Some residents of Shreveport and Bossier City might be parking their lawnmowers for the rest of this month. A movement called "No Mow May" is happening around the country. We found one local home that is taking part in this effort.

Erin McCarty
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What is "No Mow May" about?

This is an effort to help bees survive and thrive. Organizers are encouraging you to skip mowing your lawn in May. This will “No Mow May” encourages people to cut back on mowing their lawns or even skip it altogether. If the grass is allowed to grow, the dandelions will grow and that will help our bees by providing them with nectar.

Some Communities Take It to Another Level

Some communities are taking this effort to a whole new level. In Portland, they have more than 30 acres of parks that are only mowed one time a year. These parks become meadows that attract bees. We haven't found too many local residents taking part in this new trend. But I did come across a sign in a yard in the South Highlands neighborhood that says "No Mow May". It does make me wonder what the neighbors will think. If everyone has beautifully manicured lawns, but one neighbor has overgrown grass, could that cause some tension among neighbors?

Erin McCarty
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I do wonder how tall the grass will get in a month. I will have to go back and check this home in a few weeks and see how it looks. If we get a few good days of rain, this grass could get up to a foot tall.

Would that be an issue for you with your neighbor?

The town of Appleton, Wisconsin has even passed a measure to suspend the weed ordinance for the month of May so residents could participate. Experts say another benefit of this effort is that your lawn becomes more resilient to drought.

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