Westmont, Illinois -- Date Issued: January 19, 2022
After the success of last year’s inaugural program, the Village of Westmont Environmental Improvement Committee is bringing back the No Mow ‘Til Mothers Day (NMTMD) initiative. The NMTMD 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.
“This program was a new program last year and it turned out to be very successful with over 170 households participating,” said EIC Chair Bruce Barker. “This year, we’re hoping to get the word out early so that even more residents can participate in this program that supports the populations of butterflies, bees, and other pollinators. This program will allow for residents who contract with lawn service companies to begin their lawn care programs after Mother’s Day.”
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 8, 2022. 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.
NO MOW ‘TIL MOTHER’S DAY SIGN-UP FORM
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.
Contact: Larry McIntyre
Village of Westmont
Communications Director/Public Information Officer