HABITAT AREAS Leave as much unmowed area as possible to allow refuge for wildlife, including monarchs and other pollinators. Mowing as a standalone practice in a habitat area is discouraged. Always follow a conservation plan and seek expert advice for practices not outlined in your conservation plan. Use spot treatment methods for invasive species and limit mowing to the smallest area necessary to control identified invasive species. Properly prescribed fire and spot herbicide treatments can be more effective for woody plant control than mowing. Consult an expert to ensure you have the appropriate methods, plans, and permits to conduct a burn. During the establishment phase, mow to reduce the height of weeds and the shade they create, which will allow light to reach the desirable, slower growing native plants.