Pollinators in my lawn

Asked April 20, 2019, 3:46 PM EDT

When is the soonest time of year to mow to protect larval and adult pollinators living in lawn grass and leaf piles in Greeley? Is there a preferred time of day with regard to this?

Weld County Colorado

1 Response

Hi, this is Steve, and thanks for contacting Ask An Expert with your question. Many of what we consider “lawn weeds” such as white clover and dandelions provide food for pollinators and those plants are starting to actively grow now. If your goal is to increase certain of these, or other flowering plants in your lawn, then we suggest mowing your lawn at a height that allows these plants to flower. Generally, we would think of 3 inches or thereabout. Various pollinators are active at different times of day, however, generally they are most active in the cooler parts of the day. Avoiding mowing then would be best, but you can also observe pollinator activity to determine if this is correct in your specific case. If you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Good luck.