NRDC is spearheading an effort to reduce the use of neonicotinoid pesticides in NY State by lobbying legislators to enact new restrictions. If you don't yet know about this class of chemical, you must! Start by watching NRDC's new, user-friendly vid. Learn more at Beyond Pesticides.
Neonics are toxic to bees and other insects and become systemic in the plants they're applied to, and even when applied as a seed coating. Be sure to source uncoated seeds or your flowers may kill the pollinators you're trying to attract.
The movie The Pollinators is also a must-see, riveting film on the bee industry.
Here's More You Can Do: No Mow May
Join us in not mowing your lawn this spring, to allow early foragers more range. The blooms that come up in your lawn provide food for early pollinators when there is little else blooming to feed them.
The No Mow May initiative started in Britain and has spread around the world (see this NY Times article). More and more communities are joining the call to give nature a moment to catch her breath. All you have to do is to not mow right away (feel free to mow a path through your lawn).
You can now identify your no-mow yard with one of our no-mow signs. These are available for purchase at any of our events and at the Village's Municipal Building, 7 Maple Avenue (order online and pickup). Thanks to Hastings' Own Kimi Weart for the beautiful design!
More: this article from the Xerces Society gives an overview; this one from USDA Forest Service presents a study on pollinator prevalence in suburban yards and mowing practices, and finds greater diversity of pollinators in areas where mowing is reduced, or read this article from Schenectady's Daily Gazette.
Pollinator populations bounce back quickly when given a chance. We're eager to see what happens in Hastings when we mow less. Should be interesting!