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Hi all, I've left areas of long grass in my garden (it looked a lot better in the summer!) for wildlife, wild plants and for ease of maintenance, but I'm not sure when, or if I should cut it, if I cut it in now, will I disturb anything that's over wintering in the grass?

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  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,854

    We've only just finished cutting some of ours, it looks a bit of a mess. Ideally we like to cut before it gets saturated.

    I'd cut that but see what others think.  

  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 21,207

    I'd go with cutting it now too. After a spell of dry weather (if there is such a thing).

    Don't leave it until a layer of snow has flattened it and soaked it.

    If you are worried about things hiding in it, go over it with a strimmer, held high, and the vibrations will give them warning that you are on your way.

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • OK guys, many thanks for your advice image

  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,114
    Long grass should ideally be cut in perhaps July/August. When the seeds of wild flowers have matured and fallen. If you are going for a wild-flower area the grass should be raked off so the fertility of the patch is not increased.
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