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Tuesday, April 25, 2023
Good Tuesday Morning to You!

Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie signed off on a “No Mow May” proclamation a few weeks ago, asking Des Moines residents to refrain from cutting their grass to help pollinators thrive by preserving native wildflowers and grasses.

To be clear, a proclamation is not a law but merely a suggestion. In other words, this “suggestion” will be encouraged but not enforced. It apparently is a suggestion for private property owners only, though, as there will be no change to the city’s mowing and maintenance schedule in May.

The proclamation sounds nice, and although I am not a fan of bee stings, I do understand the value of bees and the need for better pollination to preserve certain flowers. Even so, if bees give you anxiety, you should know that a recent study found homes that didn’t mow in May had five times more bees compared to yards that were mowed. And aside from the bees, there are few other things you should consider, too, as noted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

Grass will grow at least 12 inches during the month of May. Most mowers are not equipped to cut grass that tall. Experts say you should only remove one-third of the total leaf blade in a single mowing to avoid damage to your grass. That math doesn’t work.

Assuming you will mow in June, you should be prepared for some serious grass clipping clean-up. If left on the grass, those clippings will smother and kill most everything underneath and will leave bare spots in your lawn. Those bare spots will be filled by weeds like crabgrass, foxtail, purslane and spotted spurge, and these species do not support pollinators well.

If you don't live in Des Moines, you should check the weed ordinance for your city or homeowners’ association, or you risk getting fined. These ordinances are created to reduce noxious weeds, manage pest problems, minimize allergens, and maintain aesthetics and property values.

I have to admit, like many of you, I appreciate a well-maintained lawn. I also admit, like many of you, I typically break my New Year’s Resolutions and Lenten promises after only a few days. I also happen to like Frank Cownie, and I appreciate his efforts (although I am going to check his lawn).

As such, I am opting for an alternative to No Mow May, which may more appropriately be called, Mow Less May. Some studies show that mowing every two weeks, and raising your mower blade as high as possible, can still significantly increase the bee population. I can manage my lawn in a way that supports pollinators with more flowers and avoid many of the drawbacks.

This “ask for a dollar and you may get a dime” approach may be exactly what Mayor Cownie was hoping for. Regardless, I appreciate his suggestion.

Have a terrific Tuesday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
515-953-4822, ext. 305

CITYVIEW's  Best Of Des Moines

CITYVIEW announced its 2023 Best Of Des Moines readers' choices Jan. 31. You can find all the results from the poll in the February issue of CITYVIEW magazine!

Best Local Ice Cream or Gelato Shop

1. Black Cat Ice Cream

2. Home Sweet Cone Ice Cream

3. The Outside Scoop


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Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

Rain will come to an end this morning, leaving us with a cool day. Temperatures improve through Thursday. Then, rain chances increase on Friday and bring us into a cooler and breezy weekend.

For help with preapprovals or refinancing, get in touch with Jason at parkin.mortgage

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World 3000 reports that Japanese ranchers are now using wagyu leather to make baseball gloves. It is considered the ultimate leather for the same reasons it produces the best beef. Diet makes the hides more pliable.

This year’s Kentucky Derby cups will pay tribute to Secretariat’s Derby win 50 years ago. A total of 150 cups will be available for purchase: 100 silver cups will be sold for $1,000 each, and 50 gold cups will be offered at $3,500 each. Each cup will have Secretariat’s white and blue silks encrusted in white and blue sapphires, and proceeds benefit the Secretariat Foundation, founded to support thoroughbred and equine-related industries. Order your cup at woodfordreservemintjulep.com.

It's tenderloin Tuesday at The Station (3124 Ingersoll Ave., Des Moines). Tenderloins with fries are just $10.

— Jim Duncan

On April 25 ...

2015: Earthquake kills thousands. On April 25, 2015 a magnitude 7.8 earthquake tears through Nepal, killing nearly 9,000 and injuring 16,800. It was the worst such earthquake for the Asian country since 1934. The earthquake struck shortly before noon, but the devastation continued as several dozen aftershocks caused even more destruction. Overall, Nepal was shaken by hundreds of aftershocks, the largest striking at a 7.3 magnitude on May 12. The quake also induced an avalanche on Mount Everest that killed 19 people.

1974: New NFL rules. On April 25, 1974, the NFL adopts a new overtime rule for regular-season games to prevent tie games. The rule change comes as part of sweeping effort to improve the action and tempo of games. The league also moves goal posts from the front to the back of the end zone and limits contact defensive players can make with receivers.

1859: Ground broken for Suez Canal. At Port Said, Egypt, ground is broken for the Suez Canal, an artificial waterway intended to stretch 101 miles across the isthmus of Suez and connect the Mediterranean and the Red seas. Ferdinand de Lesseps, the French diplomat who organized the colossal undertaking, delivered the pickax blow that inaugurated construction.

Read more at History.com.


FROM KCCI: Parents demand Interstate 35 superintendent step down

Parents are angry over the way the superintendent handled a threat at the school ..READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Students gathering at State Capitol to protest bill allowing guns in school

DES MOINES, Iowa — March for Our Lives and other student-run Iowa organizations are holding a protest Monday at the State Capitol to protest against Senate File 543, a bill that would allow for guns in schools and on college campuses.....READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Expert discusses future of Kum & Go brand following acquisition

DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowans are no stranger to brand loyalty—especially when it comes to their preferred gas station. But one longtime local chain will be under new management, as Utah-based FJ Management, which owns the Maverik chain of gas stations, announced that they'll be acquiring Kum & Go.. ...READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5


Meet Morgan Robinson

Every day is a new day to learn and grow.

By Becky Kolosik

There’s no doubt that the first year as a teacher can be challenging.

“All of the training, excitement and nervousness came down to that one moment when I looked at my finished/decorated classroom,” says Irving Elementary teacher Morgan Robinson. “Welcoming my students made all the hard work worth it.”

Robinson is an Indianola native, and she says teaching here feels like home. Growing up, her family spent weekends and summers either playing sports or boating at the lake. Her grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins all live in town or close by.

“I loved growing up here,” she says, smiling. “I was lucky to be part of many clubs and sports in middle school and high school where I made friends and gained skills that I use every day in my teaching career.”


... Read more in the April issue of Indianola  Living magazine.

Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday Dan Goodwin!

These celebrities were born on this date: Al Pacino, Renée Zellweger, Gina Torres, Jason Lee, Hank Azaria, Sara Paxton, Joe Buck, DeAngelo Williams

SUBMIT: Send your birthday greetings and congratulatory notes to: tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com

Morning Chuckle

The answer to yesterday's riddle:
What’s the difference between spring rolls and summer rolls? - Gail Tomlinson, Peri Van Tassel. Other helpful answers from Rex Post and William Snyder

Today's Riddle

What do you call a traveling nun?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com

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