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Safest time to cut back grass

We normally like to leave the edges of the garden shaggy for wildlife  but due to waiting for a mower to be repaired we have left even more grass to do it's own thing which is fine as it looks pretty and have had all sorts of wild things popping up.
However, having now left the grass for nature to do it's thing I am concerned about undoing any good work by cutting the grass at the wrong time. 
Could anyone give me an idea of when the best time to cut would be to cause the least damage to any crawlies etc. 


  • WilderbeastWilderbeast Posts: 1,415
    If you don't mind then it wouldn't be for another 8 weeks, mind that would leave very long grass. Otherwise you could cut now then leave it long for another period of time
  • alfharris8alfharris8 Posts: 513
    It's really long now. It's been left for ages so another few weeks won't matter.
    I think a lot of the grasses have reached full height and are very pretty. I can see lots of webs so something happening and it would upset me to destroy all the crawlies hard work. 
    Thanks for the reply. 
  • BigladBiglad Posts: 3,255
    Earlier this week I cut the back lawn after 2-3 months. A word of warning - I'm now the proud owner of 5 horsefly bites :( 
    East Lancs
  • FireFire Posts: 18,983
    They really are viscious
  • alfharris8alfharris8 Posts: 513
    Urgh. That's a nice reward for your trouble. 
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