|I leave a wide strip of unmowed |
lawn in the front yard.
I want to see the wildflowers and encourage the bees and butterflies to visit. I saved a lot of milkweed plants for the monarch butterflies. However I didn't see any monarchs this year.
Why do people burn gasoline in their mowers for hours on end?
|Wildflowers growing on the unmowed lawn.|
Mowing by-lawsSince I live in a residential community I do have to follow some by-laws. The by-law related to mowing the lawn states that the ditch must be mowed. I mow our ditch about once a month and this is actually a lot to mow across the whole front of our property.
I also like to have some walking room around the gardens and a path around the house to keep the critters away. I mow a small patch in the backyard too so the kids can access the play structure and the camper trailer and badminton. I spend about 2 hours mowing a month. This still seems high to me but if my neighbors could also cut down their weekly mowing of 2 acres, as a community we could make a real difference.
It still seems that the majority think a mowed lawn is necessary. Only a couple of weeks ago, a neighbor with a ride-on lawn mower came to visit and offered to mow my front lawn for me. I replied that it is my meadow and I was purposefully not mowing it.
When I come out the front door of my house and look at the front yard, I see humming birds, bees, crickets, frogs, birds nests and bright pretty flowers.