For the past few years, I have mowed a section of lawn only once a year, after the frost. This kept the maple and oak sprouts down but allowed for the development of a meadow. This has been rewarded with, among other things, visits from a neighbor’s honey bees.
This year I did not mow at all during May. I found red clover and some milkweed, which had never sprouted in the meadow, despite seeding. There is also a large patch of rudbeckia (black eyed Susans), which I look forward to seeing in bloom. The downside is the ticks. The dog was covered and I removed three from myself.
Next year I plan to have three areas: annual mow meadow, no mow May and a no tick zone around the house.
Keven Anne Murphy