurrence records suggest a global decline in bee species richness. One Earth, 4(1), 114-123.