No Mow 'til Mother's Day
The Village of Lombard and the Public Works and Environmental Concerns Committee are encouraging residents to participate in a new “No Mow ‘til Mother’s Day” initiative. This program invites residents to avoid mowing their lawn – or a portion of their lawn – through the first week of May to help support the local ecology, the habitats of pollinators and area wildlife.
Under the program, property owners/occupants of single-family homes will be able to sign up on the Village’s website to participate in the program. Applications will be accepted through April 1, 2023.
Upon approval to participate in the program, the Village will deliver and install the yard sign on private property. There would be no cost to property owners. The purposes of the signs are to (1) explain the reason for not mowing, (2) encourage others to participate, and (3) allow Code Enforcement to not cite violations related to weeds and grasses over eight inches.
Regular lawn care code enforcement will resume one week after Mother’s Day. Residents may choose to designate their entire lawn or a portion of their lawn to the no-mow event, which would still benefit the local ecology.
The purpose of the No Mow ‘til Mother’s Day program is to better accommodate the springtime propagation of flowering plants (e.g., clover and dandelions) and also insects that serve as food for birds and pollinators for plants. Lombard residents who wish to participate in the program can sign up via the online form. In addition to benefiting pollinators, reducing mowing frequency will save water, help your lawn become more resilient to drought, and reduce emissions from gas-powered lawn equipment that often lacks the emission reduction equipment found on larger engines.
The Village has partnered with the Lombard Garden Club on this initiative. The Lombard Garden Club is very active in the community. In partnership with local organizations, it contributes to the beauty of Lombard through donations and volunteer service. As members of the Garden Clubs of Illinois and the National Garden Clubs, Inc. it participates in programs that address current national gardening issues such as the decline of the Monarch butterfly population and the awareness of the value of pollinators. Information on conservation efforts and environmental issues can be found on the Lombard Garden Club’s website at http://lombardgardenclub.org/conservation.html