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Hard to measure success of No Mow May

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Memorial Day weekend is now behind us, and today is the first of June. That means La Crosse’s experiment with No Mow May has come to an end. For the first time, La Crosse joined with other cities across the state to encourage residents to leave their lawns un-mowed throughout the month. How did the experiment end? We don’t know, although the city calls it a success, with more than 1500 homes participating. The effort was to help provide habitat for pollinators in a bid to help our environment. It is difficult to measure the success of the program, given that the bees don’t talk and as far as I know no one is going around counting the pollinators. City Hall will send a survey to those who took part to get their feedback, although I’m not sure what can be done differently next year. You either mow your lawn or you don’t. If you don’t, things are pretty much out of your control. If the city wanted to set an example of why not cutting your grass for a month is a good idea, perhaps they would have done a better job practicing what they preach. The lawn at City Hall was mowed regularly throughout the month, although grass in some parks was left uncut. I suppose we can call the program a success. It didn’t cost anything, and people seem to enjoy taking part. I’m just wondering if we can get a No Shovel November?

Scott Robert Shaw serves as WIZM Program Director and News Director, and delivers the morning news on WKTY, Z-93 and 95.7 The Rock. Scott has been at Mid-West Family La Crosse since 1989, and authors Wisconsin's only daily radio editorial, "As I See It" heard on WIZM each weekday morning and afternoon.

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