Counting on …day 1.113

7th May 2023

Plant Life is again this year promoting its No Mow May campaign. Not mowing lawns during May allows more of the flowering plants and grasses in the lawn to bloom providing pollen, and nectar for numerous insects. 

I cut our lawns perhaps twice a year, whilst at the same time encouraging/ transplanting flowering plants  such as dandelions, buttercups, plantains etc to provide a long season of plants that can  benefit wildlife. The dandelions, for example, provide nectar for bumble bees and later seeds for gold finches. Currently the front lawn is full Spanish bluebells – very colourful!

The long grass doesn’t stop us for sitting out, on either deck chairs  or blankets, and enjoying sunny weather.

The long grass is possible also better able to cope with periods of drought.

Author: Judith Russenberger

Environmentalist and theologian, with husband and three grown up children plus one cat, living in London SW14. I enjoy running and drinking coffee - ideally with a friend or a book.

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