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Here's a great excuse to stop mowing your lawn

Introducing the lazy way to make your yard into a pollinator haven.
bees on a flower

An eastern bumblebee visits a flower growing in an unmowed lawn.


Around the world, bee populations have plummeted because of habitat loss and pesticide use. But green spaces within cities and towns can give bees a much-needed refuge. And if you have a yard, then you too can help—especially if you’re lazy about lawn care.

It turns out that lawns with plenty of like dandelions and clover can offer nectar and pollen for bees in suburban areas where prime habitat is hard to come by. Scientists recently identified 111 different bee species in and bumblebees.

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