No Mow May. Is this a real thing?
Ergates Posts: 2,072
Just been shown an article about the benefits of not mowing the lawn until June, to allow wildflowers etc to provide extra nectar for pollinators. Very tempted by a legitimate excuse to leave the grass for another month, but does it really help? And will the mower cope after another months growth? We have a lot of bluebells, primroses and celandine which I’d be happy to leave. Might hand weed the dandelions though.
Looks like the NT is doing it too
I persuaded OH to leave a central section of our "grass" unmown all summer last year and we had all sorts of wildflowers come up including an orchid. Loads more insects and happy swallows and house martins.
"We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
these insects will also pollinate our fruit trees and veg flowers. We need all the help we can get.
Being from a slightly different culture (continental/east Europe), I am used to much bigger gardens and much less neat lawns. In my country, the type of lawn common here is called "English lawn" and often seen as slightly snobby or at least posh. Add some communist-era hardship and a typical Czech garden is longer and lower quality grass (not really worth being called a "lawn"), fruit trees, fruit bushes in the borders and some vegetable beds. Although this is disappearing now in suburb new-builts, new gardens seem to be smaller and more simple.
I'm doing a sort of no mow May, but I'm going to have to mow this weekend then leave it for the rest of May, or after my 'no mow April' there's a chance it'll get so long I might lose the dog.