It’s that time of year when the crops are in, the cows are done calving, most of early spraying is done and the fertilizer in on and in place. What should we do today?
Leave the mower in the shed for a while! Pheasants, bobolinks, meadowlarks and many other songbirds are using that waterway or roadside for reproduction. Many species are in full swing of incubation of eggs already laid this spring. Monarch butterflies will be looking for milkweed plants, bees will be looking for wildflowers to feed on. Wait until the end of June, at least, before grooming the grassy areas. “But there are weeds in that ditch and it looks nice.” To whom I ask? If this was your only home, you would want it left alone too.
It’s not just producers and farmers mowing grassy areas, its acreage owners as well. Let’s give the critters a chance to have babies and not be eaten by the mower blades. That “weed” to you, is food for them, and that nice manicured odd grassy area was their home.
Dave Van Waus