Reduce mowing to help bees

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It turns out lawns can provide surprisingly good habitat for native bees as long as they’re not mowed too often. US Forest Service ecologists came to that conclusion after monitoring bee activity during the summer in residential Springfield, Massachusetts.

The scientists report that lawns mowed every two weeks have more beneficial bees than those mowed weekly, while grass cut every three weeks had a larger number of pollen and nectar sources like clover and dandelions.

With cultivated grass blanketing an estimated 40-million acres of private yards, athletic fields and golf courses nationwide, the scientist note that changes in lawn care management could have a significant positive impact on US bee populations.

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