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Re: "No mow May" [Re: claycreech] #7566065
04/22/22 05:25 AM
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Originally Posted by claycreech
I always figure frost will get it come October and lay it down.


I can't remember if that was said on the old Duckmen collection or duck dynasty? But I remember hearing Phil say that. Lol

Ol dad


Re: "No mow May" [Re: ol' dad] #7566232
04/22/22 08:48 AM
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Originally Posted by ol' dad
Originally Posted by claycreech
I always figure frost will get it come October and lay it down.


I can't remember if that was said on the old Duckmen collection or duck dynasty? But I remember hearing Phil say that. Lol

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Re: "No mow May" [Re: Dirty D] #7587156
05/19/22 09:17 PM
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Originally Posted by Dirty D
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I like your lawn Dirty D. Around here I might have a challenge keeping Wild Parsnip out of that though.


Once the native stuff that you see in the picture gets going the vast majority of invasives can't get a foothold in it.
That and prescribed burns also keep them at bay.

My house sits in about 3 acres of field like the picture. There is a small boarder of mowed grass about 20 ft around the house. That was a concession to my wife. If it was up to me there would be no mowed grass area.
Its not work free. I watch for and keep after invasives.
I pull sweet clovers, cut and spot treat other invasives with a couple of drops of herbicides on the cut stems. Very targeted and no damage to plants growing right next to them.
It gets easier every year as they are getting less and less.

No wild parsnip here.

I'm like you in that I rarely mow but I do focus strategically on weed/invasive removal.


So far I've made it thru 'No Mow May' without any temptation to mow, & I do not foresee trouble making it until June.

Re: "No mow May" [Re: AJE] #7587203
05/19/22 10:26 PM
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We keep grass mowed down here so it dosnt get snakey.or so you can atleast se em.dirty D,no offense but I would never in a million years let kids walk through a yard like that.i myself wouldn't eaven.not without snake chaps.had a first cousin who picked cotton for a summer job once.he said every morning they would put snake chaps on.he said it wasn't unusual to get bit a couple or more times a day.rattlesnakes mostly

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05/19/22 10:55 PM
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Dirty D, I expect y'all don't have chiggers in your neck of the woods.

Re: "No mow May" [Re: AJE] #7587280
05/20/22 01:51 AM
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I've bush hawged stuff like that.usually a copperhead or 2 before I'm done.yep and don't get off the tractor,you'll be eat up with chiggers for shore in stuff like that down here.

Re: "No mow May" [Re: bblwi] #7587320
05/20/22 06:29 AM
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Originally Posted by bblwi
The link below discusses and denotes the data from the city of Appleton where this research study was conducted.

Bryce

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7518183/


The big take away "We found that homes that participated in No Mow May had more diverse and abundant flora than regularly mowed green spaces throughout the city. No Mow May homes had three times higher bee richness and five times higher bee abundances than frequently mowed greenspaces."

You have to keep in mind that this is an urban initiative and only May. Hence many of the comments about ticks / snakes / parsnip etc aren't very relevant to the topic. The homeowners can choose when they want to mow if they feel the grass is too long. The whole point is to have something available to pollinators before other traditional sources like trees blossom. The bee people I know in Green Bay think it is making a major difference.


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Re: "No mow May" [Re: Arkansas87] #7587342
05/20/22 07:02 AM
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Originally Posted by Arkansas87
We keep grass mowed down here so it dosnt get snakey.or so you can atleast se em.dirty D,no offense but I would never in a million years let kids walk through a yard like that.i myself wouldn't eaven.not without snake chaps.had a first cousin who picked cotton for a summer job once.he said every morning they would put snake chaps on.he said it wasn't unusual to get bit a couple or more times a day.rattlesnakes mostly

I'm with you, sir.


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Re: "No mow May" [Re: AJE] #7593679
05/29/22 01:34 AM
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Thanks for the post, Green Bay. To me it just makes sense for a lot of reasons. Luckily I doubt I have poisonous snakes on my property, so that isn't much of a concern (though I do try to watch my step).

Re: "No mow May" [Re: AJE] #7593754
05/29/22 07:59 AM
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Pawnee, we must have married sisters, Bruce married a good one too.

Re: "No mow May" [Re: AJE] #7593758
05/29/22 08:04 AM
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The more I mow the more clover flowers cover the yard. Yard clover likes being mowed. The yard used to be Buffalo grass. The chicken and turkey pens are at the highest point, leeching all the goodness over the yard. A real transformation. The deer seem to enjoy it too.

Re: "No mow May" [Re: AJE] #7593835
05/29/22 10:13 AM
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I made it till last weekend my yard was knee high

I like to let it go to seed every year before I cut it but that 90s week made stuff grow very fast

I figured when all the trees were in blossom and the lilacs I was ok to mow

I have a lot of clover and areas covered in the little blue flowers the flowers had finished on those when I mowed

I cut and raked it up had enough to collect up my yards worth of hay and get all the tomatoes mulched with it

I am thinking about doing 2 areas in prairie the 2 most open areas in my law


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Re: "No mow May" [Re: AJE] #7594256
05/29/22 10:01 PM
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I mowed today. I mowed every 14-15 days and clipped it high to let the grass dry on the stubble. I was comparing my lawn to our neighbors who all mowed 2 to 3 times more than I did and compared it to several lawns in our small villages that did not mow. I feel I got about 60-70% of the benefit of those who did not mow at all. The dandilions have a tendency to reflower quickly when clipped high. I also had quite a bit of blue grass heading at about 6-7 inches which creates pollen but not the massive growth of waiting. a couple of warm weeks and the blue grass will slow down pretty fast in growth.

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Re: "No mow May" [Re: AJE] #7594265
05/29/22 10:13 PM
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If you have to mow do it early in the morning before the it warms up. T he bees don't like to fly to early if the temperature is cool.

Trying to convince my brother in law to lay off mowing but he is brain dead, everybody cares about bees and the environment but just not in their yard.

Re: "No mow May" [Re: AJE] #7594341
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This sounds like an aoc or biden "green deal" policy... lawn is mowed and looking good!

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Re: "No mow May" [Re: AJE] #7594375
05/30/22 08:07 AM
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If a guy didn't mow the month of May around here the yard would be full of rattlesnakes and fire ants. No thanks


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Re: "No mow May" [Re: AJE] #7594383
05/30/22 08:17 AM
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Around here, it must be "NO Mow May-June-July-August". Or, perhaps, folks are just lazy? confused I prefer less bugs and weeds. I doubt our postage stamp sized yard is going to make or break the world bee/bug population.


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Re: "No mow May" [Re: AJE] #7594385
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If I didn't mow the month of May, I wouldn't get the mower through it after that.

Not that it's much of a lawn, mostly clover, ground ivy, misc. weeds and a little actual grass, lol, I keep the green stuff cut high as the mower allows.
The bumble bees hit it hard, haven't seen many honey bees at all anymore...

Re: "No mow May" [Re: AJE] #7594407
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I was planting trees in a back yard last week and the next-door neighbor did the no mow May. The client burst out laughing when I commented,"The granola bars were out admiring their milk weed and got 3/4 ticks embedded on their bodies". Now they are afraid to go in their yard!

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I could never live in a municipality ever again

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