Westmont, Illinois -- Date Issued: December 15, 2022
“This program has been a great success,” said Environmental Improvement Committee (EIC) Chair Bruce Barker. “Westmont’s program has been so successful that communities from throughout Illinois are contacting us to get information so that they can start their own ‘No Mow’ programs.” Barker added, “We’re getting the word out early so that residents who hire lawn care services can plan their schedules accordingly.”
The No Mow program is an initiative that encourages residents to not mow their lawns (or a portion of their lawns) through Mother’s Day for the purpose of helping the local ecology and establishing habitats of pollinators. The program aligns with the values of the Monarch Butterfly Pledge, which is coordinated through the National Wildlife Federation. More than one-third of the world’s food supply is dependent on pollinators. Additionally, 75% of the world’s flowering plants rely on pollinators.
Westmont residents who wish to participate in the program will need to sign up via the online form. Participating households will receive a No Mow yard sign to place on their property. Once enrolled, participants will not be subject to lawn mowing code enforcement through Mother’s Day, May 14, 2023. Regular lawn care code enforcement for residents who enroll in the program will resume after the program is over on Mother’s Day. People may choose to participate by not mowing their entire lawn during the timeframe of the program, or they can designate a specific section of their property for the no mow event, rather than not mowing their entire yard.
The Westmont EIC encourages citizens to sign up for this program and help support this initiative by spreading the word. For more information, contact the EIC at firstname.lastname@example.org.