By Elaine Fondiller
You may start to notice the grass on the sloped parts of the meetinghouse lawn inching upward. Welcome to No Mow May! Originating in the United Kingdom in 2019, and rapidly gaining traction in the United States, the goal of No Mow May is to pause mowing, allowing flowers to bloom on a lawn, which helps early-season pollinators, including bees. Pollinator populations are in steep decline worldwide, raising concerns for the food supply.
After discussion at the May meeting of our Board of Trustees, Society President Jim Norman, who is a lawyer, reviewed Teaneck’s relevant ordinances and concluded that No Mow May is consistent with them. With the goal of being a considerate neighbor, and informing people about this movement, we’ll keep the horizontal parts of the lawn well-trimmed, and place a lawn sign indicating participation in No Mow May.
Other communities participating
Here in Bergen County, the town of Ridgewood is participating in No Mow May and encouraging its residents to do so, as well. The town’s website noted additional benefits, such as cutting down on pollution, reducing CO2 emissions, and promoting sustainable landscapes for healthier neighborhoods.
Don Torino, president of the Bergen County Audubon Society, as reported on northjersey.com, said No Mow May is an important effort to save pollinators and “change the way our backyards are treated” to protect the environment. More information.
In addition to No Mow May, we’re giving our outdoor space attention by installing new railings this spring and making plans for spring and summer events under the tent on the lawn. Stay tuned!
Elaine Fondiller is a longtime member of the Ethical Culture Society of Bergen County.