There are people in Western New York that are absolutely obsessed with their lawns at home. They love making it as green and perfect as possible. It definitely takes a whole lot of time, effort, and a whole lot of chemicals to get the perfect lawn.

No doubt that it looks good, but there is a group of people in Western New York who want you to know that while you're trying to make the perfect lawn, it is hurting the environment.

In fact, they don't even want you to mow your lawn until June 1 so you can 'protect' the environment and insect habitats. It's called NO MOW MAY. So, when you are driving down your street and you see someone's lawn look pretty long, don't be surprised. They're probably just trying to participate in No Mow May right here in Buffalo. The risk, though, is that a lot of town's and village's have regulations on lawn care, so there is a chance that you could get a nice, little notice from your town that they will stick on your front door.

Now, this is not just happening around Buffalo, but in certain cities in New York State and across the United States.

According to the Bee City USA, the group that has initiated 'No Mow May':

Lawns require frequent mowing, raking, fertilizing, weeding, chemical treatment, and watering⁠—sucking up time, money, and other resources. Not only are lawns burdensome for the people maintaining them, but they also provide little positive benefit to wildlife, and in fact are often harmful. The traditional monoculture lawn lacks floral resources or nesting sites for bees and is often treated with large amounts of pesticides that harm bees and other invertebrates. When we think of habitat loss, we tend to imagine bulldozers and rutted dirt, but acres of manicured lawn are as much a loss of habitat as any development site.

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