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Melissa Locker
April 30, 2018

There’s nothing like sitting on the porch in summer, sipping sweet tea, and listening to the sound of bees. While bees can frighten little kids (and big ones, too) if that buzzing noise disappeared forever, it would be missed and not just for the free ambiance. If you are a gardener, you probably already know that bees play an integral role in keeping flowers blooming and our corn and watermelons growing. While bee populations have been suffering lately, there’s one easy thing to do to help keep bees around—don’t mow your lawn every week.

While most of us love a manicured lawn, bees hate them. Neatly trimmed grass with nary a dandelion or clover in sight means there is no place for a bee to land, and fewer places for a bee to eat. As the nation’s bee population has dwindled, due to the ominous sounding colony collapse disorder, their disappearance could be disastrous to the world’s crops. According to an article published by the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC), up to 30 percent of the world’s crops and 90 percent of wild plants could disappear if bees weren’t around to do their important cross pollination work. So anyone who likes fresh fruit, vegetables, and flowers should do their part to feed the bees.

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Luckily, it’s easy to do. As Popular Mechanics points out, there’s new research published in the journal Biological Conservation, one easy way to help bees is to skip mowing the lawn every week. The researchers found that mowing a lawn every two weeks instead of every week raised the number of bees by 30 percent. More bees mean more home-grown fruits and vegetables and healthy flowers. Plus, it could mean having to nag your husband or son to mow the lawn half as often.

If that one neighbor (you know the one) happens to casually mention that your lawn is looking a little longer than usual, just hand them a copy of this article and explain that you’re doing it for the bees.