On Monday, March 28 City Council approved ‘No Mow May’ in Monticello. This approval suspends nuisance enforcement in relation to grass lengths (weed lengths will still be enforced) per City Ordinance 91.06 for the month of May. The goal of No Mow May is to allow grass to grow unmown for the month of May, creating habitat and forage for early season pollinators.
No Mow May is a conservation initiative recommended by the Minnesota DNR and Wright County. If you want to continue mowing your lawn, there are other ways you can help Minnesota’s pollinators, such as planting bee flowers and native plants and keeping your plants pesticide free.
City staff will continue mowing around rental structures, in the parks, and around City buildings to ensure accessibility; but we will be participating in other ways, like adding native prairie grasses and wildflowers throughout our parks system.
If residents plan on participating, it is important to note that enforcement will resume on Wednesday, June 1. All lawns must be maintained per the City’s Code. Check out the University of Minnesota’s Bee Lab for other actions you can take to help our local pollinators!