The Ocean River Institute will be at Morse’s Pond on Tuesday, June 21st from 10AM-2PM handing out stickers and information about their Natural Lawns for Healthy Soils campaign. They are encouraging people to let their lawns grow naturally and stop the use of quick-release fertilizer and excessive watering. Natural lawns build soil, draw carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere, stop harmful algal blooms, restore local water cycles to slow sea level rise, better protect homes from extreme weather events, and provide flowers for 93 species of Massachusetts bees. The event will be covered by Erika Tarantel of Channel 5 News for Chronicle. Please join them.
Wondering why Wellesley is delaying mowing part of the lawn at Simons Park (by the Wellesley Free Library) during May? Its No Mow May!
By waiting until June to mow, they are allowing the grass to grow taller, clover to bloom, and other plants to flower and feed the pollinators.
Citizen scientists where do you see more pollinators on un-mowed or mowed lawns?
Download the Naturalist app, then go to project area and select join Wellesley, MA: No Mow Project. Then observe the pollinators on mowed and un-mowed laws. Post photos of the visiting pollinators to the Naturalist App to let us know what you see. Email any questions to NRC@wellesleyma.gov. Thanks to the Department of Public Works and Natural Resources for this campaign!