'Lazy Lawn Mowers' Boon for Bees

'Lazy Lawn Mowers' Boon for Bees
May 21, 2018

Ecologist Susannah Lerman at UMass Amherst and the USDA Forest Service has published new research in which she and colleagues suggest that homeowners can help support bee habitat in suburban yards, specifically their lawns, by changing lawn-mowing habits. The researchers found that taking a "lazy lawn mower" approach and mowing every two weeks rather than weekly can help encourage bee habitat in suburban lawns by allowing flowers to bloom. Longer intervals between mowing lets the lawn flowers bloom, which helps bees. She says, "Mowing less frequently is practical, economical and a timesaving alternative to replacing lawns or even planting pollinator gardens."
 
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